Forté Academy of the Arts - San Diego, CA
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September Group Make-up Lessons:
Saturdays: September 13th, and 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday: September 24th at 7:00 p.m.
DATES COMING SOON!
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How Do I Know If My Child is Ready for Lessons?
Every parent wants to be sure that their child is actually ready for private lessons, before embarking on the commitment of lessons. There are a few factors you should consider when determining if your student is ready for lessons:
1. Interest Level
While age guidelines are helpful, what is really important is if your child is the one asking for lessons. I started all 3 of my kids in piano quite young. One was not ready at age 6, so we waited another year. My younger two kids started at age 6 and loved it. We have had students as young as 3 1/2 do amazing and are still taking lessons here at Forté now. The majority of children start at ages 5-7. So you just never quite know what the "right" age, but if they are asking (or BEGGING), then it is time!
Forté's Student of the Month:
Lauren S. is the student of the month! She lives in San Marcos and attends San Elijo Elementary School. Her favorite artist is Owl City and her favorite song is Gold by Britt Nicole. Since she started piano lessons here at Forte, she has learned how to read music well. When she is not playing piano, Lauren enjoys surfing and playing soccer. Lauren has two cats named Safron and Max, a dog named Klaus, and a guinea pig named Mistletoe.
Welcome our new students who enrolled in August!
IS YOUR TEACHER SOLD OUT?
Marla Morrison is nearly SOLD OUT for piano/voice!
Monday SOLD OUT!
1 opening Tuesday 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday SOLD OUT!
1 opening Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
1 opening Friday at 5:45 p.m.
Saturday SOLD OUT!
1 opening Monday at 2:30 p.m.
1 opening Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
1 opening Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.
1 opening Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday SOLD OUT!
1 opening Friday at 6:00 p.m.
2 opening Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Did You Read Your Monthly Newsletter CONTEST!
*To increase readership of the FAA Newsletter, each month we’ll feature a new contest winner or a new contest. Be sure to read your newsletter each month to see if your name has been drawn or you might miss out!
*Sawyer has won $20 worth of in-store product for music lessons! To redeem your prize just come into the studio and pick out anything that's in stock. Congratulations and everyone be sure to read your newsletter each month!
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Ask about our
lesson time slots!
IN THIS ISSUE:
• Student of the Month!
• Did You Read Your Newsletter and Win $20.00?
• Welcome Our New Students!
• NEW REFERRAL CONTEST-WIN CASH TODAY!
• New Extended Hours!
• Check us out in this month's issue of the Community Guide, and the San Marcos Elementary Magazine!
• We are excited to be sponsoring five schools this month!
* I-Pad WINNER MONICA D!
* Report Card Award!
* Important Recital Date & Times
* Is YOUR teacher SOLD OUT?
Got news for the FAA Newsletter?
We welcome all submissions!
BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALS-
It's easy to take the next step! Lessons are first come, first serve, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson. (760) 622-6336
(Behind KFC on the corner of Rancho Santa Fe and Grand Ave. Just 1 mile West of Fry's Electronics)
Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, Vista, and North San Diego County, CA.
Check out the videos of some of our
teachers on Marla Morrison's You Tube Channel
for Forté Academy of the Arts!
Teens who have tried many activities and have discovered that music is their passion will often throw themselves into lessons, taking a 45 or 60 minute lesson per week. They will thrive on performance opportunities, like our winter and spring recital. It is not unusual for passionate middle-schoolers or high-schoolers to devote many hours to music because they really want to.
If your student is constantly playing music, making up songs, and looking up "how to play" on YouTube, they are definitely ready for lessons! Kids who have a natural affinity for music are drawn to it and that's how you know you have a musician on your hands!
2. Attention Span
Another guideline that I give to parents is asking about the student's attention span. Are they able to sit through a 30 minute lesson with a teacher? For younger students, the lesson is divided into six 5 minute segments. Our teachers are great with little ones. The lesson will vary in activities, from playing to talking to writing, but if the child is too bouncy to pay attention for that long, it is best to wait one more year!
Don't be discouraged if you have to "quit" lessons for a year or so. We see kids come back to lessons after a few months or even a few years off and then THRIVE because the extra time allowed them to grow and develop. Oftentimes the student comes back more motivated than ever and has a very successful experience!
Older students may take a break from lessons and decide they want to come back and try a different instrument. Let them! If you ask a musician, it is very common that they tried several instruments before they found their perfect match! I honestly believe every person is wired for a specific instrument. Learning styles and personality styles play into the attraction of a specific instrument. Only by trying will you discover the best fit for you! At Forte Academy of the Arts, you can switch instruments at any time. As students peek in the windows of the other studios, they are often inspired by what they see and hear other students playing!
3. Other activities
A very important factor to consider is how many other activities your child is involved in. If your student is at karate or dance 4 nights a week, plus daycare, plus chess club, plus theater, it could be too much to add music lessons, too! As parents, we want to give our child a taste of everything, but just like over-stuffing ourselves at a buffet, having tried too many things makes everyone want to push away from the table. Students who thrive in music lessons are involved in other activities, but they also have time for playing their instrument at home, discovering new songs, practicing, and enjoying playing (or singing). Most students practice around 30 minutes a day. Students who start school a little later in the morning may practice before school. Those with early school start times will practice after school or before bed. It's important to build in space for practice time, because that's the secret to successful music lessons!
In conclusion, if your student is asking (or begging) for lessons, has the attention to give to the teacher, and has space in their schedule, it's time to jump in! We do not have long-term contracts, you can change teachers or instruments if you are not happy, and with a 30 day notice, you can withdraw. Fall is the PERFECT time to try music lessons or come back again!
We created more studios for YOU! We also have brand new i-Pads, keyboards, pianos, rentals, and lesson books! During August and September, we divided rooms so we can have more students at the prime slots that you need! It was exciting, but crazy, and we are finishing JUST in time to start lessons again in fall!
We are so excited to be sponsoring the
following schools this month:
Marcos Elementary, Classical Academies of Vista, Oceanside, and
Escondido, and San Marcos High School Fall/Winter Sports Program! We love our
community of students!
OUR ANNUAL PICTURE DAY WAS A SLAM DUNK!
STUDENT REPORT CARD REWARD!
Show us your most recent report card: If you have all A's and B's, you get a $10 retail credit! You will also get AUTOMATICALLY entered into our bi-annual (every six month) contest to win a month of FREE lessons! We value excellent academic performance and want to help encourage EVERY student to work hard and to succeed in school!
Have questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 762-622-6336.
MONICA D. WON A FREE I-PAD from our SPRING REFERRAL CONTEST!
Do you want $64 (HALF OFF tuition) just for referring a friend? Read below to learn more!
It’s EASY! OUR NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM:
1) TELL A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER ABOUT US.
2) SEND US AN EMAIL (ADDRESS BELOW) SAYING YOU TOLD THEM ABOUT US.
3) WHEN THEY SIGN UP, WE WILL GIVE YOU $60 CASH or HALF OFF YOUR NEXT MONTH OF LESSONS!
It’s that SIMPLE!
It’s very easy to refer someone. Just send us an email at: email@example.com
Type in your name, their name and we’ll take care of the rest once they sign up!
There’s no maximum to the amount of cash that you can receive! You could pay for your ENTIRE MONTH of lessons if you have 2 friends/family that start lessons at Forté Academy!
** NEW FOR 2014:
The student you referred wins big too! Just for mentioning your name, the new student gets a $35 enrollment for FREE!