Practice-A-Thon Fundraiser

  Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Colleen Branson | practice

Dear Parents,

|From January 15028. 2018, music students will be invited to participate in a Practice-A-Thon fundraiser, organized by Thank You for the Music Society and the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association.  Participating students will collect pledges and commit to practice for a specific amount of time over the two week practice-a-then.  The majority of money raised through the fundraiser will go to the Surrey School District, to support the purchase of new acoustic, hybrid and stage pianos. 

As a teacher, I am thrilled to be sharing this opportunity with you and truly hope your family decides to participate.  The Practice-A-Thon is a wonderful way to strengthen students’ practice habits, while also encouraging empathy and empowering them to make a difference in their community.

What is a Practice-A-Thon?

♩ Musicians (students) of all ages register online at

Pledge ∞∞ Ask family members, friends and the community to sponsor them

Practice ∞∞ Commit to reaching a reasonable practice goal over the two-week Practice-A-Thon

Prizes ∞∞ Feel the accomplishment of reaching their practice goal, giving back to the community and supporting the arts .... and maybe win a prize!

Important dates and details

Practice-A-Thontakes Place January 15-28. 2018

Deadline for donations is February 17, 2018

Let’s have fun and make a difference in our community with music!


Mrs. Colleen Branson, RMT

Halloween & Christmas recitals

  Friday, October 6, 2017 by Colleen Branson | recitals

Well, I'm a bit slow posting this but I did get the first two recitals of this term booked.  

October 29th at 2pm:      To be held at Whitecliff seniors residence in South Surrey.  We had fun doing this last year and I got great feedback from the residence, even ones who listened from the lobby.  Details coming about parking etc but please put it on your CALENDAR now.  Thank you parents.

December 10th at 2pm:    Same venue as the Halloween recital.  

Address:   15501 16 Avenue, south Surrey, BC, V4A 9M5

Dress code:  Sunday best or costume [as seems appropriate].  No shorts, jeans or runners please [talk to me if this is a problem please parents].

Parking:  If you arrive early there may be parking in the lot.  You need to sign your car in at the desk.  Otherwise, feel free to park on the street to the north and enter through the back gate.  

Snacks:  You are welcome to bring a small to medium sharing plate of goodies to the reception afterwards.  [Please NO PLATTERS!].   Please take it home with you when you leave...

Christmas/December time update!

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Colleen Branson | Uncategorized

Parents and students:  If you just got an email stating the time as 6pm on Saturday, PLEASE DISREGARD IT! 

I neglected to update the calendar time, not realizing that there would be an automatic email sent out by the web page.  

The time is 5:15 Saturday the 8th.  See you 2 days from now!   

Halloween Entertaining at a Seniors Residence

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Colleen Branson | recitals

Hello there parents and students,

I apologize for the late notice.  I have arranged an hour of Entertainment at a Seniors Residence in South Surrey again this month.  It is at 1:30 pm on Sunday the 21st.  It is at Peace Portal Seniors Village, which is right next door to Whitecliff where we have played for the last few years.  

There is less parking there unfortunately, but the only time that could be arranged at Whitecliff was at 7:15 on a Saturday evening, which I felt was too late to begin for many of my students. 


Time:  1:30 pm

Date:  October 21st (Sunday), 2018

Place:  Peace Portal Seniors Village, 15441 - 16 Avenue, South Surrey, VA 8T8

Parking:  underground code is 1234, unfortunately there is very little in front.  We may have to park on the surrounding streets.

Repertoire:  students have all started Halloween themed pieces.  I will NEED to know who is attending.  Please let me know asap.

This event is not mandatory, but I hope it will be a fun experience for the students, families and residents.  

Thank you all for being wonderful Piano Families!

Welcome Back!

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Colleen Branson | Uncategorized

Hello all parents and students, new and "old"!

As you know lessons began this week, the same as public schools.  We are off to a great start, with new music, new goals and some new faces.  The first scheduled recital is on December 8th at 5pm.  It will be at Northwood United Church, the same place as the June recital just past.  I am hoping to schedule a Halloween recital if I can find an appropriate venue.  The June 2019 recital is also at Northwood, scheduled for Sunday, June 16th.  Mark your calendars with these dates please.  

Welcome Back!  I'm looking forward to a year of progress and fun.