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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized

November News and Events

Friday, October 26, 2018 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized


As I type this, it's not even Halloween (and we will be having lessons that night...), yet I know if I don't get this out now, it won't get out. I will be striving to send a quick note like this at the end of every month just to keep all of you informed about what's happening in the studio and in our area as far as performing and learning opportunities.

November 14 Lessons Rescheduled

We are coming into the holiday season, which means my responsibilities as the high school choir director are reaching a fevered pitch. On Wednesday, November 14, the choir will be singing at the National Christmas Tree celebration and so those lessons will be held on Thursday, November 15 (same time). This is already reflected on the calendar and your November invoice. And speaking of invoices...if your student had a lesson on Thursday, October 26, that tuition is reflected on the November invoice. If you are at all confused about any charges, please check your family account on the website. If that doesn't help, shoot me an email.

Contemporary/Impressionist Festival

This year's fall piano festival will be held at First United Methodist Church in La Grande on Saturday, November 17, at 1:00 pm. Level Four student Cadence Penning will be performing Midnight Prayer, a very challenging contemporary piece. There is no charge to attend the festival.  The next festival coming up is the Baroque Festival on February 23; please let me know if you wish for your student to participate.

Thanksgiving Week

As the studio calendar generally follows the school calendar, there will be no lessons on Wednesday, November 21. 

Christmas Recital

Students are already off and running in preparation for this year's Christmas recital, which will be Saturday, December 15, at 11:00 am. The library has already been reserved for that day. Please bring a small plate of something to share; I will provide Scot's holiday wassail (spiced cider) and plenty of cups, plates, and other necessary items.

OMTA Website  

The Blue Mountain District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association has a fantastic little website, on which you can find festival and syllabus dates in advance: I encourage you to check it out!

2018 is very nearly wrapped up and in the's to a chaos-free, peaceful holiday season!

Musically yours,


Policy Update - Lesson Swapping Now Available!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Hannah Violette | Policy

Hello, Harmonics Parents and Students!

The countdown is on and we are just moments away from a new school and, thus, piano year.  Please take a few minutes to refresh yourself on the studio policies ( and make special note of these two new features:

1.  Lesson swapping.  As you know, sick absences are excused, as are up to two personal absences during the year.  However, if you would like to avoid those absences, you might try the lesson swap option.  At the first lesson, each student will be provided with a student schedule that will have each student family and telephone number.  If you know your student will be gone on Tuesday during their normal lesson, you can call other families to see if they would be willing to trade lesson times that week.  If you do arrange this, please notify me immediately.

2.  No materials.  If a student arrives without their piano materials, the lesson will be cancelled and treated as a no-show.  I don't have duplicates of most students' lesson materials and so it is imperative that each student retain responsibility of bringing them to each lesson.

I am SO EXCITED for this new year!  Now that my super-intensive grad program is OVER (praise be to God!), I have energy and vision that I can pour into each student at a much higher capacity.  We have more performance opportunities than ever before, and it will just be an exciting year!