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Summer Lesson Fun

Summer Lessons are in full swing and my students are working on advancing their music theory knowledge, technical skills, and sight reading skills…not to mention few fun lesson additions like our SUMMER LESSON CHALLENGE.

Students can choose a challenge from any of the clothespins- but they MUST do the challenge if they pick it. Challenges can include naming and playing all 88 keys on the piano, playing scales prestissimo and staccato, or even sight reading Happy Birthday. Two of the clothespins have a prize of NO HOMEWORK for the week!

“Oh, but I LOVE homework in the summer!”, said no one ever.

May Studio Happenings

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This is how we sight read in my studio. (Hands together and NO peeking!) Great job, Sarah!! My students have to read between 150 and 200 lines of music to receive the studio Sight Reading Trophy.

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Aaron did a great job transposing at his lesson. He picked all the best keys out of the key bag too: f# minor, a-flat minor, A major, C-flat Major, and B-flat Major. Show me a 3rd grader who can do that!! Way to go, Aaron!!

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Quintin (shown on snare drum) not only finishes his 4th year of piano, but has also completed his career in the Belvedere Elementary School band on percussion. But thats not the end for him! He will be continuing piano and percussion into Middle School this fall! Way to go, Quintin!!!

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Colleen has been accompanying at Belvedere Elementary for a few years now and the chorus director Mrs. Supko (far left) sure will miss her now that she’s graduated!

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Oops, I forgot to change lenses on my camera, but Annabelle and Colleen are accompanying for the Severna Park Middle School chorus concert. Annabelle has been accompanying since 5th grade and she will continue as she enters high school in the fall.

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Colleen is rehearsing for her Senior Recital scheduled for THIS Saturday June 4 at 1:00pm at St. Margaret’s Church Annapolis.

October Student of the Month

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Congratulations Juliette!

Congratulations to Juliette- October Student of the Month!

Juliette has been hard at work this month. She not only earned a perfect rating of 5 beads every week, but she also earned more bonus beads than any other student this month!

Juliette is a 2nd grader and working on her 2nd year of piano. When she isn’t practicing for bonus beads she is busy on the Navy Swim Team and she also likes drawing.

Juliette will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to buy some fun music to play at home 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.

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!

 

September Student of the Month

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Congratulations Emily!

 

Congratulations to Emily- September Student of the Month!

Emily has been hard at work this month. She not only earned a perfect rating of 5 beads every week, but she also earned 5 BONUS beads!

Emily was the first student to complete the Happy Birthday Memorization requirement and is well on her way to finishing completely.  For working hard and achieving her goals, she has earned recognition as “Student of the Month”.

Emily will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to buy some fun music to play at home 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.

Juliette’s September Lesson Fun

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Juliette did a perfect job finding notes on the piano!

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Juliette picked her Fall Book Bash Card after completing her lesson book song! When she has 5, she’ll receive 3 BONUS beads on her practice chain. Way to go, Juliette!

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!

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

Student of the Month- May

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Congratulations Caroline!

Congratulations to Caroline, my May 2015 Student of the Month. Caroline is on her 5th year of lessons with me- and my how time flies!

Caroline has been working hard all year and has made such tremendous progress!  This month she is not only performing “Katherine” by Stephen Chatman for our Awards Recital this Friday, but she will be doing her first accompaniment piece for the Jones Elementary 5th graders as they sing “Katy” for their graduation and head off to middle school.

Caroline will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to buy some fun music to play at home or anything else she wants.

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Here is Caroline starting lessons in with me in 2010.

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.

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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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!

 

December Student of the Month

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Congratulations Zoey!

Congratulations to Zoey, December Student of the Month. Zoey began lessons with me 4 months ago and has been working amazingly hard.

Recently, she prepared “Arabian Dance” from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite for our Christmas Recital on December 20th at St. Margaret’s Church.  She had to prepare herself to perform at her first recital with me under the pressure of a VERY large audience.

I am so proud of her and the work and effort she put into her performance. I can tell already that she is going to be a wonderful classical pianist.

Zoey is in 4th grade this year and is working on her 1st year in piano lessons with me. When Zoey isn’t playing piano, she enjoys art and attends Hebrew School.

Zoey 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.

 

Christmas Concert

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I am beaming with pride today. My students are awesome and they ALL played beautifully last night at our Christmas Concert. All I can say is WOW!!

-Click here for a copy of our program-

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As usual, we had an enormous crowd. I received numerous compliments on the program. Congrats to my students for working toward a goal and achieving that goal by seeing it through to completion….beautifully!

 

Belvedere Elementary Winter Concert

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I got to see Quintin play percussion in his school band concert on Thursday!

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Colleen was the accompanist for Belvedere’s 4th & 5th grade chorus at their Winter Concert on Thursday.

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Belvedere has a HUGE concert!

 

Nov Student of the Month

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Congratulations to Abby, November Student of the Month. Abby has been really working hard and doing a fantastic job in her lessons. She is always able to demonstrate MORE than was assigned and earned a perfect rating of 5+1 each week. Great job, Abby!

Currently, she is preparing “Uncle Drosselmeyer’s Dance” from Tchaikovsky’s  Nutcracker Suite for our upcoming Christmas Recital on December 20th at St. Margaret’s Church at 7pm.

Abby is in 6th grade this year and is working on her 1st year in piano lessons with me. When Abby isn’t playing piano, she participates in drama and soccer.

Abby 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.

Grease

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Colleen has been hard at work on her Christmas recital pieces, Belvedere Elementary’s Winter Chorus Concert, and her Interlochen audition pieces. But what’s really kept her busy at the piano recently is “Grease”.  For the past 2 weeks, Colleen has been the keyboardist in the pit orchestra for the Severna Park High School’s performance of the musical. Colleen did a fantastic job and I’m super proud of her!

Great job, Colleen!

Here’s a sneak peak video done by the students of the Severna Park Stage Company:

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