Newsletter
April 2022
Dear parents & students,
 
With just three months left in the school year, there's a lot happening at the school!
 
Re-enrollment will begin April 1st!
You may expect an email this Friday with further details.
For Yamaha group parents, we will be holding parent workshops about what to expect with program progression :-)
 
Yamaha exam students! We hope your prep is going well!
To help you practice, there are a few complimentary resources we are offering. Please see recent emails for more information. Mr. D and Ms. Alondra have also uploaded videos on the theory basics accessible on WellnessLiving. Finally, don't forget to book your exam times! Scroll to learn more.
 
Easter Weekend: We will be closed April 15th - 17th
(except Ms. Alondra's Saturday make-up classes)
 
To learn more about re-enrollment, Parent workshops, Yamaha exams, JOC recording, and more, read on!
-88Keys Team
info@88keys.ca
Easter Weekend Closure

The school is closed:

Friday, April 15th - Sunday, April 17th

(with the exception of scheduled make-up classes. If you are unsure whether you have a class over the break, you may check your schedule through your WellnessLiving account, or email us :-)


Classes resume Monday, April 18th

If your Easter celebrations fall on a different day and you will not be attending, please email to let us know!

September 2022 Re-Enrollment
September 2022 re-enrollment will open for individual & group students on Friday, April 1st. An email will be sent out that day with registration forms attached, as well as the Yamaha group schedule for your reference.
 
Please note the following deadlines:
- Current group classes and individual lesson times will be reserved until Sunday, May 1st
- Group class transfer requests will be processed starting Monday, May 2nd 
 
Thank you for choosing 88 Keys!
Basic Theory Explainer Videos
Our wonderful teachers have created a few basic music theory explainer videos that cover the following topics:
- Basic Rhythm
-Time Signature
- Key Signature
- Chords and Harmony
The videos are created with JMC3/JMC4, JSAC1 and YMC1-YMC3 students in mind, and are aimed to help students with an understanding of the basic theory concepts.
The videos are available to all students, and can be accessed through Student's Wellnessliving Account.
 
Thank you, Mr. D and Ms. Alondra, for putting it together!
April 1st
Re-enrollment begins
Check your email for forms & class schedules
 
April 2nd
Beginners Monthly Group Class - Performance
// Exam practice for Yamaha grades 10 & 11
 
April 8th
Parent workshop for JMC4 & YMC 3 Parents:
Junior Advanced Level Overview
 
April 9th
Advanced Monthly Group Class - Improvisation & Recording Focus
// Exam practice for Yamaha grades 7-9
 
April 11th
Parent workshop for JMC/YMC 1&2 Parents:
"What's Next?"
 
April 15th - 17th
Easter Weekend
SCHOOL IS CLOSED
 
April 17th
Yamaha exam registration withdrawal deadline
 
April 18th
We begin processing Yamaha exam payments
 
April 30th
JOC Video recording submission deadline
 
April 30th
Yamaha Grade Exam deadline to book your own exam time slot
 
May 1st
Early bird & save your spot deadline
 
Sick Policy
If you or your child are sick, we kindly ask that you attend online from home  or rest. Group class recordings are posted within 24 hours if you wish to catch up later.
 
Please remember to submit your self-screening results  prior to coming to the school
Yamaha Parent Workshops

Thank you for chooing the Yamaha program at 88keys! With re-enrollment around the corner you may be wondering what's next... we invite you to find out via parent's workshops held online via zoom! Main topics include an overview of the program, program progression, and what to expect in the next level up :-)

 

Yamaha Parent Workshop for JMC/YMC 1&2 Parents: "What's Next?"

Takes place Monday, April 11th @6:30 PM

ZOOM LINK | Meeting ID: 893 8126 4148 | Passcode: 538265

 

Yamaha Parent Workshop for JMC4 & YMC3 Parents:

Junior Advanced Level Overview

Takes place Friday, April 8th @6:30 PM

ZOOM LINK | Meeting ID: 837 6059 2474 | Passcode: 508873

 

Please send us an email to let us know if you will be joining! See you there :-)

Covid-19 Mask Reminder

Although the provincial mask mandate has been lifted, we will continue to require masks at the school until at least April 4th as we would like to see how case numbers change in the coming week. We also ask those coming to the school to please send your Covid-19 screening tool results to goodtogo@88keys.ca or info@88keys.ca before each visit. 

 

The tool may be accessed through the following link:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

 

Thank you for helping us keep our community safe!

Yamaha Grade Exams: Time Booking & Deadlines
Attention registered Yamaha Grade Exam students! A few reminders:
 

Exam time slot booking is open! Book before April 30th to pick your own time:

Exams are scheduled for June 6th and 7th from 9:30am to 3:00pm

All exams will be done in-person at 88Keys Music School with health and safety measures in place. Please reference prior email for booking instructions.

 

 
 Exam withdrawal deadline is approaching:
Due to uncertainty with COVID-19 restrictions, exam withdrawals will be accepted until April 17th, 2022. Please note: There will be no refund of exam fees after April 17, 2022, unless a student must be absent due to medical reasons or a direct conflict with a school examination. Exam payments will be processed starting Monday, April 18th

 

Exam Repertoire Titles:

Please let us know your chosen exam repertoire pieces by Monday, May 16th

 

Best of luck with your exam preparations & let us know if you have any questions!

JOC Project Video Recording Submissions
Thank you to everyone who attended the audio recordings over the March break!
We are in the second stage of recording! We kindly ask that students in participating classes record video of their respective performances playing along to the group audio track. You should have received an email with group audio track, recording instructions, and the video submissions folder linked.
 
Please submit your videos by April 30th, thank you! :-)
Kindermusik Classes
Cuddle & Bounce: (age 0-18m)
Wednesdays @11:15 AM
Wednesdays @12:15 PM (full) 
 
Wiggle & Grow: (18m-36m)
Wednesdays @10:00 AM (full) 
 
Classes are: In-person with Ms. Nora |  Aprox. 40 min | Run weekly | 10 students max
 
Offered at the reduced price of $82.50/ month
Is your class full? New classes and times will open based on demand!
Reach out to us so you may be the first to know!
Monthly Group Classes for Ind. Piano & Yamaha Exam
We continue to offer our individual piano students the opportunity to attend complimentary online monthly group classes with Ms. Alondra! This is our way of providing students the chance to work on musical skills beyond those typically covered in individual lessons:)
 
We have also opened these classes to registered Yamaha exam students to provide an extra chance to play exam pieces in front of a teacher and peers! Please see recommended level grouping below:
 
Beginners - Performance focus OR Yamaha Exam Levels 10 & 11
First Saturday of every month @3:45 PM
Next session April 2nd
 
Advanced - Improvisation and Recording focus OR Yamaha Exam Levels 7-9
Second Saturday of every month @3:45 PM
Next session April 9th
 
If you are interested, email us to enroll!
We hope to see you there!
Thank you to everyone that has reached out to us with kind words regarding our handling of this year's challenges!  We appreciate your positive feedback and would like to share your kind words with the larger community - we ask that you please leave us a review on our pages linked below, and let us know when you do so:
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