MusicNotes: From the desk of Jennifer Henning
But before we talk about Summer lessons and contests, here's an update on
late Spring festival results
The Wisconsin School Music Association State Festival took place on
Saturday May 4th at Cardinal Stritch University.
All three of the students who qualified by earning starred First Division Awards at their
District Festivals with their Class A Solos received First Division Awards at the
These three students performed a total of seven piano solos at the
three solos from the Piano Solo Category; two from the Non-
Improvisational Jazz Piano Solo Category; and two original compositions
(one in Piano Solo and one in Non-Improvisational Jazz).
Four students chose to participate in the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs State
Junior Festival on May 18th at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
One of these students received a First Place trophy in her division (Moderately
Shortly after these State level contests came our Spring Recital.
It took place on Friday May 31st at Grace Lutheran Church in
There were a lot of student-chosen solos and several duets (with family members and
At the recital, Federation Gold Cups and Certificates were presented
as well as awards for memorizing pieces of music, exceeding practice
goals for the year, and the recital program cover design contest.
(Be sure to check out the 2019 Spring design on the recital program cover page of
It was also time to say goodbye to one graduating high school
senior who has been my piano student for eleven years.
He performed three pieces at the recital: one of his original pieces,
an all-time favorite
Classical piece, and a duet with his Mother!
Summer lessons started the week of June 10th.
Lesson times are available on Mondays and Wednesdays, morning through
This Summer lesson schedule will continue till the end of August.
We are running three contests again this Summer.
The first is a contest to see who can memorize the most pieces.
The second contest counts the number of pages of music a student has mastered over
The third is the famous "1000 Minute Club" where students vy to see who can make it to
their 1000 minutes of practicing goal first.
How many new members will there be?
Summer can be a great time to continue lessons without the balancing act
of scheduling time for homework and co-curriculars that fills the
school calendar year.
Some students (especially high schoolers) have even gotten a jump-start on next year's
Summer lessons also eliminate the loss of technique and knowledge that can take place
when students miss a whole season of lessons.
In addition, it's a good time to start piano lessons!
If you know of anyone who is interested in learning to play piano, please
send them my way.
A few words of advice before I close:
in order to be successful learning to play piano,
it's very important to
try to find the best time of day to practice, and then stick to it.
Regular practice is what separates the good from the best students.
Parents can be helpful in choosing that "best time" and then offering
reminders and maybe rewards as needed.
As always, if you have friends, neighbors, classmates or
other family members
who are interested in piano lessons, please send them to my website,
ask me for a business card,
or give them my phone number for more information. Thank You!