Programs & Events
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.
MTNA Music Achievement Award Program (September thru May)
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 and to strive to achieve goals that will not only help them become better musicians, but also will enhance their love and appreciation of music. At students' 1st lesson of the year we go over a list of goals (students are given anywhere from 8-12 attainable goals); both parent and student sign & date. Once the goals have been checked off and completed, the students receive a MTNA Music Achievement Award Certificate.
Studio's Christmas Recital (December)
Christmas recitals for Daniels Music Studio are typically in the 1st or 2nd week of December; all students are required to participate (this is "option only" for Adult students, but heavily encouraged); students can choose 1 to 2 pieces to play; these pieces do NOT have to be memorized, but I encourage students to memorize their music; if they choose to memorize, they are NOT allowed to bring their music with them "just in case" (and FYI, I will take their music away prior to the start of the recital).
WSMTA Adjudications, Competition & Honors Recital (March)
The Adjudications Project of the Washington State Music Teachers Association is a self-supporting enterprise developed to encourage interest in music and to maintain standards of fine workmanship among student musicians.
The purpose of WSMTA Adjudications 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.
Adjudication Piano Competition – Level 5 & 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 those who will be performing. Students who participate in the competition will receive a certificate of participation.
Adjudications Honors Recital – Students are picked by the Adjudicator to perform at the Honors Recital – this is literally an honor to perform at this!
GHMTA Music Olympics (April)
WSMTA Musicianship Examinations program began in 2007-08 and is designed to be a suggested curriculum of independent music study. This curriculum is coupled with an annual evaluation sponsored by WSMTA local associations.
This noncompetitive program consists of ten progressive levels. Each level requires 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. Participation is not based on year in school or years of music study. The test provides a music event evaluating the progressive growth of ALL students – those studying music as a hobby as well as those aspiring to enter the music world professionally.
Many teachers find that they are already teaching the concepts contained in the curriculum. The Musicianship Examinations Program simply keeps the teacher and student accountable for learning the concepts in a progressive and timely manner. The ME program provides valuable feedback for teachers, students, and parents through a written evaluation and individual 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
GHTMA hosts Music Olympics every year in April. ALL STUDENTS Levels 1 & Up are required to participate as this is a part of music studies through Daniels Music Studio that students would not otherwise receive. *This is an “option only” for Adult students section (rhythm, sight-reading, technique etc.) and later receive their ribbons and certificate at the Spring Recital & Awards in May.
ALL Students will be participating in the following events which are NOT optional:
Technique (scales, chords, chord progressions, arpeggios)
Solo Performance (up to two pieces) – pieces MUST in contrast of each other, be memorized AND performance ready
Composition – must be completely notated and have Title
Annual Spring Recital & Awards (May/June)
The Studio’s Annual Recital and Awards are usually at the end of May and every year this grand event continues to grow! Students advance greatly throughout the year with their technique and performance. All students (including adult students are required to participate. Students will showcase their current memorized piece.
After the recital and group photo is where the Awards portion of the program begins! This is always an exciting time for students. This is when they receive their Adjudication Certificates, Music Achievement Award Certificates, Music Olympics Ribbons and other certificates that includes: Most Improved, Honorable Mention & Overall Musician (aka Golden Note Award).