Studio Life

Students Highlights

May 2019

It was quite an incredible experience preparing for auditions and sending one of our studio's adult piano students of nearly 6 years, to further his study of piano at a graduate school. Congratulations to Mark Wong for being accepted to the San Jose State University graduate piano program in Fall 2019. Here are some of his concerto performance recorded during lessons and recitals:

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2 First Movement

Chopin Piano Concert No 2 First Movement

and more performance videos

February 2019

Two of my high school piano students composed Sonatina and submitted to 2019 MTAC Composers Today for evaluations. Devin and Colleen received 4+ and 5 (highest score is 5+) respectively for their work and the great honor of being invited to perform at the MTAC conference in July 2019. Congratulations!

Devin's Sonatina in G minor

Coleen's Sonatina in B

Student Composition Project 2019

In January 2019, all students in the studio wrote a "pet" themed composition and performed their compositions at the Studio Spring Recital in May, 2019. We kicked off the project at the January group class. Students started out jotting down ideas with drawing pictures, writing descriptions, and moved on to creating a motif. Each week they added some more to their compositions.

Students also learned to use notation software such as Noteflight, Musescore, or Finale to notate their music. The composition was completed by March for those who wished to enter the Piano Explorer composition contest, or completed by our April group performance class. Bravo to all our composers! They amazed the audience during recital, and won great comments and praises.

Colleen's "The Adventures of Fintan the Dog" is the 3rd place winner in the Older Division (11 and up) at this year's (2019) contest. Her work will be published later this year in the magazine, and she will receive a cash reward from the magazine publisher. Congratulations!

Here you can see a copy of the some of the compositions that I was granted permission to publicize. The composers featured in this collect range from age 7 to 15. View the Pet Theme compositions!