Spring 2013 Event Newsletter

There are some very important dates for the calendar coming up! 

April 29th-May 1st  Adjudication ( Location to be determined )
Some students may be scheduled for May 3rd
If you would like your level 2 or up student to receive a lesson with a piano professor, then please let me know so we can fill out the appropriate forms.  I will be asking for you to pre-pay for the event with your March payment.  ( I have to submit the forms by March 25th )

May 4th – Piano Festival ( Location to be determined )
This is a competitive event where students have an opportunity to be evaluated by a piano professor and to receive medals based on their performance.  I will be asking for you to pre-pay for the event with your March payment.  ( I have to submit the forms by March 25th )

May 5th – 2:30 p.m. Honor and Gold Medal Concert ( Location to be determined )
Concert featuring those who won gold medals in the previous festival event.

Spring Recital Friday May 24th  6:30 p.m. Hamilton Acres Baptist Church
This event is for all students and will feature the theme “Tell Me A Story”…descriptive music. You may invite as many guests as you like. Please bring some cookies to share.

Please let me know if you do / do not intend to take lessons next school year.  I have been receiving inquiries, and my studio is almost full for next year.  It would help me to know what to expect from returning students.  Also, if you are interested in summer lessons, please let me know so I can work on a schedule.

Your Piano Teacher,
Autumn Posey B.A. NCTM

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Spring 2012 Newsletter

Dates for your calendar:

Spring Break
March 30 – April 6
This is standardized testing week, and my students usually appreciate having the week off.

Spring Recital
Thursday May 24th – 6:30 p.m. Hamilton Acres Church
All students should plan to participate in this formal recital featuring “dance” music.  Invite your family and friends!

Adjudication
2nd or 3rd week of June
An event for students levels 2 and up who would like to be adjudicated by a professional educator. Cheryl Green has been a mentor to me, and currently teaches in Spokane, WA. This is an excellent opportunity for students to perform their recital pieces, or other prepared pieces, for her feedback.

Rates will be $17.50 for 20 minutes.  Please let me know if you would like to be included in this event.

Summer Lessons
I will be offering summer lessons June-August. Closer to spring, I will be handing out a calendar with select dates that I will be available. I will not be teaching September 2012, since I will be on maternity leave. I hope to begin lessons in October, and organize our annual Christmas event.

Adjusted Rates
I will be advertising at the IDEA curriculum fair, a popular event for home educators, since I am losing several wonderful military families this year. The quoted rate is higher than I am charging currently. (I am charging less than the going rate for my education level.)  However, students who took lessons from me 2011-2012 will remain at the same rate 2012-2013. I have the most wonderful group of students, and I want to reward each of you for your special attention to Isaiah. We BOTH appreciate it very much!

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October-December 2011 Newsletter

Dear Students and Parents,
We have had a wonderful start to the new school year of lessons!  Thank you to my students for making this year of teaching a pleasure!  I want to let you know about some upcoming events.  Please mark your calendars.

Christmas Break
December 19-January 1 (lessons begin January 2)
I will not be teaching between these dates.  Please have a wonderful Christmas!

December 16th – 3:00-4:00 p.m.
All students are asked to participate in a Christmas program for the residents of the Denali Center.  (The Denali Center is the “old folks’ center” attached to the hospital.  )  Beginning in late October/Early November students will begin learning a Christmas song for the occasion.  This is a casual performance opportunity, and also a chance for students to bless the residents of the center.  Please make plans to attend.  Please have your student dress “festive”.

Parents, please set aside $5.00-$10.00 with November’s payment to cover the cost of a Christmas book for your student(s).

Just a winter reminder:  If the weather is 45 below or colder, I will notify you whether I am teaching or not.

I would like 2 new students next semester.  If you have friends who would be interested, please let them know about my studio.  Thank you!

Hope you all have a wonderful winter season, and I look forward to working with each of you toward a more musical future!

Sincerely,
Autumn Posey

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May Newsletter

There are some very important dates for the calendar coming up!  Please be sure to mark the following dates!  Thank you!

Spring Recital Practice Day Wednesday May 18 4-5:30    p.m.
This event is for all students who would like to try out the Hamilton Acres Church Piano before the recital event.  I will also demonstrate performance protocol with students.
A sign up sheet for either 4-4:30 p.m, 4:30-5 p.m., 5-5:30 p.m. is available now.

Spring Recital Saturday May 28 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This event is for all students and will feature popular American and patriotic music.  More information will be available at a later date.  Please pay $10.00 per student for recital fee with May’s payment to cover costs. You may invite as many guests as you like.  Cake and punch will be provided.

Summer Lessons June-July / School Year 2011-2012
I plan to teach Mondays and Tuesdays during the summer months.
Please fill out the summer intent form and 2011-2012 school year intent form.
I would greatly advise all students to consider every week or every other week lessons during the summer.  In particular, first year students should consider this option.  I know that we all have busy schedules in the summer, and I am willing to be more flexible.

Due to a large number of my students who will be moving away or graduating this year, I am looking for about 7 new students.  Please let your friends know about these openings.  I have had a wonderful teaching experience this year, and I would love to continue teaching like-minded families.  Please let your friends know about these openings now before I begin advertising.  Thank you!

Your Piano Teacher,
Autumn Posey B.A. NCTM

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March Newsletter

There are some very important dates for the calendar coming up!  Please be sure to mark the following dates as they apply!  Thank you!

March 10-11 Thursday/Friday
I will be out of town.  Thursday and Friday students please adjust your payment accordingly.  Thank you!

Adjudication April 25-28 
For students levels 3 and above.  This event will feature adjudicator Deborah Ingram Cleaver.  I will let interested students know at a later date about their performance place/time.  Average cost is $30.00-$40.00.  

Spring Recital Practice Day Wednesday May 18 4-6 p.m.
This event is for all students who would like to try out the Hamilton Acres Church Piano before the recital event.  A sign up sheet for afternoon time slots will be made available at a later date.

Spring Recital Saturday May 28 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This event is for all students and will feature popular American and patriotic music.  More information will be available at a later date.  Please pay $10.00 per student for recital fee with May’s payment to cover costs. 

I wanted to let you all know about this great web-site for note learning! 
Thanks to Tonya and  Devanie Plass!
http://pedaplus.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=7&Itemid=142

I would greatly advise all students to consider every week or every other week lessons during the summer.  In particular, first year students should consider this option.  I know that we all have busy schedules in the summer, and I am willing to be more flexible. 
Please let me know if you are planning to take summer lessons.

Due to a large number of my students who will be moving away or graduating this year, I am looking for about 7 new students.  Please let your friends know about these openings.  I have had a wonderful teaching experience this year, and I would love to continue teaching like-minded families.  Last year I had to turn students away, so please let your friends know about these openings now before I begin advertising.  Thank you!

Your Piano Teacher,
Autumn Posey B.A. NCTM

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October – December Newsletter

Dear Students,

We have had a wonderful start to the new school year of lessons!  Thank you to my 25+ students for making this year of teaching a pleasure!  I want to let you know about some upcoming events.  Please mark your calendars.

November 24th – End of January
I will not be teaching between these dates.  Thank you for understanding my need for a break.  I will call each of you in January to let you know when I will be teaching again.

December 6th – 3:30-4:30 p.m.
All students are asked to participate in a Christmas program for the residents of the Denali Center.  ( The Denali Center is the “old folks’ center” attached to the hospital.  )  Beginning in late October/Early November students will begin learning a Christmas song for the occasion.  This is a casual performance opportunity, and also a chance for students to bless the residents of the center.  Please make plans to attend.  If you cannot make it by 3:30 but can come at 4, please let me know.  Thank you!

Parents, please set aside $5.00-$10.00 with November’s payment to cover the cost of a Christmas book for your student(s).

Just a winter reminder:  If the weather is 45 below or colder, I will notify you whether I am teaching or not.

Hope you all have a wonderful winter season, and I look forward to working with each of you toward a more musical future!

Sincerely,
Autumn Posey

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Trophies

Dear Parents:
If you would like your student to earn a trophy this year, please let me know, and check the box on your application.  Trophies are $10.00 and include an engraved name. 
Please include the $10.00 with Augusts’ payment.  
To earn the trophies, I will assign students challenges such as:  flashcards in one minute; superior counting for 20 weeks; etc…..

 Thank you! 
Autumn Posey

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Directions to New Studio

Projected move sometime between 2nd and 4th wk of August

Directions to new location:

 Take the Steese Highway North
Turn right at the Chena Hot Springs Road Exit
7.2 mi. Turn right at Green Acres Dr.
Turn at the first right on Big Spruce
Driveway is on the right:
Yellow house between two similar houses

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Summer Newsletter

Thanks to all my students for a very rewarding year!  Kimberly Anderson and Vanessa Anderson won gold medals in the annual Music Festival competition.  Olivia Gaskins received a gold medal for her original composition at the same event.  Also, Kandice Hamilton won a silver medal for her composition.  Seven students participated in the Adjudication Event, and twenty-nine students performed in our annual piano recital!  Also, Daniel Alteneder played a wonderful solo piece for his senior graduation.  Not to mention all of you who have been playing music for church, weddings etc.  I am so proud of you!

The news on my end is that I’ll be taking December and January off this year.  I am having a baby at Christmastime.  Because of this change in my life, I will be taking no more than 20 students this year.  If you would like piano lessons next year, you need to e-mail me at: harmony.studio.ak@gmail.com to confirm that you would like a spot.  Otherwise, I will fill my schedule with other students.  Even if you have spoken to me about piano lessons, I still need you to contact me via e-mail to let me know that having Dec/Jan off, and any other possible delays, will not thwart your interest in piano lessons.  Thank you very much for being understanding.

I still plan to offer lessons 5 days a week.  If you would like to request a date/time, you can also do so via e-mail.  I can not guarantee that I can comply, but I can try.

School schedule will begin August 16thPlease make plans to attend lessons that week.

Also a reminder:

As of August 1st, my rates will be as follows:

30 minute lesson $20.00

45 minute lesson $30.00

Students who are in level three or above will be strongly advised to have 45 minute lessons.  These rates are competitively based on my B.A. degree in Piano Performance and my recent certification through the Music Teachers’ National Association.

Please visit my web-site harmony-studio.net to check on current events.

Sincerely,

Autumn Posey B.A.

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MTNA Certification

On March 5, 2010 I received my MTNA, Music Teacher’s National Association, certification. This was a two year endeavor that required a great deal of academic work and professional development. To learn more about my recent certification please read the following article.

 Why MTNA Professional Certification?

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