Musical Surprise Newsletter Jan-Feb 2015

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Students Perform at 1 Piano - 4 Hands Festival

Students Perform at 1 Piano – 4 Hands Festival

Several students from Ms. Robyn’s studio participated in a piano duet festival on January 29th. Students prepared a variety of pieces and began rehearsing with their partners at each other’s lessons the week before. Performances were held for residents of the Carillons in Sun City, and all the students did GREAT!

Performers who attended included: Aiden Lewis, Logan Lewis, Sarah Wilson, Ana Lujan, Lorrin Yang, Hannah Yang, Jacob Wilson, Wyatt Jaeger, Emma Byler, Kaitlin Byler, Angela Bravo, Kennedy Malone, Sydney Bradley, Lorrain Belen, and Angela Toale, as well as Michael Romero and Nicole Inocentes pictured above with Ms. Robyn.

Welcome to the following students who joined our studio in Nov-Dec:

Sydney A, Kaylee B, Taylor B, Danielle B, Michelle B, Kaeden B, Dave B, Richard B, Shirley C, Camilla C, Kieron C, Terry C, William C, Christian C, Rebecca C, Pat D, Kacey D, Katelynn E, Rylie E, James F, Andrew F, Hanna F, Kaleigh G, Valerie G, Joan H, Jim H, Duane H, Colby J, Richard J, Bobby L, Robert L, Sheila L, Jessi M, Pat M, Kannan M, Ryan N, Keira N, Kennedy O, Sebastian R, Jaxen R, Paige R, Tova S, Elisabeth S, Renee S, Angelica S, Gerald S, Austin T, Steve W, and Ruth W.

Are YOU ready to get started?

Student-of-the-Month Andrew CimpeanOur Student-of-the-Month is Andrew Cimpean!

Andrew has been in piano lessons for almost 3 years and studies with Ms. Cheryl. He is in the 2nd grade at Calibre Academy and enjoys playing piano for his church. He also plays violin and even helps his little brother practice piano too. Keep up the great work Andrew!

Our SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAM really rocked in January- don’t forget to join us the last Saturday of the month! All ages and levels are welcome, it’s LOTS of fun! By the way: Did you know that there is a secret message in this newsletter? Keep reading to find it!

Saturday Afternoon Jam - Musical Surprise

Save the Date!

3/14 Farmers Market, 9am-1pm
3/14 Drum Clinic, 3:30pm
3/15 West Valley Symphony Concert (free student tickets, ask Ms. Robyn!)
3/21 Piano Pop Workshop 4:00pm
3/23 Term 2 Classes start- SIGN UP NOW!
3/28 Saturday Afternoon Jam 4:00pm
4/11 Practice Workshop TBA
4/18 Concert in the Park @Kingswood Parke TBA
5/9 Formal Recital @Peoria Performing Arts Center TBA

Donna GiocomoTEACHER FEATURE: Donna Giocomo

Ms. Donna has been teaching piano and voice at Musical Surprise since July of 2012.

She was raised in Littleton, Colorado and began singing at age 5 and began taking piano lessons at age 8. She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1984 with a major in vocal performance and a minor in piano. She went back to college 8 years later to receive her music K-12 certification.

She has been a professional singer and pianist for more than 30 years. In addition to teaching private lessons, Ms. Donna is also the music director at a local church. Besides sharing her love of music with others, she also enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies and playing with her dogs.

Is YOUR teacher FULL?!?

Lisa Cannon- SOLD OUT: M, TH, F
Becky Carr- SOLD OUT: W, Sat
Andrew Devenport- SOLD OUT: T
Dennis Dorch- SOLD OUT: TH
Donna Giocomo- SOLD OUT: M, T, TH
Robyn Harris- SOLD OUT: M, T, W
Alexis Hernandez- SOLD OUT: T, TH
Lorena Hernandez- SOLD OUT: W
Todd Kruger- SOLD OUT: T, Sat
Luis Martinez- SOLD OUT: TH
Debra McCoy- SOLD OUT: M, T, F
Masato Tachi- SOLD OUT: T, TH
Vic Tims- SOLD OUT: T, TH
Debbie White- SOLD OUT: T

There’s an App for that!

We LOVE to use technology in our studio! If you’re looking for something to spice up your student’s practice time, check out some of our favorite music apps for iPad, iPod and iPhone:

Piano Maestro (FREE for our students! iPad only)
Rhythm Cat
Note Squish
The Most Addicting Sheep Game
Jelly Band
Flashnote Derby
Ultimate Guitar
Super Metronome
Notate Me
Loopy HD

Some final notes….

Volunteers needed to help prepare teaching materials, etc. Must be detail oriented, email if interested to

Do you have an old method book that you no longer need? We keep extras in our resource library (in case students forget a book!) and will GLADLY use it!

Please Do Not Bring Sick Students to Lessons! We now offer unlimited makeup classes, so help us keep our teachers and students safe & well be keeping sick kids at home- THANKS!

Secret Message: If you have read our newsletter, visit our Facebook page at, LIKE our page, and join our Newsletter event. We will randomly pick a winner who will receive a $20 gift certificate to our store if they comment correctly! Somebody will win- will it be you?

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