Monthly Archives: April 2013

Student of the Month

Congratulations Claire!

April 2013 Student of the Month

Congratulations to Claire for being my April student of the month!

Claire has been a great practicer for months!  She is always working to become a better player by practicing both before school and after school everyday! Its no wonder she has earned a lesson rating of 5 each and every week since the beginning of the school year and she always follows her assignment exactly.  She really set a beautiful example for all other students in my studio at the Double Scoop Recital and always has a positive attitude in lessons. She is a pleasure to teach and has earned this award. Claire is in the 3rd grade and when she isn’t practicing piano she likes to read, ski, bike, swim and play violin at school. Her favorite subject is math.

Claire will have her photo on the wall of fame for the rest of the year and she will also receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to spend on fun music or anything else she wants.

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you have to do-

  • Have a lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month
  • Have perfect attendance for the month
  • Have an encouraging spirit toward other students
  • Have a positive attitude in lessons

Competition Team Rep Class


The members of the 2012-2013 Competition Team celebrate as their Monthly Rep Classes come to an end. Kelly, Vangi, and Annabelle worked very hard this year perfecting their pieces for the Maryland State Piano Competition coming up on Saturday May 4th, 2012 at the University of Maryland in College Park. All 3 young ladies will be performing 2 pieces from memory and will receive the judges critique. I could not be more proud of the extremely talented, motivated, and dedicated students. They are a credit and an example for piano students everywhere!

Rep Classes give the students an opportunity to perform for each other and to be critiqued by their peers which prepares them for the actual competition event. They learn to conduct themselves professionally at the piano and to learn the fine points of performance practices. Students in monthly Rep Class learn to perfect the following important principles of performance:

  • Posture at the Piano
  • Hand position at the keys
  • Body movement during the piece
  • Rise and fall of the melodic line
  • Can the listener follow the melody
  • Proper balance between hands
  • Staccato and/or legate lifting
  • Crescendo/Decrescendo
  • Rhythm
  • Tempo
  • Dynamic levels (p, mp, mf, etc)
  • Memorization
  • Emotion of piece (playful, mournful etc)
  • Overall musicality
  • Stage Presence

Kelly (age 11) will perform the Sonata in E Major L.23 by Scarlatti and “Valse Allemande” from Carnaval Op. 9 by Schumann.

Vangi (age 13) will perform the Gigue from the French Suite IV BWV 815 by Bach and the Mazurka in G minor Op. 67 No. 2 by Chopin.

Annabelle (age 10) will perform the 2-part Invention in B-flat BWV 785 by Bach and the Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor WoO 59  (Fur Elise) By Beethoven.

I wish them the best of luck in the competition!

Double Scoop Recital highlights

My students have been preparing for this all-time favorite recital for months. Each student performed two very specially picked pieces. Here are the “rules” for our annual Double Scoop Recital:

  • Students pick their favorite pieces learned in piano lessons
  • Students “double scoop” their performance with 2nd selection or duet.
  • Students may dress casually- play clothes are ok.
  • Families bring their favorite dessert to share after the recital.
  • Competition Team players perform from memory for a live audience.
Here are some highlights: