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October Newsletter
Dear musicians & families,
It's so wonderful to be making music in-person again! The fall term is off to a great start. Thanks to everyone for your punctuality, kindness, and patience. We are having lots of fun at the studio and making excellent progress with out music-learning and performance skills. Now that we are back in the swing of things, I hope that all our musicians are settling into a daily practice routine, too! Thanks for your encouragement and support of this important home practice, and see below for more info!
Musically yours,
~ Miss Jennifer

P.S. Please be reminded that the private lot is not available for student use. Everyone should use the municipal parking lot (just 75c/hour for drop-off, pick-up and parking). 
  •  Thanksgiving: We are OPENFriday, Saturday and Monday private lessons and Group Classes will all take place as usual during the Thanksgiving weekend. If you are not available, please contact me. 
  •  Halloween All students are invited to wear a costume to their lesson the week before Halloween! (Mon Oct 25- Sat Oct 30) I will have a little treat for anyone who participates, and we'll take your photo, too! Costumes are not mandatory, and there will be no theme this year.
  • Solo Recital Students taking private lessons are invited to perform in a small recital held at Stoney Creek United Church on Sat, Nov 13 at 2pm. You must RSVP by Oct 18 to participate. 1 song each, 2 guest limit per performer, everyone over 12 must be fully vaccinated. Rehearsals will take place with the pianist, Ms Christabel in advance of the event, and subject to an additional fee. Guitarists may play unaccompanied/with guitar accomp.
Home Practicing
Musicians know that practice is the secret to success! Passion and talent don't take us very far without that daily regimen. Beginning students can start at 10 mins/day, and 3 to 5 days week. Junior/Senior/Adult group class members and younger private students should strive for 30-45 mins/5 days a week. Private students level 5+ should be practicing 1 hour/5 to 6 days a week.

Practice Videos
YouTube Tutorials and Play-Alongs are posted a few times each month for group class students. Musicians should try playing along with their class videos at least 1x/week for additional support. Private students can request a video when needed and may sometimes be given recorded home assignments by their instructor. 
Introductory Violin Class
Junior Strings:
Senior Orchestra
Adult Strings Orchestra

Additional tips: 
  • Plan your practice sessions! Schedule regular days & times that work for you. 
  • Set-up a quiet space where you won't be disturbed.
  • Have your stand raised to a good height, and an appropriate chair, if you must sit (standing is better for violin posture!), 
  • Keep a pencil, highlighters and a metronome ready. 
  • Try plucking before you add your bow to challenging bits.
  • Try clapping and speaking difficult rhythms aloud. 
  • Sing your melodies! 
  • Bow in the air to feel a loose bow grip, relaxed arm motion, & proper up/down bow directions. 
  • Use the metronome. 
  • Add markings when you need them. 
  • Use the metronome! 
  • Play along with the video tutorials. 
  • Perform for your family regularly so they can see your progress.
  • Video record yourself and watch it back to critique yourself. 
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Health Precautions and Policies

At this time we will not be requiring proof of vaccination from our students or their parents. However, you are encouraged to receive all vaccinations for which you are eligible so that you may help us to protect our children and those who are vulnerable in our community and so that you are prepared if the requirement should change. We will continue to adhere to policies set out by the ministry, including:
  • All students (and guests) should self-screen before entering.
If you are experiencing any signs of illness such as coughing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, diarrhea, loss of smell or taste, or a skin rash then you should remain at home.
  • We will wear masks indoors, remain at a distance from one another, restrict capacity to 75% or less, clean high-touch surfaces frequently, and ask family members to wait outside the studio during group classes and during pick-up / drop-off.
  • Additionally, the studio is outfitted with a modern HVAC ventilation system with filters replaced regularly, and HEPA filters are being used to help further cleanse the air. 
Online Lesson Option
If you are not able to attend your class physically due to illness, exposure to someone who is ill, a lack of transportation, or recent travel, please contact me to arrange to meet on Zoom. Private lessons can carry on as normal via Zoom. Group class students will have the opportunity to audit the class (ie. you'll be able to see and hear us and can follow along from home!)
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