Piano Notes – Studio Newsletter May 2012


Welcome to new student Brandon Slobe to the studio!

May Schedule

No regular lessons on May 8-10, unless you have been scheduled make ups. See your May invoice for details and email me if you are unsure. May group class – We will hold a combined group class on Monday May 28, 1:30pm. All students are welcome. Those of you doing the National Piano Guild auditions in June should attend and play your program.

Studio Recital

Our summer studio recital is coming up! Studio recitals are my favorite events of the year, and I hope to see many of you there! Click here for details and registration.


Congratulations to Andrew Tang, who received Honorable Mention award in the 2012 Glendale Piano Competition on April 28. This is a highly competitive event, students come from all over Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. Andrew did a great job as a first-time participant. Well done, Andrew, I am so proud of you! Andrew is also competing in the Southern California Bach Festival Regional Final on May 12 – good luck, Andrew!

Maggie Collera (3 months of lessons) - demonstrating beautiful piano hand positions

Summer Lessons

The studio will be closed from July 1- 14. All tuition invoices for July will be prorated. If you are taking vacation outside the studio break, please email me the dates you will be away. There is no tuition due during your vacation, but please note that your lesson time slot can not be guaranteed, and you must contact me again when you are ready to resume lessons to see what times are available. If you would like to reserve your time slot, you must still pay for your monthly tuition, and take make-up lessons when you return. Those of you continuing with lessons in the summer may choose from the following concentrations, which will be incorporated into your weekly private lessons:

  1. Intensive Theory – for students that are interested in doing Certificate of Merit or Student Evaluations.
  2. Intensive Technique – for students that are interested in doing Certificate of Merit or other exams with a heavy technique component.
  3. Composition – summer is a great time to get your creative juices flowing! Students will learn basic composition skills and write their own original music.
  4. Ensemble playing – students learn duet repertoire in preparation for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Solo and Ensemble Festival.
  5. Extensive Repertoire building – for serious students that would like to focus on learning repertoire for competitions (must register for one-hour weekly lessons).
  6. Recreational Music – popular music, Disney tunes, movie hits, jazz, music for church.
Cecilia Lopez (age 5) at April Group Class
If you intend to continue lessons during the summer, let me know which option you would like to take! Summer scheduling can be more flexible – you may like to have lessons during the day since there is no school. Many of you are advancing in your studies and should consider longer lesson time frames. Summer is a great time to start these longer lessons.

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