July 2020 Newsletter


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JULY NEWSLETTER

Summer Recitals, A New Make-up Option, and much more!

SUMMER RECITALS

Saturday, August 15, 2020

We are excited to announce that the Cascade Township has given us permission to offer a summer recital on the library lawn. Here’s what you need to know!

  • 20×24′ stage provided by the township
  • Recital times: 3 pm, 4pm, 5pm, & 6pm
  • 20 performer maximum per recital (strictly followed)
  • Current crowd limit per executive order is 100, so performers must request tickets to help us comply (4 TICKET LIMIT). If that changes, we will adjust tickets accordingly. Performers will not need a ticket.
  • BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket (or lawn chair). Each family should plan to maintain a safe distance from others.
  • Bumblebee Ice Cream Truck will safely serve FREE ice cream treats.
  • Rain Date – Saturday, August 22
  • All recitals will be moved to an online presentation should executive orders change before that date.

To sign up, please click on your desired recital time and complete the online registration form. VERY LIMITED spots remain!

3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm

We can’t wait to see our students perform live!

A NEW TYPE OF MAKE-UP LESSON!

We are now offering Video Lessons for students that are unable to attend their regularly scheduled lesson. Video Lessons will be recorded by your student’s teacher during their regular lesson time and then uploaded to a private YouTube channel. Once The video lesson has been uploaded, you will receive a link to the video lesson. Please note that all video lesson links will not be instantly available, but will be emailed within 48 hours of the missed lesson. Video lessons will be 8-10 minutes in length and can contain multiple shorter videos for your convenience!

Students may request a video lesson up to 5 minutes prior to the start of their regularly scheduled lesson. Video lesson will NOT be available for missed lessons without advance notice.

STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER

DON’T FORGET! You can access your online lessons and/or additional lesson material through our Student Resource Center. Need the link, again? We can send it via email or text!

2020 ACADEMY CALENDAR

SUMMER RECITAL

Saturday, August 15

(click HERE to register – VERY limited spots remaining)

ROCK & ROLL RECITAL

(at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH)

Saturday, September 5

THANKSGIVING BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, November 24 – Saturday, November 28

(lessons resume on Sunday, November 29)

WINTER RECITALS

Saturday, December 5

Sunday, December 6

Sunday, December 13

HOLIDAY BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Sunday, January 3, 2021

(lessons resume Monday, January 4, 2021)

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to everyone who continues reaching their musical goals and keeps climbing higher on the Musical Ladder!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Say hello to Payton!

Payton is a multi-instrumentalist that has been studying guitar at the Academy for two years. In addition to enjoying music from AC/DC, the Eagles, and Journey, she also has a passion for gymnastics, diving, dogs, hanging out with her friends, and spending time at the lake. Additionally, Payton’s favorite food is peanut butter and her favorite animal is a polar bear. When asked where she would most like to travel Payton shared her interest in going to Churchill, Canada.

When it comes to her guitar lessons, Payton loves learning new soloing techniques. Her advice for other students is, “Put in the effort now and it will pay off later… but, have fun doing it!”

Payton will also be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio this September to perform at our destination recital at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

SPRING REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy by August 31, and you could win a family photography session ($175 value) with Jules K. Photography.

PLUS! We’ll give you $225 towards a photo package.

That’s a total value of $400!

Drawing will be held on September 1st

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 9 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 9 spots Monday, Friday, & Saturday

Carol – 4 spots Monday

Esther – 4 spots Thursday

Janet – 5 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Sunday

Joe – 9 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

Keith – 3 spots Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach – 2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Annah – 4 spots Wednesday

Tanya -10 spots Sunday, Friday, & Saturday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – 1 spot Tuesday

Elia – 1 spot Tuesday

Sandra – 3 spots Monday & Thursday

Sasha – 2 spots Tuesday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 3 spots Monday

Anne Marie – 1 spot Wednesday

Anna – SOLD OUT

Marlae – 2 spots Saturday

GUITAR | UKULELE

Adam – 4 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

Carsten – 14 spots Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday

JD – 4 spots Tuesday

Mitch – 4 spots Monday & Tuesday

Ryan – 3 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Nathan – 5 spots Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

DRUMS

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

Josh – 2 spots Tuesday

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AUGUST NEWSLETTER

Summer Recital Success, Final Preparations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Article by Barbara Hendricks, Owner

In spite of the many challenges that have been part of our lives in recent months, this is the year that the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids will remember as the year we were able to to finally realize a dream to better serve families who live closer to the Jenison, Grandville, Hudsonville, and Wyoming communities.

We are super excited to announce that the Jenison Academy of Music will open this fall at 7647 Riverview Dr, right in the heart of Jenison near the corner of Main Street and Baldwin.

We are working hard to convert the 2,000 sq ft of open space into a comfortable waiting area, front office, 9 fully stocked classrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette area for coffee, tea, and water. We we can’t wait to welcome you for piano, guitar, voice, drum, or string lessons as soon as it’s ready!

Let us know if you are going to be interested in moving your lessons to the Jenison location, and we will put you on the Jenison student list. Just reply to this email or text us at 616-965-1655. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

Stay tuned for more details as they become available!

Preview of the Baldwin St. Sign

SUMMER RECITAL SUCCESS!

Congratulations to everyone who performed at our first ever Summer Recital. We’re proud of each one of you!

ACADEMY ROCK STARS

These Academy Rock Stars are going to light up the stage at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, September 5! We can’t wait to enjoy their performances!

THREE NEW FRIENDLY FACES

We’re pleased to introduce three new staff members at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids and Jenison Academy of Music! Stephanie (top photo), who came to us from the Joffrey Ballet Academy in Chicago, will eventually manage the Jenison location. Diane (bottom left), joined us after working 20 years in the Kids Zone at the YMCA, and will mostly work at the Grand Rapids desk. Julie (bottom right), is a musician with banking and other office management positions. She will eventually work the desk at the Jenison location! They are all excited for the opportunity to work in such a positive environment with our amazing students and families!

2020 ACADEMY CALENDAR

ROCK & ROLL RECITAL

(at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH)

Saturday, September 5

THANKSGIVING BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, November 24 – Saturday, November 28

(lessons resume on Sunday, November 29)

WINTER RECITALS

Saturday, December 5

Sunday, December 6

Sunday, December 13

HOLIDAY BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Sunday, January 3, 2021

(lessons resume Monday, January 4, 2021)

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to everyone who continues reaching their musical goals and keeps climbing higher on the Musical Ladder!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Kaleb! Kaleb has been taking guitar lessons at the Academy for about a year, and his favorite musicians include the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber. Outside of music, Kaleb also enjoys hockey, football, and basketball, and his favorite food is sushi! If Kaleb could travel anywhere in the world, he would go to London, and he love monkeys. So far, Kaleb has loved learning about music notes and how to play “Shenandoah.” His advice to other students is to practice and work hard.

SPRING REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy by August 31, and you could win a family photography session ($175 value) with Jules K. Photography.

PLUS! We’ll give you $225 towards a photo package.

That’s a total value of $400!

Thank you to the Bresnahan, Gordon, Kok, Beadner, and Foster families for your referrals and enrollments.

Drawing will be held on September 1st

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 9 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 9 spots Monday, Friday, & Saturday

Carol – 4 spots Monday

Esther – 4 spots Thursday

Janet – 6 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Sunday

Joe – 7 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

Keith – 3 spots Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach – 2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Annah – 3 spots Wednesday

Tanya -6 spots Sunday, Friday, & Saturday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – 1 spot Tuesday

Elia – 1 spot Tuesday

Sandra – 3 spots Monday & Thursday

Sasha – 2 spots Tuesday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 3 spots Monday

Anne Marie – 2 spot Wednesday

Anna – SOLD OUT

Marlae – 2 spots Saturday

GUITAR | UKULELE

Adam – 5 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

Carsten – 4 spots Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday

JD – 4 spots Tuesday

Mitch – 4 spots Monday & Tuesday

Ryan – 3 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Nathan – 5 spots Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

DRUMS

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

Josh – 3 spots Tuesday

West Michigan’s Largest Music School

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July 2020 Newsletter


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JULY NEWSLETTER

Summer Recitals, A New Make-up Option, and much more!

SUMMER RECITALS

Saturday, August 15, 2020

We are excited to announce that the Cascade Township has given us permission to offer a summer recital on the library lawn. Here’s what you need to know!

  • 20×24′ stage provided by the township
  • Recital times: 3 pm, 4pm, 5pm, & 6pm
  • 20 performer maximum per recital (strictly followed)
  • Current crowd limit per executive order is 100, so performers must request tickets to help us comply (4 TICKET LIMIT). If that changes, we will adjust tickets accordingly. Performers will not need a ticket.
  • BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket (or lawn chair). Each family should plan to maintain a safe distance from others.
  • Bumblebee Ice Cream Truck will safely serve FREE ice cream treats.
  • Rain Date – Saturday, August 22
  • All recitals will be moved to an online presentation should executive orders change before that date.

To sign up, please click on your desired recital time and complete the online registration form. VERY LIMITED spots remain!

3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm

We can’t wait to see our students perform live!

A NEW TYPE OF MAKE-UP LESSON!

We are now offering Video Lessons for students that are unable to attend their regularly scheduled lesson. Video Lessons will be recorded by your student’s teacher during their regular lesson time and then uploaded to a private YouTube channel. Once The video lesson has been uploaded, you will receive a link to the video lesson. Please note that all video lesson links will not be instantly available, but will be emailed within 48 hours of the missed lesson. Video lessons will be 8-10 minutes in length and can contain multiple shorter videos for your convenience!

Students may request a video lesson up to 5 minutes prior to the start of their regularly scheduled lesson. Video lesson will NOT be available for missed lessons without advance notice.

STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER

DON’T FORGET! You can access your online lessons and/or additional lesson material through our Student Resource Center. Need the link, again? We can send it via email or text!

2020 ACADEMY CALENDAR

SUMMER RECITAL

Saturday, August 15

(click HERE to register – VERY limited spots remaining)

ROCK & ROLL RECITAL

(at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH)

Saturday, September 5

THANKSGIVING BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, November 24 – Saturday, November 28

(lessons resume on Sunday, November 29)

WINTER RECITALS

Saturday, December 5

Sunday, December 6

Sunday, December 13

HOLIDAY BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Sunday, January 3, 2021

(lessons resume Monday, January 4, 2021)

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to everyone who continues reaching their musical goals and keeps climbing higher on the Musical Ladder!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Say hello to Payton!

Payton is a multi-instrumentalist that has been studying guitar at the Academy for two years. In addition to enjoying music from AC/DC, the Eagles, and Journey, she also has a passion for gymnastics, diving, dogs, hanging out with her friends, and spending time at the lake. Additionally, Payton’s favorite food is peanut butter and her favorite animal is a polar bear. When asked where she would most like to travel Payton shared her interest in going to Churchill, Canada.

When it comes to her guitar lessons, Payton loves learning new soloing techniques. Her advice for other students is, “Put in the effort now and it will pay off later… but, have fun doing it!”

Payton will also be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio this September to perform at our destination recital at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

SPRING REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy by August 31, and you could win a family photography session ($175 value) with Jules K. Photography.

PLUS! We’ll give you $225 towards a photo package.

That’s a total value of $400!

Drawing will be held on September 1st

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 9 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 9 spots Monday, Friday, & Saturday

Carol – 4 spots Monday

Esther – 4 spots Thursday

Janet – 5 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Sunday

Joe – 9 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

Keith – 3 spots Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach – 2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Annah – 4 spots Wednesday

Tanya -10 spots Sunday, Friday, & Saturday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – 1 spot Tuesday

Elia – 1 spot Tuesday

Sandra – 3 spots Monday & Thursday

Sasha – 2 spots Tuesday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 3 spots Monday

Anne Marie – 1 spot Wednesday

Anna – SOLD OUT

Marlae – 2 spots Saturday

GUITAR | UKULELE

Adam – 4 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

Carsten – 14 spots Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday

JD – 4 spots Tuesday

Mitch – 4 spots Monday & Tuesday

Ryan – 3 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Nathan – 5 spots Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

DRUMS

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

Josh – 2 spots Tuesday

West Michigan’s Largest Music School

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June 2020 Newsletter


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JUNE NEWSLETTER

Better Together in Cleveland, Summer Recital Updates, Group Make-Ups are back and more!

OUR CLEVELAND DESTINATION RECITAL JUST GOT BETTER!

We are super excited to announce that our destination recital on Saturday, September 5 is going to be even better than we anticipated! The Carmel Music Academy of Carmel, IN, owned by Jon E. Gee of the John Mellencamp band and his wife, Sondra Gee, are sharing the stage with us! Matt and Jon will MC the event, and you will get to hear Jon’s thoughts about when to start music lessons, the best way to learn, what it’s like being in a touring band, and more! Students will also be able to submit questions they want Jon to answer.

Still on the fence about joining us? Know that Ohio has been open longer than Michigan, and the number of cases continue to trend down. The Rock Hall has health guidelines in place, including keeping the performance theater at 50% capacity, so we are confident about spending time in Cleveland. Plus, we have reserved rooms in a 5 star Hilton hotel, walking distance from the theater, at a great rate just for our group!

How do you get involved? Reply to this email and we’ll send you all the info. There is a participation fee and only a few slots left, so be sure to reply asap if you or your child is interested in performing. Drums are provided and you only need to bring your guitar/bass (or voice). The trip is a 4-5 hour drive, and we are all planning our own car pools.

So… please let us know soon if you or your child would like to perform and you’ll get to say, “Hello, Cleveland!”

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE

4TH OF JULY!

Not a student, yet? Be sure to give us a call at (616) 965-1655 and ask about our 4th of July music lesson sale. We’ll be closed on the 4th, but at the office the rest of the weekend.

PROGRESS ON SUMMER RECITAL DETAILS

We have a potential date and location for a summer recital! The Cascade Township Board will be voting on Wednesday, July 8 for final approval on whether we can use the CASCADE LIBRARY LAWN and their 24′ stage on Saturday, August 15 (rain date August 22). We’ll update you as soon as we hear!

NEW GROUP MAKE-UP SCHEDULE AND OPTIONS!

We’re excited to announce that all group make-up classes will now resume in-person at the Academy. To view the schedule or register, click HERE.

All group make-ups will be limited to 5 students each to help ensure that the students and teacher are able to maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet.

Additionally, we are now also offering Video Lessons for students that are unable to attend their regularly scheduled lesson. Video Lessons will be recorded by your students teacher during their regular lesson time and then uploaded to a private YouTube channel. Once The video lesson has been uploaded, you will receive a link to the video lesson. Please note that all video lesson links will not be instantly available, but will be emailed within 48 hours of the missed lesson. Video lessons will be 10-15 minutes in length.

Students may request a video lesson up to 5 minutes prior to the start of their regularly scheduled lesson. Video lesson will NOT be available for missed lessons without notification or for notice of absence coming after the start of the lesson time.

CALENDAR

JULY BREAK

No Lessons

Thursday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5

(lessons resume on Monday, July 6)

SUMMER RECITAL

Saturday, August 15

(online registration starts Thursday, July 9)

ROCK & ROLL RECITAL

(at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH)

Saturday, September 5

THANKSGIVING BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, November 24 – Saturday, November 28

(lessons resume on Sunday, November 29)

WINTER RECITALS

Saturday, December 5

Sunday, December 6

Sunday, December 13

HOLIDAY BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Sunday, January 3, 2021

(lessons resume Monday, January 4, 2021)

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Keep practicing, learning, and achieving!

Check with your teacher about your next test date.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Say hello to Marissa!

Marissa has been taking piano and voice lessons at the Academy for 7 years! Her favorite musicians are Colbie Caillat, Noah Kahn, Lewis Capaldi, and Kelly Clarkson. Outside of music, Marissa enjoys running cross country and track, and she plays lacrosse. Her favorite animal is a lion and her favorite subject in school is language arts. She would love to visit Guatemala! The coolest thing Marissa has learned from the Academy is that there are more than just one way to play a song. You can play it softly to catch the happy bubbly feeling of a song, or play it loudly to catch the emotions. Her advice to other music students: “Regardless of how boring or fun learning your instrument is, always remind yourself who you’re doing it for. Play for yourself and not others!”

SPRING REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy by August 31, and you could win a family photography session ($175 value) with Jules K. Photography.

PLUS! We’ll give you $225 towards a photo package.

That’s a total value of $400!

Drawing will be held on September 1st

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 9 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 9 spots Monday, Friday, & Saturday

Carol – 4 spots Monday

Esther – 4 spots Thursday

Janet – 4 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Sunday

Joe – 9 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

Keith – 3 spots Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach – 1 spot Saturday

VOICE

Jon – 2 spots Thursday

Tanya -10 spots Sunday, Friday, & Saturday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – 1 spot Tuesday

Elia – 1 spot Tuesday

Sandra – 3 spots Monday & Thursday

Sasha – 2 spots Tuesday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 3 spots Monday

Anna – SOLD OUT

Marlae – 2 spots Saturday

Tina – SOLD OUT

GUITAR | UKULELE

Adam – 4 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

Carsten – 16 spots Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday

JD – 3 spots Tuesday

Mitch – 5 spots Monday & Tuesday

Ryan – 5 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Nathan – 6 spots Monday, Friday & Saturday

DRUMS

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

West Michigan’s Largest Music School

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MAY NEWSLETTER

FROM LIVE FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM TO LIVE FROM THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF HAME!

JOIN US IN CLEVELAND!

You read that RIGHT. We are very, very, VERY excited to announce that our students and teachers will be performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, September 5th!

How do you get your child involved? Reply to this email and we’ll send you all the info. There is a participation fee and a very limited number of slots, so be sure to reply asap if you or your child is interested in performing. Drums are provided and you only need to bring your guitar/bass (or voice). The trip is just over a 4 hour drive and we are all planning our own car pools.

So… please let us know if you or your child would like to perform and you’ll get to say, “Hello, Cleveland!”

LIVE FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM

Congratulations to all of the students that have and will be participating in our LIVE FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM performance series. Check out some of the photos below! These have been so fun!

CALENDAR

JULY BREAK

No Lessons

July 2-5

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Keep practicing and learning and achieving!

Check with your teacher about your next test date.

For students who pass their test, wristbands will be mailed!

MIX & MATCH

SUMMER MUSIC LESSONS

Summer camps canceled? Tired of the chaos? Let us help you bring sanity and order back into your lives this summer with quality music lessons here at West Michigan’s most trusted music school!

Learn from our amazing local music teachers who will meet you LIVE this summer either on-site or online lessons for maximum progress and lots of FUN along the way! We’re here for you!

Register for lessons before 6/13 and we will give you a FREE summer beach bag gift loaded with fun outdoor summer items!

Choose from the following summer lesson packages:

BASIC: One 30-minute lesson per week

ALL STARS: One 30-minute lesson per week plus virtual or outdoor recital in August.

HALL OF FAME: Two 30-minute lessons or one 60-minute lesson plus virtual or outdoor recital in August.

BONUS: All summer students will have an opportunity to register for a destination recital performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, September 5. Seating is expected to be 50%z capacity, so we will limit registration. Reply to this email before 6/13 to save your spot!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Say hello to Norah!

Norah has been taking ukulele lessons at the Academy for two years! Her favorite musicians are The cast of The Greatest Showman, Elle King and Maisy Stella. Outside of music, Norah enjoys riding horses, art, and writing (songs and books). Her favorite animal is a dragon and she would love to visit the Amazon rainforest! Her advice to other music students is, “Always try your best and never give up!”

SPRING REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy by June 30th and you could win a family photography session ($175 value) with Jules K. Photography.

PLUS! We’ll give you $225 towards a photo package.

That’s a total value of $400!

Drawing will be held on September 1st

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 6 SPOTS Tue & Fri

Betsy – 7 SPOTS Thu, Fri, & Sat

Carol – 4 SPOTS Mon

Esther – 4 SPOTS Thur

Janet – 1 SPOT Thur

Justin – 4 SPOTS Sun & Wed

Joe – 7 SPOTS Tue, Thu, & Fri

Keith – 5 SPOTS Sun, Mon, & Tue

Tracy – 1 SPOT Wed

Zach – 2 SPOTS Sat

VOICE

Jon – SOLD OUT

Tanya – 7 SPOTS Sun, Fri, & Sat

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – 1 SPOT Tue

Elia – 1 SPOT Tue

Elizabeth – 6 Mon, Wed, & Thur

Sandra – 5 Mon, Wed, & Thur

Sasha – 2 SPOTS Mon & Tue

VOICE | GUITAR | UKULELE

Ryan – 5 SPOTS Mon, Tue, & Wed

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 1 SPOT Sun

Anna – SOLD OUT

Marlae – 3 SPOTS Fri & Sat

Tina – 2 SPOTS Sun

GUITAR | UKULELE

Adam – 1 SPOT Wed

Carsten – 12 SPOTS Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, & Sat

Dvaid R. – 10 SPOTS Sun & Thu

JD – 3 SPOTS Tue

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – 1 SPOT Thur

Mitch – 3 SPOTS Mon & Tue

Nathan – 5 SPOTS Mon, & Sat

DRUMS

Aaron – 12 SPOTS Sun, Mon, & Tue

Garrett – 3 SPOTS Wed

West Michigan’s Largest Music School

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APRIL NEWSLETTER

PLAY-A-THON RESULTS, SPRING PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES, AND MORE!

Do you wish you had a chance to perform right now? We do too! And, that’s why we created Live From Your Living Room: a weekly performance series to showcase students. Hosted remotely by Academy Director Matt Camp, students will have an opportunity to share their musical talents, talk about their other hobbies, and of course, express their feelings about being stuck at home. 

Spots are limited to 10 students each week, so sign up now!

Friday, May 8th at 6:00pm

CLICK HERE to sign up

Friday, May 15th at 6:00pm

CLICK HERE to sign up

Friday, May 22nd at 6:00pm 

CLICK HERE to sign up

Friday, May 29th at 6:00pm

CLICK HERE to sign up

THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Academy’s first ever PLAY-A-THON to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! As a student, parent, or donor, your combined efforts helped us raise close to $1000! We are very pleased with this result and hope you’ll join us again next year.

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants. Your dedication to practice with a purpose is going to make a huge difference. Thank you!

4 PRACTICE TIPS… FOR PARENTS

By Mrs. Anna (Academy Violin Teacher)

Below are my tips and advice to parents for setting up the best practice routine for young children. With these tips, I believe that you can avoid student practice burnout, minimize parent to child frustrations, and set up the best teacher-student-parent support system!

Be Consistent!

  • Set up a practice plan. (e.g. 15 minutes a day/5 days a week.)
  • Pick the best time of day. (e.g. Always practice before noon.)
  • Stick with it! Set a timer if necessary. Start small and build up from there. (e.g. For beginners, starting with 5 minutes of required daily practice often helps them build up stamina while reinforcing routine!)

Be Present!

  • Stay close by your child and be available to help during their practice.
  • Be encouraging and gently reinforce the items that need to be practiced. Clap for them at the end!
  • Take notes during online lessons and check in with the teacher within the last 5 minutes of the lesson. 

Be Focused!

  • Have your child follow the lesson notes first when choosing how to spend their practice time. 
  • Offer exploratory playing after lesson items are practiced. (Play review songs, write their own song, practice flashcards, etc.)
  • Limit distractions in the room and try to maintain a quiet practice environment.

Be Flexible!

  • “Loop” your practice: On busy days, instead of skipping practice, instead, practice part of the lesson plan, then circle back to it the next day and start where you left off.
  • Rotate the order of your practice. Avoid leaving the most challenging piece for last when you have the least amount of energy left.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

May 3-9

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FACE OF THE ACADEMY

PHOTO CONTEST

Remote Learning Photos

Do YOU want to be the star of our new marketing campaign for ONLINE LESSONS?

Enter our FACE OF THE ACADEMY REMOTE LEARNING PHOTO CONTEST!

Here’s how to enter.

1) Send us a photo of your student taking an online lessons.

2) Include a statement about why you love the the lessons, how fun they are, or any other positive feedback about the Academy!

We’ll pick winners for each of the lessons we offer – piano, guitar, bass guitar, singing, drums, violin, cello, and ukulele.

All participants will receive a thank-you treat in the mail. Winners will be featured in our new remote learning marketing campaign and receive a $25 gift card.

Submit your entry now and YOU could be the next face of the Academy! 

CALENDAR

MEMORIAL DAY

No Lessons

May 25

Live From Your Living Room!

May 8, 15, 22, & 29 6-7pm

JULY BREAK

No Lessons

July 2-5

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Keep practicing and learning and achieving!

Check with your teacher about your next test date.

For students who pass their test, wristbands will be mailed!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Our student of the month is Caleb K!

Caleb has been taking lessons at the Academy for three and a half years! His favorite thing he’s learned as a violin student is how to shift positions. Caleb’s favorite musicians are The Piano Guys and Rend Collective. Outside of music, Caleb enjoys camping, rock climbing and hiking. His advice to other music students is to practice every day and have fun!

SPRING REFERRAL CONTEST

Flexpass to the Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops July Concerts!

Flexpass includes 6-ticket vouchers ($114 value) good for any night, in any combination. Use all 6 for one show or see all 4 series concerts.

PLUS $60 in spending cash! Total value of $174!

Drawing will be held on July 1st. 

Congratulations to the Bouwman family for wining our winter referral contest!

By referring a new student to the Academy the Bouwman family won a $300 voucher to Tree Runner Adventure Park in Grand Rapids!

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Addison B.

Diego R.

Jacob F.

Hailey P.

Kailen H.

Kennedy H.

Luke B.

Lulu N.

Natalie B.

Vienna R.

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 5 SPOTS Tue & Fri

Betsy – 8 SPOTS Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat

Carol – 4 SPOTS Mon

Esther – 3 SPOTS Thur

Janet – 2 SPOTS Thur & Sat

Justin – 5 SPOTS Sun & Wed

Joe – 7 SPOTS Tue, Thu, & Fri

Keith – 4 SPOTS Sun, Mon, &Tue

Tracy – 1 SPOT Wed

Zach – 1 SPOT Sat

VOICE

Brianna – SOLD OUT

Jon – SOLD OUT

Tanya – 7 SPOTS Sun, Fri, & Sat

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – 1 SPOT Tue

Elia – 1 SPOT Tue

Elizabeth – 4 Mon, Wed, & Thur

Sandra – 4 Mon, Wed, & Thur

Sasha – 2 SPOTS Mon & Tue

VOICE | GUITAR | UKULELE

Ryan – 4 SPOTS Tue & Wed

STRINGS

Bea – 1 SPOT Mon

Alex – 2 SPOTS Sun & Mon

Anna – SOLD OUT

Marlae – 3 SPOTS Fri & Sat

Tina – 1 SPOT Sun

GUITAR | UKULELE

Adam – 2 SPOTS Tue & Wed

Carsten – 8 SPOTS Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, & Sat

Dvaid R. – 7 SPOTS Sun & Thu

JD – 3 SPOTS Tue

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – 1 SPOT Thur

Mitch – 4 SPOTS Mon, Tue, Wed

Nathan – 5 SPOTS Mon, Fri, & Sat

DRUMS

Aaron – 11 SPOTS Sun, Mon, & Tue

Garrett – 3 SPOTS Wed

Trevor – 5 SPOTS Thu

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MARCH NEWSLETTER

A message from Mandy Moore, photo contest, and more March news.

A Special Message from Mandy Moore to Academy Students

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Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominated actress, singer, and songwriter, Mandy Moore has a special message for students at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids.

FACE OF THE ACADEMY CONTEST

Remote Learning Photos

Do YOU want to be the star of our new marketing campaign for ONLINE LESSONS?

Enter our FACE OF THE ACADEMY REMOTE LEARNING PHOTO CONTEST!

Here’s how to enter.

1) Send us a photo of your student taking an online lessons.

2) Include a statement about why you love the the lessons, how fun they are, or any other positive feedback about the Academy!

We’ll pick winners for each of the lessons we offer – piano, guitar, bass guitar, singing, drums, violin, cello, and ukulele.

All participants will receive a thank-you treat in the mail. Winners will be featured in our new remote learning marketing campaign and receive a $25 gift card.

Submit your entry now through Saturday, April 4th and YOU could be the next face of the Academy! 

PLAY-A-THON UPDATE

The Play-a-thon ends on March 31st! Thank you SO MUCH for participating in this fundraising event to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Please email a photo of your practice sheet to the office: info@academyofmusicGR.com

SPRING BREAK SPECIAL

EXTRA FREE LESSON!

We are thankful that so many Academy of Music students have chosen to continue their music education remotely via Zoom!

To show our appreciation to you for making the remote learning Zoom adjustments with us, we are offering you a Spring Break FREE LESSON on your regular day and time! If you do not plan to take advantage of your FREE LESSON, please let the office know.

CALENDAR

SPRING BREAK

Free Bonus Lesson

Sunday, April 5 – Saturday, April 11

MEMORIAL DAY

No Lessons

SPRING RECITALS

Friday, May 29

Saturday, May 39

Sunday, May 31

JULY BREAK

No Lessons

July 2-5

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Keep practicing and learning and achieving!

Check with your teacher about your next test date.

For students who pass their test, wristbands will be mailed and photos of trophies will be emailed!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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This month we are dedicating our Student of the Month feature to all of the current students at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids who are continuing their lessons remotely via Zoom. Each one of you is demonstrating important characteristics of a musician during this challenging time – patience, resilience, perseverance, positive attitude, and dedication to your goals. CONGRATULATIONS! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

REFERRAL CONTEST

WIN A $300 VOUCHER TO TREE RUNNER ADVENTURE PARK IN GRAND RAPIDS!

Refer a new student to the Academy between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and you’ll be entered to win!

Thank you to the Bouwman, Singla, Besmer, Helweg, and Hyatt families for their referrals!

Drawing held April, 1.

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Alexis T.

Alyssa T.

Avery B.

Cailey B.

Corey Y.

James A.

Jessie H.

Monique W.

Owen B.

Paul T.

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Sandi G.

Trenton B.

Alp K.

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 2 SPOTS Fri

Betsy – 5 SPOTS Thu, Fri, Sat

Carol – 3 SPOTS Mon

Esther – 3 SPOTS Thur

Hanol – 1 SPOT Thu

Janet – SOLD OUT

Joe – 4 SPOTS Tue & Thu

Keith – 2 SPOTS Sun &Tue

Tracy – 1 SPOT Wed

Zach – 1 SPOT Sat

VOICE

Brianna – SOLD OUT

Jon – SOLD OUT

Tanya – 5 SPOTS Sun

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – SOLD OUT

Elia – 2 SPOTS Wed

Elizabeth – 2 Mon

Sandra – 2 Mon & Wed

Sasha – 1 SPOT Tue

VOICE | GUITAR | UKULELE

Ryan – 2 SPOTS Tue

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 2 SPOTS Sun

Anna – SOLD OUT

Marlae – 2 SPOTS Sat

Tina – 1 SPOT Sun

GUITAR | UKULELE

Adam – 1 SPOT Mon

Carsten – 5 SPOTS Mon, Fri, & Sat

Dvaid R. – 3 SPOTS Sun & Thu

JD – 3 SPOTS Tue

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Mitch – 1 SPOT Mon

Nathan – 3 SPOTS Mon & Sat

DRUMS

Aaron – 4 SPOTS Sun, Mon, & Tue

Garrett – SOLD OUT

Trevor – 4 SPOTS Thu

West Michigan’s Largest Music School

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FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

SUMMER CAMPS | PLAY-A-THON | & MORE

JUMP THE LINE and save big on our popular summer music camps. Register before March 31 and save $50!

  • Disney Classics Singing Camp (ages 6 and up) June 15-19
  • Music Adventure Camp (ages 4-6) June 22-26
  • Uke Crazy Camp (ages 6-10) July 20-24
  • RockSchool Camp (ages 8 and up with one year of lessons) July 27-31

More info at academyofmusicGR.com/summer-music-camps

PLAY-A-THON

CALENDAR

SPRING BREAK

No Lessons

Sunday, April 5 – Sunday April 12

Lessons Resume April 13

SPRING RECITALS

Saturday, May 9

Saturday, May 16

Sunday, May 17

MEMORIAL DAY

No Lessons

Monday, May 25

4th OF JULY BREAK

No Lessons

Thursday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – Vrisan

Vrisan has been a piano student at the Academy for more than 2 years. He also enjoys drums. Some of his favorite hobbies outside of the academy are swimming, tennis, basketball, and eating bean burritos. He one day hopes to travel to the Galápagos Islands and enjoys listening to Imagine Dragons. His advice for other students is, “continue learning and enjoy music!”

REFERRAL CONTEST

WIN A $300 VOUCHER TO TREE RUNNER ADVENTURE PARK IN GRAND RAPIDS!

Refer a new student to the Academy between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and you’ll be entered to win!

Thank you to the Bouwman, Singla, Besmer, Helweg, and Hyatt families for their referrals!

Drawing held April, 1.

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Aoji X.

Ayaan R.

Babu R.

Cailen M.

Candice W.

Charis L.

Donna F.

Donny Jr. W.

Ellory Z.

Emily C.

Evan Y.

Frankie L.

Grace R.

Grant V.

Jaxon B.

Katelyn L.

Kyle Y.

Madison L.

Richard M.

Shivoham B.

Teagan D.

Tiernan R.

Vivian B.

Zachariah P.

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 2 SPOTS Tue & Thu

Betsy – 2 SPOTS Mon & Fri

Carol – 2 SPOTS Mon

Chrisann – SOLD OUT

Esther – SOLD OUT

Hanol – 1 SPOT Thu

Janet – 1 SPOT Thu

Joe – 6 SPOTS Tue, Thu, & Fri

Keith – 1 SPOT Tue

Tracy – 3 SPOTS Fri

Zach – SOLD OUT

VOICE

Brianna – SOLD OUT

Jon – SOLD OUT

Tanya – SOLD OUT

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – SOLD OUT

Elia – 2 SPOTS Wed

Elizabeth – 2 Mon

Sandra – 2 Mon & Wed

Sasha – 1 SPOT Tue

VOICE | GUITAR | UKULELE

Ryan – 2 SPOTS Tue

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 2 SPOTS Sun

Anna – SOLD OUT

Marlae – 2 SPOTS Sat

Tina – 1 SPOT Sun

GUITAR | UKULELE

Adam – 1 SPOT Mon

Carsten – 5 SPOTS Mon, Fri, & Sat

Dvaid R. – 3 SPOTS Sun & Thu

JD – 3 SPOTS Tue

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Mitch – 1 SPOT Mon

Nathan – 3 SPOTS Mon & Sat

DRUMS

Aaron – 4 SPOTS Sun, Mon, & Tue

Garrett – SOLD OUT

Trevor – 4 SPOTS Thu

West Michigan’s Largest Music School

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