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February 2024

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Happy Valentine's Day

“Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are.” -Will Ferrell


“Remember, your Valentine’s card shows you care enough to send the very best, even though you’re too lazy to put it in your own words.” – Melanie White


"Oh, here's an idea: Let's make pictures of our internal organs and give them to other people we love on Valentine's Day. That's not weird at all." -Jimmy Fallon


“Would I rather be feared or loved? Umm… easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” — Michael Scott, The Office










Student of the Month January 2024

If our newest Exceptional Student of the Month looks familiar, it's because you've seen her before. Helen Alexander has won Student of the Month in 2021 and 2022 as well. She started taking piano lessons when she was only 4 1/2 years old! She will turn 9 on Valentine's Day, which means that she has been playing the piano half of her life! Check out the video to see a clip of Helen performing in her very first recital. It is SO adorable!! CONGRATULATIONS HELEN!



How to Win Student of the Month

• Focus during lessons

• Follow directions

• Have a good attitude

• Practice and come to lessons prepared

• Show initiative to learn and improve

• Attend at least 4 lessons in one month

• Be ready to perform the song you are working on

Are you doing everything right but you didn't get chosen for Student of the Month? Keep in mind there are over 50 students enrolled in DAMA and students who are chosen have worked exceptionally hard or have showed exceptional initiative. It's a difficult decision to  make and sometimes it comes down to whether students who have been working on a piece are ready to perform it yet or if they had to cancel lessons during the month. It is not about who is the most talented or who has the most potential. It is about honoring the student who stood out because of their work ethic,  attitude and  initiative. Be sure to talk with your teacher if you have questions or concerns.

20 CLUB winners at Denver Academy of Musical Arts
Exceptional Student at Denver Academy of Musical Arts
Exceptional Student at Denver Academy of Musical Arts
Practice Derby results at Denver Academy of Musical Arts

1ST PLACE: Leo Cole

2ND PLACE: Simon Woods

3RD PLACE: Helen Alexander





1st ticket = $25


2nd ticket= $15


3rd ticket = $5



Thank you to Alicia for picking the raffle

tickets this month.

Raffle ticket winners at Denver Academy of Musical Arts
Win the Pin Contest Frogs at Denver Academy of Musical Arts
Win the Pins at Denver Academy of Musical Arts

Win the Pin!

A New Weekly Incentive

  • Students will be given a music worksheet to take home each week based on their level of understanding.


  • The worksheets are designed so that students may need to research the answers or get help from parents.


  • Topics include: Music Theory, Music History, Composers and Music Trivia.


  • The worksheets are not mandatory but those who choose to complete them will be entered into a weekly drawing.


  • Students who get more than 2 answers wrong on the worksheet will not be eligible for that week's drawing. Blank answers = an incorrect answer.)


  • The winner will get to choose a pin of their choice to keep.


  • Check out all the new pins!


  • Fun to wear on your jacket or put them on your book bag or music bag.

Birthdays announced at Denver Academy of Musical Arts

Fiona Stewart 2/1

Charlie Meyer 2/6

Helen Alexander 2/14


Pajama Pizza Party Concert

Sunday March 10th at 5pm

All performers must wear PJs.


Spring Break

Let your child's teacher know which week

your child will not be attending their lesson.


Spring Recital

Sunday, May 19th

Time TBD 

Denver Academy of Musical Arts

From Miss Michele's Bench

You've probably noticed that this month's newsletter is a late by a couple of weeks. I'm really bummed about that because it's important to me to provide quality and consistency in my work. But, unfortunately, while I was working on this, I had a family emergency and had to leave town. I appreciate all of your support, kind words, thoughts and prayers and your understanding. It really lifts my spirits when I think about all of you wonderful people in my life!


I would like to welcome all of our new students this month! I'm so happy that you will be joining our little community and starting your musical journey with us! I would also like to thank all of you who gave us a referral. It truly is the most sincere compliment!


We are still planning on having our PJ/Pizza Party/Concert on March 10th. It will be similar to the Costume Concert that we had in October. We will have pizzas, desserts, adult and kid-friendly beverages, group games, raffles and students will be performing in the background. This gives students a chance to perform without the pressure of having a room full of people staring at them. It's the perfect opportunity for students with stage fright to help overcome their anxiety.

Students can perform whatever song(s) they are comfortable with and any musical parents/siblings/family/friends are also welcome to perform something. The only catch is: performers MUST wear Pajamas; however, all are encouraged to wear their PJs. I will be sending a link to the online RSVP later this week.


Please encourage your child to participate in our "Win the Pin/Earn the Pin" contest because the worksheets are a great way to learn music theory. Students can look up the answers on the internet or get help from others. Taking the time to answer the questions will help students internalize the concepts that we talk about during lessons and the worksheets will also help us teachers figure out the things that we need to focus on more.


BTW, I want to take a moment to thank you for helping support Cousin Dave! His followers and number of plays are climbing everyday! His latest single "Full-time Family Man" will be released on February 16th! Check it out at:


I realize this post is all over the place. I usually try to write something that is helpful, or cohesive, at the very least, but I think we are going to have to wait for the March Newsletter.




Denver Academy of Musical Arts Miss Michele
Michele Michele's Bench at Denver Academy of Musical Arts
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