Hello Everyone!

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season. I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone next week as we begin a new semester. This newsletter is jam-packed as it contains not only information about this month, but the entire semester. Read on to the end!

If you practiced over break and colored the picture, bring it to your lesson next week!

This semester we will have a “Practicer of the Month” challenge. The first week of February we will announce the student(s) who practiced the most days (and/or minutes) in the month of January. (And so-on for following months.) Attached is a link to a calendar you may use. I will also have copies to give you in your first lesson of the semester. You may simply put a mark, or even a sticker, on the days that you practice. Or if you prefer you may write the number or minutes or other details.

The second page of this document has the calendar for the Spring Semester. I will also have paper copies to hand out if you needed https://docs.google.com/ document/d/1kXPKDSsenv09_ XIv5flKXQl24n87wG2nz0gLIbuMwO8 /edit?usp=sharing

Coming up in February, we will have a “February Four-week Flashcard Focus”. If you have flashcards from the Fall be sure to find them again by the end of January. If you didn’t participate in the Fall I’ll have flashcards for you in February.

Spring will bring recital season. This is a great way to share your music! To make scheduling as easy as possible, there will be several different dates to choose from in April and May - after Easter, before Mother’s Day. Full info and sign-ups will be available by March, before Spring Break.

Now is a great time to begin making your summer plans. I invite you to explore attending a Suzuki Summer Institute or other summer music program. I plan to take teacher training at the Memphis Suzuki Institute in June. This is a wonderful mid-sized program, and I would love it if some of my students were there! https://suzukimemphis.com/ To discover more Suzuki Institute opportunities visit https://suzukiassociation.org/ events/institutes/ I am also in conversation  with those planning a (non-Suzuki) music day-camp here in Bloomington. That will take place sometime in July. As soon as I have dates and additional details I’ll share them with you!

Thank you to all those who’ve already paid their January invoice. As always, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me. For those wishing to pay by check I’m happy to extend the due date to Friday January 17.

The New Year often motivates us to set new goals. Here’s an article about setting music goals with your family http://www.suzukitriangle.com/ goals/?fbclid=IwAR0AYLcuy- 7r5r9ev_aB_ tXDTxmZcjL14AezqBqXeCwLIxh2kij yI-TAQR8 and attached a 2020 version of the goal sheet. 

A short story: When I was a child, my mother, brother, and I would listen to the program "Adventures in Good Music" on our local public radio station. The host, Karl Hass, would play just the first 8 measures of this piece*, then say in his warm distinctive voice "Hello everyone".  I was captivated by the melody, and wanted to know how the rest of the piece went. It is fair to say that is one of the reasons I played piano. Finally in high school, and again in college, I studied this piece. What inspires you?

*The piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=1PHpNxU-Wro

Karl Haas: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=zINDMdEfGjQ\

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Karl_Haas

Happy New Year!

Miss Sarah