Hoffman Academy Notes October 2016

Hello everyone, we can’t believe fall is here already!


We were able to release Unit 8 last month, in large part because Mr. Hoffman is fully recovered and Nick, our videographer, is on the mend as well. We are so grateful for all of your prayers, support and patience. We have all been touched by your messages of faith and support on our behalf. Its amazing to me that our team of just six people is providing piano lessons to forty-thousand-plus online students. I know Mr. Hoffman is your piano teacher, but when Nhung our graphic designer or Patrik our programmer hear some of the touching stories you send to us, they feel good too. It is such a blessing to be part of bringing more music making into the world.


Right now Mr. Hoffman and I are celebrating our 15 year anniversary with a weekend away! It is wonderful to have some time together, and even more special because after this we are hunkering down, with no travel plans between now and the launch of Hoffman Academy 2.0 because we are pushing hard for a January release date. It has been inspiring to hear our team re-arranging their schedules so that they can be ready to make 2.0 happen. We know some of you have already been helping us by beta testing features of 2.0 and we just want to let you know we’re so grateful for your involvement and your valuable feedback.


Happy playing,
Kelly Hoffman

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