March 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013 6:48 PM

Newsletter Reminder: Nobi Piano Concert , Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Friday March 15th! (see Judy!) Easter Monday! Yes-the Studio is open on Easter Monday! Competitions! Our Spring Competitions are fast approaching! The Piano Performance Party (for Pre-school thru 2nd grade) is Sat. May 4th at 11:00 AM. The Junior Division is Sat. May 4th at 12 Noon for 3rd-5th graders. Both will be at the Souderton Mennonite Home Auditorium (new venue). Our Senior Division Competition (6th Grade and up) is Sat. May 11th at 1 PM at the Souderton Mennonite Home Auditorium (new venue). Be sure your young person is involved and working hard. Remember the work that is done to prepare for Competition results in great strides forward in our skills. Plan now to attend-participate-and invite! What fun! Be a part of all the fun and motivational events we have at GrandStaff Studio. Your young person will benefit greatly!A wise comment was made not long ago about Competition and I would like to quote it: ”It’s not so very important how a student does at Competition that matters, but the preparation leading up to it.” In other words, greater advancement is made in our piano skills as we prepare for our performance. We all need goals and reasons to strive toward our goal. Competition provides that. Beautiful ribbons are given in each category and two overall medals are awarded.Piano Tuning Have you had your piano tuned lately? Do you have a metronome and a music dictionary? We can help! Ask for tuners names and numbers. We have catalogs for metronomes and we have dictionaries here available or we can recommend a good music store where you can choose your own. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Easter to all! Be a part of all the excitement and fun! We love teaching your children! Judy and the GrandStaff March 2013 KinderKeys NEWS KinderKeys is off to a great start this semester! We have many little students who are eager to learn about piano and violin! We have been busy learning piano key names; high and low; listening skills; and hand positions as well as right and left hand concepts. We enjoy keeping the beat on the Omnichord strum pad and playing the MerryMakerMusic harp which ear trains and teaches rhythm. We are having fun coloring pictures of famous composers. Our workbooks are teaching us finger numbers and hand positions while each student receives a piano and violin lesson. Our Tempo Cat Chart teaches us the Italian terms for the speed in music. BigFoot (floor keyboard) makes us laugh and the Omnichord (autoharp) makes such beautiful music. During snack time we learn our music symbols on flashcards and we love to march during rhythm band. We are looking forward to more exciting learning experiences as the semester progresses. Encourage your little person to tell you all about the many experiences at each class. Perhaps they can demonstrate at your piano at home what they are learning about the keyboard and sing some of the songs they are singing about music. We love teaching your children and having a part in this very beginning of their Music Education. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Judith Kay Clark, Director Bryan Griffith Student Assistant