Wenjen Piano Studios
Music News

March 2016
Volume 18
No. 6
Inspiring Quotes
Inspiring Quote from classicism.comClick john cage.org  to learn about John Cage and his famous work 4'33".  There's even an iPhone app!  "Cage's work, which teaches us that there's no such thing as 'silence' (and that there's joy to be found in paying close attention to the sounds around."

Latest Press
Congratulations to Kenneth Booth, CAPMT Southern Festival Performer on February 6, 2016 at Harbor College.
Latest News
Competitions and Auditions
Certificate of Merit
Royal Conservatory MDP
Teacher's Notes
Competitions & Auditions

Certificate of Merit

March 13th (Sunday)

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 

April 2nd (Saturday) Southern California Jr. Bach Festival

April 3rd (Sunday) 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. 

May 1, 2016 (Sunday), Steinway Piano Gallery - Beverly Hills
Postmark Application & Payment Deadline: April 1, 2016 (Friday)

May 12-14 Guild Auditions Torrance/South Bay

May 14th (Sat) MTACLB Sonatina/Sonata Competition in Seal Beach

June 3-6 Guild Auditions Long Beach

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College Prep
Don't miss these requirements to get into collegeCalifornia public universities - UCs and CSUs - expect students to have taken some specific classes; be sure to know what those are. by: Innovate Public Schools
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Music and the Brain
How Music Training Changes The Teenage Brain

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Upcoming Events

3/19/16, Certificate of Merit Day 1, El Camino College
3/20/16, Certificate of Merit Day 2, El Camino College
3/26/16, Certificate of Merit Day 3, Private Studios
4/2/16, Southern California Jr. Bach Festival, St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
4/17/16 CM Senior Medallion Recital and Presentation, St. Mark's Presbyterian Church

Upcoming Workshops
4/23/16 in Torrance
5/21/16 in Seal Beach (Awards Workshop**)
6/4/16 in Torrance-June Recitals

**Students cannot miss more than 2 performance workshops to qualify for awards at the May Awards Workshop


Please check Wenjen Piano Studios Events Calendar  for updates

Certificate of Merit 2016 

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 -Levels 5 and above with qualifications.

April 17th (Sunday) 
Senior Medallion Recital (St. Mark's in Lomita) Application deadline Fri. April 1, 2016. 

Southern California Jr. Bach Festival-South Bay Branch

Saturday, April 2, 2016

2016 Southern California Junior Bach Festival
Information for the MTAC South Bay Branch Participants
The South Bay Branch Southern California Junior Bach Festival for Keyboard will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 24027 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lomita, CA 90717. The Festival begins at 10:30 AM.  
Click here for the more SCJBF info on www.wenjenpiano.com
National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions
Auditions  Dates

Long Beach:  June 3rd (Fri.) through June 6th (Mon).
Torrance/South Bay:  May 12th- (Thurs.) 14th (Sat.)
See email for fees.
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Student Notes
Jillian Farley will compete in the Vex IQ Robotics State Championships on March 12, 2016.   Jillian 's team is called the 7700J Rolling Robots.  Good luck Jillian!  Click here for the article from Palos Verdes Patch.

Irene Lee received 2nd place and $200  for the El Segundo Rotary Club Music Scholarship.  She performed Elegy by Rachmaninoff. 
Irene Lee, Rotary Club Scholarship Recipient

Danielle Jacobson will perform on the piano for her Student Showcase at Oak Middle School.

Jonathan Chang was selected to perform The Farewell by Burgmuller for his Talent Show at his Middle School in Huntington Beach.

Congratulations to Idah Corfitzen on the purchase of her new Boston piano!  May your love of music grow even more on your new piano!

Teacher's Notes
Noreen Wenjen - Upcoming Presentations
* Zoom, Text, Tweet!  Interacting with Today's Music Students through Videos, Websites and Technology - How to use apps, videos, websites, and technology to communicate with today's students, reinforce your lessons, and enhance your teaching business (MTAC State Conference, July 2016)

Noreen will attend the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) National Conference April 2-6, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

Noreen and our Keynote Speaker Dr. Randall Faber from the CAPMT 2015 Conference in U.C. Berkeley.  Our upcoming CAPMT State Conference will be October 14-15, 2016 at Cal. State Long Beach with Keynote Presenters Marvin Blickenstaff and Dennis Alexander.  

Looking forward to our upcoming events!
Noreen Wenjen
Wenjen Piano Studios