I hope he decides spring will come early. Of course, living in Kansas all my life I’m not really sure we have any seasons anymore.........🤣
Earlier this month, we shared an article containing a timeline which reveals the development of musical styles throughout history. Beginning in biblical times, and up to 2013. Brace yourself, there's several centuries worth of information there. Despite its length it's interesting to look at the development not just of musical styles but of instruments as well particularly stringed.
Follow the link below for the full article.
Welcome to those who joined the Accent Studio Family in January or February! Welcome to: Luke B., Elaine D., Eliana D., Henry T, & Lane W. We are happy to have you as a part of our studio!
New Preschool ProgramFor the past 20 years, I have started piano students as early as four years old (with special testing), but my average start age has always been seven years or older. Last year I received calls each month asking for piano lessons for students as young as two. I have finally found a program that is piano focused for as young as three! I have tested it out with five students and they all love it! While it is different from traditional piano lessons, it is a great start for individual lessons. They get a special book that gives fun names to each of the fingers and adds in a math element to each lesson. This is great for everyone. Why? Because now you can get referral bonuses even easier!
Changes to the Recital:I have spoken with may of you about this already but want to make sure everyone knows about the next recital. Our next recital is not until Sunday, August 26th, but I am making changes to it now! Starting this next recital students (except those in the WunderKeys Preschool Program) will only be required to play one memorized piece (they will pick 2 options to work on and I will make the final decision). The first part of the recital will be the memorized performance pieces, but the second half will be a little more fun. Students will be able to play a duet, an original composition, an arrangement they created of an existing song, or share a piece from another instrument they play. This will help make the experience more personal, and more entertaining.
We will keep the awards as they are currently. All students who participate will receive a participation certificate, and students will receive completion certificates for each book they complete. They will receive a metal after their first full year of piano lessons with the studio and every odd year of lessons (3 years, 5 years, 7 years, etc.) they will receive a trophy that increases in size each incremental change.
Piano Explorer:As talked about in our last issue, each student (eight years old and older) will receive a subscription to the Piano Explorer magazine. Remember: if your child finds an article interesting, they can go to pianoexplorer.net and click on “Student Page” for videos and more information about the features of the issue. The online resource is really great! There is also a quiz at the end of each issue.
Currently several students are working on the 100-day challenge. The 100 Day Practice Challenge gives your child the opportunity to get their name in the Piano Explorer. The idea is that the more students are at the piano, the better they will become. While I do have specific requirements to count daily practice towards prize incentives, the 100 Day Practice Challenge is a little different. As long as your child plays a song on the piano, it counts toward the 100-day challenge. They should not play the same song every day and it should be something that they haven’t been playing for more than 6 months. Scales can be included, but again, they need to vary. They need to keep track of this. If they have the old-style assignment book (with the 7 boxes at the bottom) they can write the day number in those boxes to keep track. If they have the new assignment book, the final page has a place to keep track of the challenge. Please let me know if they are working on this. I would love to see some kids from Kansas in Piano Explorer!
I even have two students entering in the composition contest!
Important Upcoming Dates:Our next scheduled break is for Spring Break March 19-23. Thursday and Friday lessons will still have 4 lessons in March. Monday lessons will have 3 lessons in March and 5 lessons in April. Tuesday and Wednesday lessons will have 3 lessons in March and 5 in May. Just a reminder that your rate will not change for either of the months.
Did You Know???
I am turning 40! My birthday is March 17th (yes that is Saint Patrick's Day!) and I am very excited. I don't have any plans yet (hoping for maybe a spa day...0 but I am loving this season in my life. My big business goal being 40 is to reach 40 students - I am currently at 33. Just 7 to go! My big life goal is to get into our new home in Benton this year. I believe my 40's are going to be incredible! If you have any advice on being 40 please share. 😊
ReferralsPlease remember that I offer GREAT referral bonuses. When you refer a family and they start their first full month of lessons, YOU get rewarded. Refer an afterschool family, you will receive a $100 credit. Refer a day family and you will receive a $125 credit.
A Couple Reminders
If your child is sick, please cancel lessons! We do not want to spread it!
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Please try to keep your sidewalks/stairs/drives salted during the icy season. Thank you.
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If you ever have questions over an invoice, you can message me directly from the invoice or text me. I am always happy to answer any questions you have and want you to be happy. Thank you.
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Please encourage practice daily. Playing just one piece a day can make a big difference in a student’s long-term success. Thank you.
Today in 1965, the Sound of Music, one of the most famous musicals of all time was released in theaters.
March 1st in 1904 the world was blessed with the birth of Glenn Miller.
In 1999 Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie Titanic, became #1 in the US. The film was number one at the box office in December 1997. I think I saw this move 6 times in the theater! How many times did you see it?
In 1993, After 14 weeks at number 1, 'I Will Always Love You', gave Whitney Houston the longest ever US chart topper, taking over from Boyz II Men's hit 'End Of The Road', and became the second biggest selling single in the US.
Here is the January/February Edition of Accent Notes. The following is the text from the Newsletter just in case you have a difficult time reading the image above.
Welcome to those who joined the Accent Studio Family in November or December! Welcome to: A. Smith, S. Smith, and E. Ternes. We are happy to have you as a part of our studio!
What a great Christmas Program we had this year! Twenty students participated and they all did so great! They varied in age from 5 to 16. We heard many of our favorite Christmas tunes and some new ones. We even had a sibling duet! Thank you to everyone who played and attended. A special thank you to those who brought cookies for everyone to enjoy!
New addition to the studio
This year I am adding something new for each f my students. They will now all receive a subscription to the Piano Explorer magazine. This is something I used to get as a young piano student and always looked forward to it. It comes out ten times a year (one issue for May & June and one issue for July and August). If your child finds a particular article interesting, they can go to pianoexplorer.net and click on “Student Page” for videos and more information about the features of the issue. There are two opportunities for students to be in the magazine. They can either earn the 100 Day Practice Challenge or compete in the composition contest. I will talk more about these in the upcoming newsletters.
Important Upcoming dates
There are no breaks scheduled for January or February. Our next scheduled break is for Spring Break March 19-23.
Did you know?
We sold our house! Many of you know that we put our house on the market in August. It finally sold! We are excited to start our next chapter – but don’t worry! We are building a home in Benton and I will continue to teach piano! When we had our fourth child we decided we need more than 2 bedrooms!
Please remember that I offer GREAT referral bonuses. When you refer a family and they start their first full month of lessons, YOU get rewarded. Refer a family that utilizes an after school spot, you will receive a $100 credit to your account. Refer a family that utilizes a day spot and you will receive a $125 credit to your account.
Accent Notes are published every other month to give you the most up to date information about our studio and some other interesting information.