May Newsletter

Saturday, April 29, 2017 1:40 PM

NO Saturday Group in May-Please attend a Wed group) It is Music Jeopardy Month Piano Performance Party and Competitions Piano Performance Party (Preschool through 2nd Grade) is Sat. May 6th at 11:00 AM at Jacobs Music Hall, Willow Grove Junior Division Competition (Grades 3-4-5) is Sat. May 6th at 1 PM at Jacobs Music Hall Senior Division Competition (Grades 6 thru 12) is Sat. May 13th at 1:00 PM. at Jacobs Music Hall, Willow Grove. 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 $8.00 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. It is difficult to schedule groups over the summer because of vacations, camps, etc. Group is an important component of your child’s music education and will resume in September. Plan now to put it into your schedule. Memorial Day We will be CLOSED on Sat May 27th and Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th to observe the Holiday. Thank you. Violin Camp News Flash! GrandStaff Piano Studio will be offering a Beginner Violin Camp at the GS Studio beginning this July 17th through August 4th. Camp will be three days per week Mondays,Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 weeks. (9 sessions). There will be an optional week 4 available for those who miss for vacations, Bible School, etc. Classes meet for 45 minutes at 1 PM Monday, Tues and Thursdays. The tuition fee is $230. This fee will include instruction books and materials. Students should be 5 yrs old and up. You will need a violin but rentals are very inexpensive. Please let us know asap if you want to participate! FUN!! Vacations: An important word about vacations: Please let us know when you will be away. The Studio is open all summer except July 3-7th. 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. 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 (Young’s Allentown, Jacobs, Sam Ash, etc.) 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. Music is exciting and fulfilling. Our goal is to enrich and beautify our student’s lives with the joy of music. We Love teaching Piano! Judy and the GrandStaff