Summer Progress

Things are moving along with the Summer Challenge. This is the first year that I’ve done it and I love seeing how hard a lot of kids are working when they may not have necessarily done so in previous summers. It has created a motivation that helps them choose to play for an extra 15 minutes some days or to go on to the next song in the book. I have also watched students focus change while working very hard on memorizing.  I have seen this from 1st graders to high schoolers. Ask your kiddo how their progress is coming and where they are on the curtain which shows their progress.

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I use a lot of forms of communication about classes and lessons. Texting me is your best bet for a quick response. To look for pictures and videos, look on Facebook. (and feel free to share any and all with me)  The schedule should always be available on the website.

Facebook: Hillary’s Music



Phone: 814 229 0821


I use Remind101 for all the important stuff!  Cancellations, schedule information, field trips, parties, etc. are all communicated in the Everyone group.  Then, if you are part of a group class, please join that group in addition to the Everyone group. You can opt to get emails and/or texts.  Keep weather related information in mind as to how you want to be alerted.





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Summer Challenge

This summer I am adding a new program for private students:  The Summer Challenge. Each student will choose a task that they would like to accomplish by summer’s end. The reward will be a game party at Michelle’s (gelato or drink included!)  They also can complete more than one challenge to earn extra treats at Michelle’s!

We will write the task on a contract that will be on display starting at the base of the curtain in the music room. As each student progresses, it will move towards the ceiling. Only students who make it to the top will be invited to the Michelle’s party.

The tasks (so far) include: completing a lesson book, completing a certain amount of measures, memorizing 5 songs, a set of either 12 or 24 scales, theory challenges, etc.  I will work with each student to determine a challenging task that is not beyond their ability. Completing a challenging song will not be one of the tasks. That is something that happens for performances, and I would like this challenge to push students in a direction they don’t already go in.  But, I am open to new ideas, feel free to share!

So, discuss some ideas with your child and we will starting posting contracts in the next few weeks!


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Summer Requests

If you didn’t pick up a form at the recital, here is a link to the PDF.  summer requests

Feel free to fill it out and submit it via email ( )  or drop it off in the music room.  And don’t forget to get your summer discount! Pay online at

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I have taught private lessons in piano, guitar, violin, cello, bass, banjo, voice and ukulele for years.  I would also go out and teach in classrooms with students from preschool age up to junior high,  A few years ago I expanded my music studio to allow for weekly group classes.  The program has grown and become a wonderful and rewarding part of our music school.  Some students take a private lesson in one instrument and then use a group class to work on a second (or third, or fourth) instrument!  Some students started group classes while they were on the waiting list for private lessons, but have come to love the group learning experience.  I am happy to announce a new class starting this summer, “Teen Jam Band”  This group will be similar to the adult version in which we pick favorite, challenging, interesting songs and learn them.  We use music theory to understand those songs.  We also use theory to jam and improv.  This will be open to students with varying levels of experience, so please talk to me if you are interested ( I will also being seeking out students who would benefit from this style of learning environment)


Use your summer to learn something new!


Here are the summer group class options:

Orchestra, Mondays 7:30-8::30

Guitar, Tuesdays 6-7

Adult Jam Band, Wednesdays 9-10am

Kids Chorus, Wednesdays 6-6:45

Teen Jam Band, Thursdays 6-7

register here:

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Holiday Performances

Students have been working hard on holiday music to prepare to entertain the community!  I love to go to local nursing homes to share this joy.  Solo students are invited to perform at Highland Oaks (WRC) at 10am on Dec. 16th, then we will move on to Jefferson Manor in Brookville at 2pm where all of the group classes will join us!

I understand that this is a crazy month to add anything to your schedule.  So, please don’t worry if you or your student can’t make it.  If you need me to transport you kiddo to, from, in between, anything, I am happy to!

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Prepping for the ALF Parade

I am so excited that, for the first time, we will be in the ALF Parade on Saturday, October 7.  The group classes have opportunities to perform both on the float and while walking.  All private students are invited to walk, throw candy, and have fun!  This includes adults too! (Come on, grown ups, you know you want to practice waving at your adoring crowd)

I will try to coordinate our placement so as not to interfere with the many other floats and activities students will be walking with. So, please send me a message with that information and I will attempt to devise the best place and then ask the chamber to help us out.

If you are interested in helping to decorate and/or donating candy, please let me know!

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Ukulele Workshop

Did you get a ukulele on vacation this summer?  Did you know that you can learn to play some basic ukulele in just a few hours?  Well, guess what, you can!  On Saturday, August 26th at 6pm you can bring a ukulele (or rent one for $10) and spend a few hours learning to strum poolside.  We will also have snacks to keep your energy going, so make a night of it, bring a friend, and learn something new!

The workshop is only $25, and spots are very limited, so sign up today!

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Time for fall scheduling!

Forms for fall scheduling are available in the music room.  Fill it out as soon as you can, since scheduling is on a first come, first-served basis.  I try to make it work for everyone, so give me a few options to work with and I will do my best!

Also, the early bird prices are available until Friday, July 28th.  Cash, check or online payment are all welcome. Online payments here:

Please make sure you are on Remind101 for more information:

and if you are in a group class, there is a separate group for you, let me know if you need your link!

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We are almost ready to make a recording studio!

The Kickstarter campaign is in it’s last few hours.  We have raised more than the minimum goal of $1000 to make a recording studio at Hillary’s Music!  This will be free to all students to use, learn and share from.  It feels wonderful to have the support from the community who understands that we are moving forward in a unique way that will help motivate and teach students of all ages.

It is not too late to be a part of this project.  There are rewards starting at only $25, but you can also donate a smaller amount which will help in adding more than the bare minimum equipment, help to upgrade the hardware, and put more into the scholarship fund.  Thanks for joining in!

click the “K” in the upper left hand corner to go to Kickstarter!

Want to donate in person? Send me a message with your pledge amount so that I can add it to the total, and drop it off or mail it anytime this week! (63 N 3rd Ave Clarion, PA 16214)

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