Newsletter
August 2022
Dear parents & students,
 
On behalf of the entire team, we would like to extend our warmest welcome to our new and returning students!
We hope your summer has been restful and bright. We are also sending an extra congratulations to those that have now successfully finished their RCM exams!
 
With that, we are now just weeks away from welcoming you for the start of our 2022-2023 academic year! We are so excited to
see you! Classes resume on Friday, September 9th.
 
This year, we have several exciting offerings beyond our individual piano and group keyboard classes! These include both individual and group violin classes, jazz lessons, as well as the return of our choir class and composition masterclass! Art classes are also coming to 88Keys! Scroll to learn more!
 
As we did last year, we continue to offer a hybrid attendance model whereby you may attend classes in-person or online. You may find information about our COVID-19 safety plan, start of the school year and Yamaha Material updates, below!
 
Thank you again to both our wonderful returning and new students, parents, and staff joining us for another year! 
 
-88Keys Team
COVID-19 UPDATE

In-person & Online attendance available!

 

We continue to offer a hybrid attendance model whereby you may attend classes in-person or online. To maximize the benefits of our programs, we do encourage attending

in-person if you are comfortable to do so!

 

All students will be enrolled for in-person attendance, unless you let us know that you will be attending online.

ZOOM LINK ACCESS
Online class access details including Zoom Link, Meeting Id and Passcode will be available as follows:
Yamaha Group Students can find these details in the weekly class reminders sent via email 24 hours prior to each class.
Individual Students will be able to find these details on their WellnessLiving profiles.
 
To learn how to access your WellnessLiving profile and Zoom sessions, please see the instructions linked in the button below.
If you require any assistance accessing your account, please email us at info@88keys.ca
Digital Access To Yamaha CD/ DVD
While Yamaha material packages continue to provide physical CDs and DVDs, you can now also find QR code stickers inside of your music books. Scan the QR code with your phone to open a page full of tracks ready for you to listen & play along!
JMC1/YMC1 Parent's Orientation Session
Welcome to our New Students and Parents!
We want to help you get the best start to the school year! Before classes begin, you are invited to join us for an
Online Yamaha Program Orientation session on
Thursday, September 1st at 6:00 pm
• How to use course materials and Practice Log
• Home practice tips
• Parent/Teacher communication.
• Our upcoming practice challenge!
Look out for a registration email!
August 20th & 28th
Yamaha demo classes
(See schedule below)
 
September 1st
 @6:00PM
Online information sessions for
JMC1 & YMC1 parents
 
September 5th
Labour Day
(School closed)
 
September 9th
First day of school!
 
Yamaha Material Pickup
All Yamaha group students attending
in-person will be handed their material packages on their first day of class.
 
Students attending online aer asked to 
please email us at info@88keys.ca
to arrange pick up time.
Free preview group classes continue through August!
 
Don't forget,
you get 100 points when a family registers for one of our programs on your referral.
 
That's $20 off
costs such as tuition, books, or exams!
 
Sat Aug 20th
w/ Ms. Alondra
MW @10:30 am
 
Sat Aug 28th
w/ Ms. Monica
JMC1 @9:45 am
YMC1 @11:00 am
 
Kindermusik classes continue to run on Wednesdays!
 
10:00: Wiggle & Grow
(18m-36m)
11:15: Cuddle & Bounce
(18m-36m)
 
Email us to reserve your spot!
88Keys October Music Festival
We are excited to announce that we are planning on holding our own music festival this October! It will be open to all students. Interested students can contact their homeroom teachers and register via email.
 
October Music Festival
Sunday, October 30th at 5:00 pm
 
This Halloween we will share the joy of music! More details to come in a separate email.
Art Classes are coming to 88Keys!!
info@88keys.ca
Are you interested in art classes covering drawing, modelling, painting and more?
A local art educator, Ms. Natasha, is looking to host art classes at our school
on Tuesday and/or Friday afternoons! Availability will depend on demand, so be sure to reach out if interested! Please contact Natasha's admin directly using the details below:
 
Bright Palette Art School hosted Ms. Natasha at 88Keys (On site)
 
We are so excited to bring the colour to our school!
We are happy to announce that we are continuing the Jazz classes for graduates of JAC3 & up, Pianoforte book 10+, and RCM grade 6 & up who would like to work on their Jazz skills! 
 
This program will ensure students are prepared to both write music and perform as a Jazz band. Interested students are encouraged to speak with their homeroom teachers and email us.
Composition  Masterclass: One on one with Ms. Alondra
Our composition masterclass lessons return this September! Students in the JAC/JSAC levels are welcome to take these online one on one lessons to expand on their knowledge of music composition and refine their own pieces with Ms. Alondra's help!
Lessons will be available online-only on Wednesdays with Ms. Alondra.
 
Student's compositions will be featured in Junior Original Composition
activities including the JOC concert!
 
Interested? Please email us to learn more!
Violin Individual and Group Lessons
We are so excited to share that we will continue to offer violin lessons this September! 
 Under Ms. Faranak's instruction, students will learn to play the violin in either RCM or Suzuki curriculums. Beyond learning proper playing technique, performance, and expression, students also develop their standing posture and discipline for musical practice.
 
Interested? Please email us to book your trial lesson!
 
We are also looking to offer violin group lessons!
Are you interested in a group class option for violin lessons? Let us know!
We are looking to hold a violin group class for 6 to 10 year olds either on Saturdays or Sundays this coming school year. Availability and day of the class will ultimately depend on demand so be sure to reach out if you would like to join! :-)
 
Read about Ms. Faranak on our website HERE.
Unionville Music Academy Competition (UMAC)
The Unionville Music Academy Competition (UMAC) is returning this year and opens for registration now! Young talents are welcome to participate in this prestigious music event, who can perform a variety of pieces including RCM repertoire, original compositions, and recital pieces. The entry deadline is November 7th.
 
Students who are interested, please contact us for more details and enrollment.   
 
Practice Coach Packages Update

Practice coach sessions will continue to be available from September through June for Yamaha students looking to get extra help through one on one lessons. Though we have two updates regarding availability and pricing:

 

First, we will no longer be offering practice coach sessions in packages of 5 or 10. Instead, you will be able to purchase as many or as few as you need at the per session rate. 

 

Second, starting in 2023, practice coach sessions will no longer be offered outside of the academic year from September through June.

 
Please feel free to email us if you have any questions :-)
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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