Take careful note! You won't want to miss important details!  [Important info or changes in red.]


MUSIC ARTISTRY PROGRAM (formerly called "Adjudications") (Wed, Mar 14, 2018)
This educational experience provides students with an opportunity to play two classical pieces from memory for a piano professor or advanced teacher! Right after students perform, they receive a written page of recommendations from the adjudicator, and then the guest artist gives them a one-on-one lesson with the remaining time! Our guest artist is Hannah Cho. (See bio here.)

Click here to see details on our local GHMTA site.
Click here to see details on the state WSMTA site.

Lesson length: The state has now changed the time options. I am requiring all of my participating students to take a 30-minute lesson.
Cost: $45 per student
Time:  Wednesday morning, March 13, 2018, between 9:15-1:15. This may require students to leave school temporarily for this event.

I request that ALL students (as much as is possible for your family) participate in the Music Artistry Program. This event not only greatly enhance your performance quality, but also improves my ability to teach you individually as well. This is the highest level performance class available to our studio this year and it gives me an invaluable outside perspective on the quality of teaching I'm providing you.

WHO:  All students
WHERE: (Tentatively) Discovery Baptist Church
WHEN:   Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018
COST:  Non-refundable $45 per student
PAY CHRIS BY:  First lesson in January
ATTIRE:  "Sunday Best"
BRING:  Your music (measures must be numbered)

Adjudications Substitute Note: As usual, students participating in Adjudications will substitute one private lesson for this event. Instead of having your private lesson here at the studio, I will attend your adjudication (which is far more beneficial use of the lesson time for you). This allows me to observe your adjudication and how the adjudicator is working with you, as well as follow through on what has been taught and discussed. This substitute will take place the week of the event.

* Some have asked in the past if they could use their substitute whenever they want, or put it toward a lesson they missed in the past. Good question... I would have asked it myself. However, that option is not available. The administrative preparation for adjudications (and then attending all of them) requires far more hours from me than giving each student their regular lesson. Using the substitutes in one "lump sum" helps me recover a portion of the extra time I've put into the event. Thank you for understanding. Please see your "Rates & Policies" form for info regarding "lesson substitutions for events." If you have ANY questions, don't hesitate to ask!


ACM COMPETITION (Sat, Mar 17)

The Alliance of Christian Musicians is hosting a piano competition in Tacoma for students age 8-19 (prizes up to $300). Click here for complete competition details.

Family and guests are welcome to attend this outstanding set of performances. This is actually a "competition recital," meaning that it is just as much a public performance as it is a competition.
Students: This competition welcomes you to play your repeats! Go ahead and include them unless you totally haven't learned them, or we decided in your lessons NOT to do them.
Students participating in this competition may take a break from their practice after this event until their next lesson! Enjoy the rest!

WHEN: Sat, Mar 17 (see website for division times)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Jan 20
ATTIRE: “Sunday best”
BRING: Your music for the judges. (No photocopies. Make sure your name and teacher name is not on the music. Make sure your measures are numbered.)
Congrats to last year's winners: 
Ages 11-13: Josiah Mellott (1st);  ages 17-19: Maria Booy (honorable mention)


STATE RECITALIST COMPETITION (Apr 2)
If you are upper intermediate to advanced and participated in this year's Music Artistry Program (both pieces successfully played from memory), you may be eligible to participate in this competition. The winner of this event has the honor of representing the Gig Harbor Music Teachers Association in the State Honors Recital (June 20-23, Vancouver, WA).

See WSMTA-GH website for complete details.

WHERE:  Agnus Dei Lutheran Church
TIME:  7:00pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE (with Chris: March 2)
COST:  $15 per student (include with your March payment)