Monday, November 12, 2018

November Newsletter

Dear AOS Friends, Families, and Teachers,

It's amazing how the Fall months seem to fly! We continue to be blown away by how quickly long summer days have shifted to chilly Fall evenings. As we get ready for the upcoming holidays, there's no shortage of activities going on at Academy of Sound.

Student of the Month:
We plan to start featuring a student (or students) each month who has worked hard in and out of lessons and shown progress in individual goals. Stay tuned for exciting features in the upcoming months!!

Happy Thanksgiving-Upcoming Closure Notice:
Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK, which means that we will be closed Tuesday November 20th through Friday November 24th. Make sure you to double check the calendar on our website for other upcoming closings.

It's not too try something new:
It is November BUT it's not too late to try music lessons! A few openings still remain in strings, piano, voice, drums, and guitar/uke. Lesson tuition will be prorated when you start. Check out the openings on our website.

AOS Blog: 5 Tips for Successful Recital Preparation

With the recital just weeks away, it's important to be practicing to perform. As students, we get comfortable with our teachers, and it's easy to let performance practices slide. However, we should be practicing for performance EVERY SINGLE DAY, in and out of lessons.

Here are some tips for successful recital preparation.

1. Commit to your repertoire FAR IN ADVANCE
The recital is on December 16th. If you have yet to choose a piece with your teacher, it's time to do so this week. Next week is a holiday and will affect many lessons. You should leave lessons this week knowing exactly what you are planning to perform (including cuts if you plan to take any.)

2. Practice your piece and set goals for yourself
Your teacher reminds you to practice this week, but this rule is SO MUCH more important when it comes to recital preparation. Practicing doesn't mean just running through the piece once  a day. Instead, you should be breaking down your piece into sections and working each one individually. If you are playing a longer piece or singing a solo, you should also find recordings to listen to and study. Your teacher can help you to select ones that are appropriate.

3. Goals: Memorize AND early
This may not apply to you but memorizing your piece can take some of the stress off of performing. Aim to have your recital piece memorized no less than two weeks out. You can ask your teacher for tips on memorizing or even ask her to schedule weekly "memory checks."

4. Practice performing for friends and family
Family and friends make a great practice audience before the performance. Schedule a few "practice performances" with them in the weeks leading up to the event. You can even practice wearing the dress or shoes that you plan to wear the day of.

5. Take care of yourself!
This goes without saying, but make sure that you are taking care of yourself. Add an extra half hour to your week schedule, especially in the week leading up the recital. Drink plenty of water, and make sure you are eating healthy meals. It's so easy to let stress take over, especially closer to the event. Put your own health first- your body will thank you later!

Perhaps, the most important tip of all is to make sure to enjoy the process. While they might seem stressful at times, recitals are an excellent way to learn and grow as a musician. The process might help you to discover things about yourself you never realized before!

Teacher's Tips: What's in your backpack? (Kirstin Roble, voice teacher)

Every week, I get the response from at least one student of "I forgot my music" when I ask what we should work on today. As we're heading into one of the busiest months of the year, it's easy to forget music, pencils, or water bottles. This month, I thought I'd take some time to make a "lessons preparation list."

Before you come to lessons this week, ask yourself, "what's in your backpack?"

1. Music/Instrument- This seems obvious, but you need to bring your music books/sheet music and instrument to EVERY lesson (unless your teacher specifies otherwise.) If you come straight from school or work, put your music in the night before your lesson so you don't forget the morning of.

2. Accessories- Do you need guitars picks, reeds, rosin, or staff paper for a lesson? Those should also be in your bag each week. Not having those can slow down the lesson SIGNIFICANTLY as your teacher will be sent off to find the materials, or you will have to do without for that week.

3. Water bottle- It's DRY outside and inside. Bring a water bottle to each and every lesson. Your throat will thank you later.

4. Assignment book or notebook AND pen/pencil- We don't expect you to remember every detail of each week, but we do want you to write assignments down. That's why we ask you to bring an assignment book or notebook to each lesson to keep track of what you ned to work on. Don't have an assignment book? Ask the front desk, and they can help you get one!

5. Willingness to try new things- this isn't a physical item that you can put in a bag, but it deserves to be on this list regardless. As teachers, we might ask you to try something new to get a desired sound or explain a new concept. Yes, it might be a little silly or different than you're used to but the result can be pretty awesome. Be willing to TRY- that's all we ask.

Have a great rest of November, and we'll be back at the beginning of December with more AOS news!