Students auditioned for Awards in Excellence on April 13, 2019 at Arizona Piano where each student performed two memorized pieces from the DVMTA Repertoire List and were judged. Those who were selected winners performed at the Winners' Recital, held at the same location on April 20, 2019. We were amazed at the level of achievement from these young pianists! Congratulations to all who auditioned, and to those who were selected winners and to those given honorable mention. Thank you to their teachers for preparing them so well, and to the Awards in Excellence Committee: Lorri McHardy, Fei, Xu and Yali Luo, with help from Penny Carpenter, Lori Weidemann and Hong Zhu.
The Winners' Recitals
April 2019 Newsletter
Spring has arrived! Beautiful colors are popping up all around, the fragrance of orange blossoms is sweetening the air, children are getting restless for school to end and there is evidence of new growth everywhere you look! At this time of year, we not only recognize natural and physical growth, but family calendars are filling up with numerous events that evaluate, recognize and celebrate academic growth as well. Many students across the valley are currently taking the AZ Merit test in an effort to prove that they actually learned something at school this year! Many students are making preparations to graduate and take the next academic or life step ahead. Music and dance studios are busily polishing up numbers for spring recitals. Sports teams are competing for division titles. It is the season for demonstrating growth!
DVMTA has three remaining activities that celebrate and award the hard work students have made in their music studies this year – Awards in Excellence, Achievement Day and Awards Plus. I hope that all of you have students participating in at least one of these awesome events! They are each unique in their ability to provide the perfect way to award students for their musical growth. Unfortunately, deadlines have passed for entering students in these events this year, but here are some suggestions, beyond the typical spring recital, of other things you might try in your studio to celebrate student growth this year!
DVMTA President 2018-2019
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Dr. Mandarin Cheung-Yueh was our guest speaker at the March General Meeting and presented "Repertoire for Advancing Students". She discussed how teachers can effectively help students advance to more difficult repertoire through focusing on different aspects and definitions of transition. We were privileged to also hear her perform an amazing piano duet with Snezana Krstic.
March 2019 Newsletter
We began the DVMTA year with the theme, “Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean”. The classic folk tale, Stone Soup, likewise, illustrates the power of how several people individually sharing just a small amount can all work together to create something much bigger that can be enjoyed by everyone. This timeless theme was beautifully played out last month as DVMTA proudly presented “Road Trip” - our 34th Annual Cavalcade of Rhythm! For readers who may be unfamiliar with this event, Cavalcade is a piano ensemble event where groups of as many as forty students perform duets on as many as twenty pianos! The production of Cavalcade is an excellent example of many people from many music studios working together to create a community event that would be impossible for an individual studio to produce on its own! The teamwork involved in the planning and execution of this event is absolutely mind-boggling! Lucky for us, we had an amazing group of individuals that worked countless volunteer hours to make Cavalcade a reality this year – Jenna Hartley, Linda Carpenter, Hillary Bitter, Sara Pratt and Charles Newton. Together they weathered just about every storm possible to get the show “on the road”, and they never gave up! In addition, forty plus DVMTA teachers all contributed their talents in various ways to produce this year’s event. Talk about teamwork!
I am so proud to be part of an organization whose members demonstrate the true meaning of teamwork. Our members work well together, make valuable contributions, do whatever it takes, think of the bigger picture, give generously of their time, listen to each other’s opinions and ideas, pitch in as needed and ultimately, get the job done! DVMTA has been working hard this year to meet modern challenges that threaten to make wonderful events like Cavalcade a thing of the past, but I have to say, teamwork has helped us to meet these challenges head on! Together, we have managed to maintain the integrity of the special events, like Cavalcade, that have drawn music teachers, parents and students to be a part of DVMTA since 1980!
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