B sharp Music Studio
October 17, 2020 (Saturday), 11:00 am:-1:30 pm
Coeur d'Alene Library
Join us for our annual Fall Recital! Pianist, Guitarists, and Singers! Free!
B sharp Music Newsletter – September 2020
Here we are going back to school again! It’s hard to believe that this year is flying by!
Mask Mandate: I called Panhandle Health District and spoke with them about the mask mandate and how we are to proceed in the studio. Since the studio is not open to the general public as a walk-in service (you must have an appointment to come to the studio), our regulations are a bit different than if I had a commercial studio space. Basically, they said that if we are able to maintain a 6-ft space, we don’t need to wear masks. That’s easy for singers and guitarists. As far as piano students go, although we need to sit close together, masks are not required since the studio is not open to the general public. If any of you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, you are welcome to do that. If you would like me to wear a mask for piano lessons, I will do that for you. I will remain diligent in wiping down surfaces, door handles, and the keyboard after each student. If coming in to the studio isn’t your comfort level, I will offer Facetime or Zoom lessons if you prefer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Fall Schedule: I have students at public schools, private school, and homeschooled. This means that most every student has a specific need for certain lesson times to fit the family’s schedule. If and when (actually, most likely) the schools change plans on attendance days/times, we will need to shuffle the schedule around a bit. If you know that you need to change your lesson time, let me know asap and I’ll do all that I can. I may be texting you to see if you would be willing to switch your lesson with another student to another day and time. Please know that if my request isn’t convenient for you, you don’t have to switch! If you’ve been a student for a while, you have probably requested to switch you time or I have asked you if you could switch with someone else. Please don’t hesitate to let me know what works best for you.
Fall Recital: Our Fall recital will be at the Cd’A Library again! Saturday, October 17th 11:00. Because of the uncertainty of life right now, I have a recital Plan B. If we are unable to have a performance at the Library that day, we will still have a virtual recital! This may mean that you video at home and send it to me and I host a Facebook Live performance of those videos, or we may do it at the studio and have everyone stagger in to perform. Those are details that we can figure out as it gets closer, but we will have a Fall Recital one way or another!
You may sing/play one or two songs. Guitarists and Pianists, we will find something that you are comfortable playing in your skill level. You can even sing with your instrument if you want! Singers, your first song is your choice (any genre). The second song must be the Challenge of the Mystery Box! Some of you will be excited about this and some will groan, but it’s always fun! I have written down the names of artists on slips of paper and you will draw out a name. Then, you may have a little research to do to listen and find songs by your artist. You can change up the song by raising or lowering the key, making faster or slower, using different instrumentation, etc. You get to make it your own and that’s the fun part!
I will never make performing at a recital mandatory. It is an option for those of you that want an opportunity to perform. If you are nervous and not sure if you want to perform, let’s chat at your lesson. I will always give you plenty of notice before the recitals so that you have time to decide if you want to participate. The deadline to sign up is always one month before the performance, so you have until September 17th to let me know if you want to sign up. I will need your song/performance piece title, recital fee and accompanist fees by that date. There is a $10 recital fee per student. For singers, there is a $15 accompanist fee per song (unless you are accompanying yourself, then there is no accompanist fee.)
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. 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. 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. Remember, I also offer Lesson Sharing! If you can’t make your lesson, you can “give” your spot to a sibling or friend that day!
HOUSEKEEPING: I will be putting this in each newsletter as long as it’s warm since I get new students all the time.
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.
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 September!
Tuition: I accept cash, checks, Visa/Mastercasrd/Discover, Venmo, Cash App, ApplePay.
IMPORTANT DATES TO KEEP IN MIND:
September 1st – September 30th : Stay safe and positive and make music! Set goals. Practice every day. Be kind to each other.
September 7th: Labor Day. Studio closed.
September 17th: Deadline to sign up for the Fall recital.
How blessed we are to have the gift of music!