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  • Important Dates
  • Opus Composition Festival
  • Piano Care - Humidity Control
  • TED Talk - Music and the Brain
  • Instagram
  • Happy Birthday
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Important Dates

Saturday, December 7
Christmas Performance: Parlor City Christmas at the Library, 10:00am

Week of December 9
Group Class Week (no private lessons)

Saturday, December 14
Christmas Performance: Von Maur Department Store, 11:00 am

December 16 - January 3
Studio Closed - Holiday Break

January 6
Lessons Resume

View all past newsletters here.
Download the 2019-2020 Studio Calendar

Opus Composition Festival

The Indiana State Music Teachers Association (IMTA)  hosts a yearly composition festival - a competitive event designed to promote creativity and educate students in the art of musical composition.

While it is said to be "competitive" (there is a winner in each age category), it functions like a festival where students are given individual feedback and ribbons for their compositions. All students who enter receive a special certificate of participation, a ribbon, and a judge's comment sheet.

Students must compose the piece 100% on their own and also notate it to the best of their ability (with teacher aid as needed). 

The composition must be completed and submitted to Amy by Friday, February 28, 2019

Cost: Cost is on an age sliding scale. The student age is based on the age they will be on January 1, 2021 (yes, 2021).  It has to do with the national level competition if they were to win. 

$40 - Junior (Age 11-14) as of 1/1/2021
$45 - Senior (Age 15-18)  as of 1/1/2021
You can't judge success by the day, the week, the month, or even the year. -Nicholas Cole

Piano Care

As we come into the winter months the humidity levels in our homes begin to drop. All instruments - even digital ones, are best kept in humidity conditions that are at least 30% or above (preferably closer to 40% but that's hard to do in winter).

This AcuRite Indoor Tempertaure Gauge at Walmart is only $5. Keep it near your piano. Adding an extra humidifier in the same room as the piano can help keep humilidty levels at more normal rate.

If the humidity falls too low soundboards of acoustic pianos can actually crack and permanently damage the instrument.

Music and the Brain

Jessica Grahn, Cognitive Neuroscientist, talks about the power of the human mind and how it can be transformed through music.
Watch this TED Talk

Follow Studio 88 on Instagram

If you're not already on Instagram (or following the Studio 88 Facebook page), it's a great way to see clips of weekly happenings within the studio!

I especially love Instagram because the whole format is much simpler and more focused on photos that the messiness that Facebook can at times feel like.

Instagram: @amystudio88
Facebook @studio88pianolessons
05 Darin Reinhard

13 Devin Reinhard
"You get what you repeat."

-James Clear, Atomic habits

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