August 1st, 2020

August News

Hello everyone! This month we’ll return to a full schedule here at NSMA for the beginning of our 2020 Fall Semester. All continuing students should be registered for the fall semester and will be receiving confirmation emails with the lesson day/time for the fall, please make sure you confirm and pay the August tuition bill by August 15th to reserve your time slot! Below are some important reminders for this month.

2020 Summer/Fall Semesters: The last day of the 2020 Summer Semester is Tuesday August 11th and the first day of the 2020 Fall Semester is Sunday August 16th. PLEASE NOTE: this may/may not be the same week that the JSD starts the 2020/21 school year. Please mark your calendars accordingly!!

Business Hours: Sundays/Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays 12:00-7:30pm, closed all other days and times. Lessons will be held both online and in-person, please let me know if you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 safety precautions.

Tuition Payment Reminder: Tuition payments are due the first lesson of every month with a grace period until the 10thof the month. If tuition is received after the 10thof the month, a $25.00 late fee will be assessed. Please drop off your payment with your student at lesson, send the payment in the mail or you can drop it off any time in the secure white drop box attached to the mailbox post. Please do not come up to the studio to drop off payment if it is not your student’s lesson time, and please do not come up to the main house for any reason. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

New Students: We do have limited availability for new students and also have a wait list started for lessons for the 2020 Fall Semester. Please contact us at megan.e.felts@gmail.com for more information.

Music Around Town: I normally have a section where I list all of the musical and performing events around town, but sadly none of these are currently being held. I look forward to the future when we can all enjoy musical events together again.

In parting, I again want to thank all of my clients for your continued support and understanding as we work through these times together. Music is a special gift to all of us, and I thank you all for continuing to make music an important part of your life!!

July 1st, 2020

July News

Hello everyone! We’re nearing the half-way point of our 2020 Summer Semester here at NSMA, and I think we’ve found the rhythm of summer lessons both online and in person! Below are some important reminders and information for this month.

New Students: We do have limited openings for online lessons for new students for the Summer Semester and have a wait list started for lessons for the 2020 Fall Semester. Please contact us at megan.e.felts@gmail.com for more information.

2020 Fall Semester: Our Fall Semester will begin Sunday August 16th. Fall registration for continuing students is now open. The current plan is that voice lessons will remain online but all piano students will have the option of online or in-person lessons. Continuing students, please fill out the Fall Registration Form or email me with the pertinent details by July 31st to be guaranteed a spot in my schedule.

Business Hours: Sundays 1:00pm-7:30pm online only, Mondays 1:30-8:00pm online only, Tuesdays 11:45am-7:00pm in-person by appointment only, closed all other days and times.

Tuition Payment Reminder: Tuition payments are due the first lesson of every month with a grace period until the 10thof the month. If tuition is received after the 10thof the month, a $25.00 late fee will be assessed. Please drop off your payment with your student at lesson, send the payment in the mail or you can drop it off any time in the secure white drop box attached to the mailbox post. Please do not come up to the studio to drop off payment if it is not your student’s lesson time, and please do not come up to the main house for any reason. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Music Around Town: I normally have a section where I list all of the musical and performing events around town, but sadly none of these are currently being held. I look forward to the future when we can all enjoy musical events together again.

In parting, I again want to thank all of my clients for your continued support and understanding as we work through these times together. Music is a special gift to all of us, and I thank you all for continuing to make music an important part of your life!!

June 1st, 2020

June News

Hello everyone! Welcome to the 2020 Summer Semester here at NSMA. While the second half of the Spring Semester didn’t go as planned, I truly appreciate all of my students who are weathering this COVID-19 storm with us. We are now slowly starting to re-open to in person lessons over the summer, but all of that is dependent on how the numbers do in Juneau, so let’s all work together to create safe places for us all to help keep that curve low! Here are some important updates and reminders for this month:

Thank You: I wanted to say this at our May Spring Recital this year, but will have to make do with this email instead. I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for choosing to make music a part of your lives and for letting me be a part of that experience. In July I will mark my 10th full year in business as North Star Music Academy, and it certainly could not have happened without you and the support of my wonderful clients. Especially in these difficult times, music can bring joy and a sense of purpose and normalcy to our lives which have been up-ended and completely disrupted by this pandemic.

As a small business owner, I have been fortunate and privileged to make it this far in a business that can be challenging to maintain over the long term. I have to admit, I was terrified when this pandemic hit our country and what that would mean for my livelihood, but you have lifted me up and made it possible for me to continue doing what I love best – bringing the joy and healing powers of music to others. I feel that I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude, but please know that your support has not gone overlooked and will be forever appreciated by me and by my family. I promise to pay that forward with supporting other local small business owners as much as possible during these times. So thank you, so very much.

2020 Summer Schedule: Lessons will be held online on Sundays and Mondays 12:00-7:30pm. Lessons will be held in person (on a limited basis) Tuesdays 12:00-7:30pm. There will be 15 minute intervals in between lessons for sanitizing. All persons entering the studio must wear a face mask and immediately wash hands in the studio bathroom, persons entering the studio are limited to students and one parent/guardian (please no siblings or other family members). We will have extra reusable face masks for those who do not have any or forget theirs, those will be sanitized each evening.

YES Lessons: We DO have lessons on Father’s Day Sunday June 21st. Please let me know if you/your student will not be attending lessons that day, the normal cancelation policy will still apply.

New Students: We do have limited openings for online lessons for new students for the Summer Semester and have a wait list started for lessons for the 2020 Fall Semester. Please contact us at megan.e.felts@gmail.com for more information.

2020 Fall Semester: Our Fall Semester will begin Sunday August 16th. Fall registration will begin July 1st as always. The hope is that we will be back to in person lessons by then, but again, it’s just a wait and see game!

Tuition Payment Reminder: Please note: When possible, please use the online bill pay option link on your emailed invoice. I would like to cut down trips to the bank to deposit checks, so I would greatly appreciate that for the time being. Tuition payments are due the first lesson of every month with a grace period until the 10thof the month. If tuition is received after the 10thof the month, a $25.00 late fee will be assessed. Please drop off your payment with your student at lesson, send the payment in the mail or you can drop it off any time in the secure white drop box attached to the mailbox post. Please do not come up to the studio to drop off payment if it is not your student’s lesson time, and please do not come up to the main house for any reason. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Music Around Town: I normally have a section where I list all of the musical and performing events around town, but sadly none of these are currently being held. I look forward to the future when we can all enjoy musical events together again.

In parting, I again want to thank all of my clients for your continued support and understanding as we work through these times together. Music is a special gift to all of us, and I thank you all for continuing to make music an important part of your life!!

May 1st, 2020

May News

Hello everyone! We’re still hunkering down here in Juneau and staying home, and though I know it’s important to flatten the curve I do so miss seeing everyone in person. We are continuing online lessons this month and we’ll be continuing with online lessons for the foreseeable future. Here are some important reminders/updates for this month:

May Lessons: We will be continuing with online lessons for the entire month of May. Instead of ending mid-month (as we normally do), the 2020 Spring Semester will go through all of May. The last day of the Spring Semester will be Saturday May 30th.

May Recital: We will not be having our annual Spring Recital this month, however, I am working on creating a virtual recital for students to share their March and May recital songs on a private YouTube channel. Please contact me for more information.

2020 Summer Semester: We will be having summer lessons starting Sunday June 7th. I will be creating a new schedule (as normal) and will be teaching Sundays/Mondays/Tuesdays. We will plan on continuing with online lessons until such time as we can return to in person lessons, my hope is that will be in June or sometime within the first half of the summer but only time will tell! Please contact me ASAP with your plans re: summer lessons.

2020 Fall Semester: Our Fall Semester will begin Sunday August 16th. Fall registration will begin July 1st as always. The hope is that we will be back to in person lessons by then, but again, it’s just a wait and see game!

New Students: We are currently accepting new students for online-only lessons for the remainder of the Spring Semester as well as looking ahead for the Summer Semester. In addition to piano and voice lessons, we are also now offering music theory lessons for those who wish to work on their music theory knowledge. Please contact me at megan.e.felts@gmail.com or (907) 500-7455 for more information.

Tuition Payment Reminder: Please note: When possible, please use the online bill pay option link on your emailed invoice. I would like to cut down trips to the bank to deposit checks, so I would greatly appreciate that for the time being. Tuition payments are due the first lesson of every month with a grace period until the 10thof the month. If tuition is received after the 10thof the month, a $25.00 late fee will be assessed. Please drop off your payment with your student at lesson, send the payment in the mail or you can drop it off any time in the secure white drop box attached to the mailbox post. Please do not come up to the studio to drop off payment if it is not your student’s lesson time, and please do not come up to the main house for any reason. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Music Around Town: I normally have a section where I list all of the musical and performing events around town, but sadly none of these are currently being held. I look forward to the future when we can all enjoy musical events together again.

In parting, I again want to thank all of my clients for your continued support and understanding as we work through these times together. Music is a special gift to all of us, and I thank you all for continuing to make music an important part of your life!!

April 1st, 2020

April News

Hello everyone! I am very sorry that we had to cancel our Broadway Hits Recital last month due to COVID-19. We are also now completely online and no longer doing in person lessons in the studio. I want to take a moment to thank all of my clients for being understanding, flexible and supportive as we navigate this pandemic together. Below are some important dates and reminders for the remainder of the 2020 Spring Semester.

APRIL 10th UPDATE: The Spring 2020 Semester lessons will be continuing ONLINE through May 31. I will be re-evaluating in-person/online lessons policies and will update everyone on the status of June lessons by May 20th at the latest. We do have openings for new students for online lessons in April and May, please contact me at megan.e.felts@gmail.com for more information.

Spring Recital UPDATED: We will not be having our normal Spring Recital on May 16th. Instead, I am planning a virtual recital on YouTube – I will be setting up a private YouTube channel for students to be able to upload videos of their March and May recital pieces. I will update everyone when I have more information. Please contact me with any questions.

YES to Lessons: We DO have lessons on all one-day holidays. That includes Easter Sunday 4/12 and Mother’s Day Sunday 5/10 (if we are back to in person lessons, if we are still online no lessons will be held on those dates any way due to our new weekly schedule). Please let me know if you/your student will not be attending lessons that day, the regular cancelation policy will still apply.

Business Hours: Online only: Thursdays 12:00-7:30pm, Fridays 12:00-7:30pm, Saturdays 12:00-7:30pm. Closed for all in person lessons and other times.

Tuition Payment Reminder: Please note: When possible, please use the online bill pay option link on your emailed invoice. I would like to cut down trips to the bank to deposit checks, so I would greatly appreciate that for the time being. Tuition payments are due the first lesson of every month with a grace period until the 10thof the month. If tuition is received after the 10thof the month, a $25.00 late fee will be assessed. Please drop off your payment with your student at lesson, send the payment in the mail or you can drop it off any time in the secure white drop box attached to the mailbox post. Please do not come up to the studio to drop off payment if it is not your student’s lesson time, and please do not come up to the main house for any reason. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Summer Lessons: Last month I sent out information regarding the 2020 Summer Semester and summer lessons in the last few in person lessons. As I don’t know whether summer lessons will be held online or in person or a combination, I will be putting the official summer registration on hold for now. However, I will absolutely be doing lessons throughout the summer for those who wish to continue. I again thank you for your patience and understanding as we have to take things one day/week at a time right now.

New Students: We do have some openings for online lessons for new students for the 2020 Spring Semester! Please contact me at megan.e.felts@gmail.com or (907) 500-7455 for more information. Please note – once fully booked, I will start a wait list for new students. We are also able to get in new students during the 2020 Summer Semester.

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