March 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

 

SPRING BREAK!

SPRING BREAK! – NO LESSONS NEXT WEEK

THE ACADEMY WILL BE CLOSED FOR LESSONS

SUNDAY, APRIL 4TH – SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH.

LESSONS WILL RESUME ON SUNDAY, APRIL 11TH.

SPRING BREAK OFFICE HOURS 9AM – 5PM.

A NOTE FROM THE OWNER

It was a year ago this month that the Academy of Music for the first time in the existence of the school made a decision to only offer virtual music lessons for what we expected would be a few weeks of lockdown to “flatten the curve.” We did not know what the following weeks and months would look like, but only knew that the work we do matters and needed to continue in the best way we could offer it. The students who love the Academy of Music, who choose to enrich their lives with the creativity of learning and performing music, and value the personal relationships they develop with instructors and staff at our school, are the heart and soul of this school. And our teachers and staff are key to helping us offer them the best music lesson experience in the community. So we worked hard to find a way to move forward and honor our commitments to our students, teachers, and staff through that first month and every month that followed. 

Today we are above all grateful. Throughout the year, our school director Matt Camp and office team members personally walked students and their instructors through every change and challenge along the way – an introduction to Zoom, then Breakout Rooms, a new Student Resource Center, a Safe Music School to welcome students and teachers back, a new option for a missed lesson (personal, custom recorded lesson from your teacher), Practice Champ Challenges, new ways to offer performance opportunities, and more! Our amazing teachers spent time learning how to manage new technology, reinvent their teaching for virtual instruction, and deal with the requirements of providing a safe in-person lesson. With passion, skill, and love, they continued to nurture Academy musicians one lesson at a time in ways they never imagined possible. Many of our students chose to stick with lessons and rose to the challenge of adjusting their learning and practice routines. When in-person recitals were not an option, dedicated and determined students continued to achieve and meet the challenges of performing virtually, on stage in the summer sun, and some even traveling to the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a unique experience.  Today we honor and celebrate everyone who has endured this past year with grace and fortitude – Academy of Music dreamers, believers, and achievers, shining stars of today and beyond. 

Know that we are expecting a very busy spring and summer season for a variety of reasons. Even though 70-80% of our students have been back in-person for a while now, we are also seeing an increase of new students who have been cooped up and are ready to come back and sign up for in-person lessons. Our March registrations – the highest in the history of the school for this particular month – are a signal of what’s to come for the rest of 2021. What does that mean to you? Even though we do have some availability at each of our two locations, we want you to understand that some of our teachers are full. It’s important to remember that when you make your summer plans. What we do not want you to experience is to leave for the summer and then try to call us back in August only to discover that we do not have spots for you. If you are a current student or if you want to join us, the best option right now is to register for or continue with summer lessons so that you can keep your day and time with your favorite teacher in the fall.

As a reminder, there are four great options for missed lessons in the summer:

1.     Zoom in for your lesson.

2.    Get a pre-recorded make-up lesson with advanced notice.

3.    Take advantage of our group make-up options.

4.    Sub-lease your spot to a family member or friend.

Most importantly, get ready to enjoy your summer. Spend time at the lake, travel, enjoy family and friends you have not seen for months, have a great time. Just don’t lose your spot with your teacher by withdrawing because you will want that spot in August, especially if it’s a prime spot between 3:30 and 7:30, the ones in the most demand. Instead, take advantage of our summer make-up options. Feel free to call the office for more information.  

Barbara Hendricks, Owner

 

2021 SPRING RECITALS

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Registration is now open for our Spring Recitals!

To register…

  1. Login to the student portal here 
  2. Click on ‘CALENDAR’ from the menu on the left side of the screen
  3. Navigate to the month of May
  4. Click on your desired recital time
  5. Click on ‘REGISTER’
  6. Confirm your registration by clicking ‘REGISTER’
  7. If you have multiple students, select the student you’d like to register then click ‘REGISTER’
  8. Repeat steps 4-6 to register another student

In-person (WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT 10 SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!)

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021
  • Live from the Royce Auditorium at the St. Cecilia Music Center
  • Performances at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm 

Online

  • Sunday, May 23, 2021
  • Via Zoom (link will be made available closer to performance date)
  • Performances at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm

Please remember that all registration will take place via our new Student Portal. All recitals will be filled on a first come first served basis, with each recital having a max capacity of 20 students. Once a recital reaches capacity, online registration for that recital will no longer be available. To be placed on a waitlist (if needed) please contact the Academy.

SPIRIT WEEK RECAP

SUNDAY MARCH 14, 2021 – MUSIC IN TECHNICOLOR

MONDAY MARCH 15, 2021 – SUPERHEROES & PRINCESSES

TUESDAY MARCH 16, 2021 – ONSIE TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY MARCH 17, 2021 – LUCK OF THE IRISH

THURSDAY MARCH 18, 2021 – TEACHER LOOK-ALIKE DAY

FRIDAY MARCH 19, 2021 – CRAZY HAIR DAY

SATURDAY MARCH 20, 2021 – FAN-TASTIC

 

2021 ACADEMY CALENDAR

Spring Break – NO LESSONS

Sunday April 4, 2021 – Saturday April 10, 2021

(Lessons resume Sunday April 11, 2021)

Spring Recitals

Saturday May 15, 2021

(IN PERSON at St. Cecilia Music Center)

Sunday May 23, 2021

(ONLINE)

4th of July Break – NO LESSONS

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!

 
 

Akshay M.

Alex M.

Amadeo S.

Andrea B.

Avery C.

Brian W.

Brynn T.

Chase S.

Deeher S.

Eliza C.

Emily F.

Esha L.

Gabe A.

Harry N.

Jabari W.

Jack L.

Jesse A.

Juliet R.

Kendall B.

Katie K.

Kayleigh L.

Khushi S.

Laura W.

Lilla H.

Lucas G.

Madison D.

Maggie M.

Norah C.

Scarlett G.

Silas R.

Swaraa B.

Tendesai N.

Tiernan R.

Tyler M.

Austin B.

Zoey L.

Aryan M.

Aryan M.

Ashley O.

Lucas C.

 

GRAND RAPIDS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Swaraa

Swaraa has been a student at the Academy for 18 months, and currently takes violin from Ms. Anne Marie. Outside of her music lessons, Swaraa also enjoys reading, dancing, and watching movies. Her favorite food is ice cream and her favorite musician is A.R. Rahman. In school, Swaraa’s favorite subject is language, and the coolest thing she has learned at the Academy is how to read and understand the language of music. If she were to give other music students one piece of advise it would be “be consistent and enjoy”.

JENISON STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet MaCallen

MaCallen has been a student at the Academy for about 1 1/2 years, and currently takes piano from Mr. Zach at our Jenison location. Outside of his music lessons, MaCallen also enjoys playing video games (Minecraft, Roblox), building Legos, and drawing. His favorite food is Goldfish crackers and some of his favorite musicians are Abygail (his sister), Mr. Zach, and Amanda (his Mom). In school, MaCallen’s favorite subject is math, and the coolest thing he has learned at the Academy is how to play Star Wars songs. If he were to give other music students one piece of advise it would be “Have Fun”.

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

GRAND RAPIDS

Ava S.

Chad z.

Cienna T.

Eli B.

Eowyn B.

Gavin M.

Glen H.

Bella T.

Joe B.

Josiah K.

Kan C.

Kavitha K.

Kayla B.

Landon M.

Lilah B.

Lilly R.

London S.

Monica M.

Olivia B.

Peter K.

Rayaansh R.

Ruby K.

Ryan V.

Sarah T.

Skylar M.

Soleh W.

Tyler B.

JENISON

Alexandra M.

Andrew R.

Bridget T.

Desiree K.

Elisabeth K.

Emma V.

Kyla K.

Lena N.

Riley K.

Zavian V.

REFERRAL CONTEST

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

Andrew -2 spots Monday

Bertram – 2 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 2 spots Monday & Saturday

Carol – SOLD OUT

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 Sonja -2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach -2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Dani – 2 spots Tuesday

Kohl – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday

Rachel – 1 spot Wednesday

Tanya -2 spots Friday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – SOLD OUT

Harrison – 2 spots Monday

Sandra – 2 spots Monday & Thursday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 2 spots Sunday

Anne Marie – SOLD OUT

Anna T – SOLD OUT

Kristina – 1 spot Monday

Marlae – SOLD OUT

Meredith – 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 – 1 spot Monday

Patty – 1 spot Wednesday

Ryan -SOLD OUT

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

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February 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

 

WE WOULD LOVE YOUR VOTE!

IT’S TIME TO VOTE for the Best of Grand Rapids (Grandtastic) Awards at Grand Rapids Kids. Everyone at the Academy of Music would appreciate your vote. It’s super easy! Just click. on the LESSONS category and find Academy of Music. Anyone who votes is also entered to win a $200 gift card to a business of their choice. Voting is open until Friday, March 12.

NEW STUDENT PORTAL!

Hello everyone!

As most of you know, we launched our online Student Resource Center (SRC) almost a year ago. Can you believe it’s been that long already!? We can’t either. At the time, the SRC was meant to be temporary. However, we have received such wonderful feedback on it, we decided not only to keep it, but to make it even better!

Introducing the online STUDENT PORTAL! Check out the video below for a quick overview and tutorial on how you’ll sign in and what you’ll be able to access – Spoiler alert! The new student portal will be accessible from both the Grand Rapids and Jenison Academy websites!

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Other features include:

  • Seeing your lesson schedule online
  • Email and/or text reminders for lessons
  • Signing up for Group Make-up Classes
  • Registering for recitals
  • Accessing additional lesson content
  • Automated emails to let you know when new content has been uploaded to student folders
  • Direct access to recorded video lessons. No more YouTube links!

The new portal will be available for access starting Monday, March 1st. However, we will keep the SRC online until April 1. This will allow everyone to download and/or print any lesson content they’d like before it is disabled. We are not able to transfer content from the SRC to the new Student Portal.

Please watch for an email on March 1 that will contain your username and link to set up a password for the new Student Portal. We’re so excited to share this new benefit with you!

Matt Camp

Director

MARCH PHOTO MADNESS!

Are you photogenic? Love to smile and/or be silly? Never shy away from a camera? Then we want to take your photo!

We believe the best way to showcase the Academy is to highlight our students and their families. After all, you’re the reason the Academy is so great in the first place.

Our goal is to take over 1,000 photos during the month of March. These will be used across various social media platforms and in new marketing campaigns for 2021. Headshots. Posed photos with instruments. Silly photos with siblings, family, or friends. Lesson photos. And, more!

We are also planning a photoshoot with a professional photographer for student photos. DATE AND TIME TBD. Keep an eye out for an email with more information as it becomes available.

If you especially love getting your photo taken, the month of March is your chance to strike a pose and say cheese… AS MUCH AS YOU WANT! Just let the Academy staff or your teacher know that you want your photo taken and we’ll get out the camera! Together, let’s share over 1,000 smiles.

WE LOVE OUR STUDENTS!

 
 

PRACTICE PAYS!

 

UPDATE: STARTING MARCH 1, ALL ONLINE PRACTICE SESSIONS WILL BE ACCESSIBLE VIA THE NEW STUDENT PORTAL. JUST USE THE THE SAME LINK YOU WOULD FOR YOUR LESSONS!

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.

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!



 

RECITAL RECAP

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.

 

2021 ACADEMY CALENDAR

Spring Break – NO LESSONS

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 – NO LESSONS

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!

 

Aakash K.

Angelus C.

Arin G.

Asmitha R.

Caroline D.

Claire C.

Clark C.

Deeher S.

Juliet R.

Lia S.

Paulina M.

Ryan B.

Samantha F.

Stella V.

Swaraa B.

Charlie K.

Jacob S.

Lucas C.

Olivia H.

Tiernan R.

Danny P.

 

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

 

GRAND RAPIDS

Anna B.

Avery B.

Emmanuel H.

Enoch H.

Jacob A.

Jessica G.

Yuvleen K.

Kristine K.

Sarah J.

Matthew P.

Arlee V.

Sara G.

Vivien E.

Rogan S.

Shana W.

JENISON

Sophie J.

Audrey K.

Emmerson W.

Nala P.

Phenix B.

Ximena N.

Breslin C.

Brynley C.

Rylan C.

Kevin C.

Eleni B.

Jack B.

Uriel B.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Jacob

Jacob has been a student at the Academy for about 2 years, and currently takes Piano and Violin from Ms. Alex. Outside of his music lessons, Jacob also enjoys speed cubing, card magic, math, and juggling. His favorite food is Mahi Mahi and some of his favorite musicians are Lang Lang, Julia Fischer, Sophie Oui Oui, Alex (his teacher), Vladamir Ashkenazy, and Vladamir Horrowitz. In school, Jacob’s favorite subject is math, and the coolest thing he has learned at the Academy is how to properly phrase music. If he were to give other music students one piece of advise it would be “if you are struggling to learn a piece/ song keep practicing and working hard and you will get through it”.

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 – SOLD OUT

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 – 2 spots Friday

Zach -2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Dani – 2 spots Tuesday

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 – SOLD OUT

Kristina – 1 spot Monday

Marlae – SOLD OUT

Meredith – 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 -SOLD OUT

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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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November 2020 Newsletter








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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

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(616) 965 1655

info@academyofmusicgr.com

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October 2020 Newsletter








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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