The July 2021 Newsletter for Dallas Piano Academy is here! Read all about what we've been up to!
Hello! It’s Lisa Emmick here with an update!
I’ve had a lot of people ask me, Lisa,
how is the studio doing? Is everything getting back to normal?
Last year, even though everything got
shut down, our students continued with their piano lessons. During this time
and in the months following, we also had many students begin lessons, looking
for creative ways to spend their time at home. The innate connection to music
is strong, and that has never been more evident than in the times we are
currently experiencing. I’m not sure what Covid will bring in the near future,
but I know that we’ll meet the challenges together, and find ways to continue
to make music!
I’m now so excited to announce that we're currently at our highest enrollment ever! So, thank you for continuing your lessons! Thank you for referring your friends! Welcome to all of our new students! We’re also expecting a major influx of new students this August, and we are so thankful for your support!
I hope you enjoy this newsletter and our update!
Lisa Emmick, Director, Dallas Piano Academy
This month’s Pet of the Month for our July 2021 Newsletter is Winnie! Katherine, who is Winnie’s person, says that Winnie likes to sit on the piano bench next to her when she practices!
Mark your calendar for these upcoming holidays (no lessons on these days):
Check your next newsletter for future dates to add to your calendar.
Earlier this month Mrs. Emmick served as a judge for the state competition for the Miss Teen Texas Volunteer Pageant! She has judged many pageants and performance competitions over the years, and was a local title holder in the Miss Texas (Miss America) Pageant system.
By making it possible for your child to study a musical instrument, you are providing the opportunity for self-expression, creativity and achievement. Numerous studies indicate that parental attitude, support and involvement are important factors in a child’s ability to successfully learn to play and enjoy music. Like any skill, interest counts far more than talent. With the right support from you, playing music will become a natural part of your child’s life.
What To Do To give your child the best possible support, you should…
‣ encourage your child to play for family and friends
‣ offer compliments and encouragement regularly
‣ expose your child to a wide variety of music
‣ encourage your child to talk with you about his or her lessons
‣ make sure your child’s instrument is always in good working order
‣ allow your child to play many types of music, not just study pieces
‣ listen to your child practice and acknowledge improvement
‣ help your child build a personal music library
‣ try to get your child to make a minimum commitment to his or her music studies
‣ listen to music around the house or in the car with your child and discuss what you’re listening to… what does your child like/dislike about the song? Encouraging active listening like this not only fosters an appreciation for music but will teach your child to listen closely to what they’re playing which leads to improved musicality
What Not To Do To give your child the best possible support…
‣ don’t use practice as punishment
‣ don’t insist your child play for others when they don’t want to
‣ don’t ridicule or make fun of mistakes or less than-perfect playing
‣ don’t apologize to others if your child has a weak performance
‣ don’t start your child on an instrument that’s in poor working order
‣ don’t expect rapid progress at the beginning
If Your Child Loses Interest don’t panic. It’s normal for interest levels to vary! Instead…
‣ discuss the situation with your child to determine why interest is declining
‣ talk to your child’s music teacher to see what might be done to rekindle enthusiasm
‣ encourage your child to stick with lessons for an agreed-to period of time
‣ offer increased enthusiasm and support
We love sharing information like this in our monthly newsletter. This article is based on material developed by the American Music Conference, Music Educators National Conference, the Music Teachers National Association and the National Association of Music Merchants