Piano Notes – Studio Newsletter February 2016


I am extremely proud and happy to announce that our student, Emma Erickson, has won Second Place at American Protege International Piano Competition! Emma will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York city on May 30! This is an incredible accomplishment and I am so excited for her! This competition has grown in reputation over the years and attracts a large pool of contestants from all over the world. Congratulations, Emma! Enjoy your Carnegie Hall debut!

Good luck

Good luck to the following students competing at Inland Empire Piano Festival this weekend at Redlands University: Shania Jin, Cameron Chang, Claire Howard, Emma Erickson, Hudson Erickson, Hunter Erickson, Meijke Bakay-Mickelson, and Jeffrey Kim.

Mozart Birthday

What a lot of fun we had on Jan 27 celebrating Mozart’s birthday. Thank you to all the students who performed and everyone who came to the recital!


Recital Opportunity 

The Riverside Young Musicians Club is hosting another benefit recital on February 28 at the Temecula Public Library. This is open to all students, especially a great opportunity for those doing the Certificate of Merit to run through their exam repertoire. The recital will start at 2pm, $15 donation is requested per family and proceeds will go to a charity organization. Sign-up sheet at the studio.

Andrew and Jeffrey making a donation to Animal Friends of the Valleys

$195 was raised by Riverside Young Musicians Club at Holiday Benefit Concert


Student of the Month – Gabriella Pryce


Hi! I am Gabriella Pryce. I am an eighth grade student at Shivela Middle School. One of my favorite things to do is play the piano, but I also like to swim, draw, and play tennis. I also love to play games with my family. I started piano lessons just before my 4th birthday. I wish that Ms Yiyi could have been my teacher when I was younger! But I am happy that she is my teacher now. Recently I submitted an original musical composition for the National PTA Reflections Creative Arts Competition. It was chosen for first place in the Intermediate Level from all Murrieta School District middle schools. I feel very fortunate that my composition will now move on to be considered at the regional level which includes all of Riverside County. 

 Teacher comment: Gabby is a pleasure to see every week. She is so conscientious of her responsibilities as a student, and always comes to her lessons meticulously prepared. In just over one year, Gabby has improved so much in her playing abilities and will do Certificate of Merit level 6 exam this year. She completed 6 levels of music theory worksheets during my maternity break! I am very happy to be her teacher, and I know she will continue to do great at piano!


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