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  • Parent Conferences
    Welcome Parents and Students to HSMA parent conferences day. Please visit me in room H (middle school building) so we can discuss your child's progress in piano class.
    Posted Oct 14, 2010, 2:56 PM by Lesya Straley
  • For Parents...
    While most students are initially excited to begin piano lessons, please be aware that they will face challenges and sometimes frustrations. As initial enthusiasm is replaced by awareness of the discipline and commitment required to attain excellence, your encouragement and praise will be essential to your child's success.
     
    In addition to this, please:
     
    1.     Set aside a scheduled practice time for your child
    2.     Supervise home practice sessions and sign practice logs, making sure your child completes all assignments
    3.     Provide feedback and suggestions for me that will increase the effectiveness of each lesson
    4.     Play quality music in your home and car
    Posted Sep 28, 2010, 7:14 AM by Lesya Straley
  • Piano Class studio fee

    Dear Harry Stone Montessori Academy Parent,

    Welcome! Your child is now enrolled in the Harry Stone Montessori Academy piano program. I am looking forward to an excellent school year. We are very fortunate to have many talented young musicians at our school, and I am quite pleased with the enthusiastic approach the children are starting the new school year with. All students are now learning or reviewing the basic skills and techniques necessary for playing piano. Each child will have an opportunity to perform at a piano recital later in the year.

    Piano study is “a gift that lasts a lifetime”. Piano study teaches children self-discipline and promotes personal creative development. Children gain self-confidence through music study in a unique way that improves all aspects of their education. Parents! Make sure that your child is practicing daily at home. These years are precious and your help in providing an environment for practice at your home will help your child’s musical growth more than anything else you do.

    As we are preparing for the upcoming recitals, each student is asked to contribute a small studio fee of Five dollars.  The money will go towards purchasing classroom materials and instrument repair and tuning.  Please, return this form with a payment of $5 (Cash or money order only).

    As always, thank you for your support!

    Posted Sep 27, 2010, 2:21 PM by Lesya Straley
  • Class Recitals
    Four recitals are offered throughout the year
    • December Recital for students in grades 7 and 8.
    • February Recital for students in grades 4, 5 and 6
    • May Recital for beginners in grades 1, 2 and 3.
    • May Recital for selected students in all grades. 


    Make a commitment to remain for the entire program.  Performers deserve an attentive audience. When choosing to perform in a recital, one makes the commitment to remain for the entire program. If you are not able to do this, plan to play in the next recital.

      

    Dress Requirements.  Please wear appropriate clothing for a formal recital. 


    Girls wear dresses or dressy pants; 

    Boys wear dress pants with a nice shirt, sweater, or shirt and jacket.  


    Please, do not feel obligated to spend money for new clothes; however, proper dress shows respect to the audience, your fellow students, and your own accomplishments.  Please give your performance the respect it deserves by wearing your “Sunday best” or dressy clothing.  If your piece lends itself to a “costume” you may dress up in character. 


    Inappropriate Attire:  T shirts, jeans, clogs or shoes with chunky soles, any kind of athletic footwear, rings (1 small ring is OK, a ring on every finger is not OK), large bracelets. Pay particular attention to your hands.  Well-groomed nails are a must — no gaudy nail polish — no “bangly” bracelets or watches.

     

    Performance Day.  Be on time.  THE RECITAL PROGRAM STARTS PROMPTLY AT 6 PM. Do not come late as this makes it difficult for those performing. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early and prepare yourself mentally for the performance. Calm down from the rush of everyday life. Be in your seat at 5:45 PM.


    Posted Sep 27, 2010, 2:22 PM by Lesya Straley
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Homework

Word of the Week

  • Dynamics  - set of musical symbols that indicate "softness" and "loudness" of music.
    Posted Sep 25, 2010, 7:00 PM by Lesya Straley
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