Cassiopeia Bostan participates in the MTNA Junior Competition November 2011

October 12th, 2012

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Cassie performed a difficult program, including the Prelude of the English Suite II by JS Bach ; the entire Sonatina op 36 no 6 by Clementi and both Waltzes op 69 no 1 & 2 by Chopin.

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Shanti Ryle is a Paderewski Medal Winner

August 26th, 2011

Shanti Claire Elizabeth Ryle is now officially a Paderewski Medal Winner. In the National Guild of Piano Teachers this medal is only awarded once in a student’s life. It shows a great accomplishment in a student’s career. The very stringent requirement are that a 10 to 20 piece program has been successfully performed and tested for 10 years. Shanti Ryle achieved this requirement in ten consecutive years. Shanti Ryle has been a student of Eva Martin Hollaus for all ten years.

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Piano Studio photos

August 20th, 2011

Shanti Ryle Piano Guild High School Diploma Certification and MTAC Graduating Senior Plaque and Advanced Level Certificate with Branch honors. Shanti has been taking lessons with me since January 2000. This year marked Shanti’s 10th gold medal award in the Piano Guild auditions. Shanti is seeking an acting and music career.

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12 students could come today for pictures. My favorite is the FUNNY ONE!.

From left to right: Walter and Kelly Rausch: this year marks Kelly’s 5th year as a Gold Medal winner in the Piano Guild auditions. Chloe Lovato, a 6th year gold medalist; Shanti Ryle a 10th year gold medalist and HSD completion; Vinayak and Vishakh Pillai both bronze medal recipients; Bret Paddock 8th year gold medal recipient; back row: Patrick Xu 2nd year gold medalist; in front of Patrick: Ranen Unger Hicks with his mom Suzanne, this year marks Ranen’s 6th Piano Guild gold medal certificate; front row: first year medalists: Rachel and Charys Hong and Raeva Solbach; behind them: Sierra Rupnow, completed her 6th year piano guild gold medal program.

Pictured are 12 of the 30 students of the Eva Martin Hollaus Piano Studio who completed their Piano Guild programs this year. 25 received gold medals for entering and performing memorized 10 – 15 piece programs. A total of 302 pieces were performed in the last couple months in this year’s piano guild auditions alone.

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Cassiopeia Bostan, Pianist blog

August 15th, 2011

I am very happy to announce that I could include working links to my students blogs. And I will continue to add links:

Please, enjoy Cassiopeia Bostan’s blog. SHe is now 11 years old, had her birthday a couple weeks ago.

Cassiopeia Bostan started studying with me in March 2009. Cassie added a few videos of some of her pieces that she recorded recently. When she started with me in March 2009 she was playing Alfred method books level 3. Everything you hear her perform she accomplished since then. I am very happy for her and i am very grateful to her dad who has been keeping a watchful eye on her practice.

Please visit her blog here:  Cassiopeia Bostan, pianist:  http://cassiopeabostanpianist.blogspot.com/

Sincerely, Eva

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Article and Press links work!

August 15th, 2011

OMG – I thought I had my links working yesterday when I updated some pages and I found out they did not link! Suddenly I got the hang of things, I could click the right buttons – thank you, to whoever gave me the inspiration – I suddenly got it. Maybe, there are higher powers who cause miracles – this one, I would put into that category. Since I started to work with wordpress this site was nothing short of frustration. Please, enjoy what works, I seem to be getting somewhere here.

And I promise the instructional videos on demand and subscription membership is coming soon.

I still need to complete editing one book project, I am praying I have the energy and can complete it soon. Every time I believe I am done, I print it out and start over. I should appreciate the process – well, I do — but in the same token it is hanging things up. Please, bear with me; I am putting my energy into distributing my products and sharing my talent and skills.

Sincerely, Eva

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Quantity Discounts and wholesale available

August 15th, 2011

Hello all:

If you are interested in ordering quantity for your piano studio or store, please email me at playpianoinallkeys@gmail.com so I can get you better shipping rates; I am still on working out the bugs for shipping. PayPal is also available, but I need to invoice separately – please email me. Sincerely, Eva

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The Last of the Piano Guild Auditions for 2011

August 14th, 2011

I wanted to acknowledge the last students who participated in the Piano Guild auditions:

Raeva Solbach performed a brand new 10-piece program that she learned in 6 weeks. Her former teacher taught excellent Suzuki piano, which was excellent memory work, but lacking in reading and confidence learning new pieces. This program was the perfect opportunity to catch up on missed basics. Raeva performed a brand new 10-piece memorized program that helped her catch up. Congratulations to her very first gold medal!

Sharmini and Nira Premananthan performed on Friday, both earned their gold medals with 10-piece programs.

Sierra Rupnow could also perform her 6th year in Piano Guild auditions earning a Gold Medal with her 10-piece program.

Yin Ni Lee performed a difficult 3-piece program. This was Yin Ni’s first piano guild audition and I am very happy she went and performed.

Thank goodness – it is all done and over! It seemed this year had been extremely difficult to push through. There were scheduling changes, scheduling conflicts that suddenly arose left and right; all done – what a relief. I feel I could go on a three week vacation — but you know, it will not happen. The summer months are the golden time to work technique and get a few pages in the theory books done.

Onward and forward, tomorrow is another day, more great music to listen to.

Maybe I could say, I live from one note to next well played note!

More on our total Gold Medal count later, I need a couple hours of vacation, until tomorrw!

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New articles on Play Piano in All Keys

August 14th, 2011

I am happy to announce, several new articles are available to be read!

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Play Piano Avoid the 7 most common piano practice errors

August 8th, 2011

Education Article –

Please enjoy this article on amazines.com

Let’s go over the seven most common practice errors and the secrets to unlock flawless and effortless practice progress:

As a piano teacher or student are we not hearing these daily?

1. I just want to learn to play a piece – I do not have time for boring scales or theory

2. Metronome practice? You must be kidding!

3. The most important thing is to get the notes right

4. If you practice and make a mistake, just keep trying, eventually you will get it

5. Only people who cannot play piano need to write in finger numbers

6. Never mind practicing technique or learning theory, just practice a piece until you get it.

7. If I play a piece often enough I will be able to play it from memory.

Please enjoy my explanations. Eva

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Shanti Ryle Completed her Piano Guild High School Diploma

July 30th, 2011

I am happy to announce that Shanti Claire Elizabeth Ryle, age 17, graduated senior, completed today her tenth year Piano Guild audition with a High School Diploma Certification. Her piano examination included an approved repertoire of 10 Advanced level pieces, including the entire Beethoven Sonata Op 27 no 2 The Moonlight, the WTC II Prelude and Fugue in f minor by J. S. Bach, the Scott Joplin Concert Waltz Bethena, The Rachmaninov Etude Tableaux op 33 no 8, the Debussy Claire De Lune and Bruyeres and the Lecuona Cordoba. Besides her repertoire she was tested on scales skills, chords, cadences, modulations, arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The entire examination was performed from memory. The most sincere congratulations to Shanti Ryle for working so hard and persisting in achieving this great accomplishment. Not many students are this dedicated to achieve so much besides getting ready for college.
Shanti Ryle has studied piano with Eva Martin Hollaus since 10 years and completed her MTAC Graduating Senior certificated earlier this year as well.

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