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August Newsletter

posted Aug 11, 2013, 5:30 PM by Kristiana Matthes

Well it’s that fun time again. Fall activities are starting. School is back in session. I hope you had a wonderful summer! It was fun to hear about all your adventures. Here are the announcements as we begin the fall semester.

Tuition is now due at the first lesson of every month. Thank you for remembering to bring your payment on time. 30 minute private lessons $105 outside home/$90 SLC, 45 minutes $145 outside home/$130 SLC 60 minutes $170. This includes three private lessons and one 60-minute group lesson every month. There are no make-up lessons and tuition will always be the same. If you know you have an unavoidable conflict please try to switch lesson times with another student. If I have a professional conflict (Utah Symphony, Ballet West) I give students the option of coming a different time or receiving a credit toward the next month’s tuition.

I need to turn in the Suzuki Association of Utah dues now. It is $30 per family. Please make checks out to Kristiana Sandberg. SAU is a great organization and includes: regular newsletters with ideas of how to make practice more fun and learn more effectively, an annual super activity, an annual parent and teacher convention and more. I required all my students book 5 and under to be a member. To learn more please visit

The annual SAU super activity, Suzuki Stars, is September 28th at 2pm. We will have a rehearsal with our pianist and be performing with students of Andrea White. Please stay tuned for more information on the pieces and rehearsal dates.

This is the time of year to stock up and make sure students have everything they need. I require every student to have their own:  instrument, rosin, shoulder rest, notebook for taking notes, recorder if parent is not present (only allowed when students are 7th grade or older), metronome/tuner and books. It is very handy for each student to have a music bag to contain everything. Please pack it carefully before you leave your house so we can have the best lesson possible.

Group Lessons will be held Tuesday afternoons this semester. Participation is strongly suggested as we learn skills, like playing together and listening, that we cannot cover in a private lesson. We also have more time to explore important techniques that we don’t usually focus on during private lessons like: bow exercises, review pieces, dynamics, vibrato and more. Please come to all the group lessons. We will return to Summerhays Music this fall, 5420 S Green Street. This will provide us with more room to spread out, a piano to use, and easy access to supplies and sheet music. Dates and times are on the online calendar at

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. You know your child best and if you need ideas to help your student learn or conquer troubling concepts I am more than willing to help.  We focused a lot on making review and listening 60-minutes a daily habit and students that do this are making vast improvement! The best time to discuss things is during the beginning of your child’s lesson. While tempting to wait to the end this doesn’t work well as there is no gap between lesson times. If you need to you may contact me by phone or email. I try to answer questions as time permits. I also suggest getting to know other parents in the studio (group lessons are a great time for this!) as they also may suggest what works well for them.

Happy Practicing!