Hello dear, Fermata Community!
We are thrilled to share with you the Fermata Newsletter for the month of May, packed with useful information, music news, heads up for this year’s Summer Camps, and much much more… So grab a cuppa and indulge in the Fermata monthly newsletter. Happy Reading! But let’s start easy with a few dates:
FERMATA KEY DATES
PIANO MINI-RECITAL – Sunday, 14 May, 4.00 & 5.00 pm (see attached poster)
RIAM Exams (IN PERSON) – Friday, 19 May, Springfield Hotel, Leixlip
RIAM Exams(ONLINE) – FULL RECORDING received by Sunday, 28 May
PIANO MINI-RECITAL WITH FERMATA TEAM – LUCYNA
Get Ready to be dazzled by our Piano Mini-Concert featuring Talented Students from Lucyna’s Piano class?
We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Piano Mini-Concert, Tell Your Story Through The Music, showcasing the talents of our fantastic piano students from Lucyna’s Piano Class. Join us on Sunday, May 14th, at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm for an unforgettable experience of live music and musical stories.
At the mini-concert, you’ll witness our talented students perform as a final rehearsal before their in-person exams, providing an exclusive sneak peek of their musical prowess. This is the perfect opportunity for our students to showcase their hard work and progress while providing entertainment for all music lovers.
Don’t miss out on this chance to support our talented musicians while enjoying a delightful afternoon of music, tea, coffee, and cakes. Seating is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot today!
In-Person PIANO EXAM students! Stay in touch for your opportunity to play at the MINI-CONCERT on Sunday, 14 May. Piano students that are not attending lessons with Lucyna, please liaise directly with the school office to be included at the event (we have only 2 SLOTS free in GROUP B). We look forward to seeing you at our Piano Mini-Concert and sharing the joy of music with the Fermata Community!
Many will wonder, what about SUMMER RECITAL? Is it coming? What is the format and date? Yes, is the answer! This is all on our agenda, so stay tuned for more updates about it – more info will be published during May at the students portal and in the Fermata Social Media channels.
FERMATA MUSIC & CRAFT SUMMER CAMPS IN 2023 ARE BACK!
Prepare for an exciting summer of music and crafts at Fermata Music School! Our Music & Craft Summer Camps offer a unique opportunity for kids to learn new skills and make new friends in a fun and engaging environment.
From July 3rd to 7th, we’re offering our Music Summer Camp for just €169. This camp is perfect for kids who love music and want to learn more about playing an instrument, composing music, and performing in groups. Our experienced teachers will guide campers through various activities, including group lessons, rehearsals, and performances. By the end of the camp, campers will have gained valuable skills and confidence that they can use throughout their musical journey.
For kids who love arts and crafts, we offer our Craft Summer Camp from July 3rd to 6th for only €109. This camp is an excellent opportunity for kids to express their creativity and learn new skills through various craft projects. Our experienced instructors will provide guidance and support as campers explore different mediums and techniques to create their unique works of art.
And for those who want to focus on guitar, we’re offering our Guitar Summer Camp from July 17th to 20th for just €149. This camp is perfect for kids who want to learn to play guitar or improve their skills. Our experienced guitar teachers will guide campers through various activities, including individual lessons, group rehearsals, and performances. By the end of the camp, campers will have gained valuable skills and confidence that they can use to continue their musical journey.
New Summer Camps will be added as we go along, including more specialised instrumental camps (Acoustic Guitar Camp, Guitar Boot Camps, and Litte Music Roots camp – full list of activities this summer can be located just here:
Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun, make new friends, and learn new skills at Fermata Music School’s Music & Craft Summer Camps! Enrol your child today, and let the adventure begin.
LITTLE MUSIC ROOTS CLUB – AN EARLY MUSIC START FOR THE YOUNGEST GENERATION
Introducing the Fermata Little Music Roots Club, a perfect beginner’s music class for children aged 4-6. We believe starting music education early is important, and this club is a great opportunity for children to start their musical journey. For only €10, your child can attend this 45-minute class and begin their love for music.
The schedule for this club is designed to accommodate busy family schedules. Classes are held on Fridays at 4.00 pm and Saturdays at 9.45 am, allowing you to choose a time that works best for you and your child.
Our experienced teachers provide a fun and engaging environment for your child to learn the fundamentals of music. Through games, songs, and activities, your child will develop a foundation for music education that will serve them well in their future studies. Join us at Fermata Music School and help your child discover the joy of music with the Little Music Roots Club.
FERMATA MUSIC CLUBS – TRY OUR GROUP LESSONS SOLUTION TODAY!
Some already know this chapter, just as courtesy refresher about the great group classes that we have in Fermata School of Music offer. Our music clubs provide a fun and engaging way to learn music while building skills and confidence in a supportive group setting.
Our groups are small, with no more than eight students and typically no more than four instruments per group. This ensures plenty of individual attention and personalised feedback from our experienced instructors.
Attending group classes also provides many benefits, including learning from peers and collaborating with others, which can enhance motivation and learning outcomes. Group classes can also help students develop their social skills as they learn to work together, communicate, and problem-solve as a team.
Here’s the latest schedule for Fermata Music Clubs:
Fermata Guitar Club – Tuesdays at 15.45, 16.45, and 18.30
Fermata Rock Club – Thursdays at 16.45
Fermata Violin Club – Saturdays at 15.00 pm and Sundays at 12.00
Fermata Music Theory Club – Fridays at 16.45
We invite you to join one of our music clubs and experience the benefits of group learning firsthand! Fermata students attending any 1:1 lesson will receive an exclusive rate for any additional Music Club (€10/student). Regular Club Fees: €15/Rock, Guitar & Violin Clubs. MUSIC THEORY CLUB is €10.
TEACHER’S PLANNED ABSENCES IN MAY
In this little section we will inform about any PLANNED absence along Fermata Team during month of May (or any other relevant month). Many of our highly regarded educators keep continuing their professional development in order to provide the best experience to our lovely students. See below which teacher will be absent in the month of May.
ALAN GUERREIRO – GUITAR – ABSENT from Wed 17-May until Wed 30-May MAY 2023
Alan Guerreiro – our guitar teacher – will be ABSENT from 17-May until 30-May due to taking part in academic lectures in the Bach Guitar Academy (Akademie fur Tonkunst Darmstadt). In addition, Alan will take place in the Worlds biggest classical guitar festival in Koblenz. We wish Alan to bring back some great knowledge, new experiences and of course a trophy or two!
How will work this out? With this extended but PLANNED ABSENCE, Alan’s guitar students will have NO CLASSES SCHEDULED between 17-May and 30-May. We will be offering FLEXIBLE & COMPLEX solution to get all your MISSED CLASSED worked back to you. The process of replacement classes will start immediately. There will be NO GUITAR CLUBS during that time.
To cope with come missed classes Alan will be offering an EXTRA WEEK of classes in June, between 25th and 29th June. As always, you can approach Alan directly for more convenient dates/times to catch-up on missed time.
FERMATA PRACTICE TIPS FOR PIANO STUDENTS – GET YOUR PIANO KEYS RED HOT!
Start with warm-up exercises: Before practising your pieces, it’s essential to warm up your fingers and hands. Try playing some scales or arpeggios to get your fingers moving and ready for more challenging parts.
Practice slowly and gradually increase the speed: When learning a new piece, it’s essential to start practising it slowly and then gradually increase the speed. This will help you get the notes and rhythms right and avoid mistakes.
Break the piece into smaller sections: It can be overwhelming to try to practise an entire piece at once. Instead, break it into smaller sections and focus on one team at a time. Once you’ve mastered one area, move on to the next.
Remember, consistent practice is critical to improving your piano playing skills. Try to set aside a regular practice time each day and stick to it. With these practice tips, you’ll be well on mastering the piano.
FERMATA MUSIC NEWS – MAY
PMIC Competition: We are excited to announce that Fermata Music School will be participating in the 3dr edition of Premier Music International Competition this May. Please keep your fingers crossed for our talented students – Masha & Sophie, who will represent our VIOLIN and VOICE sections. Stay tuned for more details and how you can support our students in this exciting opportunity!
Music Fact: A study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology found that playing a musical instrument can enhance the cognitive skills of children and adolescents, including working memory, cognitive flexibility, and processing speed.
As we come to the end of another exciting month at Fermata Music School, we want to take a moment to thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to music education. We believe that music has the power to transform lives, and we are proud to be a part of your musical journey.
We hope that you have found this newsletter informative and engaging, and that you have learned something new about the world of music education. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for how we can continue to improve and provide the best possible experience for our students.
We have many exciting events and opportunities coming up in the next few months, and we can’t wait to share them with you. From our upcoming summer camps to our monthly practice challenges and group classes, there are so many ways to continue your musical education journey with us.
Once again, thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you soon at Fermata Music School.
Keep practising, and remember that music is not just an activity, it’s a way of life!
If we manage to keep you reading until this point, we are delighted! For some it’s great, for other not so great. Either way you now know exactly what YOU, part of Fermata Community can expect during month of May. :):)
Have a wonderful May, Fermata Community!