Judge: Valerie Vaughan San Diego – Escondido, CA July 8, July 13 2011
2 Patrick Xu Preparatory Special PS International 15 pieces Gold Medal
1 Charys Hong Elementary A EA National 10 pieces Gold Medal
1 Rachel Hong Elementary A EA National 10 pieces Gold Medal
1 Juliette Beucler Preparatory B PB National 10 pieces Gold Medal
5 Andrew Vu Preparatory B PB National 10 pieces Gold Medal
5 Nessa Vu Intermediate C IC National 10 pieces Gold Medal
4 Victoria Vu Intermediate C IC State 9 pieces Silver Medal
5 Kelly Rausch Intermediate A IA National 10 pieces Gold Medal
6 Thulasi Yogarajah Intermediate B IB National 10 pieces Gold Medal
1 Adam Ghilarducci Intermediate C IC National 10 pieces Gold Medal
3 Brittany Durgiah Intermediate A IA District 5 pieces Bronze Medal
8 Bret Paddock Preparatory C PC International 15 pieces Gold Medal
6 Mitchell Johnson Preparatory A PA National 10 pieces Gold Medal
3 Anais Perkins Intermediate B IB National 10 pieces Gold Medal
9 Sai Sivapalan Preparatory Special PS International 15 pieces Gold Medal
Thank you to all parents and students for participating. The level playing was very high and the judge enjoyed the performances. She heard 159 pieces. Each student performed scales and cadences; all National and International winners performed scales, chords/cadences and arpeggios. Play Piano In All Keys Complete Workbook was very helpful in preparing the musicianship phases. Besides the complete set of fingering charts, the book also features practice logs. Some of my students used the practice logs and kept track of their progress using the metronome. They often practiced scales for 3 minutes, sometimes 5 or more minutes without stopping and their technique became more fluid.
Bret Paddock performed the entire Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. He is looking forward to auditioning with an orchestra.
Vinayak and VishakhPillai completed their 2011 Piano Guild auditions. Both performed a 5 piece program, that earned them a Bronze medal for their efforts. Both students are Honor students and participate in academic challenge classes. Congratulations to both for their dedication and accomplishments.
Congratulations to Ranen Unger Hicks age 10, being awarded 1st place in the 6th grade and under category. Ranen received a trophy and a cash prize. Stacey Nguyen Phan age 8 received 4th place.
Sai Sivapalan received an Honorable Mention in the 9-10 grade division. He is a very busy High Schooler and he had an SAT test just before his piano competition at 7am. The competition waited for him to arrive to perform the Chopin Ballad op 38. He had no warm up before playing.
As always I admire the abilities of my students.
Mitchie Johnson performed in the 11-12 grade division. He played well but did not place. However Mitchie is making a name for himself teaching piano. His student received an Honorable Mention in the 6th grade division. Mitchie is using the Play Piano In All Keys Complete Workbook with his students. He attributes his teaching success to the methods he learned in his piano lessons that took him through a theory exemption in the Advanced Level of the MTAC Certificate of Merit this year. He started to work towards his piano goals 5 years ago.
I am very happy to congratulate the following students to their amazing accomplishments. They all performed musicianship phases. It was George Bostan II’s first Guild audition; he performed all white key scales in Major and harmonic minor and 9 Elementary pieces. Cassiopea Bostan performed All Major, Harmonic and Melodic Minor scales, Chords / Cadences and Arpeggios and 12 pre-college pieces for her audition. Cassiopea is 10 years old. Her program included two waltzes by F Chopin and the Mozart Alla Turca.
All other students performed Scales, Chords / Cadences and Arpeggios and 7 pieces. Cynthia Phan’s program included the Prelude and Gigue from the English Suite BWV 807 by JS. Bach, the first movement of the Beethoven Sonata Op 13, a Scott Joplin Rag and the Waltz op 18 by F Chopin. Cynthia Phan is a 7th grader.
Ranen Unger Hicks, age 10 performed his 10 piece audition in the morning and an Honors recital in the afternoon. The Honors recital was for Ranen’s superior performance in the TVMTA music festival May 7, 2011 in Temecula. Ranen’s program included the invention # 8 and 12 by JS Bach, the 3 part Synphonia no 8 by JS Bach, the Khachaturian C Major Sonatina 3rd movement, the Chopin Waltz in A flat Major Op 64 no 3 and two movements of Mozart Sonatas including the 3rd movement of the Sonata in F Major K 332.
Well, this year, once again the Guild auditions are just around the corner. And as always, I am offering this venue to all my students.
This year, we have a student entry of 31, from the very beginning levels of Elementary A through the High School Diploma auditions in 12th grade.
Of our 31 students entered, 28 are performing 10 – 15 piece programs, fully memorized. That is an amazing accomplishment for each student, since the pieces are quite demanding and have to be performed accurate, note true and musically. Each student receives a 45 item report card, certificate and pin. 28 students are receiving gold pins / medals! I am also happy, that I have the stamina to take so many students through such demanding programs. But it is all possible with the essence of skills I teach in piano.
18 of my students have participated in these auditions for over 5 consecutive years with gold medal programs and are receiving a special composers pin.
All students are performing scales, chords / cadences and arpeggios musicianship phases except the 3 early elementary students. They have only been with me for a couple months and there is not enough time to let scales, chords, cadences and arpeggios sink in.
Musicianship phases are piano basic skills and patterns that need special attention since most classical music is built on using these scale patterns, chord patterns and arpeggios patterns. Working these patterns and musicianship phases has been the secret to my students fast and above average progress.
I am not a teacher who just looks for those special proteges who practice 4 hours or more a day and are looking for a career. The majority of my students are regular kids who excel in everything in school, extracurricular activities, sports, academics, community activities and who also develop their music skills.
Summing up how we get there: My entire structure of teaching is centered around the scales, chords / cadences and arpeggios patterns and forming solid practice habits that we are re-inforcing daily.
I would say that my first book published as an ebook contains the secrets of how to pratice: 1. Major and Harmonic Minor Scales, the Way I Teach Them,… available as a Kindle download via Amazon.com in the US and UK or as a PDF download on this website and www.classicalpianolessons.com — and the second most important core book is the Play Piano In All Keys Fingering Charts Series – the Complete Workbook, available on this site — that has all the theory explanations included how I teach my students basic classical concepts of theory to help pass the various music examinations. Both these books simplify my life as a piano teacher. I certainly could not accomplish without these teaching and practice tools. It took me my entire life to creatively innovate and get to this point of expertise.
I wish, I had had my books when I started to take piano lessons. And I had the best opportunities that Vienna had to offer in the early 1960s.
In my books, I am sharing my success tips that I learned from the many mistakes and errors I worked through.
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“PRACTICE WITH ME” SERIES:
Scales Challenge Class
Chords / Cadences Beginning
Chords / Cadences Intermediate
Chords / Cadences Advanced including Dominant Seventh Chords and Diminished Seventh Chords
Arpeggios Dominant Seventh and Diminished Seventh
Certificate of Merit Prep – Level 9 technical examination preparation
Piano Guild Musicianship Phases EA – PD
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Early Elementary programs with practice instructions
Intermediate programs with practice instructions
Advanced programs with practice instructions
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As usual, I am reading through the various articles of interest. And there is one that stuck to my mind more than others: It described how children in America, nowadays were notably less creative in early childhood than other children. I’ll post the link to the study, shortly.
As a piano teacher, I have been diligently working on developing each piano student’s ability to make independent decisions. Most of my students are K12 and adult. Being able to evaluate on an ongoing basis what works and what does not work, in my opinion, is a great ability to develop and bring out more. It takes creativity to look at a situation from various angles and find solutions. This is one perspective that I am taking my students through. I want my students to have tools to evaluate, tools to understand how to improve and how to schedule and target to get from here to there.
In an American world where children inflow entertainment and are educated to be part of group games and individualistic outstanding position is not always appreciated. I am trying to find balance and provide challenges for my students. I encourage with questions to have my students find answers themselves, rather than me telling them every time. Of course, it is much quicker and easier to “just tell them what to do,” but no – the learning experience comes from turning the questions around and asking the student to TELL ME, what he /she feels they need to do and what that would result. I often ask them: “Ok, tell me, what were the good points in your playing, tell me those first and then tell me what you see that you need to improve and how you are going about improving these. So let’s start with your long list of what you did right, or what you did good in your playing. Could you tell me, please?” Then I listen to the response. Then we discuss the particularly well played points. Because, where you played really well, that is of greatest value, much greater than what needs fixing. What turned out just the way the student imagined it, that is, where the students learns from the most from. This is the decisive creative part in piano learning. Imagination – decision – action – result. You see, thought must come first.
Then after discussing the fabulous parts, then the problem areas are being looked at. And one item at a time is being pulled apart and inspected and a way to remedy one at a time.
Rarely do I just make a list of “misses” and “grade” – frankly, I avoid that teaching style altogether. Because, simply, it would not make me happy to just give a grade, since the grade does not improve anything. Only thoughtful planning and decisions will make a difference.
When my students realize that they are learning skills and abilities in piano playing that also help in their abilities in school and for their professional career choices, suddenly then i see incredible progress in amazingly short times. My students have excelled time and time again – they have learned to work with decisions and imagination. And I congratulate them every time, knowing what it took to get there.
When you play piano and that sound is “just soooo” – the way you wanted it – your heart singing – the beautifully shaped sound filling the room — just remember, you just beat the mainstream entertainment scenario and you gave your talent and higher spiritual self a work out. Love yourself, create those beautiful music “WOW” moments…. a whole collection of them…
Season Greetings and a HAPPY NEW YEAR, filled with lots of amazing sounds and sound creations.
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The best and easy way to learn traditional classical piano playing foundation: use the easy to read classical piano playing fingering charts for scales, chords / cadences and arpeggios. When you have familiarized yourself with playing scales, chords/ cadences and arpeggios, you will be able to learn note reading and new pieces so much easier, since your fingers and mind are already trained! You will literally save years of frustration by practicing piano playing basics so much more efficiently using these charts.
Usually my 9 year old students learn all scales within their first 6 months of piano lessons. In the following months they speed up their scales, all while they are learning to read notes, theory, ear training and new easy pieces that gradually get more difficult. After about 6 months they can play pieces that are usually taught in the 7th year of piano lessons with about 30 – 45 minutes practice 5 days a week.