This morning I woke up with a call at 8:15am (yes I slept that late) with someone calling about the summer camp. They wanted to know how much it would cost. I managed to get my most awake sounding voice out and give a few details.
After working on the music for the training next week, I taught a music theory class at a local school (also setting a few reminders since this was not a regular day for the class)... Violins arrived for the camp and I also may have to order more. Luckily, Shar Music gave me a great deal as a string teacher... the only discrepancy was that one violin case had a cello bow inside! If you've wondered the differences: http://www.bsmny.org/exploring-music/features/iid/viola/viola2.php
It was exciting to get these violins, especially to have these nice instruments to rent in the fall to incoming students. The only thing--- set up! Each violin case needs rosin, a cleaning cloth, shoulder rest or sponge, needs to be tuned.. also: tapes need put on for the fingers and the 'high dot', bow tapes on and also the 'pinky carseat'. It took 3 hours to set up 7 instruments. Only 5 more tomorrow!
Also, I need to order: name tags, rosin, more cleaning cloths.. running out of pinky carseats and need more sponges! It would be nice to have this finished before I have to leave!
I found these fancy rosins that I think the students will love! They come in their own velvety bag, are made in Greece, and have a tree inside. They are only $1 more than the Super Sensitive brand and can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Melos-Light-Violin-Rosin-Small/dp/B00YSSQCB6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1498195508&sr=8-2&keywords=Melos+small+violin+rosin
Earlier today I remembered that I have a lesson tomorrow because I want to try and hone in my skills and not get rusty on violin..
Gave a fun lesson to a new student today and our dog Valo happened to be roaming the house and also sat, or really slept on the floor, during the entire hour lesson.... this was a first and a last as the students are allergic to cats but possibly it carried onto the dog! It was fun and inspiring for myself to teach someone that wasn't just a beginner on violin. I think it's important to have students of all levels.
And on a note of pure human error.. I must confess that I messed up my schedule today and should've double checked with a student before letting myself get confused. I miss my online calendar, and will be implementing this again to avoid any more error on my part. This is so unfortunate, but occasionally happens. And how I feel so sad that a new student had such a poor experience with me!
it is 1:15am and I thought I would share how exhausting today was even though it doesn't seem successful in and of itself.
I also worked on the music for next week for 2 hours after dinner and just felt a deep inner exhaustion. Valo is now sleeping under my feet, my cat by my side, and I'm watching the BBC murder mystery, Father Brown. My husband, who is overcoming his bout with food poisoning, is sleeping and still fighting weakness from traveling while being so sick!
Checked the Groupon today.. and 4 more camp spots were purchased! Progress. Also, the helper is lined up to help for the camp and I'm very excited to have someone that will be a good fit. https://www.groupon.com/biz/charlotte/queen-city-suzuki-violinwww.groupon.com/biz/charlotte/queen-city-suzuki-violin
I also bought a new monkey for the studio, definitely a plus for the day! We play a song in the pre-twinkle series called 'Monkey Song'. He is very soft and huggable.
This is more like a journal entry, but I felt it necessary to write to give a very unedited view into starting a studio, a summer camp, and trying to prepare for training!
Bed for me and hopefully less mistakes tomorrow!