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Certificate of Merit
10/1/15-10/31/15 2016 CM Online Registration begins and ends.  Payment and signed liability forms are due to Ms. Noreen by Sep 23rd.
2016 February 6th (Saturday)
CM Keyboard Final Schedule Emailed.

February 28th (Sunday)
CM Theory Test Day - Keyboard Only El Camino College 8:30am-6:00pm 

March 19th (Saturday) DAY 1
CM Keyboard Evaluations El Camino College 

March 20th (Sunday) DAY 2
CM Keyboard Evaluations El Camino College 

March 26th (Saturday) DAY 3 CM Keyboard Evaluations Private Studios 

Keyboard Branch Honors Recital El Camino College 

April 17th (Sunday)
Senior Medallion Recital (Probably at St. Mark's in Lomita) Stay tuned for application deadline. 

**See Red for Updates!

Next workshops
10/10/15 in Torrance
11/14/15 in Seal Beach
12/12/15 combined workshop in Torrance
Students cannot miss more than 2 performance workshops to qualify for awards at the May Awards Workshop


Monday 9/21 WILL have lessons.  Holiday has been moved to 12/21/15
No Lessons Tues. 9/22 through 9/24 Thurs.

Please check Google Cal for udpates!

Contact David Ida for more information.  
Thanks to Steinway technician Frank Strnad  for his work in fine tuning my new Steinway B!  If you have not had your piano tuned in the last 9-12 months, it's a great time to tune, as the weather is more stable now (and we are working on ear training!)!  
September 2015  Volume 18, No. 1
I Love Music 2015

Inspired by The Magic Flute

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to our first performance workshops of the new school year!  We started our summer off with the Awards Workshop, June Recitals, National Guild Auditions, SYMF, and more!  

I know that you've all had busy summers.  This is what I was up to this summer:  I adjudicated for the SYMF (Southern California Jr. Bach Festival) in August.

I serve on the California Association of Professional Music Teachers State Board as President-Elect.  I'm also serving as CAPMT Membership Secretary interim, until this position is filled.

I also serve as CAPMT Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions Chair for CAPMT, District 3. This event will be on Sunday, Nov. 1st and I hope to have a lot of participation from my studio!

I serve as the CM Senior Medallion Chair for the MTAC South Bay Branch.  I run a very special recital after Certificate of Merit to honor the graduating high school seniors and their teachers.

Ms. Noreen is giving a presentation Two-year Wait List:  How to Build and Maintain a Recession-proof Music Studio for CAPMT District 8 on Monday, September 14, 2015.

This summer, since Connor has elected to ride his bicycle to school, it has allow me to expand my studio schedule and include some new students to our studio.  Please give a warm welcome to Alexis Lee (Austin's sister), Ida Gould, Ellie Topper, Georgia Topper, Isaac Goldberg, and William Goldberg.


*CAPMT District 3 Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions Chair


Congratulations SYMF 2015 Winners 



1st Place Qualified Duet Jaclyn and Robert



Jaclyn Gerschultz 1st Place Qualified Solo 2015


Robert Gerschultz 4th Place Qualified Solo 2015



Certificate of Merit

Young Achiever Award 2015-up to 9 years old in 2015 Franziska Hirsch, Austin Lee, Kayla Booth, Katie Chen
Jr. Achievement Award 2015
Winner: Ally Yun, Alana Ikemoto, Danielle Jacobson,

1st HM: Jynel Zeitz, Jillian Farley, Kenneth Booth,

2nd HM: Jake Yun, Jonathan Chang, Lana Gilligan, Connor Gilligan,

3rd HM: Andrew Farley-Morales, Mia Jenkins, Sven-Kutzner Smith

Honor Achievement Award 2015 (All ages from Late Workshop)
Winner: Michelle Lu, Jaclyn Gerchultz, Robert Gerschultz, Irene Lee, Peter Lu
Outstanding Musician Award 2015 (All ages from Late Workshop)
Outstanding Musician Award 2015

Former student, Candice Horikawa visited from Idaho!

Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM)-Music Development Program (MDP)-Congratulations to Jonathan Chang!

Congratulations to Jonathan Chang, our studio's first Royal Conservatory of Music Student!  Jonathan passed with First Class Honors!

Here are the upcoming Winter Assessment Dates:
Registration opens: September 9th ,2015
Registration deadline: October 14th , 2015 (11.59PM PT)
Practical assessment dates 2015/16:
between November 28th - December 10th , 2015
(specific dates for each center: TBA)
Theory assessments: Fri Dec 11th and Sat Dec 12th, 2015
Here is the link to more detailed information:

Southern California Jr. Bach Regional Performers

The regional festival was held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at California State University at Dominguez Hills.  Congratulations to Robert Gerschultz, Irene Lee, and Ally Yun, on their excellent performances!


Congratulations to the CAPMT District 3: Sonata/Sonatina Competition Honorable Mention Winners Peter Lu and Allison Yun! 

The competition was held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Steinway Hall in Beverly Hills.

Guild Auditions
Congratulations to all of our National Guild Auditions students!  Everyone successfully passed their auditions with flying colors!

Tuition Due Date Reminder
Please remember that tuition is due by the 1st of each month.  A $15 fee will be automatically charged to your account if tuition is not received by the 1st. Tuition is payable online with a transaction fee here.  Tuition may be transferred from your bank to my account without a fee depending on your bank.  (BofA and Chase works.) To view the 2015 WPS Studio Policy click here.   
Community Service

 MSSLSBB Members-
13, Sunday. 4 - 5:30 pm. MSSL ORIENTATION MEETING. HYPERIUM conservatory, RHE. 

Please submit a check for $15 to me for membership.  The following forms need to be completed:
MTACSBB Branch Liability click here 
MSSL application click here
MSSL Standing Rules click here 
Click here for MSSL-SBB Facebook page

To learn more about mssl click here

For MSSl-Long Beach Branch Recitals
TBA.  Please check emails from Clare Courter.

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