Playing for Paws is coming up

Playing for Paws

Friday, April 29th & Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Playing for Paws is an outdoor concert on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence. Young musicians from the area perform music of all types for the citizens of Lawrence and accept donations for their art. One hundred percent of these donations go to the Lawrence Humane Society. This is a great performance opportunity for these young students as well as a way for them to use their talents to benefit the community.

In order to participate, simply send an email to Jamie Bone ( Include the number of participating students (no limits) and the length of the time slot you think you will need. Most teachers request 30 minutes or 1 hour. If you have only a few interested students, they can easily be added to another timeslot. Each student can play multiple pieces and multiple times.

Since this event gets bigger every year, here are some guidelines to follow in order to make sure everything runs smoothly and on time:

·         Please keep to your allotted timeslot. Running late or leaving early can result in too many or too few students waiting to play. When choosing the length of your timeslot slot, consider the number of students, number of pieces, and the length of those pieces.

·         Programs and announcements are not needed/encouraged for this event. Donations remain at their highest rate when someone is playing music, not talking or making announcements.

·         This year, Playing for Paws will be taking place on April 29th (Friday) and April 30th (Saturday). These two different days present two different types of audiences. In order to match performers to the audience, we’re going to request that advanced students perform Friday night and beginner/intermediate students perform on Saturday. Exceptions can be made, but this is the general plan we want to implement. Friday night performers are welcome to perform on Saturday as well.

·         Students are free to play as many songs as they wish. In order to ensure that nobody is monopolizing the piano, students are encouraged to take frequent breaks. Pieces can be repeated on another turn as well.

·         Please bring friends and family! The performers’ friends and families are some of our best audience members and they help draw a crowd.

·         Students are encouraged to wear nice clothing that is weather appropriate.

·         Memorization is not required, but encouraged. This is due to the fact that the wind and sheet music do not get along normally.

·         Duets are allowed and encouraged.

·         This is a great opportunity to teach your students about repertoire maintenance. This event is much more enjoyable when the students have multiple different pieces to perform instead of only 1 short song. 


I look forward to hearing all of your students perform on April 29th and 30th and we’ll see if we can beat last year’s record high donation!

Jamie Bone
Jamie’s Piano Studio

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