May 2020 Newsletter

"When Can I See You Again?"

~ Song by Owl City

All of us at the Harrison School of Music truly miss seeing you in person! Our online music lessons have been going GREAT, and we are so happy to continue to teach you and help keep some normalcy in all of our lives. We are making plans on how we will approach re-opening for in person lessons, and our mantra is going to be "Easing Into It"!

We hope you have been joining us for all of the amazing 10+ hours of FREE virtual music classes we are offering every week in our secret & closed Cabin Fever Busters Facebook group. If you haven't, be sure to check your email for the link to join!

We've had real life rock stars give masterclasses, virtual choirs, musical yoga, Music Fun Time for toddlers, violin classes, percussion workshops, ProTools (recording) classes, piano workshops and so much more! We know Cabin Fever is really setting in now, and we want to help you get some relief.

My own children have been enjoying their online music lessons with their teacher, and are making quite the progress. My son just completed his piano lesson book, earned his Hope Wristband, and is moving on to the next lesson book. With so many of their activities cancelled, they are spending more time practicing!

We're excited that our Destination Recital at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is still on. We have spoken to the director at the Rock Hall, who has confirmed that they are reopening on July 1st, and that our event in August will continue as planned.

As we approach the end of the longest Spring Break ever, about to start THREE months of summer vacation, many families are searching for activities that are fun and educational. Our registrations continue as families are looking for safe activities for their children and adults are looking to take up new hobbies. Many of our teachers have maintained full schedules, and we are aware many camps have been cancelled for this summer. Please remember that the Harrison School of Music operates year round and we do not take any breaks in the summer. We're here for YOU! We offer unlimited group make ups if you need to miss a class this summer for a trip, and as you are all very aware we offer online music lesson options just as we always have even before the pandemic. You can also lend your music lesson time to a friend or family member if you can't make it yourself on the day of your lesson.

Don't lose your lesson spot this summer by withdrawing! We want to see you again in person as soon as possible, and don't want to see you lose your current lesson day/ time or teacher by another student! Every year we have families who have withdrawn for the summer and have to find a new lesson day/ time and teacher and are disappointed to go on a waiting list when they come back in September. We don't want to see that happen to you, because we want to see you in person as soon as possible!

"Practice Champ" & "Hope" Musical Ladder Limited Edition Wristbands

Through June 30th students can earn a "Practice Champ" and "Hope" Wristband. To earn the "Practice Champ" wristband simply ask your teacher what challenge they have for you for the next 30 days. If you MEET the challenge, you'll earn the practice champ wristband and it will ship straight to your home!

To earn the "Hope" wristband, simply take your upcoming regular Musical Ladder System test in May. We'll get your trophy and regular wristband for you at the school, but the "HOPE" wristband will ship straight to your home!

June 28th:
June 2020 Virtual Recital Series

July 4th 
July 4th - No Lessons 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performance 
Saturday, August 15th 

September 7th 
September 7th - No Lessons

Thanksgiving Break
November 24th - 29th - No Lessons
Please give a BIG Musical WELCOME to our NEW Students who enrolled in April!

Ramzie A.

Tara C.

Stella L.

Laurent M.

Margy S.

Emma S.

Shlomi S.

Rock Star Jon E. Gee Masterclass
Real life Rock Star Jon E. Gee gave our students a Masterclass via Zoom in April. Jon is the bass player for John Cougar Mellencamp, and has played sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, Farm Aid and criss-crossed the country multiple times touring with Mellencamp. Jon gave a masterclass on life as a touring musician and life on the road.

Online Lesson Pictures!

Zoom Update: Zoom has released version 5.0! As per Zoom - "All users must be updated prior to May 30th!"
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