Winter/Spring 2016 Term Calendar


Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. As I write this post, I am settled on the couch watching the Rose Bowl Parade. The Mason High School Marching Band will be marching in the parade today, and I’m looking forward to seeing several former students participating! What an exciting opportunity for all the students and families involved.

The Fall Term was very fun (for me, anyway – I loved the Wanted posters!). I think it was great for the students to focus on some practice techniques through the weekly jobs. Everyone made it to the 4th and final stop in the Wild West – The Practice Cactus – yahoo!

We are all going to stretch our creativity this Term – I think the curriculum will be different and very dynamic. To follow the creativity theme, the practice calendar this term is pretty exciting. But the file size is pretty large, so instead of emailing the term calendar, I thought I would make it available on the web site. If you have any issues downloading the calendar, please let me know and I can print a copy for your student.

Get your calendar by clicking HERE.

This term I do plan on getting back to tracking practice time and checking for parent signatures, so please keep that in mind and help support home practice by encouraging your student to record practice time.

I’m really looking forward to a fun 2016, full of music and learning!

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas…

Do you have Christmas carols going through your head constantly at this time of year? I know I do! I love the holiday season – the decorations, the food, the music, the food, spending time with family, the food…

All of the students have been working hard on their Wild West practice incentive jobs for the last 13 weeks, so I wanted to give them each something as a small reward. It occurred to me that I spend several minutes each lesson flipping through books to find the current assignment. Thought to self: “Why don’t we have bookmarks in these books already?!” I experimented with Post-It flags, but the flags are tiny, and several are decorating the floor in the studio. They were also getting more wrinkled and torn as each week of the term went by…  🙂

So I headed into my craft room to devise a bookmark that would stay put (even when the book was open), and, almost most importantly, I could mass-produce for a studio of 20+ students who each have an average of 3 music books.

You can see the results of my crafting frenzy below. Hopefully these will hold up (yes, I ran them through my precious laminator!) and if the kids choose not to use the bookmarks for their music books, maybe they’ll find a use for them in other books they are reading.

Bookmarks are magnetic so they stay on pages, even when the book is open! :)

Bookmarks are magnetic so they stay on pages, even when the book is open! 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for another wonderful year teaching your children.

Yay for Piano Gymnastics!

Piano Gymnastics finally arrived this past Saturday, and we were PREPARED!! Alleycat Music Studio had record attendance this year at this event: 15 students participated in a whopping 93 events! We collectively brought home nearly 100 ribbons! It was so much fun to see each student going home with a handful of colorful ribbons. Great job to all who participated, and those who didn’t – you’re up next year! (Cuz you know you want some of those super-cool ribbons for yourself…)

Look at this gorgeous rainbow of ribbons!

Look at this gorgeous rainbow of ribbons!

Students, I am so proud of you for doing such a great job at Piano Gymnastics. We had been preparing since the summer for this event, and you should all pat yourselves on the back for a job well done! I think everyone deserves a break from scales and arpeggios.  ?