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Aurora and Andell have practiced very diligently each week since they began lessons in September, and they are the first students to complete the Music For Little Mozarts Book 1 this school year. Hurrah!
In January, they will start working on Music For Little Mozarts Book 2 and the Music For Little Mozarts Recital Book. I am excited to see which class will be the next class to complete Book 1 :)
I was touched by the enthusiasm of the students as I shared the goal of Operation Christmas Child. Many asked if they could bring iPhones and Tablets for these children, but I didn’t think you parents would want to fund that, so we stuck with school supplies, toiletries, socks, dolls, balls and other small toys :)
Special thanks to Joe, who took time to fill out the coloring sheet and the note for the recipient of his shoebox gifts. That was so thoughtful :) We don’t have a student named Joe, so I am assuming he is a sibling of one of our students, and I am delighted that he got involved!
Miss Lisa delivered our boxes to the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Odenton, and she also put a track on some of the shoeboxes so we can find out which country those boxes go to.
The students were on a challenge to see which “lesson day” could bring the most items. I am proud to announce that the winner is.... drumroll please.....TUESDAY with a whopping 58 items. Woohoo! Tuesday students will get to spin the “Operation Christmas Child Wheel” this week at their lesson, and claim their prizes.
Nineteen Etudes Music students joined 70 other students from around the county to perform in 4 recitals at the Annapolis Mall Movie Theater. I am so proud of every one of our students who took part. They sounded great!
Special shout out to Gavin, Major and their families who came out to support their fellow students and to get an idea of what the event is like. I am expecting you both to be performing with us next year!
This month, most of the Mini Mozarts students are finishing up the “black keys” songs, hence lots of performances of Old MacDonald. “White-Key Songs, here we come!”
We have just completed the first month of lessons for the Mini Mozarts students. We have been learning about high notes, low notes, dynamics, quarter notes, quarter rests, two-black-keys, three-black-keys and playing on fingertips. We covered a lot this month. Take a look!
Each year, I encourage the more advanced students to try to learn up to 10 pieces by memory. I was delighted to hear Branwen play several of her pieces by memory at her lesson this week.
She didn’t even know I was going to ask her to play them - she just had them memorized anyway! You go, Branwen! You are definitely the “Student of the Month!”
This year, we are using Piano Maestro lots, lots, lots for Level 1 and 2 students. Some parents have been asking if they need to connect the iPad to the piano with cables like I do in the classes. You do not need to do this. Just put the iPad on the music stand and play away. The iPad will pick up what is being played. See Asher playing “Yellow Bird” below, wearing her Santa hat for some bizarre reason, but with no cables :)