Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
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Bravo Recital Performers!!
We want to give another big round of applause to all of the students that participated in last month’s Winter Recital! Everyone did a fantastic job. We know how much courage it takes to get up and perform in front of others and we are so proud of everyone for participating. It’s amazing to see what hard work and determination can create. Thank you for sharing your talents! Don’t forget to stop by the front desk to pick up your red carpet photos! They are sorted by instructor. Congratulations on a job well done!
Welcome New Students!
The Formula For A Great Practice Session
Practice Slowly: To play a piece correctly, you must practice it correctly. It is best for all musicians to practice their pieces slowly at first to make sure they have everything correct and then gradually increase the tempo.
Use the Metronome: The metronome is a great tool to help musicians keep a steady beat when they practice. Students should be using a metronome in the majority of their practice sessions.
Repetitions: Repetition is the key to mastery! It is the only way to develop muscle memory. There are no shortcuts! Students should use repetition in all of their practice and specifically in difficult sections.
Practice Smarter Not Longer: Students do best when they practice for shorter periods that are highly focused. Students accomplish more when they have a goal to work towards. I recommend very concrete goals like, “I will learn to play this piece at a certain tempo until it is mistake free” and not “I will play for the next two hours.”
Increase the Difficulty Every Session: It is vitally important to increase the difficulty of whatever a student is working on each practice session. For example, on Monday if a student played the song at 60 beats per minute then on Tuesday they should start at 65 and so on.
Have Fun in Every Practice Session: This might be the most important habit of all. Make sure to have fun in every single practice session. Yes, students need to practice their warm ups, scales, and all of their exercises, but they need to develop the habit that some of their practice should be dedicated to playing something that they enjoy.
Please take a moment and verify your contact information with us. We need accurate information so we can contact you in case of teacher illness, school closures or emergencies. You can reach us at email@example.com or 740-913-1718.
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SNOW DAY PROCEDURES
We often get calls asking if we cancel lessons when the local schools close. The majority of the time, we remain open. Typically, by the time lessons start, the roads have been cleared. If we do close down, we will call every student and let them know about the closing. We also send a mass e-mail and post our closings on Facebook.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Courtney Silber
Daughters of Troy announces Courtney Silber as part of the 2017/18 Apprentice Company [New York, NY]
Silber is a Powell native who studied voice for seven years at Powell Academy of Music, and is now a Senior at Marymount Manhattan College. This 2017/2018 Apprentice Company marks the second education initiative for Daughters of Troy, following the Summer Apprentice Company. As Daughters of Troy workshops material over the fall, the company aims to foster the development of young artists through the Apprentice Company.
Young women in undergraduate actor training programs applied, by invitation only, to the program. They will be coached as theatre makers, both as actor/writers and the business of running a company. Apprentices selected will each be paired with a mentor, all with teaching experience and Masters of Fine Arts degrees or equivalent career experience.
When asked about the company, Silber said she is thrilled to continue working with Daughters of Troy. “Daughters of Troy has given me a home in New York City, and I can’t wait to be a part of the progress that takes place in the next few years.” She added, “ I’m a senior, and many of my friends are about to leave school and step out on their own. As I approach graduation, I am grateful to know I have a group of professional women invested in me, my growth and my success.” “Courtney has been a part of Daughters of Troy since before we knew what to call ourselves”, said Artistic Producer and Director of the Apprentice Training Program, Brooke M. Haney, “so, she was an obvious choice when we were building our Apprentice Company. Her passion and drive is incredible, and we’re both excited to see where her career takes her, and invested in helping her achieve her goals.”
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Recital Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up?
Sign up sheets will be posted at the front desk between November 1st and November 30th. You are required to have a song selected for the performance prior to signing up. We will not allow for changes after November 30th as programs will be printed that week.
Is there a fee for the recital?
The recitals are completely free for all Academy students. The only exception is for vocal performers who need an accompanist. The accompanist fee is $30 and is paid directly to the accompanist to compensate for their time at the recital and the time they spend learning each song.
How long does the recital last?
We split the recital into groups of sixteen and each group’s recital lasts about 45 minutes. Your instructor will be assigned to only one time slot. If you cannot attend your instructor’s time slot, you are welcome to sign up with a different teacher, however, your instructor will not be at that session.
Do I have to participate in the recital?
We encourage all students to perform and show off their hard work, but the recital is optional.
What should I wear?
Our December recital is semi-formal. Students don’t need to wear a dress or a suit, but we ask that students not wear jeans, shorts or sweat pants.
When should I arrive and what should I bring?
We ask that families arrive about 10 minutes before their session time. We will provide a piano and music stand, so students performing on other instruments will need to bring their own.
Can family or friends come?
Yes! We will have seating for up to 100 people at each session.
Pranjal A. Hareekrishna S.
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