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CSoM NEWSLETTER – January 2017

Happy New Year!
With 2016 in the rear-view mirror, we look forward to another great year in Golden and an exciting and productive 2016. We’re proud to be entering our eleventh year providing private music lessons to the Golden community and the Denver Metro Area. Thank you for your support. Keep reading in 2017 for information about the2017 CSoM Recital!

Lessons in the New Year!
The Colorado School of Music offers weekly private music instruction for all instruments! Give the gift of music lessons in guitar, piano, or any of our currently offered instruments or disciplines.   

Here is what we offer:

-Piano lessons for all ages and ability levels. Looking for something specific in your piano study? We have instructors that specialize in many styles.
-Guitar lessons, Electric Bass lessons or Ukulele lessons for aspiring guitarists of all ability levels and styles.
-Drum and/or specialty percussion lessons – learn to jam on a drum kit or explore world rhythms with our skilled and diverse percussion instructor, Zach West.
-Vocal music lessons for aspiring singers or those looking to pass that big audition! Voice lessons for all ages and aspirations.
-Violin lessons with our talented violin instructor Tracy Viator. A great choice for both young and old, private violin lessons are fun and rewarding.
-Private music lessons for school band/ orchestra instruments, including (but not limited to) trumpet and trombone lessons, flute lessons, saxophone and clarinet lessons.   

So if you’re someone who’s looking to try a new instrument or rekindle their love for music, try a lesson for $10! To book an introductory lesson, please email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call 303-526-9865 today!

The Snow is Here…
Now entrenched in the cold months, we get questions regarding our policy for winter concerning snow closures. In the event of a snow closure, The Colorado School of Music will post an announcement on our website: www.coloradoschoolofmusic.com the morning of the day in question to announce the closure. Due to our large schedules we don’t make personal calls regarding snow days, so please check the website when in doubt.

Please Leave a Message-
During the course of a week we field many phone calls from students and parents regarding lessons, scheduling and cancellations. During the afternoon, we often let the answering machine retrieve our messages so as not to disrupt class sessions. Please know that we are very conscientious about retrieving our missed calls and we always listen to our messages. We do not, however, make return calls for lesson cancellations unless requested. If you need to cancel for the week, please call 303-526-9865 and leave a message. Thank you!

Too Young For Music?
We often receive questions from parents regarding the appropriate/best age to start young children in formal music lessons. Of course, all children are different and there are always exceptions, but here are the general guidelines we use:

First, consider the instrument in relation to the age of the student. Piano lessons and Violin lessons are great choices for young children, as both violin and piano lessons have excellent curriculum for young beginners. Piano, in particular, provides a general overview of music theory and makes it easy to pick up other instruments as the student gets older. Some instruments can be difficult for beginners and aren’t as good for young children based on size, complexity, etc..

Four years old is generally too young for formal lessons. Progress is very slow and it can be difficult to maintain the focus required for practicing. Four year old hands are also often too small.

We feel that six years old is generally the best age for young children to begin formal lessons. Many lesson books and methods are geared toward this age for beginners, and the progress made at this age is both faster than younger students and better learned, as lessons and concepts seem to ‘stick.’

Five year olds music students are in the middle – at this age, it seems to depend on the child. If motivated and interested, the progress with a five year old will be a bit slower, but nonetheless valuable. We’re always willing to try lessons with five year olds – please ask if you have more questions about beginners or you’d like to take an introductory lesson with your young musician. Parents/Guardians are welcome in all lessons!

Scheduled Holiday Closures, 2017
With the Memorial Day Holiday ahead, we wanted to give our students a list of all scheduled Holiday Closures for 2017:

Memorial Day,  Monday, May 29th
Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4th
Labor Day- Monday, September 4th
Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday and Friday, November 23-24
Holiday Break- Monday, Dec. 18th-Monday, January 1st

Happy New Year!

Next Month in the newsletter: Information about our upcoming 2016 Recital!

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