We begin at 3:20 and run until 4:30. Students who have completed a level in their Keyboard Karate charts (this is their scales, chords and arpeggios) since our last quarterly gathering will receive their new ribbons. The rest of the time is snacks, social, games and - of course - Educational Food Playing.
There are no performances, just a whole lot of fun! Please RSVP to this email or via the portal if you've not already done so.
Are you able to stay and help out? I like to have one additional adult here in case of emergency. There's really no work involved, you just need to physically BE here. Let me know if you're available!
As a member of the MMTA, I encourage you to consider participation in one or several of the MMTA evaluation programs for your student. Students across the state participate in these programs offered at various dates and locations fairly convenient to all. The closest judging location for most programs is New Ulm, however the Twin Cities has at least one and often several dates and locations. I’ve tried to capture the essence of each program below, but if you are considering any of the programs please contact me for further information. Please note that registration fees for these programs are not covered by your tuition, and all travel is on your own. A summary graph is provided. Note, fall evaluations are also offered for students who are willing to begin preparations over the summer months.
Piano Contest: Mostly performance based
Student prepares and memorizes a piece from the repertoire list for their age level for preliminary judging
Top performers from prelims may choose to proceed to final judging (additional cost) playing the same prepared piece
Top performers from finals may choose to play at the Honors Concert which is a mass ensemble performing a new piece that must be learned and memorized
There are 4 mandatory rehearsals prior to the Honors Concert held in the Twin Cities
Students at the Intermediate A level (ages 13-14) and higher must have passed Theory Exams 1 and 2 by the Final Exam date
Piano Exams: Well-rounded evaluation of all aspects of piano study
Encompasses the areas of Keyboard Skills, Theory, Sightplaying and Repertoire which can be done in full as a Comprehensive Exam; the components (except Repertoire) may also be done separately
Our studio’s Keyboard Karate program follows the Keyboard Skills syllabus
Repertoire for Comprehensive Exams is selected from an approved repertoire list, a much broader range of choices than with the Piano Contest (pieces do not overlap). The number of pieces required varies by age/level from 2 to 5 pieces of contrasting styles and genres.
Students may jump in at any level and may also skip levels
Upper levels of Comprehensive Exams have Theory Exam prerequisites
If a student does not wish to do the repertoire component, they may do Sightplaying and Keyboard Skills without Theory prerequisites
Popular Styles Exams: Comprehensive evaluation in contemporary genres
Playing and listening skill assessment of folk, blues, jazz, rock, pop and other popular styles
Arranging and Improvising from lead sheets
There is a workbook specific to this program to ensure students are fully prepared for the exam
Students prepare and memorize a piece from a repertoire list (typically 2-3 years of piano study likely needed for this level of repertoire)
Judging Date at Closest Judging Location
Closest Judging Location
Piano Contest Preliminaries
Comprehensive Piano Exams
$21-$118 depending on level
Popular Styles Exam
University of St. Catherine
$28-33 depending on level
Piano Contest Finals (if selected at Prelim)
U of MN Minneapolis
Piano Contest Honors Concert (if selected at Final)