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Iowa City&Coralville
  
  ELECTRONIC CONCERTS
  
 West Music, Coralville
  
 Sunday, October 22nd  
 Ashley’s Students
  1:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm
 Zach’s Students
  2:30 pm & 3:30 pm 
 
 Saturday, October 28th
 Tina’s Students
  5:00 pm, 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm
  
 Sunday, October 29th
 Nancy’s Students
  2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm                                                  


    We would love to have you wear your Halloween costume at the Electronic Concerts.
    
     
 MAKE-UP DAYS
 Friday, Oct 6th & Mon, October 9th  
  
  The Iowa City public schools have no school on Friday October 6th and Monday, October 9th.  Our teachers use the morning and early afternoon to do make-up lessons.  Contact your teacher if you have missed a lesson and need a make-up.   Regular lessons will be taught on Friday and Monday.


  IMTA PIANO FESTIVAL
   Sunday, November 12th    
    
    The annual IMTA Piano Festival will be held on Sunday, November 12th  at West Music, Coralville.  This is a non-competitive event.  Students work with one of our IMTA certified master teachers in a mini-lesson setting.
    The Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Centers will have about 30 students participating.  
    The Nancy Cree program participates in three student evaluation events.  The IMTA Festival, the IMTA Piano Auditions held in February, and our own Nancy Cree Piano Festival and Trophy Contest, held in April.
    The IMTA Auditions are the most competitive.  Teachers consult with the students (and parents) they think might be a good fit with this more competitive atmosphere.
    Our Nancy Cree Trophy Contest is a long term achievement program.  Students work for an overall rating on the performance of two memorized pieces and build points year after year for different levels of trophies.  The Festival part of our event is totally non-competitive.  The judges give ratings in four different musical areas and give written critique of the student’s performance. 
    
  
THANKSGIVING BREAK 
   November 20th - November 25th
     
    There will be NO LESSONS taught from Monday, November 20th through Saturday, November 25th. Regular lessons will resume on Monday, November 27th. 


 
 BILLING   INFORMATION 
  
  In our lesson program, current ten month students pay $10.00 per month more than our twelve month students.  This ensures the student’s placement in our fall schedules.  Families with more than one student enrolled in lessons pay $4.00 per student, per month, less than the single student rate. 
  Students who have been with us longer often pay a lower rate than those who have started lessons more recently, filling ever fewer time slots.  It is our policy to make a raise in August, each year, for those who have been with us more than 2 years, and are not at their teacher’s current rate for new students.  Rate increases will also reflect changes in 12 month or 10 month and family or individual student status.  We have had to make larger than usual increases in lesson rates this year, especially for families who have been with us for more than 5 years, due to substantial increases in our overhead costs over the last few years. 
  If you have any questions, please email Tina at West Music, tchapman@westmusic.com, or Nancy at 345-3085.  


 
 
 

                   CONTACTING TEACHERS

      When contacting your teacher please use the e-mails and voicemail numbers below.
 
TINA – tchapman@westmusic.com        VM # 1394
ASHLEY – aheffernen@westmusic.com  VM # 1393   
NATALIE– nlandowski@westmusic.com  VM # 1435
NANCY – nancy@nancycree.com            PH  # 354-3085  

 



  MarionNewsNotes
  
 ALL ELECTRONIC CONCERTS
 West Music, Marion
  
 Sunday, October 29th
  2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 pm
 Remember to wear your Halloween costume 
at the Electronic Concert.
                                 
    
 CEDAR RAPIDS MAKE-UP DAYS
         Monday, October 2nd
   Monday, October 30th


    LINN-MAR MAKE-UP DAYS
 Thursday, October 26th
       Monday, October 30th
         
Allison will use the morning and early afternoon to do make-up lessons. Contact Allison if you need to schedule a make-up lesson. 
    
   PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA at
   U of I School of Music
    West Music, U of I School of Music, Yamaha and Steinway presents the Piano Extravaganza at the U of I School of Music on October 8th, 13th & 14th.
    Sunday, October 8th
    1:30 pm – Piano Recital by U of I Faculty
     At the Old Capitol Senate Chambers.
    Friday, October 13th
    7:30 pm – Coast-to-Coast Live Performance at the U of I Recital Hall, utilizing the latest technology in the Yamaha Disklavier.
    Saturday, October 14th
    7:30 pm – Formal/Advanced Student Recital at the School of Music Concert Hall.
     
    
     
       
THANKSGIVING BREAK 
   November 20th - November 25th
     
    There will be NO LESSONS taught from Monday, November 20th through Saturday, November 25th. Regular lessons will resume on Monday, November 27th.
    
    
      IMTA PIANO FESTIVAL
   Saturday, December 2nd
     
    The annual IMTA Piano Festival will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at West Music in Marion.   This is a non-competitive event.  Students work with one of our IMTA certified master teachers in a mini-lesson setting.
    The Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Centers will have about 6 students participating.  Saturday teaching schedules may be disrupted.  Your teacher will consult with you if your Saturday lesson will have to be rearranged.
    The Nancy Cree program participates in three student evaluation events.  The IMTA Festival, the IMTA Piano Auditions held in January, and our own Nancy Cree Piano Festival and Trophy Contest, held in April.
    The IMTA Auditions are the most competitive.  Teachers consult with the students (and parents) they think might be a good fit with this more competitive atmosphere.
    
 HOLIDAY SHOWCASE
 New Bo Market
 Sunday, December 17th
 12:00 am – 3:00 pm
  
  Our Holiday Showcase performances will be held on Sunday, December 17th at the New Bo Market, located at 1100 3rd St. SE, downtown Cedar Rapids. This is an opportunity for our students to share their holiday music with the shoppers.


 
 WINTER BREAK
 December 25th through January 6th
 
 LESSONS RESUME ON
 January 8th
  



 
  
  
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