The Quarter 2 Lesson Project is now at the half-way point. With 4 weeks (plus the 2 bonus days) behind us we have 4 weeks that remain.
You can get a sense of class participation from the following graphs. Click on the image for a closer look at the data.
A number of students have succesfully completed the entire project already. Admittedly, I'm not quite sure what the rest of you are waiting for. Remember that you can only schedule one lesson per week to count towards the Quarter 2 Lesson Project.
At the end of the semester we will be moving on to - you guessed it - the Quarter 3 Ensemble Project. If you haven't completed the Quarter 2 Lesson Project, you will be responsible for completing the work in Quarter 3 while also picking up new tasks.
A few announcements and reminders about upcoming events:
As our small ensemble lessons are now underway at the high school, I'd like to share some information about private lessons for interested students, or for students and families who are on the fence.
There really is nothing better for developing as a musician and a technical performer than individual (or "private") lessons. We have long known that one-on-one feedback is among the best methods for instruction. The customization that is possible when learning from a top-notch instructor in a one-on-one environment allows for students to learn more efficiently.
Daniel Mattix has a private music studio in Chicago. He lists several benefits of studying with a private teacher. It must be noted that as a private teacher he has a vested interest in encouraging students to take lessons, but I know that I echo the sentiment of many teachers throughout the country that for students who are interested in taking their music education to "the next level" or just becoming more proficient on their instrument, private lessons are the way to go.
In the Chippewa Valley, with help from professors at UWEC, we have developed a list of the best private teachers. Please reach out if you would like help finding a private lesson teacher.
It should also be noted that as your student's instrumental music teacher I am available for lessons before, during, and after school. I am happy to help students prepare for auditions, State Honors, or study their instrument. There is, though, no substitute for studying with a master of your own instrument.
A few more pieces of information:
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.