July 11th, 2020 (Saturday), 12:00 am:-1:30 pm

Christmas in July!

Silverlake Mall, Coeur d'Alene

Get in the holiday shopping mood with some Christmas cheer tunes! (Yes, we know it's a bit early....but that's the point of Christmas in July!)

B sharp Music Newsletter – July 2020 

Happy Summer!

Once again, I am looking forward to seeing you all in person.  I am recovering quickly from my hand surgery and I am longing to play music with you! Lessons start back up on Monday, July 6th.

SINGERS - While I have been home during these past couple of weeks and resting, I have also been attending a virtual conference through NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). This has been a great continuing education conference for me.  I am most excited about the opportunity I had to spend over 8 hours in workshops just learning different techniques for teaching belting/singing in chest mix voice. (You might be thinking that this sounds boring, but for me to be able to geek out about this subject was an amazing experience!) For those of you that have expressed a desire to learn to sing in belt/chest mix voice, we are gonna do this!

Own your progress – Whether you are a singer, pianist, guitarist, or a combination of those, I am motivated and inspired to help you take charge of your own progress.  We often talk about goals and what you want to get out of your lessons.  I can teach you in the studio, but you are responsible for putting in the time during the week if you want to see progress.  Let’s brainstorm on ways for you to be able to do that consistently. Be prepared to tell me one or two goals that you have as a musician and let’s make it happen!

Stay healthy: Thank you all for being so flexible with the changing regulations and “rules” for lessons in the studio.  It has been so nice to get together in person again.  Please remember if you are sick, even with a little cold, you must stay home.  It is important for families to know that they are attending lessons in an environment that is as safe as possible for the health of the entire family.

Cancellations:  Since we must be so strict about staying home if you’re sick, I am relaxing my usual 24-hour notice for cancellations.  There will be no charge for late cancellations UNLESS someone repeatedly cancels at the last minute.  If I find that there is an issue with that, I will address the situation with that student.  Otherwise, I ask that you be respectful of my schedule and just let me know as soon as possible if you can’t make it due to illness.  I am still enforcing the no-show policy of charging for a lesson that you don’t cancel and don’t show up.

HOUSEKEEPING: I will probably be putting this in each newsletter as long as it’s warm since I get new students all the time. 
The warm weather is here and with it, a couple things I need to mention. Although the studio is technically a commercial location because of the business, it is still my home and I need to add a couple “rules”.  In the backyard, there is a large water feature.  PLEASE don’t stand on the rocks or dip anything into the water.  I don’t want you to get hurt and there are chemicals in the water to keep it clean.  You are welcome to enjoy it with your eyes and ears. I don’t mind at all if you want to sit on the patio while you are waiting for your lesson.

I must also ask that you not bring your animals to your lesson.  Some of my students have animal allergies. Also, although I have a yard, my landscaping is not set up for animals and we aren’t fond of picking up animal waste.  Thank you for understanding.

Upcoming opportunities: As you all know by now, Rebound Idaho is staying in Phase 4, at least until July 10th.  At this point, while the upcoming performance opportunity below is going to happen, we won’t really know for sure until July 10th.  I will send a quick update email as soon as new information is available.

·   North Idaho’s Got Talent – Auditions are held at Victory City Church in Post Falls, 6:00pm on July 23rd and 30th, and August 6th.   The semi-finals are also at Victory City Church, 6:00pm on August 13th and the finale is August 27th, 6:00pm at the Kroc Center. The winner gets $1,500, which can be used for travel money to go on and compete on America’s Got Talent or The Voice, or American Idol….your choice! This is a great opportunity to refine your audition and performing skills. There’s lots more info on the North Idaho Events Facebook page.

·  North Idaho Fair – has been cancelled this year. It is truly disappointing, but there’s nothing we can do.  However, I would LOVE to hold a small Summer recital somewhere.  If anyone has ideas of how/where we could do this, please let me know.  I’d love to brainstorm something creative to get students performing, even if it’s a smaller event.

T-shirts on sale! I have new colors and sizes of t-shirts to print up, but need to clean out some of the inventory we have.  T-shirts in the lobby are on sale for $10 in July!

Tuition: I accept cash, checks, Visa/Mastercasrd/Discover, Venmo, Cash App, ApplePay.

July 1st – July 31st:  Stay safe and positive and make music! Set goals.  Practice every day.  Be kind to each other.

Stay in touch…
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How blessed we are to have the gift of music!