Friday, December 21, 2018 by Chrissy Misso | performing
It’s December, which means HOLIDAY MUSIC! We had two groups of students perform at Madonna Towers this month - we received lots of thanks and compliments from parents and Madonna Towers residents!
Fran (Madonna Towers employee) said she was “very impressed by [the] students and surprised that several of them have only been playing for a few months...even those playing for a few years were amazing”! Many of the residents thanked us for visiting them with our music and hope we come again.
We tried out some new performance styles too...a piano trio, Chrissy singing with ukulele back-up, students helped each other with some stage fright (& some parents helping kiddos play), and Madonna Towers residents got to sing-a-long.
We have several violin, ukulele, and violas sitting around and so do some of our students! Here are some things we need to remember as the weather gets COLD!
Here in Minnesota, the inside air is typically dry during winter, which causes our string instruments to dry out. This drying out is most noticeable on bowed strings with tuning—did you notice your instrument is usually flat?—but all wooden based instruments can experience cracking. Some cracks can be repaired (like those along seems), but others are not (like a crack under your tail piece).
Here are some prevention tips (erm...requirements!): 1. Do NOT leave your instrument in the car 2. Do NOT store your instrument near the heater or vents where the air humidity is especially low. 3. Get a humidifier. There are some that fit in your instrument through the f-hole of the violin/violin, ones that balance between the strings of the ukulele/guitar, and others that can sit or attach inside your case. We have included links to some of our favourites below. 4. Make sure your case is properly closed - no gaps!
Beginning Piano Class Starter Package: $170; 8 hour-long group lessons, 1st-5th graders, starting materials included (3-4 students per group; normally $225)
Beginning Ukulele Class: $150; 8 hour-long group classes, 1st-4th & 5th-8th & 9th-12th grades and adult groups, music included; get a uke included for an extra $25! (4-6 students per group; normally $200, or $230 with uke)
1:1 Weekly Violin/Viola or Advanced/Teen/PreK piano: 6 lessons for the price of 5 ($140) or 10 lessons for the price of 8 ($224)