Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Newsletter Fall 2015


This is the new Academy of Sound newsletter! This is where we will publish our favorite stories, updates, and events, and introduce our Featured Students.

Featured Student

Charlotte H.

"I am in 4th grade this year at Netherwood Knoll Elementary School. Ms. Samborn is my teacher. My favorite subject is reading. I read almost every night. I also play soccer on the Aftershocks team--it's fun. I joined orchestra this year and got to bring my cello home this week. I can't wait to learn how to play it. If I were an animal I'd want to be a lion because they're the king of the Savannah. What I like most about piano lessons is when I can play fast!" 

Charlotte is a piano student of Mark Wurzelbacher, who says: "Although I have only had three lessons with her so far, I can tell that Charlotte has a real enthusiasm for learning. It has been a real pleasure getting to know her."

Office updates

New Teachers

Beth Larson
This year, Academy of Sound welcomes violin & viola teacher Beth Larson, who graduated with a degree from UW-Madison and has lots of experience teaching musicians of all ages. Her summer class, Intro to Music & Rhythm, was a big hit. Beth teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit our registration page to learn about her current openings.

Mark Wurzelbacher
We are also excited that pianist Mark Wurzelbacher has joined our team. Mark attended UW-Madison as well as the University of Notre Dame. He is active in Madison-area musical theatre. Mark teaches on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Visit our registration page to learn about his current openings.

Absences - Your Call!

As we announced in an e-mail earlier this month, absences are now under your control. Each student is able to make up 1 lesson per semester, no matter the absence reason. So families can decide!

  • Absences must still be reported before 12pm (noon) on the lesson day in order to qualify for a makeup lesson offer.
  • Call 608-371-9030 or write to to report absences and request makeup lessons.
  • Be sure to request the makeup at the time the absence is reported. We will keep track in case you forget whether you've used your one absence per semester. 

TIP: Always contact the AOS office (instead of private teachers) with scheduling questions and updates. 

Academy of Sound Gear Now Available

Official 2015 #AcademyofSound shirts, available for a limited time only!
Choose a hoodie, t-shirt, long-sleeved t-shirt, or one of each. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

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  • Oct 29 - 30: closed (no regular lessons)
  • Nov 24 - 30: closed (no regular lessons)
  • Dec 19: Holiday Recital, 3pm @ Oregon High School Performing Arts Center
  • Dec 22 - Jan 3: closed (no regular lessons)
  • Jan 16: last day of fall lessons
Our full calendar is here

Thanks For Reading

That's all for this edition. If you'd like to suggest a story, or nominate a Featured Student, write to Meanwhile, we will see you at your lesson!