Hello Everyone!

Looking forward to the Play-in coming up on Sunday November 10(3:00 at Bell Trace Retirement Community, Commons Room.) Many of you have signed up to participate in this event. Looking forward to the opportunity to make music with others! Feel free to contact me with any questions.

A reminder that Thanksgiving break is November 25-29. There will be no lessons that week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you to those who have filled out the survey following up on the Positive Practice workbook. Your responses will help me curate the most supportive topics and formats for future conversations.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (which I play violin and viola with) has three performances coming up of our “Celebrate the Season” concert. Choose from Friday November 29, either 5:30 or 8:00 at the Buskirk-Chumley theater in Bloomington; or Sunday December 1, 6:00, at the new Brown County Music Center in Nashville. Repertoire will be similar on all performances. Full season information and links for tickets here: http://www. bloomingtonsymphony.com/ concerts-and-events/our-50th- season/ 

The BSO is running their annual Poinsettia Sale. If you’re planning to buy poinsettias this season please consider supporting your local community orchestra http://www. bloomingtonsymphony.com/ poinsettias/ 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 7, from 1-4, when the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead(main house the studio is attached to) is having their annual Holiday Open House. Plan to drop in and play some of your Christmas music! More details coming soon.

Winter Instrument Care: As the weather turns colder it is helpful to be aware of how the change can affect your instrument, and what you can do to minimize the negative aspects of that. Here are some helpful links:

Cold dark winter coming? Perfect time to start thinking about attending a Suzuki Institute next summer! Over the next several months I’ll be including article about what a Suzuki Summer Institute is, and additional details about specific institutes. Let’s start here: https://www.musikalessons.com/ blog/2016/06/suzuki-institute- 101/ 

And you can follow this link to find out about institutes all over the Americas: https://suzukiassociation.org/ events/institutes/(Select your instrument and “institute student event”.) Check back occasionally as this is the time when institutes are beginning to post their information and there will be periodic updates.

Are you counting your days practiced this semester? Don’t forget to add your name and weekly cumulative totals to the bulletin board in the studio. Planning a party in December for the top practicers of the semester!

Thank you to everyone who has already paid their November invoice. A reminder that payment is due by the 15th of the month. If that will not work for you please contact me to arrange a personalized due date.

Video of the Week: this month in the teen-adult class  we learned about “Growth Mindset” and “Grit”. Here are links to what we watched:

How do these concepts relate to your life, and to music study?

Happy Practicing, and see you in lessons!

Miss Sarah