Hello all fellow musicians, students, colleagues and friends,
I thought an update would be appropriate as I am in my final weeks of student teaching. My internship began with River City Scholars, a NHA charter K-8, where I taught general music K-5 and 6-8 music appreciation and band. My mentor was a Calvin alumni herself, Kate Harkema. Her husband, Joe, used to play bassoon at Calvin, and we sat together during 2012-13 school year.
I am now midway through an internship at Wyoming Jr and Sr High Schools with the band program. My last classroom day is May 11, but I plan to add a couple rehearsals as I am conducting a piece for both Jr. High and Sr. High ensembles on their spring concerts. My mentor teacher is Shawn Gurk, and Jane Detweiler, who shares conducting duties. So the students luckily have three conductors for extra coaching and encouragement!
At the same time, I have continued with several private students, and am playing piano for various congregations' worship services in GR. I have missed playing with Rockford, Calder City and Sam's Swing bands, but did catch a couple rehearsals and performances during the winter and early spring (which is looking like winter still)
I will again be busy accompanying Solo and Ensemble for District 10 students on April 21 next week. I also have a piano student who is participating this year.
For my students: recital is Sunday, June 3, 2018 at St. Luke's 3 pm. Students should arrive by 2:30 to warm up, get the feel of the piano, and prepare mentally. Invite friends and family. Reception to follow.
Summer lesson sessions begin June 13. I am accepting students for Wednesdays and Thursdays this year. No weekends. Weekly lessons not necessary. Some students just come every other week. No repercussions for missing due to vacation. The purpose is to keep skills growing, and to prepare a piece for summer recital. I highly encourage participation in recitals, they are a fun, relaxed, sharing time for family and friends. The summer recital is Friday, August 17th at 3, with students arriving by 2:30 pm. Special party planned afterward this year...more details to come!
Please don't hesitate to call or ask questions here. I have been busy, but plan to check my site questions more frequently now that things are winding down a bit!