Note from Ms. Karen
I trust that your summer vacation is fun and safe so far. A faithful few have been enjoying keeping up on their instruments with me over the summer. For myself, as many of you know, summer is my big performance season. I play keyboards with Sam’s Swing Band (pictured above), and clarinet with Calder City Concert Band. Both bands are dedicated to serving the retired community, so we share our music at various area Retirement Homes. We also have some public events. I perform twice a week, typically: once in each band.
The first week of July, there were no gigs or lessons, so I took a trip north to hike trails at Newaygo State Park, North Country National Scenic Trail in White Cloud, and Ridge Trail at Ludington State Park. I took along my ukulele, because it’s small and I have to “do” music every day! If it’s not an instrument, it’s singing along with my cd collection on the road.
This newsletter is covering two months again this time, as I prepare for the fall and another year of music instruction. This year, in addition to private half/whole hour lessons, I will be offering some group classes covering musical subjects. I am still working out the details, but ideas are: theory, composers, music history, game nights (with music-related card and board games).
Recital for summer session students is coming up: Friday, August 9th at 1:30pm St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on the corner of 4 Mile and East Beltline. Students who are participating should arrive at 1pm to warm up. I will not prepare a printed program this time. Anyone is welcome to come, invite family, friends, those who may be interested in music lessons in the fall.
REMINDER: PLEASE Bring: all music books: lesson, theory, repertoire. Provide a Notebook designated solely for lessons: put your name on it! Bring instrument and all needs: reeds, picks, tuners, swabs. Write down practice minutes daily.
Bring all every time.
2019-2020 music schedule
September 9-October 25, 2019
FOCUS: Elements of Music
Recital Saturday, October 26th
October 28-December 15, 2019
FOCUS: Expressions in Music
Recital Saturday, December 14th
(tentative date for recital)
January 6-February 14, 2020
FOCUS: Ensembles in Music
Recital Saturday, February 15
February 17-March 27, 2020
FOCUS: Made up Music
(optional composition session)
Recital Saturday, March 28, 2020
April 13-May 22, 2020
FOCUS: Unconventional & Uncommon
Recital Saturday, May 16, 2020
PLEASE LET ME KNOW THE DAY OF THE WEEK AND TIMES WHICH WOULD BEST FOR LESSONS THIS FALL. TWO CHOICES IS GOOD. I WILL ADJUST MY OTHER WORKING SCHEDULES AROUND THE RESPONSES. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. M-F
EMAIL BY August 15.
Enjoy the rest of the summer months! Stay cool, too.
Second Year in a row, I was privileged to bring good ol' Swing Band music to the veterns at GR American Legion with Sam's Swing Band! Wow, could the AL and friends dance!!! I play piano with this group, and love it!
Sam's Swing Band is an active Grand Rapids area ensemble available for your events! Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Benny Goodman... you get the idea! Check out their FB page OR website: SamsSwingBand.com
We often bring this music to area Retirement Homes. It is nostalgic for the residents.
We'll be at the Fulton Street Festival again Saturday, June 29th starting at 11 am.
Also don't miss us at Frederick Meijer Garden on Tuesday, August 13 from 7-9!
Here's some videos from last summer to enjoy!
If you are looking for a fun summer activity for yourself or your children, this is the place! I am certified by the State of Michigan to teach K-12 music. I also have 30 years experience as a performer and private music instructor.
PIANO: My methods vary according to student goals: reading music, improvising, playing charts, secular, sacred and pop. I've got the resources!!
VOICE: A long time choral and solo singer, accompanist. and director: I'm ready to coach for all genres.
GUITAR: I've played for years off and on, and mainly teach beginners both folk and classical.
WOODWINDS: a clarinet and saxophone player, I am familiar teaching advanced students. Other woodwinds, I easily handle beginners.
BRASS: not an accomplished player, I do know basics to teach beginners.
STRINGS: I focus on ear training, music theory, musicality, and foundational technique here.
I'm still putting together my private music student schedule for the summer. Students typically have 6-8 lessons during the summer months. I will work around our vacation schedules. I always schedule siblings back to back. Because they take a larger time slot, I will place them first. Next, I configure hour-long students. Then, I work half-hour students around that.
Since this is basically my summer job, I like to have at least 35 students, because that usually means around 23 on any given week. This is what I can service around my summer concert schedule with Sam's Swing and Calder City Concert Band. I currently have five sibling groups, five hour-long students, and 17 half hour students. Available Lessons are M-Th 10am - 5pm.
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell (leave message or text) 616 648 3011
Let me know your 1st and 2nd preferred days and times. Also your vacation plans.
talk to you soon!
Wow, it's been over a month since I've posted!
I have been pretty busy with teaching K-5 music M-F in elementary school, then a few private music students most week nights. I am missing Calder City Concert Band and Sam's Swing Band (both their rehearsals are during the day).
However, I have still gotten my performance fix with Rockford Community Band and Shir Shalom Chorus. Finally, my keyboard skills are kept sharpened with my work in religious services on Wednesdays and weekends.
A busy June coming for me. I am currently setting up my summer lesson schedule. I'll be teaching any band or orchestra instrument, or voice, and piano. A great way to keep your skills up during the summer months. Please call or email if you are interested!
email@example.com (616) 648-3011
Performances coming up:
Tuesday May 28: Shir Shalom Chorus at Heather Hills: 7 pm
Tuesday June 4: Shir Shalom Chorus at Clarke Home: 7 pm
Thursday June 6: Calder Band at Raybrook: 2:30 pm
Friday June 7: GRAF indoor classical stage: 1:30 pm
(I'm accompanying Mike Dean on harmonica)
Saturday June 8: GRAF Circle Stage: 4 pm. (Sam's Swing Band)
Thursday June 13: Rockford Start of Summer Celebration Rotary Pavilion 7 pm
Saturday June 15: American Legion Boat & Canoe USO show 7-10 pm (Sam's Swing)
Wednesday June 19: Calder Band at Clark Community 2 pm
Thursday June 20: Calder Band at Breton Woods 6 pm
Monday June 24: Calder Band at EGR Collins Park 7 pm
Wednesday June 26: Sam's Swing at Heather Hills 3:30 pm
Thursday June 27: Calder Band at Covenant Village 7 pm
Friday June 28: Sentinel Point Summer Festival 4:30-6:30 pm (Sam's Swing)
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! Summer vacation is right around the corner!
Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:30 pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Session Two: Expression through Music
A big thank you to all students, parents and supporters of music education!
ORDER OF RECITAL:
Lulu Churchwell, piano…………………………………..Tigers at My Door, by Faber
John Henry Caughron, piano……..Ode to Joy (Beethoven) & Giddy-Up Pony (Faber)
Alex Writz, piano…………………......Little Bird & My Clever Pup (Alfred Prep Course)
Kate Caughron, piano……………………………………………...…..Dudelsack, anon
Katelyn Ward, piano….....Curtain Raiser & Carefree by Daniel Gottlob Turk (1750-1813)
Ariston Churchwell, guitar…...Tom Dooley, A Civil War Folk Tune from North Carolina
………. Clementine, Perry Montrose (1884?)
Caleb Ward, piano………………..Minuet in F by Jean-Henri d’Angelbert (1629-1691)
Selah Churchwell, piano………...… Minuet and Scherzino by Reinangle (1756-1809)
Erika Aurner, piano……………….…..Bouree by Georg Phillip Telemann (1681-1767)
……………...Evening Song by Daniel Gottlob Turk (1750-1813)
Sojourn Churchwell, clarinet…..Elegy by John Tyndall, modern band instrument composer
Gabriel Benedict, piano……………….....Emerald Sea by Timothy Brown (1946- )
Grace Caughron, piano…………..Three German Dances by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Owen Caughron, piano…...Six Miniatures by Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
A website which I read weekly, because of the insights into performance, practice, and learning in general is this one by Dr. Noa Kageyama. A violinist, and professor at Julliard in NYC, he applies sports psychology and training methods to how we learn and retain information. He also focuses on effective practicing strategies for musicians. Here is a recent blog which I wanted to share with my students, as our first recital of 2019 is approaching this weekend.
Have a great week!
The benefits of playing an instrument should be no surprise. I have cited several of them for years. It is nice to have confirmation of the great benefits:
* helps children learn better
* makes children learn faster
* children learn with greater long-lasting affects.
* involves whole brain: enhancing ALL learning
AND later in life, the benefits continue well into adulthood: staving off dementia and deafness, providing social involvement and purpose.
I personally experience the social, therapeutic, and satisfying effects of music in my life on a daily basis. My happy place is to be creating music, whether for my own enjoyment, performing solo work, or performing with an ensemble. I guess that's why I am so active in community bands, orchestras, and choirs!!
Here find a link to an article listing the wonderful side effects of being a musician!
Here is a piece written by Hugh A. Glauser at Kent State University School of Music.
Have a lovely week!
ps: see also the pdf from the Royal Conservatory of Music, if you want some really awesome studies on music education!
I am privileged today to help Music Director Kevin Bays with Solo and Ensemble at Vanguard Charter Academy! I have been coaching these 6-8th grade students for a couple weeks, and all the hard work has paid off! So proud of them and all the I and II ratings they earned!
I'll be continuing my support of this program with some more accompaniments this coming Wednesday for their 6th grade showcase concert.
I got to see some old music associates (who were adjudicating), and met some wonderful staff and parents at VCA as well.
This is the type of thing I absolutely LOVE doing!
Karen Yonkers Music