I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful weather. As St. Louisans, we know that we get approximately 6 really nice days of weather a year, so take it all in!
I just wanted to take a moment to express how incredibly fun lessons this first week of Summer ’20 were for Kirby and me. I think there’s something about the feel of a fresh start – a new beginning – that invigorates and energizes. And seeing you on different days, at different times, and in a different order is just enough variety to spice things up. Plus, even though students have been at home for the past several months, there’s a big, very noticeable difference in students’ energy levels with the pressures of schoolwork relieved. It all made for a very fun first week.
It was really, really exciting to begin new projects all of you who we saw this week – and those of you who we didn’t see this first week, we’ll get started on your own new projects in your first lesson this summer. I was struck by what a solid place we’re all starting from this summer. Across the board, I heard really good intonation and tone, and saw a lot of really good technique. If that’s our starting point, the sky’s the limit on where we can end up by the end of the summer! One big component of this summer’s work is strengthening review, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to print our your violin or viola review charts for the summer, please do so now!
In addition to lessons, we’d like to put a few other studio activities on the calendar for June, including:
- A studio “hangout” on Saturday, June 13th at 10 a.m. We’d like to use this opportunity just to give all of our students the opportunity to share what they’re up to this summer, have them be able to see their group class friends and classmates, and generally bond as as studios and as program overall. Even if you didn’t regularly participate in group classes in the ’19-’20 school year, please put this on your calendar – we’d love to have you there! A separate Zoom invitation for this event will be sent in the week leading up to it.
- A “home concert” on Saturday, June 27th at 2:00 p.m. We want to give all of our students concrete goals to focus on and prepare for this summer, opportunities to continue to develop as performers, and the ability to share their music with their friends, classmates, and studio family and friends. Being about a month away, we’ll all have an opportunity to select a new piece of repertoire and work on polishing it. Again, a separate Zoom invitation for this event will be sent prior to the concert date.
We look forward to seeing you all again in lessons this upcoming week!