You’re invited to a Winter Coffeehouse! I’m pleased to announce on Saturday January 28, I will be hosting what I hope will become my first annual Winter Coffeehouse. It will be a chance for the students to come together, hang out, and perform for each other in a relaxed setting. The only way to become more comfortable performing is to practice it as often as you can, and what better way to do it than with friends?
The Coffeehouse will take place at “the school” where I teach on Saturdays. Don’t know where that is? Once you RSVP yes, I will let you know! Any student who has been playing for more than a year is invited to prepare one song to perform. Been playing for more than a year but don’t want to perform? No pressure! Have only been playing a few months and you want to give it a try? Be my guest! The most important thing is to have fun. If you would rather read or recite a poem, that is fine, too! I will have books for you to choose a poem from. Finally, if a student wants to come just to be a supportive audience member that is fine, too (but maybe, parents, bring their music just in case they change their mind!). While I encourage all students to perform, forcing them before they feel comfortable to do so is a recipe for a bad experience – and who wants that?!
For refreshments, I ask that all families bring 1-2 dozen cookies or another kind of small treat. Home baked or store bought is fine. I will prepare the space and provide coffee and hot chocolate. You are free to chat in the room where the refreshments will be set up (not super loud though!), but the performance space will be in a quiet room out of respect for the players – only whispers or no talking at all!
Parents are welcome to stay and observe the performance, chat with other parents, or drop your children off (as long as you are back to pick them up at 8!). There will be enough parental supervision plus I will have a few of my older students on hand to keep an eye on the kids.
Finally, our snow date is the following Saturday, February 4, 6:30 – 8:00, so keep that date open just in case!