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CSoM NEWSLETTER – July 2016

Happy Summer! Welcome to the Colorado School of Music!

Now in our tenth year in Golden, we are committed to providing the best in private music lessons in Golden and the Denver area. Our current roster is comprised of musicians from all over the Denver Metro area and includes students from Golden, Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Littleton and Boulder!

Summer Music
The Colorado School of Music is open year-round and we offer our normal schedule of private lessons throughout the warm months. Summer is a great time to begin youth piano lessons or guitar lessons – or perhaps you’re interested in trying something new like ukulele or drums. School band members – get ahead of your orchestra by taking some private instrument lessons during the break! Great slots are still available – email info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com or call us to set up a summer music lesson today!

Fall Music
If you’re a student returning from summer vacation and you’d like to get back into private music lessons for the fall – call soon to reserve your day and time for August and the upcoming school year! Spots are going fast! Our fall hours will be the same as our summer hours; M-F 2pm-8pm. We currently offer piano lessons,guitar lessons, violin lessons, voice lessons, drum lessons and lessons in all band instruments!

Hard to Say Goodbye
We’d like to recognize one of our long-time music instructors, Sydney Heptig, who will be leaving us at the end of the month. Sydney has been teaching piano lessons with us here for almost seven years and has been a vital part of our business, her students’ lives, and the Golden community! After having their first child last year, Sydney and her husband Daniel are planning on expanding their family and Sydney will be leaving to spend more time with her husband and daughter. Thank you Sydney, for all your dedication, kindness and excellent work.

We will miss you!

Odd Instrument? – They’re not really odd, just interesting! The Colorado School of Music has talented instructors who specialize in many instruments. Do you play the trombone or the glockenspiel? Is it difficult finding a djembe teacher? If you play an unconventional instrument and are looking for direction, send us an email at info@coloradoschoolofmusic.com and let us know what you’re looking for – chances are, we have an instructor that can help 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!

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!

Scheduled Holiday Closures, 2016
With the Memorial Day Holiday ahead, we wanted to give our students a list of all scheduled Holiday Closures for 2016:

Independence Day – Monday, July 4th
Labor Day – Monday, September 5th
Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday and Friday, November 24-25
Holiday Break – Monday, Dec. 19th -Friday Dec.30th

Keep practicing, and enjoy the hot weather!

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