We all had a great time at the Halloween Party. Everyone played a creepy Halloween song and the we did a very scarey Halloween Word search and scavenger Hunt!
Over the summer all of my students completed 5 one-hour lessons to keep up their technical skills, theory, and sight reading which get them ahead of the game for the new school year. They were all SO ready for September piano lessons and back-to-school! Right now they are busy with school activities and homework but they all make time to practice for their lessons. After all, music is an equal part of their educations- if Math isn’t optional, neither is music! Just look back to the ancient Greeks and their educational systems- we still base our education on these subjects today: grammar, rhetoric, and logic, geometry, arithmetic, MUSIC, and astronomy.
This year, our piano hands are becoming filled with stars (see photo)- each star represents one year in piano. My students are dedicated and have been studying with me for years! I couldn’t be more proud. This year we are working on memorization skills- our “practice” beads have been traded in for “memorization” beads. Every time my one of my students memorizes a page of music, they receive a bead for their chain…and the chains are growing already- WOW
October is time for Halloween party music, so each year we take a lesson to go “shopping” for a piece. This means that I play through a number of Halloween songs and the student gets to choose which piece they want to play at the party. I think its a tie between this and Game Week for my students all-time favorite lessons of the year!
I know it feels too early for Christmas, but not in the piano studio! Some of my more advanced students have already been preparing their Christmas pieces for a couple of months- it going to be a great concert this year; bell choir, percussion ensemble, Jazz Christmas songs, as well as our favorite traditional Christmas pieces. Stay Tuned!
This prestigious award was well-earned by Colleen Saunders, freshman at Severna Park High School. Colleen began working toward this award in 6th grade and completed the requirements in May 2012.
Students who study with a member teacher of the Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association are required to accumulate 400 points from 5 different event types over a 3 year period in order to earn this award. Colleen successfully accumulated over 600 points by participating in the Maryland State Theory and Keyboard exams, Maryland Spring Festival Piano Solo Competitions, Anne Arundel County Spring Piano Solo Competition in 2010, the AAMTA’s annual Fall at the Mall, Water Music Festival, and Ginger Cove Holiday Festival and various community service performances.
Colleen’s accomplishments include the MSMTA Keyboard and Theory Honors Awards for outstanding scores in levels 1-5, the Honorable Mention in the Maryland Spring Festival Piano Solo Competition in 2010, and 3rd place in the Anne Arundel County Spring Piano Solo Competition 2010.