Thursday, May 3, 2012 8:50 AM
The GrandStaff Piano Studio 215-536-5147 www.grandstaffpiano.com MAY 2012 Piano News Music Jeopardy Month! Piano Performance Party and Competitions: Piano Performance Party (Preschool through 2nd Grade) is Sat. May 5th at 10:00 AM at Bethel AuditoriumJunior Division Competition (Grades 3-4-5) is Sat. May 5th at 1:00 PM at Bethel AuditoriumSenior Division Competition (Grades 6 thru 12) is Sat. May 19th at 1:00 PM. at Jacobs Music-Willow Grove, PA (se map). Be sure to join us and share this exciting day of beautiful music. Competition is a “dress-up” occasion. Shirts with collars for the young gentlemen (ties preferred); conservative dresses for the young ladies. (NO jeans or sneakers, please) Thank you for your cooperation. Each performer will need three copies of their songs with the measures numbered. Bring the copies to Competition. You give one copy to each judge. There is a $7.00 fee per song that helps to pay our judges. Please include with May tuition.Come early to warm up on the big piano and avoid the last second rush. Our Competitions are well attended but there will be seating for many visitors. So invite all your friends, neighbors, relatives—there will be lots of room and refreshments! We have maps with directions-ask Judy. IMPORTANT! No Group theory in June, July or August. We will be CLOSED on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th to observe the holiday. May is also our last Group Theory until September. It is difficult to schedule groups over the summer, so please be sure to attend your Group this month. Group is an important component of your child’s music education. Reminder: NO Saturday Group in May because of the Competitions-please attend one of the Wednesday groups this month. Vacations: An important word about vacations: Please let us know when you will be away. The Studio is open all summer. Our tuition fee does not change, even if you are away for more than one week since we do not charge for extra lessons taught during the year on 5-lesson months. Our Saturday students will be scheduled during the week as soon as school is out. The Studio is not open on Saturdays in the summer. We will work with you to find convenient times for you to come to lessons. Recitals Our student Miss Ashley Pancoast is having a beautiful Senior Recital here at the Studio on Sunday May 20th at 2:00 PM. Everyone is invited to enjoy the beautiful music! Music is exciting and fulfilling. Be a part of it! Fall Competitions Our Fall Competitions will be in November so selections of music should be taking place now. Be sure to participate in this exciting preparation process so your young person will be aware of your interest and encouragement of their efforts. Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement--be practicing diligently over the summer! Summer Piano practice! Summer is a great time to advance in Piano since homework and sports won’t be making demands on the student’s time. Morning practice is good, leaving the rest of the day for the pool, etc. Important things get done if they are scheduled. When you are at home, maintain a regular practice schedule. When you are away, take along a portable keyboard, flashcards and extra note-speller books. You can have fun and make a game out of using these things. Ask Judy for flashcards and speller books-- we have lots of them and we have books with Music games in them that we can copy. Show interest, be positive and enthusiastic. Offer to take your young person to the Music store and let them shop for Classical or Sacred music pieces, CD’s, or sheet music. It’s inexpensive and your young person will be thrilled. Also, take them to an outdoor band or orchestra concert over the summer. Music is such a wholesome and comforting interest for anyone. Take advantage of the lazy days of summer to experience some of these outings with your children! Thank You for your help and support in all of these matters. Our goal is to enrich and beautify our student’s lives with the joy of music. We love teaching your children! Judy and The Grand Staff!