By Renee Bordner
Thank you for your patience in these very uncertain times.
As a small business owner and a musician, I have been overwhelmed with your support. Thank you.
Our mission today is the same as when we started and that mission is to provide our students with meaningful musical learning opportunities. However, these opportunities are now occurring with social distancing.
Below are some thoughts on how we can improve our students' musical experiences during the COVID-19 crisis.
Our instructor, Leonardo, suggests calling the practice sessions "rehearsals".
We are discovering that if a lot of people are using the home wifi the more issues we have. I am asking my family to limit their wifi use when I am teaching in hopes to help our lessons go more smoothly (and to encourage them to take a screen break).
If you are using a free version of Zoom, the time limit is 40 minutes. For our students who have lessons longer than 40 minutes, we are able to work around this by having two separate sessions with a 5 minute snack and water break in between.
For younger and beginner students, it is useful if a helper is nearby to help spot incorrect notes, hand position, etc.
We are trying hard to keep our families up to date through our mass email distribution list (Constant Contact) and social media. Please refer to these sources for updates.
If your family has an Apple product - encourage your child(ren) to try GarageBand.
Please encourage your kids to go back and play their favorite songs.
Encourage your child(ren) to put together family recitals and family sing alongs. Make movies of your children playing to send to those who you are socially distant from.
Encourage your child(ren) to write music. They can start with a topic, lyrics or just their favorite note combinations and rhythms. Here is a link to free printable staff paper https://www.printablepaper.net/category/music
If your child(ren) are bored with their same music and would like some fresh fun music to try, check out supplemental library at the bottom of their home page. Many of these books can be ordered on Amazon too. https://pianoadventures.com/
Did you know that there is an app for your children's Piano Adventures Books? https://pianoadventures.com/resources/piano-adventures-player-app/
This is my favorite link for printing free piano and guitar music at each level.
This game is highly recommended by several students and our instructor, Kailey
Our instructor, Maria, suggests http://www.themusicinteractive.com/. It’s GREAT for practicing note reading, and fun too! It has all 4 clefs. Makes “drilling” music notation fun. Only available for Apple devices.
Sheet Music Direct is offering a free for one month promotion (however I hear that you need to pay to be able to print music and it is not free after one month.)
Stay tuned to our group emails and social media as we have added enrichment classes for our students. We are offering Advanced Theory with Daniel, Songwriting with Kailey (both are good for students in level 1 or up, and fun for kids to do in online groups). We are also offering Practice Hotline Tips with Jay and Audition Prep with Nina.
If your family would like extra lessons with your current instructor, or another instructor, just let us know. All of our instructors have additional scheduling flexibility currently. Unfortunately, all of our instructors' rehearsals and performances have been cancelled. Some events have been cancelled through September.
The vendor that I use for the Practice Club Trophies is currently closed due to COVID-19. When they reopen, I am optimistic that I will be placing a large order of customized trophies for our 100 Consecutive Days of Practice Club Winners. I also will order trophies for our students who complete 200, 300, etc. consecutive days of practice. These students will also be invited to a VIP Ice Cream Party at my home (when we are allowed to socialize again). To make tracking our students' practice easier, you can use this tracking sheet: Download PDF.
We have a FREE music trivia family fun night scheduled for next Thursday! Think Disney name that tune!
Please stay tuned for more information about a FREE Faculty Recital or maybe even Recitals to raise money for a local relief fund.
The April Youth Open Mic Night at Serendipity has been cancelled.
Our Final/Round 2 of the Scholarship Competition will occur with modifications.
Our Honors & Senior Recital is cancelled.
I have a message out to Piano Guild Headquarters on their status of our 2020 Auditions. I also have a message out to our Judge. Auditions will occur with modifications.
Thank you for your support during these uncertain times!
What people are saying about online lessons with Note-worthy:
"I'm surprised how well the technology worked--not just from a logistical point of view, but for delivering a very constructive lesson. I didn't have doubts about the ability to teach, but I thought perhaps on our end it wouldn't feel 'real.' But it certainly did!"
-Jeanette from Natick