Welcome to Spring! Just a quick note to let you know that students have settled well into the Monday time slot, and that Thursday 14 September is the last time I’ll be lecturing on the Gold Coast, so that time opens up weekly from the 21st.
As of now, I’m welcoming students to Mondays from 3pm, Tuesdays from 3pm, Wednesdays from 12pm and Thursdays from 3pm.
Please let me know if you’re interested in changing times, or if you want an earlier slot in the day, because I’m sure we can work something out!
Have a great Spring, and remember, holidays begin in 2 weeks. I’m hoping we can start the renovations to the teaching studio by then so that when I reopen in October the room will be complete. (Yes, you heard me. Finally.)
Just a note to let you know Mondays are now available for lessons from 3.00pm. Contact me to learn more!
There are a few timetable changes this term to consider. I’m tutoring at Griffith Uni on alternate Thursdays, beginning this week, and will need to swap students where possible for Wednesdays.
I’m also planning a couple of short trips to Melbourne (leaving this Friday), to care for my dad during his surgery and afterwards. Therefore I won’t be available next week. I am also heading to Melbourne on July 23 and staying until August 3, which is when I plan to take my “school holidays”.
Please check emails for relevant information, and have a look at the timetable page for the potential day changes, and contact me ASAP if you need to change your time.
2 great things to tell you about:
1/ I bought a brand new keyboard last week. It’s a Yamaha DGX-660 and it came with its very own sustain pedals. I’m in keyboard heaven. I haven’t worked out how to use it yet, so there’ll be a humorous learning curve as I work out where the transpose key sits.
2/ We’re fixing up the studio!!!!!! It shouldn’t take too long to do, and may be ready as early as July. I’m SO excited!
That’s all for now, folks. Keep an eye out for the new timetable and there are still a few time slots open, so let people know about my awesome singing teaching!
Remember when I said I was going to have the studio fixed up and ready to go by April? Yeah, that. Um. Ok, so the wall is still up and I STILL haven’t advertised the bed we foolishly bought for my step daughter which is taking up precious precious space in our little little house, but we ARE getting closer.
As you may have noticed, my sad old piano keyboard is fast reaching its use-by date, and I need to buy a new computer (why do these things always come in threes?!). But on the plus side, I’ve just called Hire-a-Hubby who will be coming to give me a quote this Friday on renovating the old studio (again).
Should that go ahead, we’ll definitely be able to move into the studio in Term 3. I’m frankly sick to death of dashing out to the printer and having to move my equipment in and out of the lounge room each teaching day. Not to mention the permanent state of my kitchen table as a study-and-office space at the moment!
Also in the news: Wednesdays are now up again as a weekly teaching day. If you wish to change your lesson day, check the timetable for your preferred day and get back to me!
Finally, a note on the progress of my dad, who has entirely curable stomach cancer. His operation is expected to take place in August some time. If that is the case, I’ve called my mum to see if she needs help during his convalescence, and I might head to Melbourne during that time, hence, I’m going to teach through the June/July school holidays for anyone who wants it.
Well, that’s all for now. I hope your year has been a good one thus far!
We’re nearly at the end of Term 1 already! Time flies when you’re having fun. Just to have fun for a little longer, please note that end-of-term dates have changed slightly to allow for some Melbourne Wedding Time.
Term 1 will now finish Thursday 6 April.
Term 2 will commence Wednesday 26 April.
Do let me know if you can’t attend lessons in that first week of April and I’ll see what I can do.
Best wishes to all,
Where has the year gone already?! All my students are now happily settled in their new time slots and I thank everyone for their patience as we organise teaching times around my uni tutoring schedule and the like. As indicated, I AM teaching every alternate week at Uni on Wednesdays, so those students who were able to shift to other days, I thank you! Wednesdays are now being reserved for casual visits and fortnightly students.
Thanks too for your patience as we plan the renovations of our house. I’m enjoying my lounge room to teach in – it’s surprisingly resonant and lovely there. However I AM looking forward to when we can return to the original room for lessons. I’ll keep you posted.
In sadder news, my father was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer, and while his long-term prognosis is very good, I’m going to be travelling back and forth to Melbourne on a regular basis to see my family, so I thank you in advance for your understanding there.
Have a great term everyone, and see you all in your lessons!
Well, week one is done and dusted. The studio welcomes newbies Ash, Kristie and Courtney, and I look forward to working with you all!
Triona says goodbye to us as she heads for Ballarat and Federation Uni. She was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Musical Theatre) there, and starts next week. We wish her well!
Clancy is looking mighty fine as he has worked hard to stay fit throughout this hot and steamy summer. He’s looking forward to starting at the Qld Con Bachelor of Musical Theatre in a few weeks.
There are still a few places available as the term begins. Please let other singers know that I am open for business!
See you all as we move into week 2.
Welcome to 2017 with Plainsong. I have had a glorious long summer break in cool and elegant Melbourne (and even cooler and more gorgeous Aireys Inlet) and am more than ready to get going again. I hope you are ready for new and exciting things coming your way!
As indicated in my last message to you all, my daughter Mara is planning to move out shortly (I HAD hoped it would be before January, oh well!), and we will be re-vamping the half-finished studio once she has gone. However, this will take a few weeks. Until then, I will be teaching in my lounge room, which will be a very pleasant and air-conditioned experience. Please be patient while we get the studio back up and running.
I’ve not heard about those possible lecturing opportunities this year, so I’m not sure what will happen yet, but rest assured I will give you plenty of notice should anything occur, and I’ll ensure a smooth transition between teaching days for those who may be affected.
As always, check the timetable page for your preferred time and day, and notify me ASAP. First in best dressed!
With best wishes for a great 2017 (notwithstanding THAT man as US President),