April 2014 Newsletter

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:12 AM

Happy Springtime (finally!) Easter Weekend Change: no Saturday Group April 19th. Please come to your group on Saturday April 12th at 2 PM instead. Thanks! Piano Performance Party and Competitions: Please take special note of our Competitions dates, times and place! Piano Performance Party (Preschool through 2nd Grade) is Sat. May 3rd at 11:00 AM at Jacobs Music Hall, Willow Grove Junior Division Competition (Grades 3-4-5) is Sat. May 3rd at 1 PM at Jacobs Music Hall, Willow Grove Senior Division Competition (Grades 6 thru 12) is Sat. May 17th at 1:00 PM at Jacobs Music Hall, Willow Grove Be sure to join us for 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. 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 $8.00 fee per song that helps to pay our judges. Please include with April or 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! Important Summer Changes: Please keep in mind that we do not have Saturday Group Theory in May due to the Competitions being held. Please attend one or more of the Competitions or Wednesday groups. Also remember that there is no Group Theory in the Summer months of June-July-Aug.—so be very faithful to attend your group these months of April and May. Also, all Saturday students will be scheduled for weekday lessons in the summer-Violin/Viola String lessons continue on Tuesdays with Paul McIntyre and Voice lessons with Mrs. Geiger! KinderKeys—our Preschool Musical Kindergarten for ages 3-4-5 will begin Thursday Sept.11th. Classes are limited so be sure to register now! Keyboard Adventures begins Thursday Sept. 11th at 5:00. Be sure to ask about our exciting group program for ages 5-6-7. This is a fun, interactive program for those younger children completing the KinderKeys program but not quite ready for one-on-one individual lessons. Summer is a time when great progress can be made at Piano with no school responsibilities. More practice time is available and young people need good ways to fill in free time. Plan on having fun at the piano this summer! Choose a challenging Competition piece as a project to motivate and occupy idle time. Music is exciting and fulfilling. Be a part of it!Thank you for your confidence in us. Enjoy the warmer weather!Happy Easter to all! Judy and the GrandStaff GrandStaff Piano Studio Quakertown, Pa. grandstaffpiano.com Spring 2014 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 have flashing light-up tambourines as well as sparkly conducting batons. We had fun marching in our “Baroque Wigs”! We are looking forward to more exciting learning experiences as the semester progresses. Our final day for this semester is Thursday May 1st. 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. Judith Kay Clark, Director Bryan Griffith Student Assistant Jordanna Keller, Student Assistant Mikayla Dunn, Student Assistant GrandStaff PIANO STUDIO Spring 2014 Keyboard Adventures NEWS www.grandstaffpiano.com 215-536-5147 Welcome! We are off to a great start on our KBA Spring 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 are progressing well in our Lessons and Recital books. Our workbooks are done together here at the Studio. 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 gift for the whole family! Reminder: Our final day for this semester is Thursday May 1st. We look forward to many more weeks of fun and excitement as we learn to read music and play the piano. Happy Springtime! Sincerely, Judith Kay Clark, Director, MTNA, PMTA Bryan Griffith, Student Assistant Maddie Neiman, Student Assistant Kadence Clark, Student Assistant Aidan Clark, Student Assistant