Category Archives: Student News

It’s Upside Down Week!

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Isabelle does some music theory upside down- first she turned the book upside down, then she had to write the letters upside down!!

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Josie worked on a music quiz by reading AND writing the answers upside down!

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Josie plays her lesson assignment upside down! Great job, Josie!!

Student News

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Delaney accompanied for her Chesapeake Bay Middle School Chorus Concert! She did a fantastic job- Way to go, Delaney!!

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Noah is my youngest and newest student. He just “graduated” from Nursery School! Great job, Noah!!!

Severna Park Chorus Concert

I am so proud of my students who are accompanying for school choruses! Annabelle (7th grader at SPMS), Colleen (Senior at SPHS), and Delaney (8th grader at Chesapeake Bay Middle) are old pros now. Between them they’ve more than a dozen concerts! Last week Annabelle and Colleen played for a HUGE concert at Severna Park High School where both the high school chorus and the Middle School Elite Chorus had a performance of several opera arias and other operatic selections.

It was a great “night at the opera” and the girls played beautifully!

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Annabelle accompanied for the Severna Park Middle School Elite Chorus

 

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Colleen accompanied for the Severna Park High School Chorus

 

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Colleen plays for the HS chorus

 

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Annabelle plays for the MS chorus

 

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Great job, AB!!

Happy Birthday Project

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Aaron completed his own harmonization!

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Sarah sight reads Happy Birthday- nicely done!

 

Congratulations Emily!

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Emily is the FIRST student to have completed the memorization requirement for this year’s Happy Birthday Project. When she came to her lesson this week she played the whole thing from memory! WOW! Congratulations!

Summer Piano Fun

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Colleen (back row center) begins the Interlochen Performing Arts Summer Program.

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Cole works on his note reading skills.

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Juliette confirms that she is the “Ice Cream Interval” Champion!

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Aaron is the best Fly Swatter EVER!

Award- Winning Students

IMG_7610Here at HiltonMusic Studio award- winning students are plentiful. Our 2014-2015 academic year comes to a close on Friday and my students have been busy all year. You see, its not just about taking piano lessons around here, its about receiving a music education, sharing the gifts and talents we’ve been given with others, setting goals and working toward achieving them, learning a good work ethic, and an understanding that working hard will produce fantastic results. These are life-lessons that will benefit my students in all areas of their life.

I am so proud that I have such wonderful, conscientious students, (and parents), and my adult students who understand the value of music education and what it means to share their gifts and talents in and around our community. My students set their goals in September and work continually to achieve those goals. This Friday night my students will be giving their final performance of the school year and will receive the awards they’ve been working on all year.

For your enjoyment, here are the “numbers”…

…of my 22 school-aged students,

18 earned Practice Ribbons (those who came in week after week ALL YEAR and rocked their assignments!): Isabelle, Quintin, Josie, Addison, Caroline, Annabelle, Molly, Cole, Claire, Colleen, Sarah, Delaney, Olivia, Aaron, April, Emily, Annaliese, Juliette

16 earned PIANOlympic Medal (and the number of technical challenges each student completed)– Quintin 16, Addison 24, Zoey 16, Caroline 24, Annabelle 30, Sarah 20, Molly 31, Claire 10, Emily 30, Abby 24, Delaney 31, Olivia 10, Joseph 32, Grace 19, April 30, Annaliese 36

15 earned Listening Awards (those who accumulated listening points for studying classical composers and listening to their pieces): Quintin, Addison, Zoey, Abby, Olivia, Molly, Grace, Emily, Annaliese, Joseph, April, Delaney, Claire, Caroline, Annabelle

11 became One Minute Club Members (those who can play 4 octaves of random flashcards in under 60 seconds; actual seconds are given after each name): Grace 53, Annaliese 48, Abby 48, Quintin 47, Addison 42, Sarah 39, Caroline 39, Molly 39, Delaney 29, Claire 27, Annabelle 24

9 were named Student of the Month Winners (those who went above and beyond the call of duty for their piano lessons): April- September, Delaney- October, Abby- November, Zoey- December, Colleen- January, Annabelle- February, Annaliese- March, Molly- April, Caroline- May

6 became Key Club Members (those who can play scales, triads, and intervals in 26 different keys)– April, Molly, Addison, Olivia, Grace, Quintin

 6 were Community Volunteers-(those who gave their time and talents on piano)

  • 3- For the Anne Arundel Music Teacher’s Association’s Music at the Movies event at Annapolis Mall: Delaney, Annabelle, Caroline
  • 4- For the patients of the Hospice of Chesapeake Critical Care Unit in Edgewater: Annabelle, Caroline, Colleen, Kitty
  • 2- for Elementary School Talent Shows and other concerts– Zoey, Caroline

4 worked as professional accompanists at various schools for chorus concerts, Anne Arundel County events, and other events: Colleen, Annabelle, Delaney, Caroline

4 shared their talent in Performing Arts with the community at large in theater and dance: Caroline, Emily, Abby, Olivia

 3 earned the highest award in my studio, the Distinguished Music Achievement Trophy (those who took 2 years to complete an enormous number of requirements for this trophy): Delaney, Caroline, Annabelle

3 earned the Music Teacher’s National Association 2-year Music Study Certificate (awarded every 2 years): April, Jospeh, Olivia, Grace

1 earned the Music Teacher’s National Association 4-year Music Study Certificate (awarded every 2 years): Addison

1 earned Music Teacher’s National Association 6-year Music Study Certificate (awarded every 2 years): Annabelle

1 earned the Mozart Award Trophy (for taking the school-year to complete a large number of musical requirements for this trophy)- Claire

1 earned the Sight Reading Trophy (for successfully sight reading the equivalent of 20 books): Addison

1 Was accepted into Interlochen (an internationally renowned Music School in Michigan for a 7- week intensive study in piano)- Colleen

Severna Park Middle Chorus Concert

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Colleen waits her turn to accompany.

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Annabelle waits her turn to accompany.

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Annabelle is the accompanist for the Pop Choir. They took first place in the Anne Arundel County Festival Chorus. Likely due to her fabulous playing? Of course!

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6th grade chorus

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Annabelle and Colleen received a round of applause from the audience and the choir!

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Great job, ladies!!

Severna Park Middle School

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Annabelle rehearses with the Severna Park Middle School chorus. This is Annabelle’s 2nd chorus concert. She accompanied for Belvedere Elementary in 2014.

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Annabelle plays “Set Down Servant” for the chorus while I turn her pages.

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Colleen prepares to accompany for the Severna Park Middle School chorus. In rehearsal she accompanied the chorus in “Peter Piper”.

Belvedere Spring Chorus Concert

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Colleen prepares to play at the student assembly.

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The students are ready!

 

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The parents arrived for a 7pm performance.

 

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Great job, Colleen!!

 

Many Congratulations Colleen!!

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Severna Park High School Junior, Colleen Saunders has recently been accepted into Interlochen’s High School Division Summer Arts Camp for piano. Interlochen Center for the Arts is located in northwest Michigan and is internationally recognized for working with some of the best musicians in the world.

Colleen will spend 6 weeks this summer studying piano performance with distinguished piano faculty from various universities across the US that include Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and the Universities of Michigan and Texas.

Colleen auditioned for her position at Interlochen earlier this year with two memorized pieces- Frederic Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude Op. 10 No. 12 and Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Piece “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” Op. 65 No. 6.

Colleen has been studying piano with me for the past 7 years and plays a very active role in the community by sharing her music with others. She was instrumental in bringing a music program to the St. Margaret’s Church Vacation Bible School program held at St. Phillip’s in Annapolis last summer. She taught several groups of children during the week and performed on piano and organ accompanying the 70+ children enrolled in their finale production. She was chosen as the keyboardist for the past two Severna Park High School Musical Theater productions “In the Heights” in 2013 and “Grease” in 2014. She currently practices music therapy at the Hospice of Chesapeake Critical Care Unit by performing for patients and she regularly accompanies the 4th & 5th grade chorus at Belvedere Elementary.

Next month Colleen will be performing various Baroque-era pieces on harpsichord at St. Margaret’s Church in Annapolis at the “Baroque Teahouse” on Saturday April 11. She is currently working on material for her Senior Piano Recital in 2016. Colleen plans to major in Music Therapy in college.

 

January Student of the Month

Congrats Colleen!

Congrats Colleen!

Congratulations to Colleen, January Student of the Month. Colleen has been working amazingly hard all year!

Recently, she was the accompanist for the 4th and 5th grade Chorus at Belvedere Elementary and she has been working tirelessly on her audition material for Interlochen’s International 6-week Summer Piano Program. I am so proud of her and the work and effort she puts into all of her performances.

Colleen is now ready to begin her pieces for the Baroque Teahouse at Reynold’s Tavern, the June Awards Recital, and her final solo Senior Recital next year! WOW!

Colleen is a Junior at Severna Park High School and is working on her 7th year in piano lessons with me. When Colleen isn’t playing piano she likes to…..no, Colleen is always playing piano!! 🙂

Colleen 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 and look ahead in your piano materials.

The Emperor’s Birthday Suit

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My student Abby did a wonderful job in this Children’s Theater of Annapolis production yesterday!

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Congratulations, Abby!

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It was a pleasure to see her in so many roles!

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Colleen’s Hard Work!

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Colleen has been working EXTRA EXTRA hard to complete her audition material for Interlochen’s 6-week Summer program. This week, the piano was made ready to record her material.

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Get ready, set…A few minor adjustments.

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OK colleen, ready to roll! (no pressure…..)

Colleen has been working on Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude and Grieg’s “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” for quite some time. Both pieces were memorized and performed without edit for the audition process and Colleen really stood up to the challenge. Colleen is a Junior at Severna Park High School.

Here’s a preview!

http://vimeo.com/hmmllc/review/117743411/15f2c3794a

 

 

First Key Club Member

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Congratulations Grace! First member of the Key Club.

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Grace chose an awesome key to display on her practice chain.

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5 bonus beads! Sweet!

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Grace successfully played ALL the major and minor 5-five finger scales and triads in one sitting with no mistakes! Great job!