February 2016 Newsletter

Musical Ladder System

Dear students,

I hope you’re doing well and having a great year of making music with us!

Here at the Powell Academy of Music I’m always looking at ways we can improve your lesson experience and give our students more. The one thing I’ve learned as a music teacher for over 15 years is that parents want to know more about how their child is doing.

I’m excited to announce that we’ve joined up with a national music lesson award system call the Musical Ladder System® (please see the photo attached). This is a proven system that helps students get excited about music and helps keep parents informed as to how they are doing.

Similar to karate belt tests, every 3 months or so your teacher will schedule a test for you or your child. If the students passes the test they will receive one of these really cool wristbands for their level. They also get a certificate of achievement. This program has been proven for years to bring a smile to parents and students and we’re very excited about enhancing your music lesson experience.

Lastly later this year, once everyone is up to speed and has had a few tests we will be launching the Musical Ladder System® Parent/Student Portal so you can log in online and see when the next test is, recital, send notes to your teachers, review past lesson notes and more!

This will take parent communication to the next level! The best part? It’s all FREE for you our valued client.

Most karate schools charge their clients $50.00 per test. PER test! However, all of your wristbands, certificates and online account are all FREE and part of your tuition.

We’re working hard to give you more so please send us your feedback on the system, and it’s time to start climbing the Musical Ladder!

Sincerely,Chad EbertSchool Director

OMEA Solo & Ensemble All-Stars

All of these students received straight 1’s at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Event!

Congratulations!
Evan Bennett, Ariel Fisher, Alyssa Idzkoski, Nikki Branderhorst

Not Pictured: Olivia Johnson, Anja Racke, Courtney Hull

Snow Day Procedures

Snow Day Procedures: We often get calls asking if we cancel lessons when the local schools close. The majority of the time we remain open. Typically by the time lessons start the roads have been cleared. If we do close down we will call every student and let them know abou the closing. We also send a mass email and post our closings on Facebook.

Refer Your Friends for Lessons before April 30th and YOU Could Win an

APPLE WATCH

Refer your friends to the Academy and if they sign up, we’ll enter you AND your friends into our next raffle on April 30th so you and your friends both can win great prizes. We’ll also give you a $25.00 retail certificate to say thanks AND we’ll give your friend one as well!
Thank you so much for your referrals

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in January!
Mittchell L.
Lyla Yi.
Sofia D.
Ayuto M.
Keith S.
Nicole B.
Espen E.
Kennedy E.
Arnav M.
Rithuika M.
Julia P.
Natalie L.
Evalynn H.
Emberly H.
Moorthy V.
Donnie M.
Bethany W.
Caden M.
Nancy P.
Aaditya R.
Layne H.
Justin F.
Cameron M.
Michaela K.
Joy K.
Kinaan A.
Jace K.
Johnny K.
Callum K.
Angela B.
Surabhi R.
Sophia C.
Molly C.
Rose T.
Benjamin P.
Chloe H.
Nikhita S.
Olivia B.
Megan N.
Paul S.

January 2016 Newsletter

Children’s Choir is almost full – Only two spots left!!!
Does your child love to sing. Have you ever wanted to get him or her exposure to singing classes but were not sure if they were ready for private lessons yet? Then we have the class for you. Our Children’s choir is a fun and educational experience for children ages 6-10. The choir is led by our friendly and highly qualified voice instructors. Students in the choir will learn music from a variety of genres, including: theatre, pop, children’s songs, Disney and holiday music. Students will improve their singing technique, pitch, and tone of their voice.
  • Meets 1x per week for 45 minutes
  • Boys and girls ages 6-10
  • Limited to 12 children
  • $49 per month
  • No long term contract
Sign up or get more info at the front desk!!!
 Setting Goals for Music Students

January is a great time to set goals for what you would like to get out of your music lessons and classes. We recommend setting goals where students can control the process and not just an outcome. For example setting a goal to practice for 100 minutes a week or to start learning a favorite piece of music is a great place to start, as opposed to playing a song perfectly at a recital. For more information about helping your student set goals and how to be successful with music lessons please talk with your instructor.

Bravo Recital Participants!

We’re so proud of our talented students who performed in our Winter Recital! We had over 200 students perform to a packed house in many of our sessions.

Our next round of recitals will be held in June and they are completely FREE for parents and students. We do not charge participation fees like many school in the area so make sure to take advantage of this great performance opportunity!

If you want to perform or would like for you child to perform in our June recitals, we will have more information and sign up sheets at the front desk starting in May, 2016.

Snow Day Procedures:

We often get calls asking if we cancel lessons when the local schools close. The majority of the time we remain open. Typically by the time lessons start the roads have been cleared. If we do close down we will call every student and let them know about the closing. We also send a mass email and post our closings on Facebook.

Refer Your Friends for Lessons before April 30th and YOU Could Win anAPPLE WATCH

Refer your friends to the Academy and if they sign up, we’ll enter you AND your friends into our next raffle on April 30th so you and your friends both can win great prizes. We’ll also give you a $25.00 retail certificate to say thanks AND we’ll give your friend one as well!
Thank you so much for your referrals

Welcome all the new students who signed up or added time in December!

Please welcome the NEW students

Mike K.

Lillian S.

Julia S.

Stella A.

Jeremy A.

Summer I.

Delaney C.

Camile D.

Ian D.

Sabrina R.

Mickey T.

Mira B.

Vincent-James Y.

Grace F.

Ariel M.

Meghan C.

Camden S.

Sasha S.

Miranda E.

Chad R.

Luke M.

Rhea S.

Zoe L.

October 2015 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Morgan Grawe

1) What instruments do you play?
- “Piano and voice!”

2) How long have you taken lessons?
– “10 months”

3) Who are your favorite musical artists?
– “Jennifer Lopez!”

4) Favorite Food?
“Tacos

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons?
- “How to play two notes at the same time!”

6) Do you have any performances coming up?
– “Not right now.”

Students In The Spotlight!

Ali VanZweiten will be performing as bot ha singer and the main vocal percussionist for Olentangy Liberty High School’s A Cappella group, “The Alternoteives”

We also wanted to give a BIG shoutout to all of our students who will be breaking legs and taking names in their respective school musicals:
Madison Ham, Kyra Vazquez, Donya Rahim, Leah Turner, Isabelle Tonetti, Margot Nockowitz, Amber Edgar, Olivia Johnson, Ariel Fisher, Emma Pilkington, Elizabeth Lily, Evan Bennett, Karly Im, Alyssa Idzkowski, Courtney Hull, Anja Racke, Kasey Belding, Ali VanZweiten, and Emerson Santuomo.

Congrats again to everyone!

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in July and August!

Natalie K.
Anya S.
Patrick M.
Amina G.
Isaac G.
Bethany W.
Cailin C.
Maira A.
Megan H.
Leah D.
Reya G.
Raya M.
Liam D.
Rohan G.
Ben M.
Sophia H.
Rajagopalan R.
Christopher S.
Andy R.
Marija G.
Abby D.
Elliott P.
Morgan H.
Mikey T.
Thomas T.
Sofia T.
Max G.
Lauren C.
Gabriel P.
Claire C.
Vaidehi P.
Aila M.
Mouli S.
Ava S.
Shivakumar R.
Rebekah G.
Maya S.
Inger D.
Ishani S.
Dominic C.
Jahnavi G.
Samir S.
Mitali S.
Dylan P.
Gloria C.
Amanda J.
Levi R.
Sophia R.
Grace G.
Cole S.
Robert M.
Paige B.
Olivia B.
Joshua B.
Mukund S.
Addison L.
Rylee B.
Kaitlyn H.
Vedant R.
Lauren C.
Zoe L.
Cameron D.
Chad S.
Drew S.
Megan R.
Hope R.
Savannah T.
Jack Z.
Pranathi I.
Maira A.
Sabah A.

 

Important Fall Information

The Academy has reached 86% capacity for Fall

With our current class time openings we are close to reaching our Fall capacity.  We are interviewing teachers and will hopefully have additional class times in the near future.

Each Fall we often get asked these questions:
Q: “When is the next recital?”
A: Our next recital is on December 19th and 20th. Each teacher will be assigned one time slot about an hour long.  We will have the list of times at the front desk starting in November.

Q: “What happens if we need to change times?”
A: We have progressively less and less times the further we get into Fall.  So, if you do need to change lesson times, now is a great time to do so before everything fills up.  If you can’t get the lesson time that you would like, don’t worry, we are always growing and adding teachers to expand our available times.

June/July 2015 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Carson Gordon

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1) What instruments do you play?
- “Piano”

2) How long have you taken lessons?
– “Four years in September”

3) Who are your favorite musical artists?
– “Bruno Mars”

4) Favorite Food?-
“Pizza! Or chocolate covered pretzels”

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons?
- “I moved on to a harder book”

6) Do you have any performances coming up?
– “Not yet”

Congratulations To Our Review Contest Winner, Decklan McIntyre

 Decklan was the winner of our review contest! Meaning he took home the Recoring King Guitar!  We received a ton of really useful feedback from holding this review contest, which we will definitely go toward making the Powell Academy of Music the best place in Ohio for music lessons!

We want to thank everyone for entering and participating! We had a ton of fun with this contest and look forward to holding more in the future!

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in June!

Mia S.
Ron H.
Max J.
Anikaith K.
Sameera A.
Cabrini N.
Samruddn K.
Lauren A.
Emerson S.
Robert B.
Abigail W.
Emma B.
Taylor L.
Micah M.
Micholas M.
Melissa A.
Lauren L.
Nate L.
Teagan W.
Jake R.
Jillian F.
Margot N.
Tayden W.
Collin R.
Ryan M.
Charvi T.
Gabrielle M.
Ethan H.
Alison M.
Kimaya C.
Ruchika C.
Gwenyth H.
Leah T.
Joshua G.
Jacob G.
Sohini K.
Inger D.
Sage L.
Molly G.
Alyssa C.
Brady C.
Emily V.
Kiara V.
Jeremy H.
Ben M.
Amanda J.
Diya C.
Lauren C.
Isabelle T.
Raman C.
Lawrence F.
Maggie T.
Rajan C.
Hannah S.
Jp S.

April 2015 Newsletter

Students In The Spotlight

Maddie Stroyls                   Elizabeth Lily                           Anja Racke

Even Pfeifer                        Evan Bennett                           Ariel Fisher

Lucas Atha                          Alyssa Idzkowski                    Kyra Vazquez

Alex Garcia                         Nikki Branderhorst               Madison Ham

Karly Im                                 Anja Rache                            Donya Rahim

Congratulations to all of these students!
They will be figuratively breaking a leg in the
Olentangy Liberty production of Beauty And The Beast.

We also wanted to give a BIG shout out to Emily Ziliak! She is a student with Crystal and sang the National Anthem
at the Schottenstein Center for the Ohio High School State
Basketball Championships!

HOW DO SUMMER MUSIC LESSONS WORK?

Each Spring we often get asked these questions:

Q. “How do lessons work in the summer?”

A. The Academy is open year round, and we do not close during the summer.

Q. “Do a lot of students quit during the summer?”

A. For the past 3 years, we have grown in enrollment each June by at least 5%. Some students withdrawal but we get a huge influx of students in May & June and many continue into the Fall. We enrolled over 20 new students in May of 2014 alone and we are planning on significantly more this May/June.

Q. “How full is my teacher’s schedule?”

A. The majority of our teachers that have been here for any length of time are nearly booked solid from 3-8pm during the week. If you want to see how full your teacher is you can check their availability on the backside of this newsletter.

Q. “If we withdraw for summer, can we keep our spot for Fall?”

A. Lessons are first come first serve, so if you withdraw for the summer, we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot for you in the Fall as we will open the time slot to new students.

The big question for all parents and students to consider is:
Do you want to stay with the same teacher in the Fall?
If the answer is YES there are 2 ways to do this:

1. Take advantage of our summer make up lessons

We realize that some of you will go on vacation for a portion of the summer, which is why we are offering 4 summer make up lessons. This allows you to make up 4 lessons over the summer and keep your teacher and current timeslot. (does not apply to in-home lessons)

It’s very easy to do:

Let the front office know of the dates that you will be missing and schedule your make ups. We can even schedule make up lessons ahead of time before you miss your classes!

2. Sub lease your spot to a family or friend.

You can send a family member or friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let the office know who is coming in your place and when. Make sure that they reimburse you directly for the lessons.

If you are taking summer lessons and need a specific time for Fall, please contact us around late July and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.

Each September, we get calls for students who have been with us for years, but withdrew for the summer. They want to return to the same teacher, day and time, but the spot has been filled by another student.

If you LOVE your teacher, keep your spot by using the summer make ups or sublease your spot.

 Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in March!

Daniela F.
Kyra V.
Jim M.
Sophia H.
Matthew X.
Lynn P.
Lyla Y.
Kyle Z.
Jacob R.
Johnny R.
Emma P.
Zijun D.

December 2014 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Olivia Johnson

Olivia has been enjoying a very successful school year.  She has been awarded solos in choir, a lead in the Winter play, and will participate in the OMEA solo and ensemble contest in January.  We sat down with Olivia to ask her some questions and here is what she had to share:

1) What instruments do you play?
– “Just singing!”

2) How long have you taken lessons?
– “A little bit over a year.”

3) Who is your favorite musical artist?
– “Anything Disney is awesome!”

4) Favorite Food?
– “Pizza”

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
– “Hearing my voice become healthier and learning to open up more.”

6) Do you have any upcoming performances?
– “I have three  school choir events in December and my PAOM recital!”

Mark your calendar for our December Recitals!

December Recital
Date: Saturday December 20th from 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Powell Academy of Music, 4012 Presidential Parkway Powell, OH 43065

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in November!

Landry D.
Chad R.
Camille D.
Mariel T.
Lee N.
Sarah J.
Hersh G.
Brooke F.
Ace B.
Eunji C.
Ellie D.
Janet P.
Jason K.