October 23rd, 2019

 

            Happy fall, everyone! Winter will be here any day now and there are still lots of fun things happening in my little Suzuki studio this semester. In addition to November having a few funny schedule things, I have also made a couple changes to accommodate some much needed make-up lessons. (This has been a bad time of year for colds and flu!) Please check the attached schedule and mark your calendars at home accordingly.

            November is the last month we will be doing a potluck and jam this semester. This month’s host is Yoel’s family. The jam will be on Saturday, November 9th at 4:30pm. As always, we will play our favorite fiddle tunes for 45 minutes to an hour or so and then have a potluck style meal where kids and parents can socialize a bit. Parents and siblings who play any instrument are always welcome to play too, or even just sing along to the songs. I didn’t have a date posted for a jam in December, but since so many people were interested, I will try to make something happen for next month too 

            For those of you who need to get an extra lesson in, I will be doing a master-class style lesson on November 11th at 5pm. If you don’t know what a master-class is, each student plays a song of their choice, and then we do an activity as a group where we focus on technique. These have been super fun thus far, and are a great way to focus on technique rather than repertoire. All levels are welcome!

            For those of you in the Friday Twinkle Stars group, I will be adding an extra Twinkle Stars group class on Friday, November 15th at 2:30pm to make up for the one we missed a while ago. Please let me know ASAP if that date will not work, and we can work something else out. Thanks!

            The entire week of Thanksgiving will be a break from lessons (this is November 25th through the 30th.) I am excited to head to Dallas at the beginning of that week to do a 2-day teaching workshop specifically for Pre-Twinkle. I am looking forward to doing more training (and that I was able to find something where I will only need to be away from my babies for a couple of days!) I am hoping to return with lots of fun new ideas for my beginner students after Thanksgiving!

            Finally, just one more reminder (I think I’ve mentioned this multiple times to everyone already haha) PLEASE be careful with how you handle your instrument in the cold. This is the time of year to keep your humidifier going in your homes and the humidi-packs stocked in your instrument cases. You should never leave a violin in the car as the cold will damage it (in addition to it being a security risk!) and if you do accidently leave your violin in a cold car for a very long time, bring it inside and DON’T OPEN THE CASE for at least a few hours (if not a day!)

            I think that about covers everything for November. I will have some info about the December recital, a Bunny Ballad Party, and possibly some other fun extra things in the next few weeks. Happy fiddling, and remember what Dr. Suzuki says: “You only have to practice on days that you eat!”

 

Amanda Kerr

Upcoming Events

Nov18

MONDAY GROUP CLASSES (Grads/Adv)

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Grads at 5:00, Adv at 5:15

Nov22

FRIDAY GROUP CLASSES (Tots/Stars)

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Tots at 2:00, Stars at 2:30

Nov24

No Lessons! (Thanksgiving Break)

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Dec2

MONDAY GROUP CLASSES (Grads/Adv)

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Grads at 5:00, Adv at 5:15

Dec6

FRIDAY GROUP CLASSES (Tots/Stars)

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Tots at 2:00, Stars at 2:30