New Year, New Space

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New Year, New Space

We made it! We are finally in the new space! Thank you for the patience and support from all of those involved. The last week of 2018 was full of excitement and new beginnings. Mack Music Studio had it’s open house and prepared to welcome students on its first official day of lessons, January 2nd. It has been such a fun experience to see everyone’s reaction as they walked into the new space for the first time. Thank you to everyone for sharing in my excitement as this dream has become a reality.

With any new adventure, this opening has come with hard work, planning, and learning experiences. I also find myself in the position to learn about and implement new ways to make the music education experience in my studio fun for students and efficient for families. Teaching music is what I love to do and I am so grateful for opportunities to grow as a teacher and business owner so that I may provide all that I can for my students.

This new change just happened to coincide with planning and preparation for NFMC Festival. I feel as though preparations and paperwork is on the brain 24/7! To my students participating in festival this year, I am very proud of the work that you have and continue to put in to preparing. Adjudications can be great motivators to learn and grow as players!  For my students who are not participating, that is okay too! I am a firm believer that everyone has their own path and learns in their own way. I am here to help support you in the best way that I can!

On another note, I look forward to starting group lessons at the studio soon. These lessons would occur once every few months or so. Groups of students who are around the same age/level can come to play music games, perform for one another, take part in music activities such as composition workshops, duet partnerships and more. I would love to hear ideas from my students and families about what they would like to see at group lessons! You can write your thoughts on the bulletin board at the studio or just let me know in person. Thanks! I’m looking forward to this new experience.

In addition to festivals and group lessons, I am also hoping to provide more optional performance opportunities for my students throughout the year, aside from our big recital in the spring. I will keep you all posted on this!

Thank you all again for taking this exciting ride with me! I can’t wait to see what we do next!

What am I Listening to?

Edward Elgar’s Nimrod from “Enigma Variations” is the piece of the day today. I was reminded of this piece recently when listening to the local classical radio station with my mother-in-law. As soon as I heard those first beautiful harmonies, I told her, “You’re going to love this.” I first heard Nimrod in high school when my piano teacher introduced it to me. The best description that I can give is that this piece reminds me of a much needed, long lasting embrace. It’s the sense of relief that follows intense turmoil and worry. At least, that is what I hear. And right now, as I stress myself with all the details that are racing around in my brain, I take comfort in all that has been resolved and accomplished. I am thankful for a chance to do what I love and for the many (especially my students!) that inspire me even in the midst of a hectic schedule and chronic business. I’m lucky to have music like this and people like you.

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