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November Newsletter, 2016-17 HMA Calendar, Christmas Recital, Breaks, Holidays, School Closings & More

November Newsletter

Breaks, Holidays & Weather

Hamlin Music Academy serves students from seven different school districts and each district has its own unique school calendar for holidays, days off  and weather related closings. Please assume that we are open and lessons are scheduled as usual even if your school has the day off. Please refer to the 2016 - 17 HMA Calendar below for our scheduled holidays and closures.

HMA 2016-17 Calendar

            Nov 21-25                  Thanksgiving Break                        No Regular Lessons

            Dec 11                       Christmas Recital                            Holy Family Catholic Church

            You may not hear Christmas music in stores as yet, but student's homes will soon be filled with music for the upcoming Christmas Recital. Mark your calendar for December 11, 2016. This year's recital will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2400 West 3rd Street in Duluth.

            Dec 26-Jan 6            Christmas Break                               No Regular Lessons

            Jan 21                        MMTA Music Contest - Piano        CSS-Tower Hall

            Feb 11-12                  Festival - Piano                                  CSS-Tower Hall      

            April 10-14                 Easter Break                                     No Regular Lessons

           August 3                     Recital                                                TBA

           August 3                     Spirit Valley Days Parade                Grand Avenue


Tom O' Hara is a UMD graduate of Jazz Studies with more than 20 years of professional experience teaching guitar  to students of all ages and abilities. Tom is an extremely talented musician and plays for private events as well as numerous venues throughout the Twin Ports area performing different styles of music such as rock, blues, jazz, country and classical. We are proud to have Tom as part of our Hamlin Music team.

Our fall teachers include: Andy – guitar; Nick – guitar, mandolin, harmonica; Cullen – drums; Kathleen - piano; RaeAnn – piano, theory; Brian – trumpet; Samantha – violin, viola, cello; Matt –trombone; Gretchen - piano; Tom - guitar.

Please respect your instructor's time by calling as far in advance as possible if you are unable to attend a lesson. Please, keep your instructor's contact number with you.

Cold & Flu Season is upon us!  Please show respect to your teachers to keep them healthy and smiling. Students, here’s what you can do:

  • Before your lesson:  Wash your hands!
  • During your lesson:  Sneeze into your shoulder, not your hands
  • After your lesson:  Wash your hands again!
  • Cancel your lesson: If you have an active contagious cold or flu.  Call your teacher, and your teacher can contact you to schedule a makeup lesson if there is another opening for you.

AT YOUR LESSON: Remember to sign in before each lesson, check your student mailbox, leave payments or notes in the HMA mailbox on the first floor. If you have questions regarding the content of your lessons, please discuss these with your teacher.

AT THE HMA OFFICE:  Ask questions about our policies, pay tuition and sign up for events.