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Faculty Meeting Spring 2024

Meeting Minutes

ABRSM

  1. ABRSM Practical (In-Person) Exams will continue to be held at NSS (tentatively Late May/Early June)

  2. Performance (Recorded) Exam will continue and registration will be on a rolling basis 

  3. We recommend that students taking the ABRSM exams grades 1-3 be shifted back to the Practical Exam track, preparation: 3 pieces, scales, sight-reading, and aural training. However, decisions should be made on an individualized basis.

Recitals

  1. The Recital at Steinway Hall is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 @ 3:00 PM:

    • Selected students only, nominations will open soon​

  2. The Spring Recital Series will be held in the Scorca Hall at the Opera Center

    • Sunday, April 7 &

    • Sunday, April 14

    • All students are welcome and encouraged to participate, and sign-up will be open to you soon.

  3. The in-studio Recital Room is open for you to hold intimate recitals whenever available.

    • Keep in mind the limited capacities (Audience + Performers < 25) 

    • Check with our administrators for availability

Requests

  1. NSS plans to open for regular operations on Mondays starting in the Spring Semester of 2024. Please reach out to our administrators if you would be available to teach regularly on Mondays moving forward.

  2. Beginning: Please step into the waiting/reception area if a student is not at your door by the time their lesson is supposed to start

  3. Wrapping Up: Please actively engage parents at the end of each lesson when possible:

    • Words of encouragement, praise, or request for improvement, etc.​

    • Building a communicative relationship with parents, even if it is just to say hi (our administrative team can help!)

  4. Consistency and Punctuality:

    • Notify the administrative team as early as possible when taking days off so they can get a head-start on make-up/sub arrangements

    • Arrive 5-10 mins before the beginning of your first lesson so you have ample time to settle in

  5. Minimize interruption: planning ahead as to avoid leaving students in the classroom during lesson​​

  6. Spring Semester and Summer Session Availability: 

  7. Follow house-keeping items (Studio Rules)

Studio Rules

  1. Eating inside the studio is strictly prohibited (please utilize the break room)

  2. Avoid placing liquids of any sort on top of the piano. Students may drink only water inside the studio, and their water should be immediately put away and not be placed on or near the piano or other studio instruments

  3. Dispose liquids only in the bathroom sink or toilet, please do not pour liquid into the watercooler drip-tray, or throw anything containing liquids directly into the garbage can

  4. Help us prevent scratches and dents by not placing things with sharp edges directly on the piano's surface

  5. Avoid brushing eraser bits or other debris onto the piano keyboard / into the grand piano

  6. When sanitizing, spray and wet the cotton wipes and avoid spraying directly on the piano keyboard

  7. Log out of your account and shut down the Chromebooks properly

  8. Utilize studio phones for Online Lessons and Parents' remote participation

  9. Whenever possible, please encourage students/parents to purchase books and avoid making copies of lengthy pieces

  10. Notify our administrators whenever books are taken from the library/bookshelves

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