Minnesota School Of Music - November 2018


with each other while watching some family holiday favorites, like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or the Thanksgiving comedy-drama “Pieces of April.” HOME-COOKED FOOD When autumn rolls around, pie and warm cider may be high on your list of tasty treats you’re eagerly anticipating. This fall, encourage your family to take part in making annual goodies and sharing them with your neighbors. Nothing warms the heart more than receiving a loaf of freshly baked pumpkin bread during these increasingly cold days. KNITTED SCARVES If you’re handy with knitting needles, now is the season to put them to work. Hand- knitted scarves are great gifts to give throughout the fall and winter, and you can also make it a family activity! Take some time to teach your kids how to knit and crochet to create scarves of their very own.

the brisk weather. If you have a fire pit in your backyard, now is the perfect time to take advantage of it by bundling up with some hot chocolate and s’mores. AUTUMN ARRANGEMENTS It’s time to get crafty! Creating your own fall arrangements will ensure that your home has the seasonal decorations you want. Making beautiful fall flower arrangements for your kitchen table or wreaths for your front door to greet guests will create the desired autumn vibe you’ve been searching for. MOVIE NIGHT Gather your loved ones in the living room with popcorn, blankets, and a great film. Make the most of your autumn evenings by cozying up and spending quality time

Throughout November, everyone is eagerly looking forward to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, but you shouldn’t let the rest of the month slip past you! Enjoy these other fall activities with the whole family. HOMEMADE CARAMEL APPLES Homemade treats are no doubt far better than their store-bought counterparts. Try your hand at making your own caramel apples for the whole family to enjoy. You can also add a number of toppings to liven things up, such as nuts, white or milk chocolate, coconut, sprinkles, or pecans. BACKYARD BONFIRE During these cold months, you may be tempted to stay indoors, but heading outside for a bonfire is a great way to spend time with your family while enjoying


In the past, our school has focused on big, semi-annual concerts to let our students strut their stuff. While these large, formal concerts are a ton of fun and give our star pupils the valuable experience of performing in front of a large audience, we know that these events aren’t for everyone. Young children or students with stage fright can struggle with such sensational affairs. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new avenue for students looking to perform on a smaller scale, while making a difference. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of doing smaller, informal performances for members of our community. We’ve found that folks living in assisted living facilities are especially appreciative of young musicians putting on a show for them. In fact, these informal performances have spread so much joy in nursing homes and community centers that we’re going to make it a regular occurrence!

appreciative audiences to spread a little musical joy to the rest of the community. These events will be limited in scope, so parents shouldn’t plan on bringing the whole extended family to a performance. We want the focus to be on the community members who may not get the chance to enjoy live music as often as they used to. If you have any interest in involving your student in this meaningful program, please reach out to us. Our teachers will be keeping an eye out for good candidates as well. We’re excited to have a new avenue to give students real-life performance experience while doing our part to bring more music to the Minnesotans who need it most!

In what we’re calling our “Outreach Concert Series,” we’ll be selecting students we feel are ready to perform for small,

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