Hello Students and parents!

I am currently teaching the last of 4 camps at the Carolina Friends School Summer Program and am starting to pack for my vacation in Bali where I will see my daughter and granddaughter and son-in-law.  I will be away for 3 weeks and Fall lessons will start Wednesday 9/7.  It has been a long hot summer so far and I hope everyone has had some cool times and some fun in between all the business of living day to day.  The CFSS camps have been great fun: two mini-musical productions, one ukelele camp and one African Safari camp, all for ages 5-9.  I also taught a mini-musical camp for older students at the Pilgrim Church and it was also a lot of fun to see students write their own material.

I have communicated with most continuing and beginning students and have my schedule fairly set except I know that once students get back to school, things like sport practice times can change.  I will have email in Bali but not phone.  If you find out you need to change lesson times please email me and I will do my best although I am not taking my computer with me.  Instead I am taking two ukeleles so I can teach my granddaughter to play!  I’ll put my schedule up on the “cloud” as they say and I should be able to make changes if I have times available.

For adults or students who can come before 3 pm I have room in the schedule.  After 3 pm I have some times, 2 on Monday, and 4 early Wednesday and 4 early Thursday right now.  This Fall I am going to try and keep 7-7:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday free for makeup lessons.

Spring was a wonderful long semester but Fall is going to be short and fast!  The Fall soiree will be December 4 at 3:30 in the Croasdaile Auditorium and I look forward to seeing what students will choose to perform!

Many congratulations to Ashley Cummings who sat for her first piano exam level 2 and was awarded honors.  The examiner made some very nice comments about her playing and she received high marks for her technical and theoretical knowledge.  She was very nervous this first time but after the exam I asked her how she felt.  She said “Now I feel like a real musician”!  Ashley is planning to sit for level 3 next May.  If any student is interested in sitting for these national examinations, they are now part of the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program: www.theachievementprogram.org

Let me know!

I have really enjoyed starting to teach ukelele and now have several ukelele students.  It is such a fun instrument and great for playing in groups.  If you know of anyone who would like to learn ukelele please let them know I am teaching ukelele now.  It is great for little fingers which are too small for guitar as yet.

See you in September!