Fall Lessons will begin October 1st

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Betsy Breaker | Uncategorized

With the move for my husband's parents now complete, I can turn my full attention to scheduling and planning for the school year. Thank you for your patience and grace!

You can imagine things have gotten a little behind here at home with much of our time and energy focused in Wisconsin this past month, whether in Neenah as we closed out the house, or in Hudson getting them settled into their apartment. I'm giving myself a little breathing room to get caught up with the rest of life and be fully prepared to dive into a very full schedule this year. 

The next couple days will be spent nailing down the weekly lesson schedule while trying to get everyone their preferred time; expect a proposed schedule very soon. I've been ordering lots of new materials already in preparation for this new year and am anxious to get back to the piano with your kids!

Recital updates

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Betsy Breaker | Recital

We're down to the last 3 days before recital! I've just added a page to my website with all the FAQ's I could think of. 


Please take a minute to check out the new page to learn about student attire, where to bring your treats for the reception and all the other logistics such as handicap parking and the great spaces for young children at our venue and more. Let me know if I forgot anything on that page!

Please note that I have received nearly 140 RSVPs so far from studio families and it's likely there will be quite a few more than this as we often have community members in attendance as well. We will have plenty of seating so do not let that deter you from still inviting anyone who may enjoy the recital. If at all possible, leave parking spaces closest to the church available for those who may have difficulty walking longer distances. On-street parking is available on the west side of the church as well as along 6th and Turril streets. The east parking lot can accommodate a double row of cars if people park carefully.

Timeline for the the coming 3 days:

Friday, 3:20-5:00 Recital Rehearsal at the United Methodist Church, 730 S. 6th St., Le Sueur. Students should bring their music and snacks will be provided. Thank you to Craig Kotasek, Mary Tews and Alexis Kolter for offering to stay for extra adult supervision.

Saturday, a day for lots of practice and mini recitals at home, getting clothes prepared and a very good night's sleep.

Sunday, 3:15-3:45 Warm-up opportunities on various instruments throughout the church. Of course demand for the grand piano is high, so please arrive early - especially if your child is unable to attend the Friday rehearsal. Bananas will also be available for students prior to the recital. When consumed 30-60 minutes before performing the bananas provide natural beta blockers which can help with performance anxiety.

Sunday, 3:45 All student performers should be at the church, hands washed and ready to play!

Sunday, 4:00 Recital begins.

I can't wait for Sunday!! See you then!


March Composer of the Month: Bela Bartok

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Betsy Breaker | Uncategorized

Good morning!

My website has been updated with a biography of Bela Bartok and a link to a recording of Bartok playing one of my favorite pieces. I know several families have been making a point of keeping up with these music history lessons at home.

Don't forget about Performance Club tomorrow, please RSVP if you haven't already!

Take me to the composer page: Bela Bartok