B sharp Music Newsletter – March 2021
With the change of seasons around the corner, it seems like life changes too. Our daughter and fmaily are moving to the east coast and my husband and I have decided to retire and follow them! We are starting the process of cleaning out and packing up. Our home goes on the market April 7th. At that time, I will take a week off from teaching and we will travel to check out possible areas to live. When we come back on the 15th, I’m sure it will be a whirlwind of activity here! As of right now, I am planning on my last day of teaching to be May 7th. That’s the day before our Spring Recital. I will let you know of any updates and developments to keep you all in the loop.
I am VERY excited to say that I’ve spoken to a few music teacher friends about taking on some of my students. One person in particular is considering taking over B sharp Music Studio as the new owner. Please keep this process in your prayers as we all step forward in faith!
After I move, I will be pretty much retired, however I have agreed to keep those current students who want to have remote Facetime or Zoom lessons. Those lessons will be on hold from May to probably August.
Please note important dates at the end of the newsletter. I will be closed a few days.
Saturday, March 13th at the Silverlake Mall. 1:00-3:00. The deadline to sign up is Monday, March 1st! There is a flat fee of $25 which includes recital and all accompanist fees. (Instrumentalists who want to only accompany themselves or play a piece on their instrument pay $10 recital fee only.) Deadline to sign up is March 1st. If you sign up and then change your mind after the deadline, you are still responsible for the fee.
The next event is the Silverlake Mall on April 24th 10:00am-3:00pm….5 hours of music at their first Community Market event! I am encouraging those students who are confident to take on a 20 or 30 minute set to really showcase their ability. I am also simplifying the fees for this event. $30 flat fee includes recital fee and any accompaniment you want for all of your songs. (Instrumentalists who want to only accompany themselves or play a piece on their instrument pay $10 recital fee only.) If you sign up and then change your mind after the deadline, you are still responsible for the fee. Deadline to sign up is April 1st. I need to have your song selections by then, too. Please note that the studio is closed April 6th-15th.
The final studio recital is the Spring Recital at Canvas Church on May 8th. There will be two separate recitals that day to accommodate the number of students that will want to perform; 11:00-12:30 and 1:00-2:30. I’m super excited that we will be doing a group song at each performance. Even the non-singers will have fun. I’m still working on the details, but it will involve hand-clapping choreography! I am simplifying the fees for this event as well. $25 flat fee includes recital fee and any accompaniment you want. (Instrumentalists who want to only accompany themselves or play a piece on their instrument pay $10 recital fee only.) You may perform one or two songs. When you sign up, please specify which time slot you want. If one fills up, you may not be able to have a choice. If you sign up and then change your mind after the deadline, you are still responsible for the fee. Deadline to sign up is April 17th. That’s only 3 weeks until the recital. Please note that the studio is closed April 6th-15th.
I hope that you consider performing at one of these events!
Stay healthy: 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 when you’re sick. There will be no charge for late cancellations UNLESS someone repeatedly cancels at the last minute. Many music studios require that students pay for the month of lessons upfront and there is no credit given if the student or the teacher cancels. I don’t want to have that policy and I don’t want to raise my rates to compensate. 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.
Extended leave from lessons: The change of season always seems to bring about students needing to take short amount of time off from lessons. At this point, I have a LONG wait list of students looking for a lesson spot. I am going to be enforcing my studio policy regarding extended leave from lessons. If you need more than 2 weeks off from lessons, you have two options; either give up your spot to someone on the Wait List, or pay the tuition to hold your spot while you’re gone and I will try to fill it with a makeup lesson with another student. If I can fill it, you won’t be charged. If I can’t fill it, your account will be charged. Please let me know if you have questions or extenuating circumstances.
HOUSEKEEPING: If it’s a Snow Day for the public schools, it will be a Snow Day for the studio with no charge. I’ll be sure and text you to confirm so that you don’t show up that day.
IMPORTANT DATES TO KEEP IN MIND:
March 1st : Deadline to sign up for the Silverlake Mall March 13th event
March 13th: Silverlake Mall performance 1:00-3:00
March 17th: studio closed
March 26th : Studio closed
April 1st : Deadline to sign up for the Silverlake Mall April 24th event
April 6th – 15th : Studio closed
April 17th : Deadline to sign up for the final Spring Recital on May 8th
April 24th: Silverlake Mall performance 10:00-3:00
May 7th: Last day of regular schedule teaching
May 8th: Spring Recital @ Canvas Church, your choice of 11:00-12:30 or 1:00-2:30
May 10th: teaching in the studio by appointment only
May 10th – 11th : Studio music sale!
B sharp Music Studio
Saturday, March 13th
Silverlake Mall in Coeur d'Alene
Singers and songwriters!