Our Coffee Concerts have become a student favorite during the year. Twice yearly, Emily will set up her digital piano at a local coffee shop, and for 2 hours we host an "open stage" where students can play recital or lesson book favorites, compositions, improvisations, duets, and other pieces for each other, friends, and family.
Every year, we have a formal recital in the Winter and another (less-formal) recital in the Spring. This year, our Winter Recital will be after the rush of the holiday season. Students will receive recital pieces in October, and are encouraged but certainly not required to have them memorized for the performance in January. Each student will play 2-3 pieces of contrasting styles that will highlight and challenge their skills at the piano! Location TBA. Family and friends are very welcome to join the audience!
The APPI Composition Festival is a positive, non-competitive setting for a professional judge to evaluate a student's composition or portion of a composition. Written evaluations are provided the day of the APPI Festival. Additionally, the judge will be available for a block of time at the APPI Festival to give verbal comments. Time for one-on-one student/judge sessions at the festival will be scheduled in advance. All participants will recieve a red ribbon for their submission. Students of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!
The APPI Performance Festival is a positive, non-competitive setting for students to play for a professional judge for feedback. Students will perform up to 5 minutes of music (memorization encouraged but not required). There are two performance spaces avaialable - either a private room for 1 judge or a public space for 2 judges. Students can choose which space to play in. All participants recieve a ribbon and certificate. Each student will be assigned a 5 minute performance spot after all registrations are recieved. This event annually draws hundreds of piano students from the Mpls area!
For those students who would like to become involved in a nationally recognized system of study to truly strengthen thier level of musicianship, this is a wonderful opportunity! This is a system of yearly assessments, created and administered by some of the top pianists and teachers in the USA and Canada and sponsored by Carnegie Hall. Each year the student will prepare for and take an assessment, levels 1-10, which will cover all aspects of music (performance, sight-reading, technique, and theory among others) from beginning piano through college level coursework. This is a well respected system, and a worthwhile achievement for young pianists!
Many of the elements you will need to know for this assessment are things we already do in our weekly lessons! This will give us a more systematic way to chart our progress and an achievement to be proud of year after year!
If you are interested in studying for a TAP assessment, please start by visiting the website above. More information and prices are listed.
In the Twin Cities area, there are 2 time a year to take the assessment at The University of St. Thomas. The next opportunity will be the weekend of June 2-3, with an early March registration deadline.
This year, the first lesson of each month will be "Recording Day." Students are encouraged to choose thier favorite lesson or performance book pieces to refine and play into the mic during Recording Day. Only pieces that are "performance ready" may be used...an extra incentive to really fine-tune those lesson book pieces! By the end of the year, each student will have a collected library of their playing so they can hear what progress was made throughout the year.
For those students who would like to make sure they are performing at the highest level, I am offering the opportunity to enroll in the Minnesota Music Teachers Assn "Comprehensive Piano Syllabus Exam" series. The Piano Syllabus Exams take you through 10 levels (aprox 1 level a year) of piano knowledge; testing your sight-reading, ear training, theory knowledge, and performance. If you think in terms of Karate - it's like going through your belts all the way to "Black belt piano player." These exams really keep you on track, are an impressive achievement, and are recognized at colleges and universities accross the country (they look great on applications!)