Brainy’s Food Bank Challenge 2017

The Brainy challenge wrapped up last week!  Students who participated in this challenge had 3 challenges over the course of three weeks – one per week.  Students were asked to try and place one piece eight times over the week.  If they succeeded, they earned Brainy a penny.

Brainy at the Grocery Store

At the end of the challenge, Brainy took all his pennies to the Stuffie bank and exchanged them for loonies.  In total, he earned 41 loonies from the foodbank.  Wow!  Students have beaten last year’s record, where they earned 40 pennies during the course of the challenge.

Parents were invited to match the studio’s donation, and Brainy was give both food items and monetary donations.  So in total, Brainy had 78 dollars to spend at the foodbank.  We successfully matched last year’s donation amount.  Great job everyone!

After all the pennies were collected, Brainy went shopping at the grocery store and picked up a lot of food for the Food Bank.  This year, Brainy wanted to go drop it off directly, so he travelled to the Food Bank and dropped it off.  Thanks again everyone who participated in this challenge!  Students did a great job practicing and Brainy is really proud of all the hard work they did earning food for the Food Bank!

Brainy says thank you!

In the studio: 2017 news

It has been a busy fall in the studio!  Students have been collecting music badges for their practicing, participated in recitals, worked on a musical time line, and have learned a lot of great music.  Students worked on Compositions for November, and we will continue to be working on finishing these compositions and typing them into Musscore (a music notation program) as we proceed into the new year.  The Brainy practicing challenge has just wrapped up, also – updates about this will be posted soon!

Origami Music star decoration

In performance news, I took part in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s November Master Series concert and their Nutcracker meets Duke Ellington concerts.  I’m looking forward to the Night In Vienna concert, which takes place December 30th.  The October Classical Variety Night concert I organize was lovely, and I’m already planning the next one, which is scheduled for February the 4th.

It’s been a fun year in the studio, and I’m looking forward to continuing to make some great music with students in 2018!

Practicing Badges

This year in the studio, students are collecting badges for the hard work they’re doing practicing and preparing music.  Badges can be earned through a variety of means.  Some badges come from attending studio events, others from learning songs in their method book, practicing ear training, beating a high score in an educational music game, etc.  There are many badges for students to try and acquire.

For the last week of lessons before the end of term, students will be invited to make their own badge – this badge will be to celebrate something they think they have done well this term.

There are a few tricky ones that students can attempt to achieve if they are feeling ambitious.  For example, the gold level practicing badge is achieved by a student practicing 50 days in a row.  The bronze level practicing badge is given out for practicing 14 days in a row, and the silver level for 25 days in a row.  I can provide a calendar to track if students are interested in trying to achieve this badge.

Piano lesson badges

Students will continue collecting these through the new year, and will be able to take their sheets home in June.  If you would like to see all the badges you child has earned, pop into the studio and take a look!  I also have a full list of all badges available – parents are welcome to stop by during the lesson and take a look at this list.

It takes a lot of hard work and practice to learn to play the piano or clarinet!  These badges are a great way of celebrating all the different accomplishments students achieve during their lessons.  I’m looking forward to seeing all the badges students achieve this year!