Thursday, May 5, 2016

Spring Recital and Other Important Info!

Dear Piano Students and Parents,

I have to start by saying how much I love my piano students! It has been a great semester and I have enjoyed working with each one of you!

Here are a few important items of business regarding the rest of May and the upcoming summer months!
  • Our Spring Piano Recital "Music from the Movies" is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m!
  • Every student has been given a Practice Performance card this week at lessons! They are asked to perform their recital piece five different times between now and the recital. 3 of the 5 performances need to be for people that don't live in your house. If they do this and BRING THE CARD TO THE RECITAL, they will be entered into a drawing that night for a $10 Target gift card! Please help them to remember to complete this assignment and to bring their card to the recital! :)
  • Students have also been working on the 30 piece challenge all semester. This challenge ends at the recital, so encourage your students to work hard and finish strong!
  • The week of May 23rd is the last week of school. I will be holding GROUP PIANO LESSONS this week rather than regularly scheduled lessons! At the lesson we will play a song for each other and do some theory activities as a fun way to end the school year. Please sign up for one of the following group times by emailing or texting me asap:
Monday, May 23rd at 3:00-4:00
Tuesday, May 24th at 4:00-5:00
Wednesday, May 25th at 4:00-5:00 

  • There will be NO PIANO LESSONS May 30 - June 5
  • Regular lessons will resume on Monday, June 6. You can keep your piano time that you have now, or if you prefer to change to another day/time for the summer, just contact me to work that out!
  • In July, we will do summer workshops, similar to what we did last summer. More information will be coming as that gets closer.
Thank you so much! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for the privilege of teaching your amazing students,

Jennifer Reynolds

Monday, January 18, 2016

New Year!

It's a new year in piano, and time for a fresh start. :) 

Your students have NEW PRACTICE CHARTS! We are going back to marking down the amount of TIME practiced again. :) If they record the time practiced, and they meet their goal (written on their charts) they can earn a weekly treat or reward. Help remind them to record their practicing every day!

Also, I am really excited about the 30 PIECE CHALLENGE I have issued to all my students! The goal is to pass off 30 songs between the first lesson in January and our Spring Piano Recital in May. This will be a CHALLENGE, but they can do hard things. I will have a special recognition at our Spring Recital for any student who rises to the challenge and accomplishes this feat. :) 

I am proud of all my students, and the energy and dedication they have shown in piano in this new year already! Our Christmas recital was so fun, and I was so happy about the way they each performed their solos and duets. Thank you for having amazing students, and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 'Mini' Recital!

In an effort to give my students a performing opportunity* this Fall, I have decided to hold a "Mini-Recital." This event will be for STUDENTS ONLY. Sorry parents! This will be like an informal Master Class. All my students will meet together for an hour and perform for one another as they also practice specific listening skills. Treats and some theory games will also be involved. ;) 

Here are the details:

Date: Friday, October 30th
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Place: My house!

Please note that we will still hold regularly scheduled lessons this week. This "Mini Recital" will be in addition to regularly scheduled lessons. For those of you who missed a lesson due to my sickness, you can use this event to replace the missed lesson, if you wish. That is completely your choice, however.

I am looking forward to seeing all my students at this fun event!

*Some of you may know that I was planning to schedule a performance opportunity for the students at a local nursing home. I thought that could be a great service and performing opportunity, and was excited about this idea. However, I have been working on it for weeks, and cannot find a nursing home that is interested, or who will even call me back. Bummer! If any of you have any connections to local nursing homes, let me know, as I think this is still a good idea worth pursuing in the future!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July Piano Workshops

With July coming to a close, I would love to hear your feedback on how YOU felt about our month of Piano Workshops! I hope your students enjoyed our workshops as much as I did! I personally loved holding these workshops with your students, but they were also a ton of extra time and work. I can see pros and cons to doing this annually, but I definitely felt that this particular summer was a success. I know that they all went home with some useful information that we will continue to use and refer to during lessons for months and years to come.

Will you please take a moment right now, and complete this short survey about the July piano workshops? This will give you the opportunity to tell me exactly how you feel this month went from a parent's and student's perspective. The survey only has five questions and should only take a few minutes to complete:


Also, just a friendly reminder that every student went home with some 'challenges' or material to work on while they having a break from regular lessons. Every student has some assigned songs to be practicing, and then they received a special assignment from both the rhythm and note reading workshops that can also keep them busy. So even though July was meant to be a little more laid back, be sure to keep progressing and don't forget about piano practice altogether!

AUGUST: I am taking the first week of August off to spend more time with my family. Regular private piano lessons will resume August 10! I am needing to make some changes to my piano schedule to better fit my family's needs. I will contact each of you the first week of August to discuss your schedule as I create a new one for the fall. We will begin our new school schedule for piano on August 10.

Thank you for all you do!



Thursday, March 26, 2015

SPRING BREAK PIANO LESSONS

Spring break is coming up on April 6-10.

During spring break, I am going to hold small group lessons IN PLACE OF regularly scheduled piano lessons.  Here are some details about the group lessons:
  • Each group will meet for an hour of learning and fun!
  • About 4 students will come together at a time, grouped by skill level and age.
  • Each student will perform their recital piece that they are learning for the other students, as a mini recital practice.
  • Students will also participate in learning activities and theory review games. We will focus on musical concepts for each level, do some rhythm practice, and note review.
The cost of this lesson will be the same as for a regular lesson.

I have assigned the students into groups, based on their skill level and ages. However, there is some flexibility. PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP IF YOUR STUDENT NEEDS TO SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT GROUP DAY/TIME.

If in the unfortunate event your student cannot attend ANY of these group lessons, you are still responsible to pay for this week. I will not be doing make up lessons for students who cannot come to a group lesson.

Here are the groups as I have assigned them. Again, please let me know ASAP if you would like to switch to a different group day/time, and we will work it out if possible.

Monday, April 6th
3:00-4:00
Blake
Madeline
Haley
Zachary

Tuesday, April 7th
10:00 - 11:00
Natalie
Emily
Katelee
Abby

Wednesday, April 8th
3:00 - 4:00
Aaron B
Aaron J 
Jake
Carson

Wednesday, April 8th
4:00 - 5:00
Mikaila
Landon
Nate
Luke

I am looking forward to a fun, musical and educational spring break!  ;)
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Recording Studio Lesson!



Next week’s lesson will be our last lesson until January.   
It will also be our 
Annual “Recording Studio” lesson!

Students will choose 3 – 4 of their favorite and most polished pieces to record.  (Usually recital pieces are good choices for this.)  I will then turn their recordings into musical CDs. 

I will give each student one CD of their recordings as my Christmas gift to them!  They will receive their CD’s at our recital.  

Be sure that your student brings any music they want to record to next week’s lesson, especially if it was a recital piece or another song that isn’t in their usual books. 

Also, a reminder that our recital is scheduled for Thursday, December 18th at 6:30 p.m.  Can’t wait to see you all there!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Merry Christmas!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Recital Piece and Composer Learning

Dear Parents,

This week I am asking students to learn a bit more about the composer and the song they are learning for our upcoming Classical recital! 

They will be bringing home an assignment to find and listen to a recording of their song.  As needed, can you please help them find the music they need on iTunes or another source?  If you need any help finding it at all, please let me know, as I'm happy to help! 

Also, they will be trying to learn some basic things about their composers, so you may also want to help them find some good information online or at the library.  Thank you for your help with this, parents! 

I know I am asking a bit more of you with this assignment, but as the students work at mastering these wonderful songs they have chosen, I feel that the experience is enhanced as they learn more about the music they are playing.  Thanks again, and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thanks!

Jennifer