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Winner of the 2020 Digital Piano Contest!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by Kara Myers | challenges

Hey everyone,

A couple months ago we announced the beginning of a digital piano contest to keep everyone inspired and motivated as we transitioned to self-isolation and online piano lessons. Everyone recorded their practice minutes, sight reading cards, goals, and 60 S Challenge triumphs on My Music Staff's student portal, and in return their names were added to a draw for a special prize! 

For the final draw, see the video below!

Thanks again to everyone who participated! I look forward to seeing you this weekend for our first-ever Zoom recital. 😊

Together We're Not Alone: 2020 YouTube Recital Winners List!

Saturday, April 18, 2020 by Kara Myers | challenges

This year's YouTube Recital coincided with the necessity of social distancing due to the covid-19 pandemic. In a world when it's dangerous to come together to share music, writing music and sharing it online like this was a wonderful way to remind each other that we're not alone! Each student composed, notated, and recorded an original piece, then watched the playlist and voted for their favorites. The compositions that received top votes are featured below.

Level 1 Compositions were notated using finger numbers on black keys or the whole tone scale. Danae's "Reading and Writing" and Daniel's "Sleeping Dreams" tied for third place, Shiloh's "A Leprechaun Lives in Ireland" and Katalina's "Jeffe" tied for second, and Jonah's "BB8" (video below) came in first!

Level 2 Compositions were notated on the treble staff with the left hand accompanying in parallel motion or with simple chords. Abby's "Slow Sloth" came in third place, Yuna's "Playful Bino" came in second, and Frankee's "Jumping on the Trampoline" (below) came in first!

Level 3 Compositions were notated on the treble staff with the left hand accompanying using advanced chord patterns, including waltz, boogie woogie, Alberti bass, and stride bass. Michael's "Alberti Bass" came in third place, Maya's "Blues" came in second, and Calie's "Quarantine Blues" and Charles' "Cobaka" (both below) tied for first!

Congrats to our winners, and thanks to everyone who participated! 

Chopin Challenge Winners!

Friday, November 8, 2019 by Kara Myers | challenges

Hi everyone,

Congrats to everyone who participated in the Chopin Challenge! Over the course of this challenge, we learned how to play his famous "Funeral March", listened to and analyzed his "Heroic Polonaise", and read about his life.

Next up in December we will be learning about Tchaikovsky!