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January 2022 Newsletter

How To Measure Progress

Student success is highlighted during recitals and through achievement programs such as the Musical Ladder System®.

Be sure to communicate regularly with your teacher and listen in on the last five minutes of your child's lesson. Read your teacher's assignment and practice notes, and consider them as an indication of your child's progress.

One of the best things a child can do is to practice their instrument at home. If they are young or new to the instrument, their practice sessions may last from five to ten minutes at first. As time goes on and the child improves, they may eventually practice for 20 or 30 minutes. Consider this: If your hobby is golf, and you get busy for two weeks and can't play, are you going to throw your golf club in the lake and forget about it? Or are you going to resume when your schedule permits? Children deserve the same respect and level of patience that you would yourself.

There are over 150 community music schools in the U.S. and Canada that utilize the Musical Ladder System® with their students. This systems allows for children to see breakthroughs in their progress every three months. It's important for kids to be rewarded at certain levels so that they're continually engaged and motivated to perform better each week. To make sure that your child is progressing in their skills, follow my three-step action plan:

 

  • Ensure your child takes achievement tests every three months.
  • Allow your child to participate in recitals every six months
  • Pop into the last five minutes of the lesson as often as you can.

 

This is a helpful action plan for any parent to follow during their child's musical journey. As a parent, you will be supportive enough if you follow these three steps. This requires faith in your teacher's curriculum and trust in the school's administration. If you follow these steps and discover that you aren't happy with the results, then ask our office team for a different professional to work with your child. We have over 50 teachers who teach with us, and all of them have a different teaching style..

At the end of the day, parents need to trust the process and feel good about it. Take it from someone who has been in the industry a long time, the process is incredibly strong and can allow for the parent and child to be happy. Parents from all backgrounds - whether it's a small business, corporate America, or military - can value being held accountable for one's work. We incorporate this philosophy into our curriculum.

 

~ Samuel Faraci, M.M.

Director

From "Chapter 19: How To Measure Progress"

Author of "The Definitive Guide To Music Lessons"

 

Please Give a Big Musical WELCOME to our who enrolled in December!

Thank you all for your support!!  If you are thinking of registering for lessons, we only have a few spots remaining!

Leo B

Ella E

Melissa H

Sheridan K

Aditi K

Skylar L

Guilia M

Lilly M

Adam S

Jared T

Natalia S

Abigail K

Victoria St F.

John R.

Daisy S.

Joseph S.

Ariella T.

Chanina Tw.

Emmett M.

Channa O.

Nick P

2022:

February 20th - 25th

No Lessons

April 7th
Destination Recital - Graceland, TN

April 11th - 17th
No Lessons

June
Recital TBA

July 3rd - 4th
No Lessons

November 23rd - 26th
No Lessons

 

It's cold outside!  Stay cozy and warm in your jammies Sunday January 23 to Saturday January 29th and come to lessons (or Zoom in) while in your comfy PJ's!

Celebrating Student Achievement - The Musical Ladder System®

The Harrison and New City School of Music are the only music schools in Westchester and Rockland Counties that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests with the Musical Ladder System®. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder System®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.
 

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins!

Pictured Top Left:  Saxophone student, Sam, earned his Master (3 year) trophy & wristband.

Pictured Top Right: Piano student, Olivia, earned her Musician (9 month) wristband.

Pictured Bottom Left: Piano, Brenda, earned her Apprentice (3 month) trophy & wristband.

Pictured Bottom Right: Piano student, Laura, earned his Musician (9 month) wristband. 

 
Be on the lookout in next month's news and on our Facebook & Instagram pages for more great pics of our award winning students!

To learn more about how the system can help your child to get better grades, improved confidence, and self esteem and more, please email us at office@harrisonmusicschool.com or office@newcitymusicschool.com

Destination Recital 2022
On Thursday April 7th we're headed to Graceland in Memphis, TN for our students to perform as well as tour the home of Elvis Presley in Graceland, TN. We can't wait to see our students (future rockstars?) who will be performing with us!

Is YOUR Teacher SOLD OUT?


Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office staff team and they can add you to the waiting list.  If you are not a student yet, there are still limited lesson spots available. 

Piano

 

Colby

SOLD OUT

Andrew

SOLD OUT

Elizabeth

SOLD OUT

Merreco

1 Spot

Chiwen

SOLD OUT

Maria

1 Spot left

Guitar

 

Nick L.

SOLD OUT

Kevin

SOLD OUT

Juan

2 SPOTS LEFT

Nick F.

1 spot left

James

SOLD OUT

Towner

1 Spot left

Francis

SOLD OUT

 

Voice

Martina P.

SOLD OUT

Kayla

1 SPOT left

Merecco

1 spot left

Nicole H.

SOLD OUT

Maria

SOLD OUT

Woodwinds

Adam

SOLD OUT

Kate

SOLD OUT

Ian

2 Spots Left

 

Drums

 

Rossen

SOLD OUT

Graciliano

1 spot left

Chris

2 SPOTS left

Joe

SOLD OUT

JJ

1 SPOT LEFT

 

 

Violin

 

Samantha

SOLD OUT

Molly

SOLD OUT
Ruby

SOLD OUT

Stephanie

SOLD OUT

Narciso

SOLD OUT


Now Offering Lessons 7 Days Per Week! 

We know how busy our families are with SO many activities during the week, so we are now open on Sundays for lessons from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m to help accommodate your busy schedule!  Please see the front desk if you are interested in moving your lesson time to Sundays!
253 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
914-575-2288

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