Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 2011 Teaching Schedule

-- My teaching schedule for November will be mostly uninterrupted. I am not be teaching on Thanksgiving Day holiday, of course. I need to shuffle some Thursday and Sunday students to different times this month due to my ongoing performances in Berkeley. I will communicate schedule changes to everyone on an individual basis.

During the first two weeks of November I'm continuing my work with actress Rita Moreno's one-woman play "Life w/o Makeup" at the Berkeley Rep Theatre. If anyone is still interested in seeing the show, you need to get moving: Sunday, 11/13 is the final performance.

-- Fees for Certificate of Merit students are due with November lesson payments.

As a reminder, here are the CM dates for this spring:

* Performance evaluations will be held on the weekends of March 3-4 and March 10-11
** Theory testing will be conducted on the weekend of March 3-4.

-- The next student recital will be held on Saturday, December 10 between noon - 4pm at CSUEB. Save the date

-- All of my students have now had a full month to explore the Theta Music Trainer website and work on the exercises there. During the month of November and in months to come there will be a more structured Theta Music assignment for students. Here are the exercises I'd like students to train on for this month:

Melody -- Tone Drops
Harmony -- Chord Locks
Rhythm -- Flash Rhythms
Sound -- Speed Pitch

There will be prizes awarded to top student Theta Music achievers this month! (Yes, that is a bribe.)

I'll check in with each student at the beginning of December to see how they have progressed.

Personal note: I have quietly ascended to the 2nd ranking among top Theta Music users. See for yourself. I only need to pass 2 more levels of "Speed Pitch" and then I will have achieved the highest ranking currently possible. Hurray for me.

-- The Song of the Month for October is "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes.
Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine) - Single - Gym Class Heroes

Have happy days,