B sharp Music Studio Newsletter - January 2021

Happy New Year, everyone!
There is no guarantee that 2021 will be any easier, but I’m looking forward to a fresh start!  Focusing more on the things that matter and making sure that nothing steals my joy regardless of what is happening in the world is my 2021 goal.  I wish the same for you!

Our group song, We Need A Little Christmas, turned out so awesome!  I had MANY comments about how much holiday happiness it brought.  I think we need to do this every year.  It will be the B sharp Music Studio Christmas Card!

In the spirit of the New Year, as usual, we will be talking about goals in our lessons this week.  Here’s the thing; music is personal.  It’s a form of expression that is different for everyone.  Whether you are a pianist, a guitarist, or a singer (or all of the above!), you are taking lessons to improve your skills or to figure out who you are as a musician. I always joke that I’m going to hang a sign in the studio that says, “ ‘I don’t know’ is not an answer!” I have been teaching for many years and what I have learned is that no matter how many songs/pieces I assign to you, if you don’t like that music, you won’t practice.  When you’re working on something that you like, you’ll practice.  Almost every song/piano piece has a lesson to improve your skills. I’m pretty good about letting you choose what you want to work on, but that means that you have to have some ideas, too. I know it’s frustrating to spend our whole lesson time trying to find songs (and yes, sometimes we need that time to explore and try things out), but when it feels like we’re not making progress towards finding music to focus on, then lessons become pointless.  I want you to be excited, inspired, and motivated to improve your skills!
So, your homework is to know what your goals are as a musician and make a list (on paper or in your head) of songs that you like.  Pianists, this is a little different for you.  I will be assigning some listening exercises for you so that you can hear different styles of piano music.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: I am really excited about some opportunities coming up.  I don’t know how much is public knowledge yet, so I can’t give all the details, but we will have regular opportunities to perform in a big venue, lots of parking, free to attend.  Make your lists of songs you like and stay tuned!

POLICIES: I have made some policy changes! I’m attaching the updated studio policies to this newsletter email.  Please let me know if you have questions.

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.  If I find that there is an issue with that, I will address the situation with that student.  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.

WEBSITE: I want to update photos on my website and would love to have new pics of students in lessons/performing at our recitals.  If you would be willing to allow me to share your beautiful faces on my website, please let me know!

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. 

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

Remember:  Whatever you pay attention to, gets better.  Now, go practice.  




December 2020 

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