Emblem Academy Blog for Parents

Dear Parents,

Welcome to your Weekly Report Blog!

Here you will learn about all that we have covered with your wonderful children during the week.  This blog is updated weekly.  Please check periodically for the updates.

Please note: NO REFUNDS are issued after the program has started and no make ups or pro-rate are offered if a child misses a class.

September 20  - GUITAR

We went over strumming techniques and symbols designating up and down strokes. Started in the curriculum books on page 12 and 13 playing simple melodies on the open high e string. Also learned how to read simple tablature and where different frets are on the guitar.

September 20  - PIANO

We had an excellent time in piano today, and introduced our first song entitled “Ode to Joy”.  All of the students are getting comfortable with their keyboards, and successfully learning the notes and rhythms to their new song.  Each student received individual coaching and instruction, then we finished our class by playing Ode to Joy as a full ensemble.  It sounded great!

Please have your student continue to practice Ode to Joy at home, and we will learn a new song at our next class on Wednesday, October 11.  Please note that there is no class on September 27th or on October 4th, due to the school schedule.

 

September 13  - PIANO & GUITAR - Today it was our first class.  It was great meeting all your wonderful children.  The students were divided in two different groups: grade k-2nd in one group and 3-6 in another group.

Today it was our introductory class and the kids got to meet their instructors, as well as their classmates.  Each child has received his/her keyboard, guitars and materials.  The children were learning how to operate their instruments and their components.  Piano students also placed the music stickers on the keys, to help them learn the curriculum songs.  Each piano student received also a curriculum book and the teachers explained which songs they will be learning this semester.  Each child wrote his/her name on their instruments and materials, so as to avoid confusions.  Guitar students' Curriculum Books will be distributed next class as there was a delay in shipping from Florida due to hurricane Irma.  However, they used printed sheets for the first class.

Please remind your children to take good care of their instruments as they are fragile.

Please keep in mind that since this is a group class, and every student learns at the pace of the group, it is expected that some children may be faster than others in learning.  In this group class we all work as a team, so the faster students get to help their study partners.

 

Please note:

We do offer private, one-on-one music lessons in the comfort of your home.  So, we suggest to continue your children’s training with one of our outstanding instructors so they don’t have a long gap between lessons, and therefore hinder their progress.

Thank you very much.

Oksana and Staff

www.oksanaschoolofmusic.com


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