“Piano in the Park” Recital

Our studio was proud to present “Piano in the Park,” an outdoor spring recital, at Lake Olathe Park on April 11th. This was a fun, low-pressure performance opportunity for students and a celebration for getting through this incredibly challenging year. Being outdoors made it possible for more students to gather together safely without masks.

We had so much fun playing music in this beautiful outdoor setting that I hope we get to do it again next year! Please enjoy a few photos from “Piano in the Park” in the gallery below.

A Note from Leslie

Dear piano parents and friends,

We are in the final stretch of what’s been an extremely unusual year. (I just couldn’t bring myself to use the word… “unprecedented!”)

Has anyone told you that you have done an AMAZING job? I want to give you all a virtual high-five for the ways you have guided your children through remote- and home-schooling, encouraged them in a year of missing friends and family, and done everything in your power to keep up their normal routines. 

The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but I really can’t imagine how difficult it has been for families with children. You parents are superstars. I hope that life will start to get back to normal soon and that your load will be lightened. There are surely treasures in heaven for everything you have done for your family this year, and every year.

Despite restrictions due to Covid-19, our studio was able to pull off all our private lessons and recitals this year, however adjustments had to be made by going virtual, etc. I have to say I greatly enjoyed making the Halloween Recital video. We also participated in all our usual area music festivals, with the exception of the festivals that were cancelled. I think my favorite moment of teaching this year had to be our spring recital, “Piano in the Park.” What a special time it was to see everyone in person and enjoy the beautiful music and the outdoors together!

Wishing you all the beauty and wonder that life has to offer,

Leslie Newlin

“Count Metronome” Halloween Practice Challenge

The maleficent mascot of meter visited Leslie’s Music Studio this October… and stole all of our Halloween candy! (*Insert maniacal villain laugh*)

To conquer the king of counting and take back their candy, students meticulously practiced their pieces with the metronome this month. Individual metronome challenges were assigned and completed and candy bags were filled one rhythmic reward at a time.

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