GRANDSTAFF PIANO STUDIO

Sunday, February 28, 2016 10:00 AM

MARCH 2016 Newsletter THINK SPRING! Competitions! Our Spring Competitions are fast approaching! The Piano Performance Party (for Pre-school thru 2nd grade) is Sat. May 14th at 11:00 AM. The Junior Division is Sat. May 14th at 1 PM for 3rd-5th graders. Both will be at the Jacobs Music Hall, Willow Grove. Our Senior Division Competition (6th Grade and up) is Sat. May 21st at 1 PM at the Jacobs Music Hall, Willow Grove. 100 Day Challenge! If your student took part in the 100 Day Practice Challenge, be sure to look for their name in this month’s Piano Explorer Magazine. We are proud of all of them! 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? Spring is one of the best time to have it done. 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 child Judy and the GrandStaff GrandStaff Piano Studio grandstaffpiano.com March 2016 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 Kadence Clark Student Assistant GrandStaff PIANO STUDIO March 2016 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! 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 Mikayla Dunn, Student Assistant Liberty Ashe, Student Assistant Autumn Kitabjian, Student Assistant Kadence Clark, Student Assistant Aidan Clark, Student Assistant