Tue 31 Jul 2012
The new school year is almost here, time to get schedules on paper (or on the fridge, bulletin board, or smart phone). The schedule for lessons, group classes and recitals is listed below. It is also listed on the Calendar page of my website, sladepiano.com, should you need to check it in the future. And I do send out reminders of upcoming scheduling items.
Please note that I am following the Poudre R-1 calendar for school start/end days and vacations. I realize that for students who are homeschooled, in other districts or attending a charter school the actual school calendar may be somewhat different.
Also note that there are only 4 weeks of Group Classes scheduled and 2 large group Recitals. Group Classes will include performance, as well as some theory, improvisation, etc. In my visits with the students, they all expressed enjoying the group classes and liking the break in the regular routine and the social aspect of the groups. Only students who are just beginning their piano lessons will NOT be participating in Group Classes. Those who began last year WILL be doing Group Classes this year.
I encourage you to use the swap list to reschedule lessons when conflicts arise. I just don’t have the flexibility during the school year to reschedule lessons or do “makeup” lessons. If in doubt, please reread the attendance procedures explained in my policy statement.
When helping your children to plan their school time schedule, please encourage them to include regular practice time. Try to make it part of their routine so that it really gets done. Students enjoy coming to their lessons when they are prepared, plus they enjoy making progress and feeling like they are playing well. Even for the most talented students there is no short cut to piano proficiency. The magic is in the practicing.