DECEMBER 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! December is nearly here! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Kindly review the announcements below. Please let me know if you have any questions! As always, it's a privilege to work with each of you and I thank you for that blessing!

EARN A $5 TUITION CREDIT WHEN YOU GIVE ME A ***** REVIEW ON THUMBTACK: If you have been happy with the service that I have been providing, I would be grateful if you would please provide me with a 5* review on Thumbtack. If you don't feel comfortable giving me 5* please call/text me to discuss why that is so that I may improve my service for you. CLICK HERE to write the review!!!!! One $5 credit per family. If you do it before November 30, you're welcome to take the $5 off of December's tuition. Thank you in advance, because this really helps me to get more students and continue to grow my studio. :)

A little announcement: I am proud to announce that I have been accepted into The Royal Conservatory of Music's piano pedagogy certificate and teacher certification program! The RCM is in Toronto, Canada and is known world-wide as one of the leading conservatories for teachers and professional musicians. I start the pedagogy courses in February, and will continue to earn my Doctorate in Education through Liberty University. I will be performing 1-2 recitals over the next few years in front of a judge as well as publicly, and taking theory/history exams. It will be a lot of work, but this is something I've longed to do for some time, so I'm thrilled to have this opportunity!


Winter weather: Unfortunately, this is probably on its way. Here's my basic rule: unless there is a Level 1+ snow emergency in Delaware County (where I live), I teach. If I'm not teaching or my neighborhood or driveway is impassible, I will call and/or text you. However, you need to feel safe driving. So, if there is a "snow day" and you're not comfortable coming, just let me know as soon as you decide not to come. We won't make it up unless you're behind on your lessons toward the 46 total.

December tuition due: Please remember that December's tuition is due this week, by Wednesday, November 30. You're welcome to mail it to me, made out to me, at 8824 Clearview Lake Court, Powell, 43065. Or, you may drop it off in the black bench on my front porch- the lid lifts up and you may set it down in there. Please make sure the name on the check matches either your or your child's name so that I can match up the payment. Thank you in advance for paying on time so that I don't have to discuss the late fee policy and I can just keep focused on lessons! :)

If you have any questions about what you owe, you may 
click here and log in to see your account. Unless there was something special, it should just be your regular tuition amount ($115/mo for a 30-minute lesson, $172.50 for 45-minute lesson and $230/mo for a 60-minute lesson -- 46 lessons per year).

December calendar:

  • Wednesday, 11/30 - Sunday, 12/4: I will be joining my husband on a business trip to D.C. -- I will not be teaching (I'm happy to make-up this lesson)
  • Wednesday, 12/7: no lessons after 7pm (I'm happy to make-up this lesson)*
  • Wednesday, 12/14: no lessons after 7pm (I'm happy to make-up this lesson)*
  • Friday, 12/23 - Monday, 12/26: Christmas -- I will not be teaching**
  • Tuesday, 12/27 - Friday, 12/30: This is a great time for a make-up lesson! We can have two lessons during this week, if you'd like. Lessons will be scheduled as usual, and if you'd like to come during the day (for children off school) please let me know and I can rearrange your day/time.
  • Saturday, 12/31 - Sunday, 1/1: New Year's -- I will not be teaching**
  • Tuesday, 1/3: I will not be teaching -- My husband is being sworn into his new term as State Rep. so I will be with him at the Statehouse all day (I'm happy to make-up this lesson)
The first two weeks in January, I do not have any doctoral or piano pedagogy classes. Therefore, if you'd like to have an extra lesson I will have more availability than usual. Please keep this in mind!

*Thank you for the opportunity to attend various Christmas/holiday parties! Most of them are on the weekends, but there are a few extra dates. It's nice to get to spend social time around the holidays with friends, so I am grateful for your understanding. Please contact me to reschedule if marked as such.
**There will not be any make-up lessons offered for the holiday dates unless you're behind on your 46 lessons for the 12-month period. 


Upcoming opportunities
  • I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association, and the state chapter - Ohio Music Teachers Association, and the local chapter - Central Eastern district. I will be sending some additional opportunities soon.
  • Piano Guild & Royal Conservatory of Music exams: I will be sharing these with you individually, if appropriate.
  • Spring recital: Mark your calendars NOW!!!! The spring recital is Friday, April 21, at Graves Recital Hall on Karl Rd. Please reserve from 5-7:30pm on your calendar, and more details will be available in February.
  • Do you know of an opportunity? Let me know, and I'll include it!

Updated studio policies: Please review them here

I look forward to a fantastic December! Please call/text me at 740.816.5511 if I may be of help in any way. Remember that I do not check email constantly, and usually not more than once every 1-2 days, so texting or calling is best.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Brenner

website: SaraMarieBrenner.com
student site: MrsBrenner.MusicTeachersHelper.com
facebook: TeacherMrsBrenner



NOVEMBER 2016

November is upon us! It's actually hard to believe the fall has flown by so quickly. I have a few announcements I want to share regarding November to help you in your planning. Be sure to make note of the Spring Recital, announced below. Please let me know if you have any questions! As always, it's a privilege to work with each of you and I thank you for that blessing!

October 31: Halloween -- I will be teaching as usual (please kindly give me at least 24 hours notice if you are not planning to come for your lesson)


November tuition due: Please remember that November's tuition is due this week. If you have any questions about what you owe, you may click here and log in to see your account. Unless there was something special, it should just be your regular tuition amount.

November calendar:
  • Tuesday, 11/8: Election Day -- I will not be teaching due to volunteering activities
  • Friday, 11/11: Veterans Day -- I will be teaching as usual
  • Wednesday, 11/23 - Sunday, 11/27: Thanksgiving weekend -- I will not be teaching
  • Tuesday, 11/29 - Sunday, 12/4: I will be joining my husband on a business trip to D.C. -- I will not be teaching (I'm happy to make-up this lesson)
There will not be any make-up lessons offered for the holiday dates unless you're behind on your 46 lessons for the 12-month period. However, I am more than happy to reschedule lessons from my trip to D.C. We could do them Monday, 11/28, the first week in December or even over holiday break. Please contact me if you'd like to make up that lesson and I'll be more than happy to do so.

December calendar:
  • Tuesday, 11/29 - Sunday, 12/4: I will be joining my husband on a business trip to D.C. -- I will not be teaching (I'm happy to make-up this lesson)
  • Friday, 12/23 - Monday, 12/26: Christmas -- I will not be teaching
  • Tuesday, 12/27 - Friday, 12/30: This is a great time for makeup lessons, so let me know if you're needing/wanting one
  • Saturday, 12/31 - Sunday, 1/1: New Year's -- I will not be teaching
There will not be any make-up lessons offered for the holiday dates unless you're behind on your 46 lessons for the 12-month period.

Upcoming opportunities:
  • I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association, and the state chapter - Ohio Music Teachers Association, and the local chapter - Central Eastern district. These are some upcoming local events for students:
    • Sunday, 11/13: "Out & About" on November 13. It is at the Scioto Sunrise Senior Center and is a recital format at 3 pm. I must have all information submitted to the organizers by November 8, so inform me prior to then if you're interested in participating. This is a nice opportunity to share your music in a relaxed environment. Students must be able to perform at least one piece in its entirety, relatively polished.
    • Sunday, 12/4: "Out & About" on December 4 . It is at St. Ann's Hospital at 1:30pm. I must have all information submitted to the organizers by November 29, so inform me prior to Thanksgiving break if you're interested in participating. This is a nice opportunity to share your music in a relaxed environment. Students must be able to perform at least one piece in its entirety, relatively polished.
  • Spring recital: Mark your calendars NOW!!!! The spring recital is Friday, April 21, at Graves Recital Hall on Karl Rd. Please reserve from 5-7:30pm on your calendar, and more details will be available in February.

Updated studio policies: Please review them here. You'll notice that music lessons tuition now includes most books and materials, and a withdrawal policy was added.

I look forward to a fantastic November! Please call/text me at 740.816.5511 if I may be of help in any way.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Brenner

website: SaraMarieBrenner.com
student site: MrsBrenner.MusicTeachersHelper.com
facebook: TeacherMrsBrenner