June 2021 Newsletter








MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

COMING SOON!

STUDENT APPRECIATION

OPEN HOUSE!

 

Thanks to YOU, the Academy of Music was voted ‘Best Music Lessons’ in Grand Rapids! To show our appreciation, we are planning two open house celebrations – complete with food, games, music, and more! We hope you’ll join us!

Saturday, August 7 from 10am – 2pm (Jenison Location)

Saturday , August 14 from 10am – 2pm (Grand Rapids Location)

 

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND HOURS

As a reminder, we will not be having any lessons July 3rd 4th and 5th. We hope you have a super fun holiday weekend! Lessons will resume again Tuesday the 6th.

 

EARLY BIRD FALL REGISTRATION

$30 Free Registration Fee

Enroll in $50 Back-to-School Amazon Gift Card Drawing

Expires 7/31/21

 

We just recorded our highest June registration in the history of the Academy of Music – 86 new students as of this writing! The jammin’ summer session we predicted has begun!

What does that mean to you? A lot of our teachers are already full. They have no spots available. Even though we do have some availability at each of our 2 locations, it varies between locations and instruments. What we don’t want to happen is for somebody to try to call us for fall registration in August and discover we have no spots for them. If you want to join us in the fall, the best way to do that is to choose an early bird registration. Sign up for lessons to begin in July, or you can choose to register up to 30 days in advance and begin in August. (1st month prepaid, no refunds). Either option will help you grab one of the prime time spots between 3:30 and 7:30 or help you conveniently register more than one student.

If you register early and still have a week of vacation planned, don’t forget we have 4 great make-up options for you.

  1. Zoom in for your lesson.
  2. Request a pre-recorded makeup for your lesson with advanced notice.
  3. Take advantage of our group makeup options.
  4. Sublease your spot to a family member or friend.

Contact the office in July, and our friendly staff can help you choose the best spots on the schedule! Or reply to this newsletter and let us know you would like a call from us to answer all of your questions.

JOIN THE PRACTICE CLUB!

NEW WAYS TO WIN WITH PRACTICING – The Academy PRACTICE CLUB! It’s easy to join the club. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself practicing, post it on social media, and tag the Academy of Music. Each tag enters you to win a $25 Amazon gift card. We’ll have one drawing each month this summer beginning June 1st.

A REMINDER ABOUT REMINDERS

Are you getting reminders every week about your lessons? The Academy can send a text directly to you two hours before your lesson so that you never have to worry about forgetting. Talk to the Student Service Coordinators for help getting set up!

SUMMER GUESSING GAME

YOU COULD WIN A MONTH OF FREE LESSONS! Don’t miss out on this opportunity– every week, stop by the front desk to make a guess of how many rocks are in the jar. You only get one guess every week, so don’t let it go to waste! This will be going all summer long (drawing on August 31st), so stay enrolled and by the end of summer you could be our winner!!!

JENISON LAWN SIGN CONTEST

If you love contests, and love to WIN contests, enter the Jenison Academy of Music Lawn Sign Contest! It’s easy to enter. If you are enrolled in music lessons at Jenison Academy of Music, just pick up a lawn sign, take a photo of it in your yard, post the photo on social media, and tag the Jenison Academy of Music. We’ll have a drawing each month beginning June 1st for a $100 Amazon gift card for any family that tags us. In addition, at the end of the summer (on Sept 1), the post with the most likes/shares will win a 2nd $500 gift card.



COUNTDOWN TO 100 STUDENTS!

Who will be our 100th student in Jenison? Just 10 more to go. We will welcome that student with a special photo and special $100 discount on their first month of lesson!

2021 ACADEMY CALENDAR

4th of July Break – NO LESSONS

Saturday July 3, 2021 – Monday July 5, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday, July 6, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to everyone who continues reaching their musical goals and keeps climbing higher on the Musical Ladder!



Audrey T.

 

Claire M.

 

Aiden H.

Kathleen S.

Mia N.

Lucy S.

 

Thomas B.

Capri S.

Yahvi P.

Wade M.

Wes S.

Ellis J.

 

Jacob S.

 

Francis C.

Madelyn C.

Millie B.

Nevah C.

Estella L.

Kian O.

Colette C.

 

Ella G.

Sreyas M.

 

Olivia D.

 

Keira B.

Laila G.

Kaylee S.

 

Allison K.

Nora S.

Laila G.

Chase S.

Vincent M.

Ellory O.

Isaiah H.

 

Ava S.

Peter K.

Ryan V.

Uriel B.

Skylar M.

Issac A.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Abby C.

Alyssa T.

Benson C.

Caitlyn M.

Carsten H.

Connor K.

Hannah H.

Helen K.

Jason V.

Jerry R.

Karen S.

Kate A.

Khen M.

Leland L.

Paisley S.

Paxton V.

Riley L.

Ryan H.

Sammie H.

Shirlene M.

REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy between July 1 and September 30, 2021, and you and the new student will both be entered into our next referral drawing! Plus you will both get a $25 gift card as a thank you! Refer someone today and you could win $500 back-to-school cash!

(Drawing on October 1st)

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Cathie – SOLD OUT

Justin – SOLD OUT

Sonja -2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Zach -2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Kohl – 1 spot Tuesday

STRINGS

Kristina – 2 spots Tuesday

Meredith – 2 spots Wednesday

GUITAR | UKULELE

Chris – 2 spots Tuesday & Thursday

Josh G. – 2 spots Monday & Wednesday

DRUMS

Jared – 1 spot Monday

Josh H. – 1 spot Tuesday

Jordan – 2 spots Thursday



WEST MICHIGAN’S LARGEST

MUSIC SCHOOL!

Contact Us

616-265-5887

info@jenisonacademyofmusic.com

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May 2021 Newsletter








MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

COMING SOON!

STUDENT APPRECIATION

OPEN HOUSE!

 

Thanks to YOU, the Academy of Music was voted ‘Best Music Lessons’ in Grand Rapids! To show our appreciation, we are planning two open house celebrations – complete with food, games, music, and more! We hope you’ll join us!

Saturday, August 7 from 10am – 2pm (Jenison Location)

Saturday , August 14 from 10am – 2pm (Grand Rapids Location)

 

SPRING RECITAL RECAP!

Little by little, week by week, AWESOMENESS is achieved!

Congratulations to all the musicians who performed in our recent Spring recitals at St. Cecilia Music Center and on Zoom!

TYFBA (Thank You For Being Awesome!)

 

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN AND REWARDING TO DO THIS SUMMER?

Check out our June Special for new students or current students who add an instrument this summer!

Purchase one month of lessons and get a free beach bag with fun summer gifts plus an instrument specific gift.

VALUE $175 | YOUR COST $99

Expires 6/11

 

Just a reminder that we are expecting a very busy summer season this year for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is that although 70-80 % of our students have been back in person for a long time, we’re going to have a lot of new students that have been cooped up, and are ready to come back and get in person lessons. That means we’ll have a jamming summer session.

What does that mean to you? Well, a lot of our teachers are already full and have no spots available. Even though we do have some availability at each of our 2 locations, it varies location to location and instrument to instrument. So, what we don’t want to happen is for somebody to leave for summer, then try to call us back in August, and learn that we have no spots for them.

So, remember, if you’re a current student, or if you want to join us this summer, summer lessons are the best way to keep your day and time with your teacher when August resumes. 

We have 4 great summer make-up options for you.

  1. Zoom in for your lesson.
  2. Request a prerecorded makeup for your lesson with advanced notice.
  3. Take advantage of our group makeup options
  4. Sublease your spot to a family member or friend.

Most importantly, enjoy your summer! Go to the lake, travel, have fun doing whatever it is you’re going to do. But don’t lose your spot with your teacher by withdrawing. You will want to keep that spot, especially a prime time spot between the hours of 3:30 and 7:30. Those are the spots that are in the most demand.

So, take advantage of our summer make-up options. Contact of the office, and they can tell you more.

JOIN THE PRACTICE CLUB!

NEW WAYS TO WIN WITH PRACTICING – The Academy PRACTICE CLUB! It’s easy to join the club. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself practicing, post it on social media, and tag the Academy of Music. Each tag enters you to win a $25 Amazon gift card. We’ll have one drawing each month this summer beginning June 1st.

JENISON LAWN SIGN CONTEST

If you love contests, and love to WIN contests, enter the Jenison Academy of Music Lawn Sign Contest! It’s easy to enter. If you are enrolled in music lessons at Jenison Academy of Music, just pick up a lawn sign, take a photo of it in your yard, post the photo on social media, and tag the Jenison Academy of Music. We’ll have a drawing each month beginning June 1st for a $100 Amazon gift card for any family that tags us. In addition, at the end of the summer (on Sept 1), the post with the most likes/shares will win a 2nd $500 gift card.



2021 ACADEMY CALENDAR

MEMORIAL DAY – NO LESSONS

Monday, May 31, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday, June 1, 2021)

4th of July Break – NO LESSONS

Saturday July 3, 2021 – Monday July 5, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday, July 6, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar

JENISON STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Anders T.

Andrew R.

Audrey K.

Evelyn P.

Faye M.

Haley R.

Isla T.

Kalista N.

Kayden H.

Neydi R.

REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 and you’ll be entered into our next referral drawing when they register! We even enter them into the drawing as well! Not to mention, you’ll both get a $25 gift card as a thank you! Refer someone today and you could win a $300 gift card to Dick’s Sporting goods!

(Drawing on July 1st)

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Cathie – SOLD OUT

Justin – 2 spots Saturday

Sonja -2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Zach -2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Kohl – 1 spot Tuesday

STRINGS

Kristina – 2 spots Tuesday

Meredith – 2 spots Wednesday

GUITAR | UKULELE

Chris – 1 spot Wednesday

David – 2 spots Tuesday

Josh G. – 2 spots Monday & Wednesday

DRUMS

Jared – 1 spot Monday

Josh H. – 1 spot Tuesday



WEST MICHIGAN’S LARGEST

MUSIC SCHOOL!

Contact Us

616-265-5887

info@jenisonacademyofmusic.com

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April 2021 Newsletter








MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

We’re just weeks away from our 2021 Spring Recitals! For those registered, keep an eye out for detailed performance information coming soon. We can’t wait to see everyone in-person and online!

ACADEMY TEACHERS ARE AWESOME!

The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week! Please take few minutes to write a note of appreciation to your teacher or post a comment on our Facebook page and share what you LOVE about them!



JOIN THE PRACTICE CLUB!

NEW WAYS TO WIN WITH PRACTICING – The Academy PRACTICE CLUB! It’s easy to join the club. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself practicing, post it on social media, and tag the Academy of Music. Each tag enters you to win a $25 Amazon gift card. We’ll have one drawing each month this summer beginning June 1st.

JENISON LAWN SIGN CONTEST

If you love contests, and love to WIN contests, enter the Jenison Academy of Music Lawn Sign Contest! It’s easy to enter. If you are enrolled in music lessons at Jenison Academy of Music, just pick up a lawn sign, take a photo of it in your yard, post the photo on social media, and tag the Jenison Academy of Music. We’ll have a drawing each month beginning June 1st for a $100 Amazon gift card for any family that tags us. In addition, at the end of the summer (on Sept 1), the post with the most likes/shares will win a 2nd $500 gift card.



2021 ACADEMY CALENDAR

Spring Recitals

Saturday May 15, 2021

(IN PERSON at St. Cecilia Music Center)

Sunday May 23, 2021

(ONLINE)

MEMORIAL DAY – NO LESSONS

Monday, May 31, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday, June 1, 2021)

4th of July Break – NO LESSONS

Saturday July 3, 2021 – Monday July 5, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday, July 6, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar

JENISON STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Alexander M.

Bennett K.

Daisy T.

Elliott B.

Josselyn A.

Kiahn Y.

Lavender T.

Lena A.

Samson H.

Sarah P.

REFERRAL CONTEST

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SINGLETON FAMILY!

They have won $200 in restaurant gift cards for referring a new student to the Academy between January 1 and March 31. Enjoy dinner on us!

 

YOU CAN WIN TOO!

Refer a new student to the Academy between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 and you’ll be entered into our next referral drawing when they register! We even enter them into the drawing as well! Not to mention, you’ll both get a $25 gift card as a thank you! Refer someone today and you could win a $300 gift card to Dick’s Sporting goods!

(Drawing on July 1st)

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

PIANO

Cathie – SOLD OUT

Justin – 2 spots Saturday

Sonja -2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Zach -2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Kohl – 1 spot Tuesday

STRINGS

Kristina – 2 spots Tuesday

Meredith – 2 spots Wednesday

GUITAR | UKULELE

Chris – 1 spot Wednesday

David – 2 spots Tuesday

Josh G. – 2 spots Monday & Wednesday

DRUMS

Jared – 1 spot Monday

Josh H. – 1 spot Tuesday



WEST MICHIGAN’S LARGEST

MUSIC SCHOOL!

Contact Us

616-265-5887

info@jenisonacademyofmusic.com

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March 2021 Newsletter








Grand Rapids Location

6159 28th St. SE, Suite 24

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 965 1655

Jenison Location

7647 Riverview Dr.

Jenison, MI 49428

(616) 265 5887

 

SPRING BREAK!

SPRING BREAK! – NO LESSONS NEXT WEEK

THE ACADEMY WILL BE CLOSED FOR LESSONS

SUNDAY, APRIL 4TH – SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH.

LESSONS WILL RESUME ON SUNDAY, APRIL 11TH.

SPRING BREAK OFFICE HOURS 9AM – 5PM.

A NOTE FROM THE OWNER

It was a year ago this month that the Academy of Music for the first time in the existence of the school made a decision to only offer virtual music lessons for what we expected would be a few weeks of lockdown to “flatten the curve.” We did not know what the following weeks and months would look like, but only knew that the work we do matters and needed to continue in the best way we could offer it. The students who love the Academy of Music, who choose to enrich their lives with the creativity of learning and performing music, and value the personal relationships they develop with instructors and staff at our school, are the heart and soul of this school. And our teachers and staff are key to helping us offer them the best music lesson experience in the community. So we worked hard to find a way to move forward and honor our commitments to our students, teachers, and staff through that first month and every month that followed. 

Today we are above all grateful. Throughout the year, our school director Matt Camp and office team members personally walked students and their instructors through every change and challenge along the way – an introduction to Zoom, then Breakout Rooms, a new Student Resource Center, a Safe Music School to welcome students and teachers back, a new option for a missed lesson (personal, custom recorded lesson from your teacher), Practice Champ Challenges, new ways to offer performance opportunities, and more! Our amazing teachers spent time learning how to manage new technology, reinvent their teaching for virtual instruction, and deal with the requirements of providing a safe in-person lesson. With passion, skill, and love, they continued to nurture Academy musicians one lesson at a time in ways they never imagined possible. Many of our students chose to stick with lessons and rose to the challenge of adjusting their learning and practice routines. When in-person recitals were not an option, dedicated and determined students continued to achieve and meet the challenges of performing virtually, on stage in the summer sun, and some even traveling to the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a unique experience.  Today we honor and celebrate everyone who has endured this past year with grace and fortitude – Academy of Music dreamers, believers, and achievers, shining stars of today and beyond. 

Know that we are expecting a very busy spring and summer season for a variety of reasons. Even though 70-80% of our students have been back in-person for a while now, we are also seeing an increase of new students who have been cooped up and are ready to come back and sign up for in-person lessons. Our March registrations – the highest in the history of the school for this particular month – are a signal of what’s to come for the rest of 2021. What does that mean to you? Even though we do have some availability at each of our two locations, we want you to understand that some of our teachers are full. It’s important to remember that when you make your summer plans. What we do not want you to experience is to leave for the summer and then try to call us back in August only to discover that we do not have spots for you. If you are a current student or if you want to join us, the best option right now is to register for or continue with summer lessons so that you can keep your day and time with your favorite teacher in the fall.

As a reminder, there are four great options for missed lessons in the summer:

1.     Zoom in for your lesson.

2.    Get a pre-recorded make-up lesson with advanced notice.

3.    Take advantage of our group make-up options.

4.    Sub-lease your spot to a family member or friend.

Most importantly, get ready to enjoy your summer. Spend time at the lake, travel, enjoy family and friends you have not seen for months, have a great time. Just don’t lose your spot with your teacher by withdrawing because you will want that spot in August, especially if it’s a prime spot between 3:30 and 7:30, the ones in the most demand. Instead, take advantage of our summer make-up options. Feel free to call the office for more information.  

Barbara Hendricks, Owner

 

2021 SPRING RECITALS

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Registration is now open for our Spring Recitals!

To register…

  1. Login to the student portal here 
  2. Click on ‘CALENDAR’ from the menu on the left side of the screen
  3. Navigate to the month of May
  4. Click on your desired recital time
  5. Click on ‘REGISTER’
  6. Confirm your registration by clicking ‘REGISTER’
  7. If you have multiple students, select the student you’d like to register then click ‘REGISTER’
  8. Repeat steps 4-6 to register another student

In-person (WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT 10 SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!)

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021
  • Live from the Royce Auditorium at the St. Cecilia Music Center
  • Performances at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm 

Online

  • Sunday, May 23, 2021
  • Via Zoom (link will be made available closer to performance date)
  • Performances at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm

Please remember that all registration will take place via our new Student Portal. All recitals will be filled on a first come first served basis, with each recital having a max capacity of 20 students. Once a recital reaches capacity, online registration for that recital will no longer be available. To be placed on a waitlist (if needed) please contact the Academy.

SPIRIT WEEK RECAP

SUNDAY MARCH 14, 2021 – MUSIC IN TECHNICOLOR

MONDAY MARCH 15, 2021 – SUPERHEROES & PRINCESSES

TUESDAY MARCH 16, 2021 – ONSIE TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY MARCH 17, 2021 – LUCK OF THE IRISH

THURSDAY MARCH 18, 2021 – TEACHER LOOK-ALIKE DAY

FRIDAY MARCH 19, 2021 – CRAZY HAIR DAY

SATURDAY MARCH 20, 2021 – FAN-TASTIC

 

2021 ACADEMY CALENDAR

Spring Break – NO LESSONS

Sunday April 4, 2021 – Saturday April 10, 2021

(Lessons resume Sunday April 11, 2021)

Spring Recitals

Saturday May 15, 2021

(IN PERSON at St. Cecilia Music Center)

Sunday May 23, 2021

(ONLINE)

4th of July Break – NO LESSONS

Saturday July 3, 2021 – Monday July 5, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday July 6, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to everyone who continues reaching their musical goals and keeps climbing higher on the Musical Ladder!

 
 

Akshay M.

Alex M.

Amadeo S.

Andrea B.

Avery C.

Brian W.

Brynn T.

Chase S.

Deeher S.

Eliza C.

Emily F.

Esha L.

Gabe A.

Harry N.

Jabari W.

Jack L.

Jesse A.

Juliet R.

Kendall B.

Katie K.

Kayleigh L.

Khushi S.

Laura W.

Lilla H.

Lucas G.

Madison D.

Maggie M.

Norah C.

Scarlett G.

Silas R.

Swaraa B.

Tendesai N.

Tiernan R.

Tyler M.

Austin B.

Zoey L.

Aryan M.

Aryan M.

Ashley O.

Lucas C.

 

GRAND RAPIDS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Swaraa

Swaraa has been a student at the Academy for 18 months, and currently takes violin from Ms. Anne Marie. Outside of her music lessons, Swaraa also enjoys reading, dancing, and watching movies. Her favorite food is ice cream and her favorite musician is A.R. Rahman. In school, Swaraa’s favorite subject is language, and the coolest thing she has learned at the Academy is how to read and understand the language of music. If she were to give other music students one piece of advise it would be “be consistent and enjoy”.

JENISON STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet MaCallen

MaCallen has been a student at the Academy for about 1 1/2 years, and currently takes piano from Mr. Zach at our Jenison location. Outside of his music lessons, MaCallen also enjoys playing video games (Minecraft, Roblox), building Legos, and drawing. His favorite food is Goldfish crackers and some of his favorite musicians are Abygail (his sister), Mr. Zach, and Amanda (his Mom). In school, MaCallen’s favorite subject is math, and the coolest thing he has learned at the Academy is how to play Star Wars songs. If he were to give other music students one piece of advise it would be “Have Fun”.

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

GRAND RAPIDS

Ava S.

Chad z.

Cienna T.

Eli B.

Eowyn B.

Gavin M.

Glen H.

Bella T.

Joe B.

Josiah K.

Kan C.

Kavitha K.

Kayla B.

Landon M.

Lilah B.

Lilly R.

London S.

Monica M.

Olivia B.

Peter K.

Rayaansh R.

Ruby K.

Ryan V.

Sarah T.

Skylar M.

Soleh W.

Tyler B.

JENISON

Alexandra M.

Andrew R.

Bridget T.

Desiree K.

Elisabeth K.

Emma V.

Kyla K.

Lena N.

Riley K.

Zavian V.

REFERRAL CONTEST

NEW WINTER REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy, between now and April 1, and you could win FOUR $50 FAMILY RESTAURANT GIFT CARDS (VALUE $200). Plus, for every new family you refer that registers, you’ll receive a $25 gift card to Target, Amazon, or DoorDash! Not to mention, they will too!

Drawing will be held on April 15

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

Grand Rapids Teachers | Jenison Teachers

PIANO

Andrew -2 spots Monday

Bertram – 2 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 2 spots Monday & Saturday

Carol – SOLD OUT

Cathie – 2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Esther – 1 spot Thursday

Janet – 2 spots Tuesday & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Thursday & Saturday

Joe – 1 spot Thursday

Keith – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday Sonja -2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach -2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Dani – 2 spots Tuesday

Kohl – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday

Rachel – 1 spot Wednesday

Tanya -2 spots Friday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – SOLD OUT

Harrison – 2 spots Monday

Sandra – 2 spots Monday & Thursday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 2 spots Sunday

Anne Marie – SOLD OUT

Anna T – SOLD OUT

Kristina – 1 spot Monday

Marlae – SOLD OUT

Meredith – 2 spots Wednesday

Tina – SOLD OUT

GUITAR | UKULELE

David – 2 spots Tuesday

JD – SOLD OUT

Josh G. – 1 spot Monday

Mike – 2 spots Thursday

Mitch – 1 spot Monday

Patty – 1 spot Wednesday

Ryan -SOLD OUT

GUITAR | DRUMS

Jared – SOLD OUT

Nathan – 2 spots Friday & Saturday

DRUMS

Eric – 2 spots Tuesday

Garrett – 2 spots Wednesday

Hailey – 2 spots Thursday

Josh H. – 2 spots Tuesday

Ryan – 2 spots Sunday



West Michigan’s Largest Music School

Contact Us

(616) 965 1655

info@academyofmusicgr.com

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February 2021 Newsletter








Grand Rapids Location

6159 28th St. SE, Suite 24

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 965 1655

Jenison Location

7647 Riverview Dr.

Jenison, MI 49428

(616) 265 5887

 

WE WOULD LOVE YOUR VOTE!

IT’S TIME TO VOTE for the Best of Grand Rapids (Grandtastic) Awards at Grand Rapids Kids. Everyone at the Academy of Music would appreciate your vote. It’s super easy! Just click. on the LESSONS category and find Academy of Music. Anyone who votes is also entered to win a $200 gift card to a business of their choice. Voting is open until Friday, March 12.

NEW STUDENT PORTAL!

Hello everyone!

As most of you know, we launched our online Student Resource Center (SRC) almost a year ago. Can you believe it’s been that long already!? We can’t either. At the time, the SRC was meant to be temporary. However, we have received such wonderful feedback on it, we decided not only to keep it, but to make it even better!

Introducing the online STUDENT PORTAL! Check out the video below for a quick overview and tutorial on how you’ll sign in and what you’ll be able to access – Spoiler alert! The new student portal will be accessible from both the Grand Rapids and Jenison Academy websites!

video

Other features include:

  • Seeing your lesson schedule online
  • Email and/or text reminders for lessons
  • Signing up for Group Make-up Classes
  • Registering for recitals
  • Accessing additional lesson content
  • Automated emails to let you know when new content has been uploaded to student folders
  • Direct access to recorded video lessons. No more YouTube links!

The new portal will be available for access starting Monday, March 1st. However, we will keep the SRC online until April 1. This will allow everyone to download and/or print any lesson content they’d like before it is disabled. We are not able to transfer content from the SRC to the new Student Portal.

Please watch for an email on March 1 that will contain your username and link to set up a password for the new Student Portal. We’re so excited to share this new benefit with you!

Matt Camp

Director

MARCH PHOTO MADNESS!

Are you photogenic? Love to smile and/or be silly? Never shy away from a camera? Then we want to take your photo!

We believe the best way to showcase the Academy is to highlight our students and their families. After all, you’re the reason the Academy is so great in the first place.

Our goal is to take over 1,000 photos during the month of March. These will be used across various social media platforms and in new marketing campaigns for 2021. Headshots. Posed photos with instruments. Silly photos with siblings, family, or friends. Lesson photos. And, more!

We are also planning a photoshoot with a professional photographer for student photos. DATE AND TIME TBD. Keep an eye out for an email with more information as it becomes available.

If you especially love getting your photo taken, the month of March is your chance to strike a pose and say cheese… AS MUCH AS YOU WANT! Just let the Academy staff or your teacher know that you want your photo taken and we’ll get out the camera! Together, let’s share over 1,000 smiles.

WE LOVE OUR STUDENTS!

 
 

PRACTICE PAYS!

 

UPDATE: STARTING MARCH 1, ALL ONLINE PRACTICE SESSIONS WILL BE ACCESSIBLE VIA THE NEW STUDENT PORTAL. JUST USE THE THE SAME LINK YOU WOULD FOR YOUR LESSONS!

We know how much our students love to earn awards, and how much we all love to see our students practicing. So we are excited to launch a new benefit for our students – a series of Practice Challenge wristbands!  

Students will still be able to earn the regular MLS wristbands, such as Apprentice, Songbird, etc. – Think of the Practice Challenge levels as Extra Credit!

There will be multiple opportunities to earn the wristbands. Just earn 20 practice points for practicing at home or on Zoom with a Practice Proctor. Earn 20 more for the next wristband, up to 120 points.

In addition, after earning a wristband, students can also earn a chance to “Spin the Wheel” for another prize. Students can spin the wheel after completing teacher challenges, performing for friends, family or a pet, or learning a seasonal/holiday piece. Students are eligible for a maximum of one “Spin the Wheel” prize after earning each individual wristband.

As an added incentive, anyone who earns all SIX of the 2021 Practice Challenge (Pat. Pend.) wristbands, will be eligible to receive the 2021 Practice Trophy at the end of the year!

PRACTICE WRISTBANDS 1-6. Each wristband can be earned with 20 practice points.

To earn Practice Points:

  • One practice session (as determined parents or teachers) at home will equal 1 point.
  • Attending a Zoom Practice Session will equal 2 points.
  • Practicing on any holiday will double your points!
  • Zoom Practice Sessions will be monitored by Practice Proctors and available 5-7 pm Monday-Friday, 10-noon Saturday, and 2-4 pm on Sundays.

SPIN THE WHEEL FOR PRIZES. These can be earned after earning each individual wristband.

  1. Performance Challenge. Perform for a friend, family member, or pet.
  2. Teacher Challenge. Fulfill a challenge set by your teacher.
  3. Season/Holiday Challenge. Learn a seasonal themed or holiday themed piece. Or share a video of yourself practicing while on vacation.

Practice logs will be available for each student to track home practice. These will need a parent signature.

We are excited to give our students an opportunity to participate in new challenges, and most importantly – have fun practicing!



 

RECITAL RECAP

Congratulations to all the students that performed as part of our online Winter Recitals! There were so many wonderful performances, and it was so great to see so many new and familiar faces sharing their talents.

 

2021 ACADEMY CALENDAR

Spring Break – NO LESSONS

Sunday April 4, 2021 – Saturday April 10, 2021

(Lessons resume Sunday April 11, 2021)

Spring Recitals

Saturday May 8, 2021

Saturday May 15, 2021

Sunday May 16, 2021

4th of July Break – NO LESSONS

Saturday July 3, 2021 – Monday July 5, 2021

(Lessons resume Tuesday July 6, 2021)

Click HERE to download our complete calendar

MUSICAL LADDER CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to everyone who continues reaching their musical goals and keeps climbing higher on the Musical Ladder!

 

Aakash K.

Angelus C.

Arin G.

Asmitha R.

Caroline D.

Claire C.

Clark C.

Deeher S.

Juliet R.

Lia S.

Paulina M.

Ryan B.

Samantha F.

Stella V.

Swaraa B.

Charlie K.

Jacob S.

Lucas C.

Olivia H.

Tiernan R.

Danny P.

 

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

 

GRAND RAPIDS

Anna B.

Avery B.

Emmanuel H.

Enoch H.

Jacob A.

Jessica G.

Yuvleen K.

Kristine K.

Sarah J.

Matthew P.

Arlee V.

Sara G.

Vivien E.

Rogan S.

Shana W.

JENISON

Sophie J.

Audrey K.

Emmerson W.

Nala P.

Phenix B.

Ximena N.

Breslin C.

Brynley C.

Rylan C.

Kevin C.

Eleni B.

Jack B.

Uriel B.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Jacob

Jacob has been a student at the Academy for about 2 years, and currently takes Piano and Violin from Ms. Alex. Outside of his music lessons, Jacob also enjoys speed cubing, card magic, math, and juggling. His favorite food is Mahi Mahi and some of his favorite musicians are Lang Lang, Julia Fischer, Sophie Oui Oui, Alex (his teacher), Vladamir Ashkenazy, and Vladamir Horrowitz. In school, Jacob’s favorite subject is math, and the coolest thing he has learned at the Academy is how to properly phrase music. If he were to give other music students one piece of advise it would be “if you are struggling to learn a piece/ song keep practicing and working hard and you will get through it”.

REFERRAL CONTEST

FALL REFERRAL CONTEST WINNER!

Congratulations to Academy parent Tonisha Jones for winning our FALL iPad Referral Drawing! Many thanks to all of the families for their referrals this past fall.

NEW WINTER REFERRAL CONTEST

Refer a new student to the Academy, between now and April 1, and you could win FOUR $50 FAMILY RESTAURANT GIFT CARDS (VALUE $200). Plus, for every new family you refer that registers, you’ll receive a $25 gift card to Target, Amazon, or DoorDash! Not to mention, they will too!

Drawing will be held on April 15

IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?

Grand Rapids Teachers | Jenison Teachers

PIANO

Bertram – 2 spots Tuesday & Friday

Betsy – 2 spots Monday & Saturday

Carol – SOLD OUT

Cathie – 2 spots Tuesday & Wednesday

Esther – 1 spot Thursday

Janet – 2 spots Tuesday & Saturday

Justin – 2 spots Thursday & Saturday

Joe – 1 spot Thursday

Keith – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday

Tracy – 2 spots Friday

Zach -2 spots Saturday

VOICE

Dani – 2 spots Tuesday

Harrison – 2 spots Wednesday

Kohl – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday

Rachel – 1 spot Wednesday

Tanya -2 spots Friday

VOICE |PIANO

Annie – SOLD OUT

Sandra – 2 spots Monday & Thursday

Sasha – 2 spots Tuesday

STRINGS

Bea – SOLD OUT

Alex – 2 spots Monday

Anne Marie – 2 spots Wednesday

Anna T – SOLD OUT

Kristina – 1 spot Monday

Marlae – SOLD OUT

Meredith – 2 spots Wednesday

Tina – SOLD OUT

GUITAR | UKULELE

David – 2 spots Tuesday

JD – SOLD OUT

Josh G. – 1 spot Monday

Mike – 2 spots Thursday

Mitch – 2 spots Monday & Tuesday

Patty – 2 spots Wednesday

Ryan -SOLD OUT