October is CD Month

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 6:23 PM

Saturday Group Change! Please note-Saturday Group in October is Oct 13th at 2 PM (2nd Saturday this month only!)Many exciting events are coming up soon so please read your Newsletter carefully and mark your calendar. First of course is Group Theory. Plan ahead, so that if you have a conflict, you may attend another group.Competitions! Our November Competitions and Performance Party are rapidly approaching! We hope you’ll be participating! Please note the dates! Performance Party is Sat. Nov. 10 at 11 AM and Jr. Div. is Sat. Nov. 10th at 12 noon.. PP and Junior Division will be at Jacobs Music Hall in Willow Grove. Senior Division will be Saturday Nov. 17th and will be held at Jacobs Music in Willow Grove, Pa. at 1 PM Judy has maps available in the Music Room Having an event to prepare for is a great motivational tool for your young person. It’s fun and teaches them performing skills. Be sure to be a part of the fun. If you are new and you are wondering what this is all about, please plan on attending one of the Competitions so you can understand and find out about all the fun and excitement. You’ll enjoy it and it will greatly motivate your young person. To those participating, please remember there is a $7.00 fee per song that is performed to help us pay our judges and auditorium rentals. You may pay this fee with your November Piano Tuition. Every participant should request a “Competition Preparation” sheet. Also, please be sure you report all songs being played to your teacher so we can get them printed on the “program.”Piano Purchase: Many of you have asked us about buying a piano. Please be careful about buying pianos from the classifieds. We will always refer you to a good reputable dealer and encourage the purchase of a good instrument. Wow-what a great Christmas present for the family! There are lots of great pianos at Jacobs Music! Practice Practice Practice Be sure to help your young person maintain their practice time at home by scheduling specific times for practice. Right after supper is great because no play time is being interrupted and its easy to go right to the piano while everyone is gathered together. Appreciation for their efforts can then be expressed easily and requests can be made for favorite songs Christmas! We will begin Christmas music this month, so if you have unfinished books from last year, bring them in. We will also have a very comprehensive selection of Christmas and supplementary music available in the office. These books make great Christmas gifts or they are very useful as motivational tools for your young person. Have a look! Violin Program: Also please remember we have a great strings program (violin and viola) with Paul McIntyre. We also offer Voice lessons. Ask Judy! Be sure to have your young person attend Group Theory this month! Thanks! Happy Fall! Isn’t the weather great! We love teaching piano! Judy and The StaffGrandStaff PIANO STUDIO October 2012 Keyboard Adventures NEWS www.grandstaffpiano.com Welcome! We’re off to a great start on our KBA Fall semester! We have lots of enthusiastic little students who love to learn music. We are learning rhythm and notation-as well as many music symbols, time signatures, note values and lines and spaces. We also learned about Henry the Steinway and we had hands on with real Steinway action hammers and soundboard wood Our rhythm sticks are also a big favorite as we tapped to folk songs from many countries. We learned “Hi and Low” with our light-up hoola hoops and everyone got to pick from the lollypop tree. We are progressing well in our Lessons and Recital books and we will be ready to begin our Christmas books soon. Adult Labs If you are interested in the Adult Piano Lab., we have a few openings on Tuesday at 10 AM or Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Your young person has a far greater chance of succeeding at one-on-one lessons later if at least one parent has had some piano instruction. Thanksgiving In November we will miss Thanksgiving Thursday but that has already been accounted for in our 12-week semester. Piano Purchase: Many of you have asked us about buying a piano. Please be careful about buying pianos from the classifieds. We will always refer you to a good reputable dealer and encourage the purchase of a good instrument. If you need a piano, we can help. Wow-what a great Christmas present for the family! We look forward to many more weeks of fun and excitement as we learn to read music and play the piano. Happy Fall! Isn’t the weather great-and the trees beautiful? Sincerely, Judith Kay Clark, Director, MTNA, PMTA Bryan Griffith, Instructional Assistant Jordanna Keller, Instructional Assistant GrandStaff Piano Studio OCTOBER 2012 KinderKeys News Welcome to KinderKeys! We’re so glad you have chosen KinderKeys for the first step in your child’s music education. We’re off to a great start with our very enthusiastic little students who love music and learning. Kinderkeys provides a firm basis for all music experiences. Beginning piano and violin are introduced as well as many music symbols, dynamic markings, metronome use, orchestra seating and conducting, a little opera, and the study of ballet at Christmas with “The Nutcracker”. This month we are focusing on learning piano key names and the musical alphabet in our workbooks and at the piano keyboard. We are ear-training with our MerryMaker Music Harp and learning rhythm with the Omnichord and Rhythm Band. One of our stories this month is about Henry The Steinway. At snack time, we practice hand positions and finger numbers and read our story. We’re sure you’ve heard about “Big Foot Keyboard” so we won’t go into detail about that! Adult Labs If you are interested in the Adult Piano Lab., we have a few openings on Tuesday at 10 AM or Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Your young person has a far greater chance of succeeding at one-on-one lessons later if at least one parent has had some piano instruction. Piano Purchase: Many of you have asked us about buying a piano. Please be careful about buying pianos from the classifieds. We will always refer you to a good reputable dealer and encourage the purchase of a good instrument. If you need a piano, we can help. Wow-what a great Christmas present for the family! We’re looking forward to this Fall semester with our students eager to learn. We love teaching your children! Judith Kay Clark, Director, MTNA, PMTA Bryan Griffith, Instructional Assistant Jordanna Keller, Instructional Assistant