Music Programs, Events, Awards, Certificates and Points
Programs offered through the studio are part of students’ music studies. Because I belong to GHMTA, WSTMA & MTNA students would not receive these opportunities otherwise. These programs are designated to keep student, parent & teacher accountable for students’ music study success and advancement in their musical journey.
STUDIO RECITALS (DECEMBER & MAY) – recitals are not optional and are part of music studies with Daniels Music Studio. The studio has two (2) recitals EVERY year: Christmas Recital in December & the Spring Recital & Awards in May. Parents and students should make these a priority. *Adult students must choose to play at either the Christmas or the Spring recital.
GHTMA RECITAL (FEBRUARY) – this opportunity is given to my more advanced students. This recital will prep them for performing at the Music Artistry Program (Adjudications) in March.
MTNA Music Achievement Award Program (SEPTEMBER thru APRIL) – the purpose of MTNA's Music Achievement Award Program is to help encourage ALL the students in the teacher's studio, especially the "everyday" students, to continue their music study & strive to achieve goals that will not only help them become better musicians, but also will enhance their love & appreciation of music. At students' 1st lesson of the year we go over a list of goals (8-12 attainable goals); both parent & student sign & date. If the goals are completed by the end of April, students receive their certificates at the Annual Spring Recital & Awards in May.
COMPOSER OF THE MONTH (SEPTEMBER thru MAY) - 20 points per questionnaire. Students must complete entire questionnaire to receive full points. Points will be deducted from turning it in late and uncompleted questionnaire. This is part of students’ MTNA Music Achievement Award Program; students will receive a bust of a composer at the All Student Group Music Party in May.
MUSIC ARTISTRY PROGRAM, formerly known as Adjudications (MARCH) - The purpose of the Music Artistry (MA) Program is to: Provide an educational experience, which encourages goal setting, persistence, and creativity. Provide a performance opportunity for students where an objective evaluation of the student’s skill and musicianship is made by an impartial, competent adjudicator. Provide the teacher an opportunity to consult with another professional musician.
Intermediate and advanced students will memorize two (2) contrasting pieces to perform for an adjudicator. Younger/Beginner students may use their music, playing two (2) contrasting pieces. Two different certificates will be given: one to those who memorize their pieces and another to those playing with music
MA Piano Competition – Level 3 & Up – this is optional. Students will perform ONE of their adjudication pieces (chosen by teacher) Even if you’re not in the competition, this is a great opportunity to see what it’s all about and support your peers who are performing. Students who participate in the competition will receive a certificate.
MA Honors Recital – Students are picked by the Adjudicator to perform at the Honors Recital.
MUSIC LITERACY PROGRAM, formerly known as Music Olympics (APRIL) - GHTMA hosts this event every year in April. All students levels 1 & up are heavily urged to participate. This is a part of music studies through my studio that students would not have the opportunity otherwise. This is an “option only” for Adult students.
This program consists of ten levels requiring proficiency in rhythm & pulse development, sight-playing, technique, written theory, & ear-training. There is also an options portion to the program for the creative student.
This events keeps both teachers & students, accountable for learning the concepts in a timely manner, providing feedback through written evaluations & scores in each area. Students who receive a 96% or higher on their Written Theory Exam will receive a gold seal for their certificate, 98% and above will be listed with their teacher in the Clarion, the Washington State Music Teachers’ bulletin. Students achieve ribbons for each “event”. Ribbons may be held until the recital in May or I may have students take them home that day.
NON-optional events: Rhythm, Sight-reading, Technique (scales, chords, chord progressions, arpeggios), Written Theory, Applied Theory, Ear Training
OPTIONAL events: Solo Performance (up to two pieces) – pieces MUST in contrast of each other, be memorized AND performance ready, Ensemble, Composition – must be completely notated and have Title, Written Project, Artistic Project, Listening Project, Lead Line, Electronic/Digital Skills, Transposition & Transposition Modulation, Music Analysis
Golden Note Award - given to students who have the most practice minutes written down that matches the quality of practice and meeting their practice goals every week.
Practice Certificates – all students in the studio receive a certificate with the total minutes and points they received for the year.
0-1 days/week = 0 points
2-3 days/week = 1 point
4-5 days/week = 3 points
6-7 days/week = 5 points
Practice times MUST be written in, or you get automatic “0” points!
Remember: Just because you wrote in your time, doesn’t mean I won’t notice if you practiced or not! J
Use this as an example of writing in practice times:
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat TOTAL
10 min 60 min 20 min X 90 min 30 min X 210 min
Most Improved Award – Two students receive this award. Based on effort, weekly progress, finishing assignments, meeting music study goals & attitude.
Honorable Mention Award – Two students receive this award. Based on attendance, attitude, effort, performance, participation, finishing assignments, meeting practice goals and exceeding music study goals.
Outstanding Musician Award - Only one student receives this award. Based on attendance, attitude, effort, performance, participation, finishing assignments, marking in practice times, exceeding music study goals, & how they represent themselves with peers inside and outside of the studio.
Events, points, certificates and awards motivate students to do their best in meeting their yearly goals. Students will receive their ribbons, certificates & trophies at the Spring Recital & Awards in May ~ please make this a priority.
All these events and programs are part of my students’ music education and not all are optional. I heavily urge that students participate in these programs if they wish to grow musically & to make any progress in their studies. The Music Literacy Program (Music Olympics) and Music Artistry Program (Adjudications) will have additional costs – parents are notified in advance.