February newsletter

Hello students and parents!

This is the first email I’ve sent out to everyone – I hope it finds everyone well. I have a few things I’d like to let you know.

First, Family Week is coming up (February 20-24 for most or all schools), so lessons are on hold for that week. If you’d still like to have lessons that week, that is absolutely fine – just let me know via email/text/phone/at the lesson. The Lethbridge School District calendar is available at http://lethsdweb.lethsd.ab.ca/OurDistrict/Documents/2011-12%20-%20Draft%20December%207,%202010.pdf, so it looks like we’ll be encountering the same thing in April.

Second, I’d like to let you know about my website – http://katespianostudio.ca. I’ve spent some time working on it and I’ve had a lot of help. It’s still a work in progress, but it is where you can go if you need to switch your lesson time with one of my empty slots or with another student. (Go to http://katespianostudio.ca/switching-lessons/ or go to the main page, click on “Current Students” and then “Switching Lessons”. You will need to login using the username and password I provided in the last email. You can change the password once you login.

Next, I have a new YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/katespianostudio – right now, it has mostly old videos, and a few new ones. They are all pop covers, but as time goes on, there will be more variety. I would also like to have some videos of my students on there eventually – with permission, of course. My plan is to have a new video every week. I also subscribe to channels that I think will have videos that my students will appreciate or learn from, so it can be a great extra resource!

And lastly, I also have a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/katespianostudio – feel free to go “like” it. I will be posting my YouTube videos there, as well as polls about peoples’ experiences with music, teaching, piano, etc. So far, the first poll has been very interesting! (I asked people why they had quit music lessons if they had ever taken them, and also what instruments they can play. Check out the results for yourself! I’m trying to incorporate the findings into my teaching.)

Thanks for your time, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year!

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