Many thanks to all our students and their families who were able to join us for our annual Halloween Party this year! From bringing your children to group class week after week, to helping set up for the performance, coming up with such creative costumes, bringing such delicious treats, helping clean up afterwards, and just generally being such wonderful parents who are so invested in your children’s growth and development, events like these always serve to remind us just what a special community we have here at West County Strings and what an opportunity we have to teach children in this wonderful environment! An extra special thanks to Lisa Gottfried who volunteered to take the lead on setting up the reception – we truly couldn’t have put such a nice evening together without her.
It was so encouraging to see how much each group of students – and each individual student in them – had developed in the short time since groups started meeting at the beginning of September, and how much each piece that they performed had progressed! Group classes really are vital to long-term success in musical study. Students who attend group learn new pieces faster (because they’re seeing and hearing them played), remember everything they’ve learned in the past better (because they’re playing it frequently), and stay motivated longer (because they’re having fun and forming friendships). So, If you’ve been coming to group classes on evenings thus far this semester, don’t forget – groups will still be meeting in November. And if you haven’t been able to join us for groups yet this school year, it’s not too late to start – ask your teacher how to plug in this month!