Calgary’s Best Music Lessons!

BG Mountain Studio offers the best music lessons in SW Calgary! Violin and piano lessons are taught to adult students and to children 10 years of age and older. We are happy to teach beginner and intermediate students.

BG Mountain Studio is able to give music lessons that work around your schedule: lessons are available during the day, after school, and after work! There is also free parking for students when they come for their scheduled music lesson time.

If you have always wanted to learn to play the violin or piano or would like to pick up violin or piano lessons again, contact us today to sign-up! Our e-mail address is info at bgmountainstudio dot ca and our phone number is 403-252-0792.

Register today for music lessons and enjoy learning to play a musical instrument for fun and enjoyment!

Social Media Goals

Today is the start of a new school year for many students and with it comes new goals. With that in mind, what are the Social Media goals for your non-profit or company? Is it 40 new Facebook likes in September and 200 new Facebook likes by the end of the year? How about Social Media goals for more Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter followers and Youtube subscribers?

Whatever your company or non-profit’s Social Media goals may be, it is helpful to write the goals down and create a feasible plan to reach the goals. Use the start of a new month and a new school year as a time to plan and reach Social Media goals.

Planning Social Media Posts

How often does your non-profit organization or company post on social media? Which days and at what times do the social media posts go live?

These are questions to consider and answer during the development process of a Social Media Plan. Once the Social Media Plan is put into action, it is time to see whether the days and times chosen to post content are the best times for followers interacting with the content. If followers are not interacting with posted content, then adjust your company or non-profit’s Social Media Plan accordingly.

Having a Social Media Plan which outlines the days and times for when posts go live on social media provides a basis from which to work and can be changed as you find what works best for your company or non-profit.

Congratulations Morgan and Brent!

Our congratulations goes to Morgan and Brent! They had a lovely wedding on August 13 and BG Mountain Studio was thrilled to play violin for their ceremony! Best wishes for a happy life together!

Congratulations to Morgan and Brent on their August 13 wedding!

Congratulations to Morgan and Brent on their August 13 wedding!

Barbori playing violin at a lovely wedding ceremony on August 13!

Barbori playing violin at a lovely wedding ceremony on August 13!

Who Is Your PR Spokesperson?

To help your company or non-profit organization be consistent in the messages it shares with its audience, it is a good idea to have a Public Relations (PR) spokesperson. Here is what a PR spokesperson can do for a company or non-profit:

– The PR spokesperson is the contact person for the media to address questions to;
– The PR spokesperson ensures that messaging is consistent across all social media channels and web platforms; and
– The PR spokesperson maintains communication within the company or non-profit (Internal Communication) and with customers or clients (External Communication).

Having a PR spokesperson can be one of the best steps a company or non-profit takes in making sure that messages being shared reflect the tone and brand of the company at all times and in the midst of all events.

Elements of a Crisis Communications Plan

Is your company or non-profit organization prepared in the event of a crisis occurring? Do you have a communications plan in place to know how to respond when a crisis happens? In preparing your company or non-profit’s Crisis Communications Plan, make sure to address the following:

– Who will be the contact/spokesperson person during the crisis?
– What will be the social media and website platform(s) of choice to communicate with your audience during the crisis event?
– What will be your timeline for posting content on the chosen social media and website platforms during the crisis event?

These are just a few of the points that your company or non-profit will want to consider when drafting a Crisis Communications Plan.

Please feel free to contact BG Mountain Studio by e-mail at: info at bgmountainstudio dot ca to schedule an appointment for Crisis Communications Plan preparation.

Photos from BG Mountain Studio Events

It has been a little while since our last post. Here are two photos BG Mountain Studio would like to share with you:

On May 15, 2016, Barbori graduated with her MA in Communications degree.

On May 15, 2016, Barbori graduated with her MA in Communications degree.

Group photo from the January 2016 recital of BG Mountain Studio's music students.

Group photo from the January 2016 recital of BG Mountain Studio’s music students.

Thank You for a Great Wedding Season!

It has been a fabulous season of weddings this summer and fall! Thank you to all of the couples who had me be part of their wedding ceremonies with violin playing. Below are photos from the weddings.

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, please feel free to contact me about violin playing at your ceremony!

A fall wedding for Keynie and John on October 1 at Silvertip Resort!

A perfect fall wedding for Keynie and John on October 1 at Silvertip Resort!

An August 29 ceremony at Stan Rogers stage for Sarah and Michael!

A magical August 29 ceremony at Stan Rogers stage for Sarah and Michael!

A beautiful wedding for Laura & Scott at Nipika Resort on July 25!

A beautiful wedding for Laura & Scott at Nipika Resort on July 25!

Ayzle and Kris' special wedding at St. Patrick's Parish on July 18!

Ayzle and Kris’ special wedding at St. Patrick’s Parish on July 18!

Cherry  and Justin's lovely June 27 ceremony at Baker Park!

Cherry and Justin’s lovely June 27 ceremony at Baker Park!

Online Learning – Why It’s Good For You!

With the advent of technology such as computers, laptops, cameras, videos, and more, taking courses and learning online is one of the best options for learning. Online courses, whether it be through Blackboard or PowerPoint or some other platform, offer flexibility and the ability to complete course work when it is convenient for you.

Don’t forget to take a look at BG Mountain Studio’s online PowerPoint courses by clicking here: www.bgmountainstudio.ca/courses-offered!

Please enjoy watching today’s video from Yorkville University:

What are your thoughts on online learning? Have you taken online course before? Is it something you would be willing to try?

Q & A with Author Lisa Young!

Today’s fantastic Author Q & A is with Lisa Young! BG Mountain Studio was thrilled to connect with Lisa on this Q & A and we are so excited for Lisa to share with us what challenges she has overcome along the path of being an author and her encouragement for current authors and authors-to-be!

A photo of Alberta author, Lisa Young, and a letter she wrote to a class after reading her books to the students.

A photo of Alberta author, Lisa Young, and a letter she wrote to a class after reading her books to the students. Photo taken from Lisa Young’s website at: http://booksofthetundra.com/blog/.

BG Mountain Studio (BGMS): What was your biggest challenge during the publishing process and how did you overcome it?
Lisa Young (LY): I would have to say going into an industry I really knew nothing about. It’s just like any other business; it’s not just having an idea, the creative side of the object of your desire. (The dream of having your story published, and having an actual book real and in your hands) It’s the difficult process of learning how to navigate and overcome all of the steps it takes in making the book a reality! Not to mention it’s very competitive, and very humbling. Combining a good business sense along with connecting very creative and talented people together to make a successful book. And Still believing in yourself.

BGMS: What is your advice to authors-to-be currently going through the self-publishing process or those who would one day like to be published authors?
LY: Be realistic of your goals. Know that it will take a certain amount of money to successfully realize your dream. Be clear of your intentions. Do you just want to publish a book to sell a few and mostly share it with friends and family? Or do you wish to have a book go places and sell upwards to over 1000 books? Connect yourself with good creative people! You can’t do it alone! Have a good business sense, it has to be taken seriously as a job!

BGMS: What do you enjoy most about working on your books?
LY: I love the whole creative process, writing the story, visualizing the final product, and seeing it become a reality! And most of all I really love connecting with the children, and hopefully inspiring them!

BGMS: How do find the process of working with an illustrator for your books?
LY: I have been very fortunate in finding amazing and talented illustrators! I am very fortunate in having a great imagination and can see the images and then have an illustrator connect with me and take what I have in mind and making it even better than I imagined it to be!

BGMS: How do you tackle the promotion of your books and finding buyers?
LY: You can’t be afraid to talk to anyone about your books! I seem to connect in the strangest places, but being passionate about what you have to share, and always, always, have your books with you!!! The connections are endless, and because I engage with people from my heart, they seem to sense this and both of us feel good about the experience! (At least I hope so!)