Dear Students and Parents,
We are excited to resume in person lessons effective May 18th!
Here's what I know:
1. You will continue to have the option to have your lessons online. It is your choice as to when you resume in person lessons with us, once we reopen for in person lessons. Online lessons will be available indefinitely, and are also a perfect option for students who may go out of town for an extended period in the summer.
2. We are reopening for in person lessons on May 18th. I will be at the school to teach lessons if you choose to come to us OR if you prefer to Zoom in. Either way your lesson will occur at your scheduled day and time.
3. We are following the CDC guidelines to keep students and parents safe and here's what they are:
• We ask that every student upon arrival wash their hands and put on a mask.
• We have complimentary disposable masks. If you would like one, just ask. These are FREE for our students to use during the lesson, but you have to be a current student to receive one.
• We have (and have always had) plenty of hand sanitizer available for use before each class.
• We have complimentary disposable gloves if you would like one. These are FREE for our students to use.
• We ask that for now you do not wait in the waiting areas, but that you wait in your vehicle while your child's lesson is being held. What's really cool is you can ZOOM into the lesson with your phone if you wish and watch every minute from your vehicle. If you arrive early, please text me to let me know that you are here, and I will walk out in the front and wave to let you know when we are ready. Then, I will meet you at the door to escort your child inside.
• Please keep 6 feet of distance from all other people. Since we own our facilities and designed each one specifically for our use, we have measured each room and each one can accommodate six feet of social distance. Class size has been temporarily reduced to a maximum of 4 students to facilitate social distancing. Students will be spaced one at every other keyboard.
• We (as we always have), are cleaning the studio multiple times a day, and wiping all keyboards before every class.
• Additionally we are deep cleaning the school weekly.
We are currently preparing for a big performance in August at a really cool venue (more info soon!) The recital is optional but highly encouraged. Let's get that practice going!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with your in person lessons, online lessons or anything else.
We cannot wait to see you in person at your next lesson!
Thank YOU for being a part of Joy Academy of Music!
Stuck At Home?! Cabin Fever?! Activities Cancelled?!
We are SO excited to announce our NEW and FREE "Cabin Fever Busters" for our current students at the Joy Academy of Music.
Read on below!
As a bonus to our musical community, we're offering all currently enrolled Joy Academy of Music students FREE virtual bonus classes to help with afternoon boredom ranging from toddler music classes, to guitar clinics, drum circles you name it!
We kick off tomorrow with our first free sessions for you and your family to enjoy to break the cabin fever.
It's easy to participate. Join the "Cabin Fever Busters" secret and closed Facebook group by tapping on the link in the text I sent.
Got questions? We're here to help!
Call or Text: 210-268-8373
Email Us: info@JoyAcademyofMusic.com
Request More Info:
Online lessons will be at the normal day and time. All you have to do is install the Zoom app on your phone and on the computer or iPad you are using for Piano Marvel, then click on the link below 5 minutes before your lesson to join the waiting room. Mr. McAnelly will automatically invite you to class when it's time. It's that simple! Here is the link you will use every week for lessons:
Here are the download links to install the Zoom app on your phone (Android or iPhone), and computer (PC or Mac) or iPad:
iPHONE & iPAD:
If you have any questions, text me at (210)268-8373 -- See you soon!!!
Are your kids driving you crazy, climbing the walls and getting into trouble?
(Actual footage of a cord Walter ate because he was stir-crazy!)
Even your kid’s screens (TV, iPad, XBox) will get boring after a few weeks. Let us help give you and/or your kids some normalcy and consistency in this crazy time. Something POSITIVE to focus on and to PROGRESS with!
We are now setting up ONLINE ZOOM LESSONS that you can take from the privacy and security of your own home. ALL YOU NEED IS A CELLPHONE (or ANY extra desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or anything that can access the internet).
We have TONS of FUN things planned to keep everybody busy and out of trouble, not just once a week at the lesson, but to work on throughout the week (learning, games, weekly challenges and just plain silly stuff!). Let us help you engage your kids and give them a sense of COMMUNITY to help you through this difficult time.
Here are some examples of what online lessons look like:
If you are interested in online zoom lessons, COME TO CLASS THIS WEEK AND BRING A CELLPHONE that you can use for the lessons so I can get you all setup and ready to go! IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THE LESSON THIS WEEK, JUST CALL OR TEXT ME AND I WILL STEP YOU THROUGH THE SETUP OVER THE PHONE.
See you soon!
Dear Students and Parents,
Just a quick heads up that we ARE resuming classes and make up lessons this week. Understandably many of you are concerned about the Coronavirus, so here is an important update. Because I care about my students’ health as well as their musical skills, WE ARE NOW OFFERING OPTIONAL ONLINE MUSIC CLASSES VIA ZOOM. We will be meeting for class this week at the studio at the usual time for a normal lesson, and also to help everyone get setup on this free, awesome and easy to use platform. As most of my school age students are not in school this week, this is the perfect time in the midst of the chaos to give everyone some normalcy, fun, and something to do so they don’t climb the walls! 😉 The good news is that because many of you are using Piano Marvel, you already have all you need to make this work (and for those of you who aren’t, don’t worry—setup is easy!). The technology is such that online lessons will be exciting, fun AND productive! AT THIS POINT ONLINE LESSONS ARE OPTIONAL, AS NORMAL CLASSES WILL CONTINUE THIS WEEK AT THE USUAL DAY AND TIME. Rest assured, we are taking every precaution the CDC advises to make sure that the studio is a healthy and safe environment. Everybody will be met at the door with hand sanitizer and Clorox Wipes, all keyboards, doorknobs, and commonly used items will be cleaned before and during every class, and plenty of soap and water will be on hand as needed. If you are having any flu symptoms, stay home until you are better (and be sure to take advantage of our ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS and MAKE UPS). I will send another message to everyone about what to bring with you to the lesson this week (ie: iPad, tablet, laptop, phone, etc.) so everyone can get setup for online lessons if needed. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND LESSONS THIS WEEK, LET ME KNOW AND I WILL SEND INFO AND HELP YOU GET ALL SETUP FOR ONLINE LESSONS FROM HOME. As an added incentive, we are starting to choose songs for an upcoming performance in late May or early June (well after all this has passed). This is an adventure and we are all in this together, but we CAN keep our skills up, keep the music flowing and our students happy. We are so grateful that we can do lessons online! If you have any questions, feel free to text me. See you soon!
The 2019 Christmas Music Videos are now online! Click the link below and like/follow the Joy Academy of Music Facebook Page to be notified of new postings (more coming soon!)--Enjoy!
We are having a professional photographer come to the studio this Sunday, December 15th at 3:30pm for a free Picture Day! Come in nice clothes (Holiday or otherwise) and get a posed picture taken in front of the piano. Participants will be in the next J.A.M. Newsletter, Facebook, and possibly on the website! You will also get a free copy of your photos--hope to see you there!
To keep the "Joy" in Joy Academy of Music, we are having a very fun and very unique Haunted House Party at the studio on Thursday, October 31st! We are building a giant maze in the front yard and porch with lots of scary remote-controlled props (some of them I built myself) that will be run by the students! No gore, all family-friendly, just some good old-fashioned suspenseful fun. Please stop by (in costume or not) and bring family and friends for fun and candy. Adults and big kids come too--jump in and help us to scare the neighborhood! Younger kids or anyone who does not want to go in the haunted house can come on the side for free candy. Stop in anytime between 6:30pm to 9:30pm (as soon as trick-or-treaters start coming). I will also have a keyboard setup outside for some of my students who have learned spooky Halloween-esque songs, so they can provide musical atmosphere! As it will take most of the day (and most of this week) to build the maze and setup the props, there will be no class on Thursday, October 31st--Hope to see you there!
Joy Academy of Music is having a Spring Performance to showcase all of the students' hard work and talent at 3:30pm and 5:00pm on Saturday, June 8th at San Pedro Presbyterian Church (14900 San Pedro; see below for directions). Bring family and friends and enjoy some great live music in many different styles! Dress is casual. PLEASE SHOW UP 15 MINUTES EARLY AND BE SURE TO BRING PAPER MUSIC FOR THE SONG YOU ARE PERFORMING. Even if you are not performing this time around, come on out and hear some new songs to get inspired! We will be in the big main octagonal building in the "Fellowship Hall". Park anywhere that isn't covered parking (because that belongs to the office complex next door).
Each Spring I often get asked these questions:
Q: “How do lessons work in the summer?”
A: The Academy is open year round, and we do not close during the summer. Lessons in the summer will be on the same day and time as they were during the year. If you definitely need a different lesson day or time for the summer, text me and we will find a slot that works.
Q: “Do a lot of students quit during the summer?”
A: Summer is one of our peak sign up periods! For the past 5 years we have actually grown in enrollment during the summer (4 students just signed up this week!). Some students withdraw but we get an influx of students looking to secure a teacher before the Fall.
Q: “If we withdraw for the summer, can we keep our spot for Fall?”
A: Lessons are first come first serve, so if you withdraw for the summer, we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot for you in the Fall, as we will open the spot to new students. Also, if you quit, you have to pay the registration fee to sign up again! (It takes a long time to deactivate your autopay and your Piano Marvel account, so I have to charge a fee to reinstate your accounts).
The big question for all students and parents to consider is:
DO YOU WANT TO STAY WITH THE SAME TEACHER IN THE FALL?
If the answer is YES there are 2 ways to do this:
1. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SUMMER MAKE UP LESSONS
We realize that some of you will go on vacation for a portion of the summer. By signing up for the summer make ups, you can make up your lessons and keep the same spot for Fall. (3:30pm to 6:30pm and Saturday lessons times, especially, are the most in demand and will disappear quickly!)
It’s easy, if you ever want a make up lesson, just text me! The make up schedule listed below is PERMANENT and can be taken on almost any week this summer! Sign up anytime during the summer! If the make up days/times don’t work for your schedule, let me know.
2. SUB LEASE YOUR SPOT TO FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND
You can send a family member or friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let me know who is coming in your place and when. Make sure they reimburse you directly for the lessons.
If you are taking summer lessons and need a specific time for Fall, please contact me around late July and I will do my best to accommodate you.
I love teaching all my seasoned veteran students, but I have to be fair to everyone with a first come first serve policy.
DON’T LOSE YOUR SPOT AND YOUR PROGRESS — KEEP THOSE LESSONS GOING!
PERMANENT SUMMER MAKE UP SLOTS
The latest make up lesson openings for the summer are here! Make ups are UNLIMITED & good for almost any week, so just tell me the date/day/time and I will reserve it for you! Here are the makeup slots available (please note if they are ONLINE Zoom lessons or IN PERSON lessons at the studio):
MAKE UP LESSON OPENINGS
4:20pm (4 IN PERSON slots)
5:00pm (2 ONLINE slots)
5:40pm (1 ONLINE slot)
6:20pm (1 IN PERSON slot)
2:40pm (2 IN PERSON slots)
3:20pm (1 ONLINE slot)
4:00pm (1 ONLINE slot)
4:40pm (1 ONLINE slot)
7:40pm (2 ONLINE slots)
4:20pm (2 IN PERSON slots)
5:40pm (1 ONLINE slot)
12:40pm (1 ONLINE slot)
1:20pm (2 ONLINE slots)
2:00pm (3 IN PERSON slots)
Let me know which day/date/time you want and I will reserve it for you—see you soon!