Information specifically for parents
Christmas Performance Classes replace regularly scheduled lessons for the week of December 12-18, 2015.
The Giordano family has graciously offered to host our Christmas Performance Classes this year at their home located at 8650 Knox Rd., Clarkston, MI 48348.
Student have signed up for class at one of the following dates/times:
Monday, 2/14/2015, 4:30-6:00 PM;
Tuesday, 12/15/2015, 6:00-7:30 PM; or,
Thursday, 12/17/15, 6:00-7:30 PM.
Please note the start time of the class for which you have signed up and be aware of the travel time to our special destination and respectfully arrive on time.
Students should bring one dozen treats to share. These treats will be divided into individual gift bags and sent home with each student. I will also have a small gift for each student.
Performance Classes are always a good time, especially when we get to share our Christmas songs. The Christmas songs do not need to be memorized, so you may bring your book. Also, we are also going to do our Rhythm Cup song together as a group!!!
Thank you! Miss Kristi
Christmas Break, New Years Break and Saving $$$
Are You Enjoying Your Advent Calendars?
Have you decorated the tree? Made your own customized snowflakes? Completed a puzzle or two?
Perhaps you have missed a day or two. No worries! You can just go back to any date in the past to see what the animation was for the day! Look for the Green colored ornament with the date number and click it! Today’s ornament is Red. Future dates are in Gold colored ornaments.
Didn’t activate your code yet? You can do it now. If you can’t find the emailed code I sent you, please text me or send an email and I will resend it. I don’t want you to miss out! It is SOOOO awesome!
The Recital in Review:
On Saturday, November 21, we had our Annual Celebration of Learning and Awards Ceremony. And, my goodness, we had so much to celebrate! Each student did so well and I am so pleased and honored to be their teacher!
I just have one question, is it “The Show Must Go On” or, “The Snow Must Go On & On?” Was that incredible?!? I couldn’t believe my eyes. I am thankful for the extra effort that many put forth to come and participate in the recital, despite the frozen tundra! I trust everyone arrived back home safely and soundly.
Pictures from the recital are posted on my Studio Facebook page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.496122003907631.1073741835.321352188051281&type=1&l=8b7c177b3c
Special Award Winners:
Student of the Year: Ellie G
Most Improved Student: Alina
National Guild Program Plaque (for 10 piece programs): Rishi, Kelsey, Ellie W, Rence, (not present were Brenden & Katelyn)
Perfect Practice Challenge Winning Team #4 Rence, Mike, Alec, David, Kayla, Ashley, Olivia M, Olivia S
Perfect Practice Gold and Silver Medal Winners
Thankful for YOU!
As I approach Thanksgiving, I am so very grateful to God for the opportunity that I have to do what I love. Teaching music and spending time with such talented folks is such a blessing. So, as I count my blessings again on Thanksgiving Day, you can be sure that YOU are on my list!
Christmas Performance Classes
Christmas Performance Classes replace regularly scheduled lessons for the week of December 14-18, 2015. This year the Giordano family has invited us to have our classes at their home. Please click this link to be directed to SignUp Genius and choose your preferred class time right away. Performance Class SignUp Genius Page
WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!
I would like to welcome all of the new students who have begun lessons at Kristi Balding’s Music Studio since our last post: Linsie, Emily, Megan & June! We are so glad that you have joined our studio group!
OUR RECITAL: ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF LEARNING AND AWARDS CEREMONY
In my last post I asked you to add the Annual Celebration of Learning and Awards Ceremony (Recital) date to your calendars. I wanted to share the information again with even more detail as we are rapidly approaching the exciting event!
Our recital is on November 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Maranatha Baptist Church, 5790 Flemings Lake Rd., Clarkston, MI 48348.
WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!
I would like to welcome all of the new students who have begun lessons at Kristi Balding’s Music Studio since our last post: Lorelai, Randy & Olivia!
RECITAL DATE ANNOUNCED
I would like to ask you all to add the Annual Celebration of Learning and Awards Ceremony (Recital) date to your calendars. We will have our recital on November 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Maranatha Baptist Church, 5790 Flemings Lake Rd., Clarkston, MI 48348.
I want to thank each student and each parent for a great first week of September lessons. Many of you have begun school this week and keeping your lesson on track was probably a challenge, but I appreciate your effort.
I want to give a big welcome the newest students to the studio: Anna (piano and voice); Dana, Brendan and their mom, Carrie (all piano); Kristin (piano); and, Kayla (piano). Additionally, some of my current students have added another instrument: Lauren (added flute to piano); and, Sofia (added voice to piano). Welcome to one and all!
PREDICTABLE SUCCESS AND REDUCED STRESS
Who wants predictable success and reduced stress? We all do! The student, the parent and I, the teacher, do!
I know that adding piano practice to your school and home routine is very important to helping reduce stress in your home. To give a little incentive to “getting off on the right foot” for the school year, I have introduced a team Perfect Practice Challenge. I know that if you make practice a predictable part of each day, success will be the result. Each student will practice better, perform better, be happier about piano all around, and tension will be reduced at home.
Have you ever noticed that the nanny-type programs always make scheduling and planning a main part of the solution to the chaos and anxiety that is present in the homes televised? It is because children like to be able to predict what their scheduling will be and know what is expected of them. I encourage each family to put down on paper, or a calendar, what the scheduling will usually be for each child. Then, the stress will primarily come from the “unexpected events” that life brings us (and we know there can be plenty of those).
Having a “Team Challenge” encourages students to meet one another, cheer for one another and realize that their decisions have individual consequences, as well as affect others on the team.
For additional ideas for making practice and lessons easier, visit the Parents page!
PERFECT PRACTICE CHALLENGE DETAILS
The Perfect Practice Challenge is a team competition. The four teams are listed on the Students page. I will keep record of each students practice score for the previous week, then post the weekly results on the Students page. The Perfect Practice Challenge will run each week from now through the recital and awards ceremony in November (exact date of the event will be announced soon). The winning team will be announced at the recital and a party will be given for one winning team.
An individual will earn points for the team only when “Perfect Practice” is obtained. Perfect Practice is a minimum of five practices, following the printed practice plan instructions. Bonus points may be earned for specific “extra” opportunities. More details about those opportunities will follow.
Music Money will still be earned by the individual students for every practice they complete. I know how much they each enjoy being able to spend or save their money for items at the “Studio Store.”
Instead of waiting to gather several ideas or announcements together and producing a newsletter, I am going to try to give information more frequently on this new blog page. I know that communication is important and I am going to try to be faster at delivering information that you might want or need through this avenue with links to/from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. As always, if you have questions or comments, please contact me!
Warmly, Miss Kristi 🙂