Finally!

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for Prelude Music for well over a year.  I have a list of ideas for what I think is useful information for parents, students, teachers and therapists as we all travel through our musical journey together.  So what’s taken me so long to get this up and running?!?! Most people will say jump up and say, ‘lack of time’; while that is partially true, and I’m sure I will use that excuse later, that isn’t the full reason I haven’t started.

 

The real reason I haven’t started is that I couldn’t figure out what my first post should be about.  Starting off with tips and tricks for buying a piano, advice on practicing, benefits of music therapy or what a 6 month old really learns in music class just didn’t seem appropriate and almost too impersonal or cold.  Don’t worry I will write on those subjects later, but not for a first post.  I wanted to make it more personal and beneficial to all of our families, whether you are thinking about attending a class with us, part of Melodies & ABCs, music therapy, or private lessons.

 

So what changed? Why now?

 

Some of you may know that I and subsequently Prelude Music was nominated for Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the categories of Emerging Business and Excellence in Service.  Apparently, this year there were over 200 nominations, 29 finalists and 9 different categories.  I was honoured to be on the list of nominees, elated when my application package was accepted as one of the finalists and completely shocked when we won the Emerging Business category.

 

I know what you are thinking: “Great Michelle, you are using your first post to brag about yourself!” Actually it is quite the opposite.  I am using my first post to acknowledge that I didn’t do this alone.  Prelude Music is where it is today because of my amazing team of Specialists (Abigail, Brianna, Jackie, and Mike); they make me look good on a daily basis and I can’t thank them enough for that.  But also and somewhat more importantly we won this award because of YOU, our loyal and wonderful customers.

 

I’m not saying that just because you bring your pocket book every month.  More importantly, you trust us with one of your most prized possessions every week with the unwritten agreement that we are going to better your child’s life in some way.  You let us into your families, where we watch them walk for the first time, learn to make choices, play at their first recital, or prep for a music exam/festival to name a few. I think I can speak for all of us at Prelude Music when I say that being part of your family is why we show up every day. I really hope that you see and feel how much we care about each and everyone of you.

 

I personally also have to say a special thank you to whoever anonymously nominated me.  I would love to thank you in person and give you a big hug!

 

In closing, I would like to dedicate my first post and award to all the families who have supported Prelude Music past, present and future. I will leave you with what I can remember from my acceptance speech.WEYA photo

“I think that the word sole-preneur is a misleading and unfair word.  There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child, I can attest first hand that it also takes a village to create a business.  While I stand up here alone, I didn’t do it alone.  A huge thank you to my family and friends who have put up with me and this endeavour over the past couple of years; there have been some long days/nights.  But also a HUGE thank you to my customers who have become my friends and family.  Thank you so very much!

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Speech Music Therapy Groups

Prelude Music is excited to offer a unique service to families in Winnipeg!!

We have joined forces with a registered Speech language Pathologist (SLP) and are offering small group speech music therapy groups for children from 2-5 years old. Session are led by both a SLP and a music therapist to maximize your child’s development and progress.

These groups target children who have delays in speech (no diagnosis needed) or have specific articulation needs.  You will receive 9 weeks of treatment (1 private assessment and 8 group classes).

For more information please click here or email michelle@preludemusic.ca; phone (204) 800-1332.

Spring Registration Now Open!

Spring registration for Melodies & ABCs is now open to the public.  To register, view schedule and see cost please click here.

Please note, to withdraw from the class after registration there will be a $50 withdrawal fee.  Withdrawals after the 2nd week of classes will not be eligible for a refund.

Prelude Music does not issue duplicate receipts.  Please save your Paypal invoice for tax purposes.

If you have any questions please contact michelle at michelle@preludemusic.ca

Hiring Piano, Ukulele and Guitar Teachers

Prelude Music is looking to expand its team again!!!  We are looking to add another piano, ukulele and guitar teacher to our staff.  If you have a passion for teaching individuals how to play an instrument, please submit cover letter and resume to Michelle via email at michelle@preludemusic.ca

Days and times are somewhat flexible at this time.  Pay is based off of years of experience and education.

 

Winter Registration Now Open

Melodies & ABCs ® winter registration is now open to the public!  Please click here to register for your class today!
Winter terms starts Jan. 5 – March 23, 2014 (10 weeks)
30 min classes (6 mos- 2 yrs) = $100/term
45 min classes (3-5 yrs) = $130/term
Payment is made in full at time of registration. Please keep your receipt for tax purposes.