Newsletter
May 2022
Dear parents & students,
 
The school year is just zooming by! 88Keys is buzzing!
 
We are now in the process of organizing our year-end recital!
Let us know if you won't be around for June 25th/26th and stay tuned for updates! 
 
Many of you have been asking about summer lessons! We have limited spots available for individual summer lessons so do reach out as soon as possible with your prefered days.
 
We are excited to announce that Ms. Alondra will run a 7 week vocal group class for JMC4, YMC3, JSAC & JAC students!
 
For those with little siblings or family and friends who would be interested in joining our Yamaha group classes next year, check out our demo schedule below!
 
Yamaha exam students! We hope your prep is going well!
To help you practice, there are a few complimentary resources we are offering - scroll to find them below! Also, please don't forget to submit your repertoire titles by May 20th!
 
Victoria Day: We will be closed Monday, May 23rd only
 
To learn more about the year-end recital, summer voice program, demo classes, Yamaha exams, JOC concert, and more, read on!
 
-88Keys Team
info@88keys.ca
Victoria Day Closure

The school is closed:

on Monday, May 23rd only


We are open the Saturday & Sunday, and classes resume on Tuesday, May 24th.

Please let us know ahead of time if you will be missing classes that weekend!

 

Happy Victoria Day!

September 2022 Re-Enrollment
September 2022 re-enrollment is open for individual and group students! Please see the email sent previously 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!
Summer Lessons - Limited Spots Available

We continue to take requests for summer lessons!

Please email us to let us know if you are looking to take lessons in the summer - spots are limited. Please see the email sent previously with teacher's available days.

 
May 2nd
We begin processing group class transfer requests
 
May 7th
Beginners Monthly Group Class - Performance
// Exam practice for Yamaha grades 10 & 11
 
 
May 14th
Advanced Monthly Group Class - Improvisation & Recording Focus
// Exam practice for Yamaha grades 7-9
 
May 20th
Yamaha Exams:
Deadline to submit repertoire titles
 
May 23rd
WE ARE CLOSED 
 
May 24th
YGE Workshops:
Grade 11 @5:45 PM
Grade 11 @6:30 PM
 
Grade 10 @6:00 PM
 
May 27th
YGE Workshops:
Grade 9 @6:00 PM
 
Grade 8 @6:45 PM
 
May 28th
YGE Workshops:
Grade 9 @3:45 PM
 
 
 
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
Year-end Recital Updates - Stay Tuned!

The school year has just zipped by! With June around the corner, we are preparing for our year-end recital to celebrate all your hard work!

 

The recital will be split into two days ful of concerts featuring both our group and individual students over Saturday June 25th & Sunday, June 26th

 

The concert will take place outdoors on the greenspace in front of the school

As much as we wish to bring back our grand concerts at a performance venue, we haven't had luck securing one this year due to the lifting of mandates only happening relatively recently. We can't wait to bring your talents to the big stage for future recitals!

 

In an unfortunate even of a rainy weather, the performance will be brought inside with a number of guests to be limited to 2.

 

We are currently in the process of gathering our tentative schedule. 

- Weekend group and individual students will be scheduled similar to their lesson time

- Weekday individual students will be scheduled for the Saturday, June 25th concerts

 

Please email us to let us know if you will be unable to make either day so we can rearrange accordingly. Online students please note: the concert will take place in-person - if you cannot join us please let us know.

 

Stay tuned for the schedule!

Yamaha Group Class Demo Classes

We will be offering demo classes starting in May and all throughout the summer!

Have family or friends looking to join a music class?

Check out our demo schedule below!

 

Musical Wonderland (MW) for 3yo

- Saturday, May 21st @4:00 PM with Ms. Alondra

- Saturday, June 18th @4:00 PM with Ms. Alondra

 

Junior Music Course (JMC) for 4-5 yo

- Saturday, May 28th @3:00 PM with Ms. Monica

- Sunday, May 29th @2:15 PM with Ms. Chanel

- Saturday, June 4th @3:00 PM with Ms. Monica

 

Young Musician's Course (YMC) for 6-8 yo

- Saturday, May 28th @4:15 PM with Ms. Monica

- Saturday, June 4th @4:15 PM with Ms. Monica

- Sunday, June 5th @2:15 PM with Ms. Chanel

 

Email us to join!

Don't forget, when a family enrolls on your referral, you get 100 points

which is equal to $20 off tuition, books, or exam fees!

Summer Vocal Group Class

Attention JMC4, YMC3, JSAC & JAC students

We are so happy to announce that we will be opening a vocal class over the summer!

Under Ms. Alondra's instruction, students will learn some key singing concepts over the course of 7 classes. At the end of these lessons, students will perform:

 

"We don't talk about Bruno" from Disney's Encanto!

Lessons will also cover solfege singing and vocal technique

 

Will run on Tuesdays @5:45 - 6:30 PM in July & August

July: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

August: 2nd, 16th, 23rd

(7 classes total)

 

PRICE:

Flat fee of $195 total
(we cannot prorate for classes missed)
 
Spots are limited to 15 students! Email us to enroll!
Yamaha Grade Exams: Time Booking & Deadlines
Attention registered Yamaha Grade Exam students! A few reminders:
 

"Pick your own time" Exam time slot booking is now closed:

We will be reaching out to anyone who hasn't booked yet with available times

 

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.

 

 Exam Preparation Help:
Exam Teacher Led Workshops: Available at the end of May for grades 8-11
Free one on one help with Abishan: Friday afternoons for grades 10 & 11
Monthly group classes: See blurb below for more details. 
 
Email us to enroll in any of the above complimentary exam help sessions!

 

Exam Repertoire Titles:

Please let us know your chosen exam repertoire pieces by Friday, May 20th

 

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

Junior Original Composition Concert
We are excited to share that we will have a JOC concert to showcase our JAC & JSAC's who have prepared their original comositions to help our little honey-bee friend, Re-Mi, to save his fairytale world from an old magician's spell!
 
This is a very special project we are trying this year!
Stay tuned as we will be announcing the concert's livestream soon!
 
Thank you to all participating students that have submitted their JOC project video recordings! We are so excited to present your hardwork to restore life and balance in the fairytale world.
Kindermusik Classes
Cuddle & Bounce: (age 0-18m)
Wednesdays @11:15 AM
Wednesdays @12:15 PM
 
Wiggle & Grow: (18m-36m)
Wednesdays @10:00 AM
 
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 May 7th
 
Advanced - Improvisation and Recording focus OR Yamaha Exam Levels 7-9
Second Saturday of every month @3:45 PM
Next session May 14th
 
If you are interested, email us to enroll!
We hope to see you there!
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!
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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