Each year, we have at least 2 studio recitals: in June and December. Our June recital is held outdoors, with students playing on the digital piano with the deck as our stage. The December recitals are held in the piano studio.
There are a variety of other festivals and performance opportunities that we may choose to participate in. Let me know if you are interested in entering these festivals in 2014:
MULTIPLE PIANO FESTIVAL: Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Multiple Piano Festival (MPF) is an exciting festival of duets and trios performed on 12 grand pianos simultaneously, with as many as 36 students playing a piece in unison led by a conductor. It truly is an amazing opportunity for students, and one of the only festivals of its kind in the entire state. The proceeds of this festival are used to fund need-based scholarships for students in our area.
The cost to participate is $10. Auditions are held on the first Saturday in November, with rehearsals on the second and third weekends of November. The concert is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Registration Deadline: October 15, 2014.
FEDERATED FESTIVAL: March 2015 (date TBA). This is a one-day event sponsored by the Federated Music Clubs. Here’s how it works:
The Federated Music Clubs put out a Bulletin with a list of pieces by American Composers at various levels. There are also a large selection of categories that students can enter (solo, ensembles, hymn playing, folk music, theory, sight reading, improvisation, etc). Each category is judged on Festival Day and given a ranking from 1-5 (5 being outstanding). At the end of the day, they tally all of the points that a student has earned. For every 15 points, the student is then awarded a trophy for their achievement. Unused points carry over from year to year (i.e. if a student earns 18 points this year, they will get one trophy and have 3 points that carry over to next year’s Festival). As their points accumulate, the trophies get bigger and better.
For most categories, students pick one of the List pieces from the Bulletin and then learn a Choice piece, which can be any original piano piece by a NON-American composer. For the Solo and Folk Song categories, students would prepare 2 pieces each, and memorization is required. In general, we enter each student in 4 categories so that they will easily get 15 points (and a trophy) for the year. It sounds like a lot of work, but I’ve been told by my music teacher friends that it is absolutely worth the effort.
The cost to participate is $15 entry fee per student (due in November), plus $10 for each category entered (Due in January: $10 each category x 4 categories = an additional $40 per student). Registration Deadline: November 2014.
NATIONAL MUSIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:
We believe that every student in the United States deserves the opportunity to achieve national recognition for musical achievement. By participating in the National Music Certificate Program, you are joining a growing community dedicated to bringing a curriculum and assessment program of the highest quality to everyone.
National Music Certificate Program offers the Certificate Program in cooperation with one of the world’s most renowned schools of music, The Royal Conservatory of Music. Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory of Music is recognized throughout the world for the high quality of its programs. RCM Examinations has over 100 years of experience developing curricula and providing third-party assessments based on established pedagogical research and the highest artistic goals.
More than 17,000 teachers use the National Music Certificate Program/ RCM Examinations program each year, reaching over 100,000 students and families. Students are assessed in practical areas of repertoire, sight reading, ear training, and technique. Separate theoretical tests are conducted in rudiments, harmony, counterpoint, analysis, and history.
The benefits of participating are many:
· students develop greater creativity, artistry and love of music, as well as improved process skills of self discipline, goal setting, and time management
· parents have assurance that their children are taking part in a nationally recognized program, one that offers a balanced course of study and challenging goals
· teachers benefit from the high pedagogical standards of an excellent and reliable curriculum. They appreciate the objective and consistent evaluation of their students' progress as a teaching and a motivational tool
Excellence, achievement, motivation, performance, recognition ... these are only a few of the positive results that teachers, students and families will experience through participation in the National Music Certificate Program. Cost: $50-100+ per exam. Held in May and December.