Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:
Heidi S. in Fort Worth, TX shared a story with us about meeting some very special students. Heidi wrote, “My students Emile and Stella are French but they live in Africa. I have been teaching their flute lessons via Skype from the US to Africa! So cool. But what else was fun is that they have relatives that live close to me (thus the reason they chose me as their teacher) and they visited this summer. I got to meet them in person and have lessons in person which was sooo much fun. They are back in Africa now and will end up back in France.” Thanks for sending in your story, Heidi! It’s amazing to see how music brings people together all over the world!
Layla M. in Reston, VA, wrote, “I am so proud of my violin student Kimi for landing 2nd chair in her orchestra seating test! Dedicated to her instrument, she demonstrates that hard work and efficient practice lead to great intonation, rhythm and tone!” Way to go, Kimi!!
John P. in Frisco, TX, wrote, “Yesterday my Acting student LP, made some huge leaps forward in her work. One of the exercises is called Knock at the Door. The purpose (in a nutshell) is to teach the concept of motivation and how it is the Actors responsibility to ALWAYS have a motivation for everything she does, certainly for beginning a scene or entering a room. In the Technique, the student only has to prepare a reason, that is clear and real to her which will (hopefully) propel her to behave a certain way and do specific things because she needs something. LP not only embraced the exercise but also showed incredible emotional flexibility that allowed her to ‘discover’ new things and be surprised ( some people take years to learn how to just be surprised on stage) and keep fighting for her needs in a truthful and beautifully organic way. When I asked her to change the motivation for the second round, she showed even greater fluidity in her faith in ‘the moment’ and ability to let herself be truly present ‘in the moment’.the ‘scene’ was interesting and engaging in a way that only comes from commitment and faith. It is such a thrill to see this especially early in the work. Because it shows an instinct that actors must possess to continue to grow and express themselves fully.” Keep up the good work, LP! You’re well on your way to great things!
Andrew Y. in Wichita, KS, wrote, “Want to give a shout out to Micah, Avery & another student who has been looking ahead in their brand new Piano Adventures Book level B. Each time I show up, they have taught themselves new concepts & songs we haven’t got to. So proud of their hard work. Excellent job. Plus another student has graduated from her first piano book this week. The student has been working so hard to get to the end. I’m so proud of the accomplishments. The student really likes the new book. Keep going. You’re doing great!”
Emily B. in Saint Paul, MN, wrote, “A big shout out to my student Austin who just booked his first role in a film! All your hard work is certainly paying off and they are lucky to have you!” Break a leg, Austin!
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