Monday, February 23, 2015

Piano Guild Registration Deadline: March 7

For those of you not yet familiar with Piano Guild, here are details:

Students memorize a minimum of 4 pieces that they play for an adjudicator on Guild day. The adjudicator writes comments on their playing and gives them a numerical score.

What is the purpose of Piano Guild?
  • It gives students a challenging set of goals to work toward, providing incentive to work hard.
  • The concentrated effort of preparing for Guild can significantly boost students' playing skills.
  • When students have done the work to prepare for Guild, they feel a strong sense of accomplishment.
  • Guild reports provide an annual measurement of progress, judged against a national standard. It's like an annual report card for piano lessons.
  • Guild participants often make significantly more progress during the spring months than the students who do not participate.
All of my students are certainly eligible for Guild, so if it sounds like something you'd like to do, please sign up for it. I'll help each participant prepare to do it well.

Piano Guild happens May 11-18 at the Sacred Heart School for the Arts. We will not receive our assigned dates and times until I submit all student registrations, so be aware that students might be assigned to do Guild during a school day.

I am going to request May 14 and 15 for my students, but those dates are certainly not guaranteed. I have to take whatever dates they assign, so don't sign up unless you're able to be somewhat flexible.

The fee is $32 per student. I prefer that you pay using the Square Cash app for iOS or Android. (It's faster and easier than writing a check.) If you need to pay by check, make it payable to me, and make sure it reaches me before March 7.

Registration deadline Saturday, March 7. Obviously, that means I need to hear from you by then.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Winter Break

Remember that we are on a winter break this week, February 23-27, as you know from the studio calendar.

Thank you for all the extra trips to my house to rehearse for duet recitals in the past few weeks. Enjoy a week off now, and I'll look forward to seeing you again next week.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Duet Recitals

We're busy preparing for duet recitals. Here are the details:

Duet Recitals
Sunday, February 22 at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.
at Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Rd.

Saturday Performance Classes 
Saturday, February 14, at my house.

Class 1: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Early Levels
Class 2: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Intermediate Levels
Class 3: 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Advancing Levels

I always tell students that if they have a conflict with their assigned performance class, come to one of the other classes. Since we're performing duets this time, please make sure you and your duet partner attend the same class.

Click here for recital programs.