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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


Performance Club Reminder

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by Betsy Breaker | Uncategorized

It’s Performance Club this week!,Friday from 3:20-4:30! It’s our last club gathering before the recital rehearsal.

Students will be selecting pieces themselves for recital. It is most important to me that they perform something they want to share. If they’re undecided I may nudge them into the piece I feel is best-prepared, if there’s a difference. 

First year students, especially, we often make last minute decisions on pieces because they are often learning 2-3 new pieces every week. 

Please RSVP for your student for Friday, and if you are able to be a parent helper Friday that would be much appreciated!!