Pre Fall Semester News

Welcome to Fall (even though it definitely doesn’t feel like it!)  If you are a Monday student, unless you have made special arrangements with me, your Fall will start 9/13.  Everyone else will start Tuesday 9/7. Will put details below of the extra ones I am fitting in on Tuesday 9/7.

I think I have finalized the schedule now and you can see it on my website under schedule.  Please go and double check. I have sadly had to say a few no’s and even so am now at 31 students which is a bit more than I intended but I do love all of you!  I have kept Friday free because I am determined to finish some of my composition arrangements.

Reminder re fees:  I am raising my fees to $35 for a 1/2 hour lesson ($70 for an hour) but am still offering a 10% discount for families with two or more learning and I think I have 3 families now in that situation – love that!  Fees are due on the first lesson of the month and it is so helpful if people do that and I don’t have to chase you up!  The fall dates will be on my website but anyone who wants to pay ahead just let me know and I will send you the dates.  The only holidays I will be observing are the two days of thanksgiving 11/25 and 11/26 and the last lesson in December will be 12/9.  Spring semester will begin 1/3/22.  I can accept Venmo, Zelle, and check or cash.

Please take a moment to think about whether you have changed address, changed cell phone numbers, or changed your emergency contact in the last year.  I need updated information; I rarely have to use it but it is critical when I do need it.  Main thing is your cell phone numbers, parents and students, so I can text if necessary.

Right now I still have 7 students who remain online.  3 are distant, but another 4 have requested virtual for various reasons.  I am able to accommodate this because I was set up for virtual lessons since last March; however, in person is preferable if possible, especially for the younger students.  I am vaccinated and will get the booster in November, but will wear a mask to teach if requested.  Carol is also vaccinated. Students who are not vaccinated need to wear their masks (sadly).  If a student or parent has to quarantine please let me know and lessons can revert to virtual for the quarantine period.

A few reminders: Please don’t park in my driveway – with Covid, Carol has sometimes had to work from home so needs to have her driveway space vacant.  Please bring water bottles to your lesson but no food.  If you are coming from school and you need a snack you can eat it on the deck where the birds will eat the crumbs! Of course you can use the bathroom and I will put kitchen towels in there but please respect all the various bottles lying around, ie don’t touch them (we use a lot!) There is hand soap always.

End of year concerts:  I will be holding an in person Soirée (what I call my Sunday late afternoon concerts) probably after thanksgiving, and I will be sending out details very soon.  Possible date 11/28/21.

Tuesday 9/7 extra people: Mary Russell 9:30 am; Susan 10 am; Kavisha 7 pm

I hope everyone is well, and students have started school well and in person and can stay in person.  I am excited to get back with all my students!

Lorna

summary of days in Fall

Mondays
9/13/21
9/20/21
9/27/21
10/4/21
10/11/21
10/18/21
10/25/21
11/1/21
11/8/21
11/15/21
11/22/21
11/29/21
12/6/21
Tuesdays
9/7/21
9/14/21
9/21/21
9/28/21
10/5/21
10/12/21
10/19/21
10/26/21
11/2/21
11/9/21
11/16/21
11/23/21
11/30/21
12/7/21
Wednesdays
9/8/21
9/15/21
9/22/21
9/29/21
10/6/21
10/13/21
10/20/21
10/27/21
11/3/21
11/10/21
11/17/21
11/24/21
12/1/21
12/8/21
Thursdays
9/9/21
9/16/21
9/23/21
9/30/21
10/7/21
10/14/21
10/21/21
10/28/21
11/4/21
11/11/21
11/18/21
11/25/21Thanksgiving
12/2/21Thanksgiving
12/9/21

Fall Schedule 2021

Monday
9:00 – 9:30Mary Russell (piano)in person
9:30 – 10:00Kristen (piano)Virtual
10:00 – 10:30Kristen (piano)Virtual
10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:30Pat (piano)In person
11:30 – 12:00Susan (piano)In person
12:00 – 12:30Joshie (piano) 12:15-12:45
12:30 – 1:00
1:00 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:00
2:00 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00Camille (piano)Virtual
4:00 – 4:30Iris (piano)in person
4:30 – 5:00Madeline  (piano)in person
5:00 – 5:30Louise (piano)in person
5:30 – 6:00Jane (ukulele)Virtual
6:00 – 6:30Kavisha (piano)virtual
6:30 – 7:00
Tuesday
8:30 – 9:00  unavailable
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
1:00 – 1:30  unavailable
1:30 – 2:00  unavailable
2:00 – 2:30  unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00
4:00 – 4:30
4:30 – 5:00Andrew (piano)in person
5:00 – 5:30Malia (piano)Virtual ?
5:30 – 6:00Cecilia (piano)in person
6:00 – 6:30Lucas (piano)in person
6:30 – 7:00Jikai (piano)virtual
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:30unavailable
9:30 – 10:00unavailable
10:00 – 10:30unavailable
10:30 – 11:00unavailable
11:00 – 11:30unavailable
11:30 – 12:00unavailable
12:00 – 12:30unavailable
12:30 – 1:00unavailable
1:00 – 1:30unavailable
1:30 – 2:00unavailable
2:00 – 2:30unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00Mai (piano)in person
4:00 – 4:30
4:30 – 5:00Ida (piano)In person
5:00 – 5:30Louisa (piano)In person
5:30 – 6:00Ben (piano)In person
6:00 – 6:30Oscar (piano)in person
6:30 – 7:00Lydia (piano)in person
Thursday
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
1:00 – 1:30  unavailable
1:30 – 2:00  unavailable
2:00 – 2:30  unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00Ava (ukulele)in person
4:00 – 4:30Leo (ukulele)in person
4:30 – 5:00Pascale (piano)?
5:00 – 5:30Anna (piano)in person
5:30 – 6:00Venia (piano)in person
6:00 – 6:30Elijah (piano)in person
6:30 – 7:00Sebastian (piano)in person
Friday
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
1:00 – 1:30  unavailable
1:30 – 2:00  unavailable
2:00 – 2:30  unavailable
2:30 – 3:00  unavailable
3:00 – 3:30  unavailable
3:30 – 4:00  unavailable
4:00 – 4:30  unavailable
4:30 – 5:00  unavailable
5:00 – 5:30  unavailable
5:30 – 6:00  unavailable

Fall Schedule (a work on progress)

Monday
9:00 – 9:30Mary Russell (piano)in person
9:30 – 10:00Kristen (piano)
10:00 – 10:30Kristen (piano)
10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:30Pat (piano)In person
11:30 – 12:00Susan (piano)In person
12:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:00
1:00 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:00
2:00 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00
4:00 – 4:30Iris (piano)in person
4:30 – 5:00Madeline  (piano)in person
5:00 – 5:30Louise (piano)in person
5:30 – 6:00Cecilia (piano)in person
6:00 – 6:30Kavisha (piano)virtual
6:30 – 7:00
Tuesday
8:30 – 9:00  unavailable
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
1:00 – 1:30  unavailable
1:30 – 2:00  unavailable
2:00 – 2:30  unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30Camille (piano)?
3:30 – 4:00Logan (piano)?
4:00 – 4:30Louisa (piano)?
4:30 – 5:00Andrew (piano)?
5:00 – 5:30
5:30 – 6:00Jane (ukulele)virtual
6:00 – 6:30Lucas (piano)in person
6:30 – 7:00Jikai (piano)virtual
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:30unavailable
9:30 – 10:00unavailable
10:00 – 10:30unavailable
10:30 – 11:00unavailable
11:00 – 11:30unavailable
11:30 – 12:00unavailable
12:00 – 12:30unavailable
12:30 – 1:00unavailable
1:00 – 1:30unavailable
1:30 – 2:00unavailable
2:00 – 2:30unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00Mai (piano)in person
4:00 – 4:30Anna (piano)in person
4:30 – 5:00
5:00 – 5:30
5:30 – 6:00Ben (piano)?
6:00 – 6:30Oscar (piano)in person
6:30 – 7:00Lydia (piano)in person
Thursday
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
1:00 – 1:30  unavailable
1:30 – 2:00  unavailable
2:00 – 2:30  unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00Ava (ukulele)in person
4:00 – 4:30Leo (ukulele)in person
4:30 – 5:00Pascale (piano)?
5:00 – 5:30Ida (piano)?
5:30 – 6:00Venia (piano)in person
6:00 – 6:30Elijah (piano)in person
6:30 – 7:00Sebastian (piano)in person
Friday
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
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2:30 – 3:00  unavailable
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4:30 – 5:00  unavailable
5:00 – 5:30  unavailable
5:30 – 6:00  unavailable

August 2021 News

Hello Students and Parents,

Summer is half over and I need to start addressing issues around Fall.  Quite a few students have continued summer lessons and made excellent progress.  

  • Malia has mastered the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata beautifully and Jikai and Iris and Lydia have pretty much got the whole of Für Elise under control including the two episodes.  
  • Kavisha has learned that she loves Jazz and now plays a great version of Cruella de Vil.  Several students love playing the also jazzy Dill Pickle Stomp. 
  • Andrew almost has Bach’s G major Minuet as does Lucas and Pascale. 
  • Sebastian learned the same piece as his cousin, Curious Rhumba, and Anna has mastered He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. 
  • Elijah started piano and is doing very well with two hands already, and my grandson Joshie in the UK is learning the play from memory – Down by the Station and Hoe Down!
  • Venia just eats up new music and I have hard time keeping up! Good work on The Pirate.
  • Mai has learned to play the Tarantella, and Khaleel has almost got a Clementi Sonatina under his fast fingers. 
  • Jane from Charlotte entertained her fellow campers with songs she accompanied on Ukulele – well done Jane!  Very brave!
  • Susan and Malia are both learning a Schubert Waltz with the right pedaling.  
  • Leo and Lucas attended school of Rock camp and learned to play Pink Floyd (not sure about that “teachers leave those kids alone “ song…)
  • Mary-Russell and I are advancing our Debussy Duet En Bateau and Kristen is working on the beautiful Brahms Intermezzo which is definitely challenging me also.  

Very good summer work students!  Proud of you all.

There are some important housekeeping items:

  • I am on vacation from August 20 to September 7.  Most students will miss two lessons but Monday students will miss 3 unless they want to try to fit in later that first week after labor day. This means that students will owe fees for 3 weeks in August $97.50 unless they are also going away.  Please let me know if any doubt.
  • After labor day I am raising my fees, as I said earlier in the year.  There have been big raises in things like internet, electricity, gas, and especially property taxes.  And more.  Fees from September 7 will be $35 for a 1/2 hour lesson and $70 for an hour.  Students taking RCM exams level 5 and above will need some extra lessons for their theory exam and I will talk to those people when the time comes.
  • I am a bit worried about Covid.  I am fully vaccinated and if Pfizer offers a booster I will get it.  Most of my 12 year olds and older are fully vaccinated now, but under 12 students need to wear their mask.  Any families who would prefer I also wear a mask I am happy to do so. I do clean my studio and piano regularly with the appropriate wipes.  However, I am very reluctant to teach online unless it is imperative eg you live in the Uk or in Charlotte or High Point.  Students learn so much better in person.  I have been very fortunate to have been able to teach online with the equipment I have purchased, and I am grateful that students have been able to continue throughout this difficult time. 
  • If you are NOT continuing lessons can you please let me know as soon as you can.  I am not taking new students (except of course I bend this rule because I love teaching!) but I need to work on the Fall Schedule very soon.  On my website is the summer schedule but I am going to put the old Spring Schedule up on a blog post so you can look at it and make decisions.  People who want their old time are fine – I will not be changing except for those who want or need it.  Look at the previous post for the old Spring Schedule.
  • I am planning an in person soiree late in the Fall.  More to come about this, but students get ready!
  • Fall semester begins September 7!!

We are still in the middle of a pretty rough time for everyone.  Hang in there.  Music makes it better.  Get back to me about continuing or not and times for lessons.

Stay well and stay safe – Lorna

old Spring Schedule – check times for Fall based on this.

Monday
9:00 – 9:30Mary Russell (piano)in person
9:30 – 10:00Kristen (piano)virtual
10:00 – 10:30Kristen (piano)virtual
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00
1:00 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:00
2:00 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30Madeline  (piano)in person
3:30 – 4:00
4:00 – 4:30Iris (piano)in person
4:30 – 5:00Khaleel (piano)virtual
5:00 – 5:30Louise (piano)in person
5:30 – 6:00Cecilia (piano)in person
6:00 – 6:30Kavisha (piano)virtual
6:30 – 7:00
Tuesday
8:30 – 9:00  unavailable
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
1:00 – 1:30  unavailable
1:30 – 2:00  unavailable
2:00 – 2:30  unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30Camille (piano)virtual
3:30 – 4:00Logan (piano)virtual
4:00 – 4:30Louisa (piano)virtual
4:30 – 5:00Andrew (piano)virtual
5:00 – 5:30Annabel (piano)in person
5:30 – 6:00Jane (ukulele)virtual
6:00 – 6:30Lucas (piano)in person
6:30 – 7:00Jikai (piano)virtual
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:30unavailable
9:30 – 10:00unavailable
10:00 – 10:30unavailable
10:30 – 11:00unavailable
11:00 – 11:30unavailable
11:30 – 12:00unavailable
12:00 – 12:30unavailable
12:30 – 1:00unavailable
1:00 – 1:30unavailable
1:30 – 2:00unavailable
2:00 – 2:30unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30Lydia (piano)in person
3:30 – 4:00Mai (piano)in person
4:00 – 4:30Anna (piano)in person
4:30 – 5:00
5:00 – 5:30
5:30 – 6:00Ben (piano)in person
6:00 – 6:30Oscar (piano)in person
6:30 – 7:00
Thursday
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
1:00 – 1:30  unavailable
1:30 – 2:00  unavailable
2:00 – 2:30  unavailable
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00Ava (ukulele)in person
4:00 – 4:30Leo (ukulele)in person
4:30 – 5:00Pascale (piano)in person
5:00 – 5:30Ida (piano)virtual
5:30 – 6:00Venia (piano)virtual
6:00 – 6:30
6:30 – 7:00Sebastian (piano)in person
Friday
9:00 – 9:30  unavailable
9:30 – 10:00  unavailable
10:00 – 10:30  unavailable
10:30 – 11:00  unavailable
11:00 – 11:30  unavailable
11:30 – 12:00  unavailable
12:00 – 12:30  unavailable
12:30 – 1:00  unavailable
1:00 – 1:30  unavailable
1:30 – 2:00
2:00 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30Susan (piano)in person
3:30 – 4:00
4:00 – 4:30
4:30 – 5:00
5:00 – 5:30
5:30 – 6:00

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