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Celebrating the LOVE OF MUSIC! February news...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized

I found this quote in the Baker High School band room today and immediately had to turn it into art.  It's so very true, isn't it?  As we come into February we think about celebrating love - for our sweethearts, our children, our friends, and I certainly hope the music we make!

Please make sure you check the February calendar carefully.  With Syllabus looming, I don't want any students missing a lesson, but my own schedule is a bit wonky.  There is a high school incoming-freshmen event, the Oregon Music Educators' Association conference, and a new concert in the high school band/choir concert series, all of which have wreaked just a bit of havoc on the studio schedule.  Some lessons have been moved to Thursdays as a result.  Contact me directly if you have any questions.

Your February invoice includes the Syllabus fee, so it is a little bit higher.  I have to pay for the registration by February 4th, so please pay this particular invoice as promptly as you possibly can.  You're all so dependable, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great group of families and students!

Since love is the theme of this particular month, I've attached a video of one of my favorite vocal ensembles (Salt Lake Vocal Artists) singing "If Music Be the Food of Love" by David Dickau.  Please take a few minutes to enjoy it!

And with that, if music be the food of on!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized

Well, that holiday season went fast! First, we were on Christmas break, and now it's time to start thinking about getting started with the new year! Have you made your resolutions, thought about your intentions, or determined your goals for 2019?  By next Christmas, I will have finished my Master of Music in Music Education, a goal I've been chipping away at for a very long time!  The road has been long, but the finish line is in sight and the prize is so worth it!

Lessons will start right off the bat on January 2nd. Please note, students who are usually scheduled on Tuesday will have their first lesson on Thursday, January 3rd. After that, it's business as usual.

Syllabus fees will be added to your February invoice.  Please note that if for any reason your student does not participate in Syllabus (Friday, March 15), the fee is non-refundable. This fee covers a full-length evaluation by a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music plus a significant amount of time for coaching and instruction outside of a normal lesson. Additionally, each student will receive written notes and a beautiful certificate, suitable for framing.  Completion of the Syllabus program, for which Oregon is nationally recognized, will put your student in good stead to continue their studies at the collegiate level and is evidence of growing discipline and musical accomplishment.

Whatever 2019 holds for you, I wish you the very best! There will be joy and there will be struggle , but isn't amazing how resilient we are?  So here's to growth and victory and increased blessing and happiness for all of us.

I found a surprisingly appropriate poem, written in 1921 by William Carlos Williams:


Again I reply to the triple winds
running chromatic fifths of derision
outside my window:
                                  Play louder.

You will not succeed. I am
bound more to my sentences
the more you batter at me
to follow you.

                                  And the wind,
as before, fingers perfectly
  its derisive music.

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized