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December 2014

A monthly newsletter to inform

and entertain our friends


         Season's Greetings


May Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness

be yours during this Holiday Season

and throughout the New Year


The Teachers and Staff of Bloomingdale School of Music

Lisa Baker

Bridget Becker

Olga Bojovic

Carole Bryan

Yolanda Cossio

Kimberly Davis

Amy Dickman

Audrey Dobbs

Laurel Dubowski

Joshua Foutch

Kathleen Gaiden

Jennifer Griffin

Katie Heise

Dan Kane

Sharon Monfeli

Diane Morrison

Sandy Pearson

Heidi Rusch

Leslie WilkesMaxwell




Over 100 recital videos are now on YouTube! Visit "Sweet Sounds for You" to see you and your friends performing at past recitals! Recital videos are also available on facebook!


12 Reasons Why Recitals Rock!

1.  Recitals provide a tangible goal to work towards. In having a set date and a pre-planned performance selection, your child learns how to manage their practice time and what it feels like to polish and perfect a piece.

2.  Recitals provide an opportunity to feel successful. Learning a musical instrument requires many, many hours of solo practice. Performing gives your child the recognition they deserve for their hard-work.

3.  Recitals provide an opportunity for you to show your child that you value their involvement in music. Setting aside time in your busy life to attend a recital supports your children and their peers and shows your child that your family values music.

4.  Recitals provide a chance for your children (and you!) to reflect upon where they’ve “come from” when watching beginning students.  Progress can sometimes feel slow, but watching younger students perform reminds your children of the gains they have made and motivates them to continue to progress.

5.  Recitals provide a chance for your children (and you!) to see “where they’ll go” when watching more advanced students.  There are few things more motivating to a student than watching their peers perform. They get to hear pieces that they will enjoy performing in the future, see more advanced technique first-hand and experience the pride that comes from becoming proficient at their instrument.

6.  Recitals provide a chance for your extended family to be involved in your child’s piano education.  Athletes get all the glory… everyone comes to watch soccer games but no one really heads over to watch a music practice session! Involving grandparents and aunts and uncles in the recital audience gives your child an opportunity to share their hard work with the ones they love.

7.  Recitals provide a chance for your child to experience nervousness… and to realize that those feelings are okay. We like to protect our children from feeling uncomfortable, but in “real life” these feelings are part-and-parcel of being human. Early experiences with successfully conquering nerves gives children confidence.

8. Recitals give you the opportunity to provide genuine and heart-felt praise. Bring on the photos and videos and big hugs and flushed-face smiles.  Clap enthusiastically.  Let your child know just how much you recognize their efforts and watch their commitment to music lessons soar.

9. Recitals provide a chance for your child to gain confidence in front of a group; a skill that will serve your child well in many other areas of his or her life. Performing in a safe environment means that your child gains important experience in front of a crowd. The earlier these experiences happen, the easier it becomes for your child as they enter adolescence and adulthood.

10.  Recitals provide an opportunity for your child to get to know his or her peers who are also taking lessons. Making these connections helps to build community within a studio and helps your child to feel as though he or she belongs which results in increased interest in lessons.

11.  Recitals give your children the chance to hear live music. Young children rarely attend a lot of live concerts… and music recitals are a wonderful place for your child to hear a wide variety of music. Nothing can replace the “live music experience” and when your child is an active participant in the event it’s even more rewarding!

12. Recitals provide an opportunity for you to sit back and marvel at the pride-inducing sight of your own child making beautiful music! Music practice is often done amongst a busy household with siblings, pets, vacuums, dishwashers and doorbells.  It’s rare that you have the opportunity to focus only on your child and the music they are making. These moments matter. (courtesy of Teach Piano Today)








We are pleased to send you this monthly issue of our newsletter. It is our way of saying that you are important to us and we truly value your business. Enjoy!
Coming Attractions:

December 13, 2014 Holiday Recitals
December 14, 2014 Holiday Recitals 
March 7, 2015 Duet Recital 


We're Always In the Mood for Referrals!
EmbarassedTell a friend, relative, an  acquaintance....whoever, about us. When they call and tell us you sent them and register for lessons, (don't worry, we ask how they heard about us when they call), you receive a certificate for $20.00. Your certificate may be used for a tuition credit or to purchase lesson materials or boutique items.
Smile  On December 31, 2014, we will raffle off a $100 American Express Gift card for all the referrals from July through December. On July 1, 2015, we will raffle off a $100 American Express Gift card for the referrals from the first half of the new year.


Many thanks for your referrals, new family members joining us, and new students! The studio continues to grow and now many teachers have completely filled schedules! 






Amberly Krol attended a Girl Scout event to put together packages for patriots and she sang a song for everyone in attendance called “Come Home” by One Republic. A gentle-man representing the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center in Chicago was there and was amazed at her performance. He asked her on the spot to come to the Veterans Day ceremony at the hospital. 

Amberly performed the song for 100 people attending the hospital's event and many were veterans. She was amazing and moved everyone in the room. She was given quite an intro-duction and follow-up to her performance. Many veterans and their families came up to Amberly later that day to thank her for her sincere compassion in performing the song and how much it meant to them. We are very proud of her! 



Walter and Connie Payton Holiday Gift Drive

As we head into this holiday season, we are joining forces again this year with the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation to host a Toy Drive and Veteran Gift Donation Drive.

WCPF partnered with Concord Assisted Living Facility in Northlake, IL to provide a warm, safe place for needy and homeless Veterans to live. Most of the Veterans who move in to this facility do not have any personal items except the clothes on their back. With that said, WCPF is hosting a Veteran Holiday Gift Drive AND Toy Drive.

From November 8 to December 12 we will be collecting:

TToys for children ages newborn to 18 years old

TDonation gift suggestions for Veterans (ages 55 and older) are: gift cards to Walmart and Kohls, hygiene items, socks, PJ pants/shirts, pillows, towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, bar soap, liquid laundry soap and blankets.

TAll items donated must be new and unwrapped


Many of the staff will be wearing Bears attire as we support this great event! Please bring a new and unwrapped item to your lesson and drop it under our Christmas tree in the waiting room. Many thanks for your generosity!






All students are invited to participate in the Illinois Music Association Contest to be held Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th at Richard J. Daley College located at 7500 South Pulaski Road in  Chicago. We have enjoyed sending students to this event for years, and generally are very pleased with the professional manner in which the contest is conducted and the fairness of the event, especially for young beginning students. Teachers and Parents must fill out entry form and return by 1/24/15. This deadline will not be extended. Review registration form for fees and details. 


“Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”

 —Oren Arnold


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