2017 Highlights

Since we'll be taking next week off for the winter break, I wanted to use the last post of 2017 to look back at the year, and share a few of my favorite moments. So here they are!

The highlights:
  • We put on 2 fantastic recitals with over 100 performers in both the spring & fall schedules.
  • We had another successful summer of Young Composers where 20 students participated in composing, notating & recording original pieces of music. Many of those students have received awards from the Reflections Art Competition for their compositions. Click here to see the finished results.
  • We launched a couple practice challenges, and, I might add, several of our students are rocking it in both the 100 day & 40 Piece practice challenges - keep it up everyone! Follow @dawnspiano on Instagram for regular updates.
  • We started a little side-hustle selling sheet some music. Click here to see our store.
  • Dawn gave an interview with Piano Parent Podcast.
  • Mallory published an article in Piano Bench Magazine.
  • And next week we are putting on our first ever Coffeehouse Holiday Concert, and we are all really looking forward to kicking off the holiday break by giving back to our local community with some live music!

And we had some great times in lessons too. Here are a few of my favorite videos from lessons & students this year. And you can see everything we shared from lessons this year on the Dawn's Piano Facebook page.

We had several new students join the studio. Welcome to Andrew, Isabella, Lauryn, Collin, Lily, Ezekiel, Caleb, Hannah, Heather & Malcom (and anyone I might've forgotten). Here is Andrew, who began lessons in January, playing "Jingle Bells Boogie."

Audrey & Madelyn using the duet "Griffin's Duel" from Andrea Dow as one of the first videos on their youtube channel & blog.

Seeing students creativity is one of my favorite parts of lessons, here is a sample of an improvisation Luke and I played back in March. 

Megan is playing a bit of her original piece "Kitty's Butterfly Chase" from our Young Composers summer project. 

And that's just some of the stuff I remembered to document. Every single week in lessons I get to watch someone hit a milestone or overcome a hurdle. We always find things that make us smile, and watch our students share the joy of music with their families. What a great year everyone! I am looking forward to starting off 2018 and continuing to see you all grow into whole musicians and making more wonderful music. 

Enjoy your holidays. Happy Always & Merry Everything!