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December 2014 Teaching Schedule

-- I will only be teaching the first two weeks of December. For most students this means only two lessons this month. My last regular teaching day will be Thursday, 12/11. Lesson payments for December need to include a $15 per student recital fee.
-- The next student recital will be held Saturday, December 13th from 2 to 6pm in the recital hall at CSUEB. Details about this event are posted on this website.
-- For students participating in Certificate of Merit this spring, here are the CM dates for 2015:
The performance evaluation date will be one of these: 2/14, 2/15, 2/21, or 2/22 The theory testing is either 3/7 or 3/8 (your choice)
-- There will be no song of the month for December.
-- The regular lesson schedule will resume in the new year on Sunday, January 4th.
Have a happy holiday season, Jesse

Actress Hilary Swank on the power of a pause

In a recent interview for the Nerdist podcast, actress Hilary Swank spoke about "the power of a pause". Her comments reminded me of how powerful a pause can be in a musical performance. Here's what she had to say:
The power of a pause draws people in and allows them to have a feeling. If you're so busy emoting all the time it's almost hard for people to have a feeling. You see that with people who give great speeches. The power of a pause draws the audience in and prompts the question, "What will they say next?"


November 2014 Teaching Schedule

-- At the end of November I will not be teaching from Wednesday, 11/26 through Sunday 11/30 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
-- The next student recital will be held Saturday, December 13th from 2 to 6pm in the recital hall at CSUEB. Please save the date!
-- Students participating in Certificate of Merit this spring are now officially enrolled. I will be collecting CM fees along with the November lesson payment.
-- Here are the CM dates for 2015:
The performance evaluation date will be one of these: 2/14, 2/15, 2/21, or 2/22 The theory testing is either 3/7 or 3/8 (your choice)
-- The song of the month for November is "1234" by Feist.
Have a happy day, Jesse