Important Dates

  • Saturday, April 16 – Robert M Sides Piano Showcase
  • April 26/27/28 – STUDIO CLOSED (1 of 4 for 2016)
  • Friday, May 27 – Piano Guild Auditions

We have one participant in our Piano Showcase – Robert has applied for Level 2.  This is their 25th Anniversary and I would highly recommend visiting that day to check it out.  You are welcome to watch and see if it’s something you would be interested in participating in next year.  Here is the location (more information as it comes in):

Elmira College
Peterson Chapel in Cowles Hall
1 Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901

We have seven Piano Guild participants:  Emma, Caroline, Grace, Hannah, Robert, Meriah & Alyssa.  Auditions will be held on Friday, May 27 at the Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY – 155 Cedar St.  I will give more information as it becomes available.

We’ll be ramping up for both events in the upcoming weeks. It’s going to be fun!!

Practicing Contest!

Practicting ContestHello Everyone!  Announcing our new practicing contest that will begin at your lesson THIS week.


1. For every day that you practice 20 minutes or more you will pick one bead to add to your studio ribbon.

2.  You  must complete a chart each week and it MUST be initialed by a parent before your lesson.

3.  Contest will end when the first student receives 30 beads.  To be fair – everyone else THAT WEEK that accomplishes the task will be included among the winners.

4.  It is hoped that many will practice at least 30 of the 40 or so days leading up to our big recital, so the prize will likely be announced at the show.

Now – GET PRACTICING!  And don’t forget to include your parents:  THEY MUST INITIAL your sheet EACH WEEK.   A copy of the final practicing sheets will be emailed to your parents when the contest ends.  ENJOY your playing – you are all amazing!

My First Piano Adventure

Robert M Sides at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads, NY hosted a clinic today featuring the following regarding “My Piano Adventures” arranged by the Faber Institute.

Explore the world of a 5 to 6 year-old, where fun motivates play, and play is the child’s magic formula for learning. Through songs, games, and engaging pedagogy for the young beginner, the My First Piano Adventure® course shapes the small hand for good piano technique, builds rhythm skill, and develops especially strong music readers.

We also learned about the new Piano Adventures® Player app!  This app is going to be aMAzing!  I can’t wait to use it.

Veena Kulkarni, Faber Piano Adventures Workshop
Veena Kulkarni, Faber Piano Adventures Workshop

Save the Dates!

  • Makeup Class* – Monday, October 5 – 4:00 p.m.
  • STUDIO CLOSED – October 13/14/15 (2 of 4 for 2015)
  • STUDIO CLOSED – October 20/21/22 (3 of 4 for 2015)
  • Makeup Class* – Monday, November 16 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Makeup/Performance Class* – Monday, December 14 – 4:00 p.m.
  • STUDIO CLOSED – December 29/30/31 (4 of 4 for 2015)
  • Makeup/Performance Class* – Monday, January 11 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Our 24th Annual Recital – Saturday, January 16, 2016

*Make-Up Lessons

It is our policy to close the studio four weeks during the year, with notice, and these closings are not paid for by the student and will not be rescheduled or made up. Make-up Classes may be scheduled occasionally due to inclement weather and/or upcoming events. Any student may attend. These group lessons will be one hour in length and will be spent working together on theory, rhythm skills, ensemble playing, as well as performance training. Other topics will be covered, depending on the needs of the group as a whole.


Piano Guild Auditions

2015 Guild ParticipantsToday eight students performed at the Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY before an adjudicator from the American College of Musicians for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians. All did very well with scores ranging from Excellent to Superior Minus. Great job, everyone!!

For more information, please visit our 2015 Guild page.