Jacqui's Piano Studio

May/June 2021

Mini Recitals Are Coming Up!

Happy May to you all! We are so excited about the upcoming mini-group recitals! They are all going to be a blast! If your student is participating in one of the recitals, check below to see which date and time their recital is. All of the recitals will be held at First Parish Saco (12 Beach Street Saco, ME). We can't wait to see your smiling faces again!

You should be receiving a confirmation email with your summer and fall lesson schedule in the next few days so keep your eyes peeled for that :)

Covid Safety

  • First Parish Church seats 500 people (very large space)
  • There is a air purifying system and air does turn over every 30 minutes
  • Please plan to mask and distance
  • Sanitizer will be provided for students after they play the piano
  • Mini recitals will be live streamed to our closed facebook group for family to watch from home

Mini Recital Series

Recital Dates, Times, and Students--let me know if your time doesn't work and we can switch

*There will be a photo booth, individually wrapped cookies, balloons, and fun stations set up for students. Please bring your camera!!

*Please let me know if your child is not on this list

Sunday, June 13th

2:00 PM

  • Harper Diehl
  • Emily Komabayashi
  • Grace Komabayashi
  • Maxwell Komabayashi
  • Gunnar Savage
  • Daphne Simisky
  • Niko Van Halen

3:30 PM

  • Eleanor Andrews
  • Emily Savage
  • Ruby Driscoll
  • Isis Hobbs
  • Emma Huston
  • Amelia Tu
  • Hok Woodin
  • Oslo Woodin
  • Jack Newkirk
  • Faith Newkirk
  • Ruby Driscoll

5:30 PM

  • Jia Chase
  • Lucy Dubail
  • Winnie Dubail
  • Saoirse Farrell
  • Wilford Peeler
  • Frankie Sanfino
  • Kineo Sommers

Monday, June 14th

4:00 PM

  • Claire Simon
  • Jacquelin Sirois
  • Sam Sirois
  • Carol Anne LaMontagne

5:30 PM

  • Aden Ali
  • Asher Ali
  • Adelaide Roskelly
  • Margot Roskelly
  • Margot Cole
  • Bailey Cole
  • Mellina Debir
  • Sara Tracy
  • Reese Slocum
  • Rowan Barger
  • Mira Barger
  • Kaya Gunduz

Wednesday, June 16th

4:00 PM

  • Harrison Burkhardt
  • Jack Cuneo
  • Quinn Cuneo
  • Kelsey Nash
  • Maya Raber
  • Jillian Tasker
  • Milo Fantigrossi
  • Zahira Vasaiwala
  • Zayena Vasaiwala


Mini Recitals

Sunday, June 13th, 2pm to Wednesday, June 16th, 5pm

12 Beach Street

Saco, ME

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

12 Reasons why RECITALS ROCK!

1. Recitals provide a tangible goal to work towards. In having a set date and a pre-planned performance selection, your child learns how to manage their practice time and what it feels like to polish and perfect a piece.

2. Recitals provide an opportunity to feel successful. Learning the piano requires many, many hours of solo practice. Performing gives your child the recognition they deserve for their hard work.

3. Recitals provide an opportunity for you to show your child that you value their involvement in music. Setting aside time in your busy life to attend a recital supports your children and their peers and shows your child that your family values music.

4. Recitals provide a chance for your children (and you!) to reflect upon where they’ve “come from” when watching beginning students. Progress at the piano can sometimes feel slow, but watching younger students perform reminds your children of the gains they have made and motivates them to continue to progress.

5. Recitals provide a chance for your children (and you!) to see “where they’ll go” when watching more advanced students. There are few things more motivating to a piano student than watching their peers perform. They get to hear pieces that they will enjoy playing in the future, see more advanced techniques first-hand and experience the pride that comes from becoming proficient at the piano.

6. Recitals provide a chance for your extended family to be involved in your child’s piano education. Athletes get all the glory… everyone comes to watch soccer games but no one really heads over to watch a piano practice session! Involving grandparents and aunties and uncles in the recital audience gives your child an opportunity to share their hard work with the ones they love.

7. Recitals provide a chance for your child to experience nervousness… and to realize that those feelings are okay. We like to protect our children from feeling uncomfortable, but in “real life” these feelings are part-and-parcel of being human. Early experiences with successfully conquering nerves gives children confidence.

8. Recitals give you the opportunity to provide genuine and heartfelt praise. Bring on the photos and videos and big hugs and flushed-face smiles. Clap enthusiastically. Let your child know just how much you recognize their efforts and watch their commitment to piano lessons soar.

9. Recitals provide a chance for your child to practice public speaking and to gain confidence in front of a group; two skills that will serve your child well in many other areas of his or her life. Speaking and performing in a safe environment means that your child gains important experience in front of a crowd. The earlier these experiences happen, the easier it becomes for your child as they enter adolescence and adulthood.

10. Recitals provide an opportunity for your child to get to know his or her peers who are also taking lessons. Making these connections helps to build community within a studio and helps your child to feel as though he or she belongs which results in increased interest in lessons.

11. Recitals give your children the chance to hear live music. Young children rarely attend a lot of live concerts… and piano recitals are a wonderful place for your child to hear a wide variety of music. Nothing can replace the “live music experience” and when your child is an active participant in the event it’s even more rewarding!

12. Recitals provide an opportunity for you to sit back and marvel at the pride-inducing sight of your own child making beautiful music! Piano practice is often done amongst a busy household with siblings, pets, vacuums, dishwashers, and doorbells. It’s rare that you have the opportunity to focus only on your child and the music they are making. These moments matter.

Studio Reminders/Breaks/Events

Make Up Policy Reminder

Just a reminder that there are two assumed missed lessons prorated into monthly tuition (in case teachers are ill or have a death in the family). Trying to get make up lessons in at the end of the year can be tough with schedules being so tight. A gentle reminder that monthly tuition pays for a program and not so much "per lesson". I can assure you that if students miss a lesson teachers are lesson planning, event planning, doing admin, practicing student repertoire, working on theory worksheets and games, working on professional development, having teacher training meetings, scheduling, rescheduling, etc. Students also get some extra time spent in group classes and events they participate in throughout the year.

Please remember to cancel lessons on the online calendar so other students can use their lesson as a make up if needed. Please reach out if you don't have access to the online calendar. This is the most efficient way to work with a studio of approximately 70 students :)

Piano Practice Race Winners

A handful of students in the studio will win the piano practice race and receive a medal at the mini recitals!! Right now I have Claire Simon, Ruby Driscoll, Amelia Tu, Milo Fantigrossi, Reese Slocum, Jack Cuneo, Quinn Cuneo and Kelsey Nash have finished the 100 days. Are there any other students? Please let me know because I will be ordering medals and one trophy this week.

Congratulations to Winnie Dubail!

Winnie submitted 3 memorized pieces of music (12 min. of music) into the Biennial Pine Tree Music Competition. A Competition like this requires at least an hour a day of practice and an entire year of preparation. Winnie did an amazing job and had two adjudicators evaluate her. She is planning to do a live competition in 2023!
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Break--Summer Session

BREAK: Saturday June 19th-Sunday July 4th

Summer Session starts Monday July 5th

Saturday May 29th

The Southern Maine Music Teachers Association is putting on an outdoor recital for students in Southern Maine. Students will play in half hour time slots outdoors throughout the day. There are 10 students in the studio participating. Pictures to come!

Piano Recital for Adult Students

Saturday, June 19th, 1pm

86 Munnick Point Road

Lyman, ME