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Newsletter
November 2022
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Dear parents & students,
 
November is just around the corner!
 
Congratulations to everyone who has successfully completed our 21 day practice challenge! We hope you keep this new habit of daily practice going forward as it is invaluable for progress! Baby Yoda will be happy :-)
 
Thank you to all of our performers and guests who made our first ever October Spooky Music Festival a success!
 
November is all about preparing for winter concerts!
Individual students will be preparing for their winter recital and group classes will be preparing for their in-class winter concerts. The deadline for individual students to sign up for the winter recital is November 21st.
 
Also coming up are the Unionville Music Competition and the Royal Music Conservatory's Music Lights the Way Piano Festival! We also have several exciting offerings beyond our individual piano and group keyboard classes! Scroll to learn more!
 
On a final note, thank you and please continue to send in your Covid-19 school screening results to Goodtogo@88keys.ca
If sick, please let us know and attend lessons from home.
 
-88Keys Team
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Sick Policy Reminder
This is a friendly reminder to all community members to please stay home if sick or feeling unwell regardless of whether it is Covid. (We understand some students have a habitual or asthma cough that can last for a long time - please let us and your teacher know of the situation and continue to wear masks during flares, thank you! :-)
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November 6th
Daylight Savings Ends: 
Clocks go back
one hour at 2am
November 7th
Unionville Music Competition Registration Deadline
November 11th
Remembrance Day
 
November 21st
Deadline to sign up for individual student's
winter recital


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OCTOBER SPOOKY FESTIVAL
Huge THANK YOU to all the guests and performers at our October Spooky Festival. You have made March Hare's and Mad Hater's Halloween Tea Party SPOOKTACULAR!
The full concert can be watched on our YouTube Channel by following the link below
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It may seem early, but our winter recital preparations are already under way!
This is an annual tradition of ours to celebrate our individual students and their progress over the fall semester! At 88Keys we love to offer students a spotlight on the stage and celebrate big! Yet for the last two years, our winter recitals have been solely online... we are happy to announce the return of our in-person winter recital!
 
INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS
 
Friday, December 16th between 5:00pm and 8:00pm

(Exact timing to be determined depending on # of performers)

 

Location: Trinity Anglican Church: 79 Victoria St, Aurora

Price: $20 / performing student

Reg. Deadline: November 21st

 
 
 
GROUP STUDENTS

In-Class concerts will take place
Dec 15-18th during the regular lesson time.

Students and parents are encouraged to prepare to play solo pices of their choice.
Unionville Music Competition (UMC) 2022
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The Unionville Music Competition (UMC) returns this year!
Young talents are welcome to enter into various competition categories which vary by age and whether entering as RCM or non-RCM curriculum participants.
 
Registration is currently OPEN!
The registration & payment deadline is November 7th.
 
We encourage all interested students to let their teachers know and to find out more about the competition from the UMC site!
 
Click the buttons below for more information!
Art Classes with Ms. Natalia at 88Keys
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Ms. Natalia is hosting more art workshops at 88Keys!
 
As you may know, a local art educator, Ms Natalia, is hosting art classes at our school! Thank you to everyone who has come out to her recent workshops!
we are happy to announce that she will be hosting more each week! Coming up:
 
November 10th @5pm - Art lesson on the theme "Panda"
(Reach out for further details)
 
We will learn how to draw a fluffy panda and his family. Children will be able to get acquainted with the concept of the "texture of wool" and how to draw the movements of animals.
 
$25 | Pre-registration is required:
 
Bright Palette Art School hosted by Ms. Natalia at 88Keys (on site)
 
We are so excited to bring the colour to our school!
 
RCM "Music Lights the Way" Piano Festival
Individual piano students studying the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) curriculum can submit a video of their own performance of a favourite repertoire piece from their current level of the RCM sixth edition books for a chance to win one of 124 prizes valued over $150,000 total! The festival is now open for submissions until December 1st and free to enter! Interested RCM students should speak to their teachers and see the website linked below for more details. All RCM prepatory and repertoire levels are welcome.

There are prizes to be awarded both in judged categories AND a participation draw so we highly encourage all RCM students to enter by December 1st!
Composition  Masterclass: One on one with Ms. Alondra
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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!
Kindermusik for Babies & Toddlers
Runs every Wednesday for approx 45 minutes:
@10:00: Wiggle & Grow
(18m-36m)
@11:15 Cuddle & Bounce
(18m-36m)
 
Email us to reserve your spot!
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