Concert Update…and other stuff

As you all know, we are having our very first Music Evening…in only a few weeks time!

It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 7pm-8:30pm.

You’ll receive further information about arrival times etc closer to the day.

It’s all been a bit exciting and THE topic of conversation during lessons!

This evening event is an opportunity for our young musicians to share their musical journey with their families and friends, and celebrates their learning and effort.

The things you need to know for now are…

Attire

The students, the principal and I have collaborated in deciding what to wear for the evening.

The students can wear either:

  • Traditional music attire- white or black top with black pants, or
  • School uniform
Practice
Practice is the way the students really develop musical skill.
Leading up to the concert, practice is particularly important.
The way I’ve been describing this to the students is…
  1. It’s important that you feel as confident as you can when you perform. Practice builds this confidence. We’ve discussed how performing, while very exciting, can also cause butterflies in the tummy, so feeling really confident because you know the piece well help you feel much better when you’re up on stage.
  2. When you play for an audience, you’re offering them a gift. When we practice, we’re making the gift as beautiful as we can for those people we are playing for.
While I understand there are family, sporting and other commitments (and surprises), it would be great if your child could:
  • Practice their piece 4-5 times per day (at least), 4 or 5 days per week. The older the student, the more they are capable of focusing on their practice. The Junior Primary students have been asked to practice in this way.
  • For older students, using time as a guideline (or time combined with a specific number of practices of their piece) may be more useful.
  • Practice the tricky bits, too…not just the bits you like or are good at. Then these bits can become as smooth as the rest of the piece.
It would be great if all our musical students feel that they’ve done their best in sharing their music with the school community!
THE OTHER STUFF
Payments
A few weeks ago, I sent out your invoices via personal email from me.
Can you please let me know if you haven’t received the email…it is a Gmail account, which some other email systems seem to reject.
So, if you can please send your request for an invoice to…
cristycoates@gmail.com
and ensure you ‘enable’ this address for your email system,  I can then resend your invoice.
Payments are now due, so your prompt attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated 🙂
Which leads us to the next topic…
Books
The previous e-letter you received from this site let you know about the purchase of books for students (scroll down on the website to view the message).
I have purchased books for those students who have paid for them, so those students will receive their book this week.
It is vitally important that students bring their books and instruments (well, guitars and recorders) to school on their assigned music day. This lets us work with their book systematically, I can write in any things to look out for while practicing (in lead pencil) and they can get their songs ‘stickered’ once completed satisfactorily.
Okay…I think that’s enough music news for the moment!
Hope your day is filled with music, joy and plenty of laughs,
Cristy

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