January 2021 Newsletter








Grand Rapids Location

6159 28th St. SE, Suite 24

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 965 1655

Jenison Location

7647 Riverview Dr.

Jenison, MI 49428

(616) 265 5887

 

**NEW**

PRACTICE PAYS!

We know how much our students love to earn awards, and how much we all love to see our students practicing. So we are excited to launch a new benefit for our students – a series of Practice Challenge wristbands!  

Students will still be able to earn the regular MLS wristbands, such as Apprentice, Songbird, etc. – Think of the Practice Challenge levels as Extra Credit!

There will be multiple opportunities to earn the wristbands. Just earn 20 practice points for practicing at home or on Zoom with a Practice Proctor. Earn 20 more for the next wristband, up to 120 points.

In addition, after earning a wristband, students can also earn a chance to “Spin the Wheel” for another prize. Students can spin the wheel after completing teacher challenges, performing for friends, family or a pet, or learning a seasonal/holiday piece. Students are eligible for a maximum of one “Spin the Wheel” prize after earning each individual wristband.

As an added incentive, anyone who earns all SIX of the 2021 Practice Challenge (Pat. Pend.) wristbands, will be eligible to receive the 2021 Practice Trophy at the end of the year!

PRACTICE WRISTBANDS 1-6. Each wristband can be earned with 20 practice points.

To earn Practice Points:

  • One practice session (as determined parents or teachers) at home will equal 1 point.
  • Attending a Zoom Practice Session will equal 2 points.
  • Practicing on any holiday will double your points!
  • Zoom Practice Sessions will be monitored by Practice Proctors and available 5-7 pm Monday-Friday, 10-noon Saturday, and 2-4 pm on Sundays beginning Monday, February 1. Use this link (also be available at the Student Resource Center) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6166446560

SPIN THE WHEEL FOR PRIZES. These can be earned after earning each individual wristband.

  1. Performance Challenge. Perform for a friend, family member, or pet.
  2. Teacher Challenge. Fulfill a challenge set by your teacher.
  3. Season/Holiday Challenge. Learn a seasonal themed or holiday themed piece. Or share a video of yourself practicing while on vacation.

Practice logs will be available for each student to track home practice. These will need a parent signature.

We are excited to give our students an opportunity to participate in new challenges, and most importantly – have fun practicing!



 

WINTER RECITALS!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH

Join us ONLINE for our final Winter Recitals and watch Academy students showcase their talents from the comfort of your own home. With close to 100 of West Michigan’s finest musicians performing traditional to modern day Christmas classics, Beethoven to Beyonce, and Star Wars to Frozen, there is something for everyone.

Performances at

2:00pm | 3:00pm | 4:00pm | 5:00pm

Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to join you. Just share the link below and they can watch live from their home too!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6166446560

We look forward to seeing your student(s) perform online. As always, should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the office at 616-965-1655 or by emailing info@academyofmusicgr.com.

 

WATCH FOR ICE

Just a heads up, during winter months, ice can accumulate near the entrance and exit at the Academy. We keep those areas covered with salt, but please be careful and remind your kids to be careful when entering and leaving the building.

2021 ACADEMY CALENDAR

Winter Recital (online)

Saturday January 30, 2021

2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm

Spring Break

Sunday April 4, 2021 – Saturday April 10, 2021

(Lessons resume Sunday April 11, 2021)

Spring Recitals

Saturday May 8, 2021

Saturday May 15, 2021

Sunday May 16, 2021

4th of July Break

Saturday July 3, 2021 – Monday July 5, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday July 6, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar.

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

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

 

Claudia G.

Isabelle B.

Judah M.

Deeher S.

Deeher S.

Juliet R.

Cameron W.

Khushi S.

Lia S.

Varun V.

Madison W.

Yuvaan P.

Zoe & Amelia N.

Emilee B.

Estella L.

Nora J.

Ayan S.

Sreya M.

Charlie K.

 

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

 

GRAND RAPIDS

Isaac A.

Anastacia B.

April R.

Jetli M.

Erin M.

Bailey G.

Ahaan B.

Makaio J.

Mattea J.

Martha S.

Mercedes A.

Maximo A.

Caitlyn E.

Christian E.

Gabby L.

Nora J.

Hendrix B.

Jack S.

Ah-Nyah D.

Arabella R.

Frankie L.

Gavin H.

Yareni J.

Ryder V.

Livia W.

JENISON

Brooklyn W.

Elijah M.

Sam C.

Celia L.

Isabella J.

Gabriel J.

Victoria J.

Lauren H.

Jayden V.

Phenix B.

Nathan A.

Nala P.

Alex H.

Tristan T.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Juliet

Juliet has been a student at the Academy for a little over 9 months, and currently takes Piano from Mr. Bertram and Voice lessons from Ms. Tanya. Outside of her music lessons, Juliet also enjoys crafting, baking, and gymnastics. Her favorite food is pot pie and some of her favorite musicians are Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, and Justin Bieber. In school, Juliet’s favorite subject is history, and the coolest thing she has learned at the Academy is how to play finger scales. If she were to give other music students one piece of advise it would be to “keep trying and you will improve”.

WINTER REFERRAL CONTEST

FALL REFERRAL CONTEST WINNER!

Congratulations to Academy parent Tonisha Jones for winning our FALL iPad Referral Drawing! Many thanks to all of the families for their referrals this past fall.

NEW WINTER REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy, between now and April 1, and you could win FOUR $50 FAMILY RESTAURANT GIFT CARDS (VALUE $200). Plus, for every new family you refer that registers, you’ll receive a $25 gift card to Target, Amazon, or DoorDash! Not to mention, they will too!

Drawing will be held on April 15

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

Grand Rapids Teachers | Jenison Teachers

PIANO

Bertram – 2 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 2 spots Monday & Saturday

Carol – 1 spot Monday

Cathie – 2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Esther – 1 spot Thursday

Janet – 2 spots Tuesday & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Thursday & Saturday

Joe – 1 spot Thursday

Keith – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday

Tracy – 1 spot Friday

Zach -2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Harrison – 2 spots Wednesday

Kohl – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday

Rachel – 1 spot Wednesday

Tanya -2 spots Friday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – SOLD OUT

Sandra – 2 spots Monday & Thursday

Sasha – 2 spots Tuesday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 2 spots Monday

Anne Marie – 2 spots Wednesday

Anna T – 1 spot Thursday

Kristina – 2 spots Monday

Marlae – SOLD OUT

Melinda – 2 spots Wednesday

Tina – SOLD OUT

GUITAR | UKULELE

David – 2 spots Tuesday

JD – SOLD OUT

Josh G. – 1 spot Monday

Mike – 2 spots Thursday

Mitch – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday

Patty – 2 spots Wednesday

Ryan – 2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Nathan – 2 spots Friday & Saturday

DRUMS

Eric – 2 spots Tuesday

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

Hailey – 2 spots Thursday

Josh H. – 2 spots Tuesday

Ryan – 2 spots Sunday



West Michigan’s Largest Music School

Contact Us

(616) 965 1655

info@academyofmusicgr.com

Follow us on social media!

FacebookInstagram


December 2020 Newsletter








Grand Rapids Location

6159 28th St. SE, Suite 24

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 965 1655

Jenison Location

7647 Riverview Dr.

Jenison, MI 49428

(616) 265 5887

 

IN PERSON LESSONS RESUME MONDAY JANUARY 4TH

We’re excited to resume in person lessons starting Monday January 4th. However, we will continue to offer Zoom lessons for any student that wishes to remain online. We look forward to seeing everyone back at the Academy at the beginning of next year!

WINTER RECITALS!

Congratulations to all the students that performed as part of our online Winter Recitals! There were so many wonderful performances, and it was so great to see so many new and familiar faces sharing their talents.

Our in-person recitals are still planned for January 30th and 31st at the Wealthy Theatre. Students will NOT need to register again for these recitals. If you had previously registered, your performance day and time will remain the same. Be on the lookout early next month for more information.

,

YEAR END GIFTS TO

CURRENT STUDENTS

Take advantage of our $60 music lesson gift! TWO FREE LESSONS when you add another instrument or 30 minutes/weekly. Expires 1/3/21.

And, don’t forget to pick up a free Academy ornament when you return to lessons next week!

2020 ACADEMY CALENDAR

Winter Break

Tuesday December 22, 2020 – Sunday January 3, 2021

(Lesson resume Monday January 4, 2021)

Spring Break

Sunday April 4, 2021 – Saturday April 10, 2021

(Lessons resume Sunday April 11, 2021)

Spring Recitals

Saturday May 8, 2021

Saturday May 15, 2021

Sunday May 16, 2021

4th of July Break

Saturday July 3, 2021 – Monday July 5, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday July 6, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar.

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

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

 

Santa brought trophies for all the students that have achieved their Musical Ladder Goals. We cannot wait to hand these out in person at the beginning of next year.

 

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

GRAND RAPIDS

Anna B.

Evi F.

Hudson L.

Isaiah H.

Josiah F.

Marissa P.

Nicole W.

Sage M.

JENISON

Aadlynn W.

Anaiya C.

Kaydence R.

Madison F.

Tegan B.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Ashley

Ashley has been a student at the Academy for a little over 2 years, and currently takes drum lessons from Mr. Jared. Outside of her music lessons, Ashley also enjoys fencing, reading, playing with her dog, arts and crafts, and talking. Her favorite food is raviolis and one day she hopes to visit China or Japan. In school, Ashley’s favorite subject is reading, and the coolest thing she has learned at the Academy is how to play cool songs. If she were to give other music students one piece of advise it would be to “have a good spirit”.

FALL REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy, between now and the end of the year, and you could win a 32GB iPad. Plus, for every new family you refer that registers, you’ll receive a $25 gift card! Not to mention, they will too!

Drawing will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021



IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

Grand Rapids Teachers | Jenison Teachers

PIANO

Bertram – 5 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 4 spots Monday & Saturday

Carol – 5 spots Monday

Cathie – 4 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Esther – 3 spots Thursday

Janet – 5 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Justin – 5 spots Thursday, Sunday & Saturday

Joe – 3 spots Thursday

Keith – 4 spots Monday & Tuesday

Tracy – 3 spots Friday

Zach -4 spots Saturday

VOICE

Harrison – 4 spots Monday

Kohl – 5 spots Monday & Tuesday

Tanya -6 spots Sunday, Friday, & Saturday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – SOLD OUT

Sandra – 3 spots Monday & Thursday

Sasha – 2 spots Tuesday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 2 spots Monday

Anne Marie – 2 spots Wednesday

Anna K – 4 spots Wednesday

Anna T – 1 spot Thursday

Kristina – 2 spots Monday

Melinda – 4 spots Wednesday

GUITAR | UKULELE

Carsten – SOLD OUT

David – 4 spots Tuesday

JD – 4 spots Tuesday

Josh G. – 4 spots Monday

Mitch – 4 spots Monday & Tuesday

Ryan – 2 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Nathan – 4 spots Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

DRUMS

Eric – 4 spots Thursday

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

Josh H. – 3 spots Tuesday

Ryan – 4 spots Sunday



West Michigan’s Largest Music School

Contact Us

(616) 965 1655

info@academyofmusicgr.com

Follow us on social media!

FacebookInstagram


November 2020 Newsletter








NOW ENROLLING!

(616) 965 1655

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

IMPORTANT RECITAL UPDATES, STUFF THE STOCKING WITH MUSIC, AND MORE!

 
 

WINTER RECITAL UPDATES

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 POSTPONED

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020 POSTPONED

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020 MORE VIRTUAL SPOTS AVAILABLE

Due to the recent orders from MDHHS, our recital performance venue, Wealthy Theatre, has alerted us that they will remain closed for the remainder of the year.

The good news:

  1. You can still sign up for a virtual recital spot on Sunday, December 13! There are still at least 50 spots available at 2, 3, 4, or 5 pm. These spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis; however, priority will be given to students who are no longer able to perform at Wealthy Theatre.
  2. We have tentatively rescheduled in-person recitals at Wealthy Theatre for January 30 and 31. Watch for updates as new information becomes available.

To register for one of the online recitals December 13th, please call or email the front desk.

We’re looking forward to seeing students perform online in December and in-person once again in the new year!

A NOTE FROM THE OWNER

As we wrap up the Thanksgiving weekend, I would like extend my sincere gratitude to the Academy School Director Matt Camp, our Office Team Members Julie and Diane, and each of the Academy teachers for their tireless energy and skills that have helped us meet the needs of all of our students and families throughout this year. They continue to adjust their way of working to best support you, our valued students and families, through ongoing challenges.

To our students and families, we understand how extraordinary these times are for you. Know that you can count on our continued commitment to you and your success. We are extremely honored to serve and partner with you today and in the future and wish you all the best in this holiday season. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

As a special thank-you gift, we are giving away a FREE Academy ornament to our students and staff. Stop at the desk when we resume lessons in-person on December 9, or let us know if you would like us to mail the ornament to you. 

Barbara Hendricks, Owner

STUFF THE STOCKING WITH MUSIC!

SAVE $75

Get your loved one a special gift for under the tree by registering for music lessons at West Michigan’s largest music school.

Pick up the stocking at either our Grand Rapids or Jenison location, or we can ship it to you for free!

We’ll prepare your fully stuffed Christmas stocking (as pictured) to include:

One Month Lesson Certificate – $120 value

Free Registration Coupon – $30 value

$15 Music Retail Gift Certificate

Academy of Music Christmas Ornament

Holiday Candy

Instrument Specific Gift

Drumsticks for drum students

Snark tuners for guitar, ukulele, and string students

Music flashcards for piano students

Wireless Bluetooth microphone for vocal students

Total Value: $174

Your cost: ONLY $99

Sale ends December 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

2020 ACADEMY CALENDAR

VIRTUAL LESSONS

Monday, November

WINTER RECITALS

Saturday, December 5 (in-person)POSTPONED

Sunday, December 6 (in-person)POSTPONED

Sunday, December 13 (online) – 50 SPOTS AVAILABLE

HOLIDAY BREAK

No Lessons

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

(lessons resume Monday, January 4, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar.

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

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

 

Tendesai N.

Samantha B.

Octavian H.

Sasha A.

Silas R.

Kayleigh L.

Judah M.

Anna S.

Kendall F.

Kaleb W.

Jeffrey M.

Arcadia P.

Ashley O.

Esha L.

Avery C.

 

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

GRAND RAPIDS

Chase S.

Devin M.

Kate T.

Katia O.

Tony D.

JENISON

Alexa C.

Alexandria H.

Anna O.

Eliana P.

Jaci T.

Jude A.

Norah S.

Will O.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

MEET TEMPIE!

Tempie has been a student at the Academy for 2 years, and currently takes voice lessons with Ms. Tanya. Outside of her music lessons, Tempie also enjoys dancing, playing with Barbies, and swimming. Some of her favorite foods are watermelon and cherries and one day she hopes to visit Walt Disney World. In school, Tempie’s favorite subject is Math, and the coolest thing she has learned at the Academy is how to become a better singer. Her favorite animals are Bambi and her dog Lily.

FALL REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy, between now and the end of the year, and you could win a 32GB iPad. Plus, for every new family you refer that registers, you’ll receive a $25 gift card! Not to mention, they will too!

Drawing will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021



IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 7 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 5 spots Monday & Saturday

Carol – 5 spots Monday

Esther – 3 spots Thursday

Janet – 4 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Justin – 6 spots Sunday & Saturday

Joe – 3 spots Thursday

Keith – 3 spots Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday

Tracy – 3 spots Friday

Zach – 2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Harris – 4 spots Monday

Tanya -6 spots Sunday, Friday, & Saturday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – 1 spot Tuesday

Sandra – 3 spots Monday & Thursday

Sasha – 2 spots Tuesday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 3 spots Monday

Anne Marie – 2 spots Wednesday

Anna K – 4 spots Wednesday

Anna T – 1 spot Thursday

Marlae – 1 spot Saturday

GUITAR | UKULELE

Carsten – SOLD OUT

JD – 4 spots Tuesday

Mitch – 4 spots Monday & Tuesday

Ryan – 2 spots Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Nathan – 5 spots Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

DRUMS

Eric – 4 spots Thursday

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

Josh – 3 spots Tuesday

Ryan – 4 spots Sunday

 

West Michigan’s Largest Music School

Contact Us

(616) 965 1655

info@academyofmusicgr.com

Follow us on social media!

FacebookInstagram


October 2020 Newsletter








NOW ENROLLING!

(616) 965 1655

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER FOR RECITALS & OUR GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!

 

WINTER RECITALS!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020

REGISTRATION CLOSES THIS SATURDAY,

OCTOBER 31ST AT 11:59PM!

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!

WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

video

2020 ACADEMY CALENDAR

THANKSGIVING BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, November 24 – Saturday, November 28

(lessons resume on Sunday, November 29)

WINTER RECITALS

Saturday, December 5 (in-person)

Sunday, December 6 (in-person)

Sunday, December 13 (online)

HOLIDAY BREAK

No Lessons

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

(lessons resume Monday, January 4, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar.

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

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

 

Charlie achieved Rock Star status!

Adin is officially a Prodigy!

Kendall received her Musician certificate!

Ervin earned his Master trophy!

Ting Nan reached Apprentice level!

Hau Kip received his Apprentice certificate!

Juliet achieved Musician status!

Isabella received her Musician certificate!

Anna received her Bravo trophy!

Abby reached Bravo level!

 

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Aanya N.

Amelia M.

Anna B.

Bella M.

Bleu B.

Brooklynne L.

Caitlyn K.

Claire F.

Colin D.

Devin M.

Emma S.

Frederick H.

Isabelle T.

Keegan T.

Kira M.

Liam F.

Mitzi M.

Natalie B.

Paul E.

Sana M.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Nathan! Nathan has been a piano student at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids for two years, and he also plays clarinet! Nathan is a big fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda and the “Hamilton” cast, and in his free time he likes to play video games, sports, and board games with his family. Nathan’s favorite food is sushi, and his favorite subject in school is math. His advice to other students is to “find a song you really like and play that, it makes it more fun!”

FALL REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy, between now and the end of the year, and you could win a 32GB iPad. Plus, for every new family you refer that registers, you’ll receive a $25 gift card! Not to mention, they will too!

Drawing will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021



IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 9 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 5 spots Monday & Saturday

Carol – 4 spots Monday

Esther – 4 spots Thursday

Janet – 6 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Sunday

Joe – 3 spots Thursday

Keith – 3 spots Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach – 2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Harris – 4 spots Monday

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 – 5 spots Wednesday

Anna K – 4 spots Wednesday

Anna T – 1 spot Thursday

Marlae – 2 spots Saturday

GUITAR | UKULELE

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

Eric – 4 spots Thursday

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

Josh – 3 spots Tuesday

Ryan – 4 spots Sunday

 

West Michigan’s Largest Music School

Contact Us

(616) 965 1655

info@academyofmusicgr.com

Follow us on social media!

FacebookInstagram


September 2020 Newsletter








NOW ENROLLING!

(616) 965 1655

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

Winter Recital information, Highlights from Cleveland, Jenison Updates, and more!

 

UPDATE FROM DIRECTOR MATT CAMP

 
video

Dear students, 

I wanted to touch base and give you an update on the Academy of Music this fall. Videos are a great tool to communicate with you and give you the latest news. Matt is at the school on a regular basis and does a great job sharing what needs to be said in video format. Feel free to listen to the video or read the text below for an update on the school.

SHOUT-OUTS AND THANK YOUS

First of all, I want to give you a few shout outs and thank you’s.

Number one, to our students, many thanks for being with us during this very difficult time. It’s been a difficult year as you all know, but we’re getting through it just fine, and we’re doing lessons in person and online.

I also want to give a big shout out to all of our teachers. They’ve been working very hard. They’ve all pivoted and adjusted. They’re doing awesome work teaching lessons in person and online. So thank you teachers for all that you do!

And our new office team and management is working tirelessly 7 days a week, morning until night. So thank you office team for doing an excellent job|! I really appreciate you all and I know from our surveys that that our students and families do as well. 

ENROLLMENT UPDATE

So let’s talk about the status of the school’s enrollment. Thank you so much for your referrals. Our enrollment is going up. But we really appreciate your referrals. Please keep them coming!

MORE ABOUT THE REFERRAL PROGRAM

If you refer a student to us, we will send you a $25 dollar gift card to Amazon or Target. In addition, you may now choose a Door Dash gift card. We will also do the same for the person you referred. If you have any questions please let the office know. But, thank you and a big welcome to all of our new students.

We’re seeing a lot of students return for either in person or online lessons or some are doing both. Some are coming sometimes in person, sometimes online. It’s your choice, and even before the pandemic that is the way we’ve conducted business. It is the way we will always conduct business. You choose as the student whether you want to come in person or online, or a mix.

NEW TEACHERS

I also want to welcome all of our new teachers. We’ve had over 10 new teachers in the past few weeks apply and be brought on board. We’re very excited to work with them. They’re very excited to be here. It’s vital for the Academy and the school that we keep working with talented new teachers that are rearing to go and have fun giving lessons. You’ll see some of them in Jenison and some in Grand Rapids.

SAFETY PROTOCOL VIDEO

If you’re new to us as a new student (or a new parent, teacher, etc), please check out the video below. 

It’s our safety video and it shows all the protocols, all the equipment, everything we’re doing to keep everyone here safe. It’s 3 minutes, but it’s very important information we want you to check out so we’re all on the same page. 

WINTER RECITALS

So let’s talk about recitals. Performance venues have been allowed to open, and we plan to keep two of our December recitals dates (12/5 and 12/6) available for in-person performances at the Wealthy Theatre. We have always appreciated that venue, and it’s large enough for everyone to socially distance as necessary come December. We successfully did a live stream of our Rock and Roll recital on Facebook, and plan to offer that option for our Wealthy Theatre performances this year as well. So if Grandpa and Grandma are able to get online, they can enjoy performances from the comfort of their home.

We will keep Sunday 12/13 available for those who prefer a virtual recital.

Next week we’ll be releasing our schedule for recitals so be on the lookout. Be sure to spread the word so your friends and family can tune in! And again if you have any questions let the office know. They’ll be happy to assist you. 

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MUSICAL LADDER®

The Musical Ladder System® is still all systems go. We’re still awarding wrist- bands, trophies, and more. We’re very excited that just this month the Musical Ladder® received awards for 9 patents for the system. Remember that you can only get this system here at the Academy of Music in West Michigan. But if you move away, there is now an online directory if you would like to find another music school that offers the Musical Ladder®.

If you have questions about your wristband, trophy or test please let our office team know and they will be happy to assist you. The Musical Ladder System® is growing worldwide and for our students it’s all included for free. 

EARLY AND WEEKEND LESSON TIMES!

For those of you who don’t know, we offer early lesson times! We offer lessons as 11 AM, as late as 8 30 PM. So if you’re on a hybrid schedule, flex schedule, whatever kind of schedule and you want to come in the morning, you would like to come at lunch, we’ve got you covered. Contact the office for available times. Please let your friends know as well! 

But if you’re looking for morning, lunchtimes, unusual times, if you want to come in on a Saturday or Sunday, just let us know. We’d love to talk to you about options for your lesson. 

THE NEXT UPDATE

In closing, be on the lookout for the next video update. To make sure you’re getting all announcements, call our office and make sure your contact info is up to date!

Here’s to a great year of making music, in person, or online (your choice) at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids or Jenison Academy of Music.

Barbara Hendricks, Owner

 

VIDEO ON HOW WE ARE SAFELY OFFERING IN PERSON LESSONS

video

OCTOBER FUN!

 

CASCADE BUSINESS CENTER ENTRANCES ARE OPEN!

 

Heads up, Academy families! The orange construction gate has been removed, and both entrances are now open into the Cascade Business Center! Our 28th St sign was unfortunately included in the demolition, so be aware to look for the little green Cascade Business Center Sign.

 

WINTER RECITALS!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020

It’s time to start preparing for our winter recitals! Here’s what you need to know:

  • In-person and online performance options
  • In-person recitals will take place at the Wealthy Theatre
  • Online recitals will occur via ZOOM
  • All recitals are limited to 20 student performances
  • Registration opens on Monday, October 5 at 8:00am (all recitals are filled on a first come first served basis)
  • More information coming soon – keep an eye out for an additional email containing the registration link

OPENING SOON IN JENISON!

WE’RE GETTING CLOSER TO ANNOUNCING OUR OPEN HOUSE DATES!

We’ll offer tours, cookies from Ida’s Pastry next door, special giveaways, and free t-shirts for the first 25 students who register.

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!i

ROCK N’ ROLL RECITAL

Congratulations to everyone who performed at our Rock & Roll Recital at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio this month! We love seeing our students shine on stage!

2020 ACADEMY CALENDAR

THANKSGIVING BREAK

No Lessons

Tuesday, November 24 – Saturday, November 28

(lessons resume on Sunday, November 29)

WINTER RECITALS

Saturday, December 5 (in-person)

Sunday, December 6 (in-person)

Sunday, December 13 (online)

HOLIDAY BREAK

No Lessons

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

(lessons resume Monday, January 4, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar.

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

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

 

Ally earned her Prodigy trophy for voice!

Piano student Tempie earned her Musician certificate!

Lucille received her Prodigy trophy and certificate for Piano!

Emy received her Prodigy trophy and certificate!

Norah is officially a Champion on the Violin!

Sampson sang his way to receiving his Rock Star certificate in Voice!

Maya reached Champion status on Piano!

Ethan S is now a Master on the Piano!

Piano student Izzy is now a Prodigy!

Elliot reached Master status on the Piano!

Piano student Balamitra is officially a Rock Star!

Meet the newest Prodigy on Piano, Evan!

James F saving the world as a Master on the Violin

Isadora reached Prodigy status on Piano!

Wylie reached Apprentice & Songbird level on Guitar!

Winston has reached Prima level on Piano!

Charlie C is a Song Bird on Piano!

 

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Addison B.

Akshay M.

Alaynah T.

Aless D.

Alyssa T-Z.

Anaiya C.

Andrew A.

Arin G.

Arsya C.

Ashley T.

Benjamin S.

Bria U.

Cailynn B.

Caleb B.

Carter B.

Charlie B.

Christina C.

Claire S.

Connor K.

Daayna K.

Dalton S.

Deeher S.

Donna F.

Elli H.

Elise B.

Ella V.

Ellory O.

Elyza C.

Emily F.

Emma R.

Ezhua V.

Genesis B.

Grace J.

Graham R.

Hadassah B.

Hadleigh S.

Hailey P.

Hau Kip M.

Imani W.

Isla R.

Israell C.

Jabari W.

Jack L.

Jackson R.

Jacob F.

James F.

Jenna L.

Jesse A.

Jo F.

Joe T.

John B.

Jordyn M.

Josiah K.

Juliet R.

Karsten B.

Katelyn I.

Kaylee S.

Kayleigh L.

Keira B.

Kelly B.

Laila G.

Lauren V.

Leah K.

Liam D.

Lilla H.

Lottie M.

Louise M.

Luke B.

Lydia S.

Lyla B.

Maddox B.

Maia K.

Makayla A.

Melat L.

Melissa S.

Merik L.

Merrick R.

Miles K.

Mitchel O.

Morgana D.

Natalie H.

Nate V.

Neysa N.

Nicholas F.

Olivia G.

Olivia D.

Paige B.

Peter F.

Raneane W.

Raydel L.

Reese F.

Saimon B.

Sandy S.

Sarah S.

Savannah M.

Selah B.

Silas B.

Stella M.

Stella V.

Sydnee B.

Sydney B.

Teagan L.

Tempie T.

Thomas F.

Ting N.

Tracy D.

Vung H.

Yuvaan P.

Zach H.

Zachary C.

Zachary V.

Zachary B.

Zoe N.

Zoey H.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Nevaeh! Nevaeh is a violin student at the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids, and she also enjoys piano! Nevaeh loves learning popular songs through her lessons with Miss Bea, and she’s a big fan of Taylor Swift, Lindsey Sterling, 2CELLOS, and Karolina Protsenko. When she’s not practicing her music, Nevaeh likes to read and play games, and her favorite food is pizza. Her advice to other students is to “never give up!”

FALL REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy, between now and the end of the year, and you could win a 32GB iPad. Plus, for every new family you refer that registers, you’ll receive a $25 gift card! Not to mention, they will too!

Drawing will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021

 

Congratulations to the Bresnahan family for winning our Summer Referral Contest! They won a photography session with Jules K. Photography, valued at $175!

PLUS! We’re giving them $225 towards the purchase of a photo package. That’s a total value of $400!

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Bertram – 9 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 5 spots Monday & Saturday

Carol – 4 spots Monday

Esther – 4 spots Thursday

Janet – 6 spots Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Sunday

Joe – 3 spots Thursday

Keith – 3 spots Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach – 2 spots Saturday

VOICE

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 – 5 spots Wednesday & Tuesday

Anna – 1 spot Thursday

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

Contact Us

(616) 965 1655

info@academyofmusicgr.com

Follow us on social media!

FacebookInstagram


August 2020 Newsletter


NOW ENROLLING!

(616) 965 1655

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