- Print your bingo card from the file below, or ask your piano teacher for one.
- Write your name at the top.
- Read all of the ideas on the bingo card. Which ones inspire you the most?
- Start thinking of musical ideas and trying them out on the piano. You may want to use an audio recorder during this part of the process, so you can remember the best ones later.
- Write down the ideas that you like on staff paper (print your own at BlankSheetMusic.net or PrintablePaper.net). Students may also record their final compositions and ask for help writing the music.
- Each piece should be at least 16 measures long. If yours is shorter than this, add another idea or a variation.
- Bring your bingo card and composition(s) to lesson. We'll mark the boxes of the ideas you used and edit your composition as needed.
- See how many pieces you can write and how many bingos you can score by the end of the summer! There may be a reward at the end. :)
Summer is a great time for creativity and fun and games. We're starting early this year with our own studio game: Composition Bingo!!! Here are the basic rules:
Our Spring Studio Recital will be on Saturday, May 12, at 10:30 am at the LDS Church, 1603 Norwalk Drive. All students are strongly encouraged to participate. Music will be memorized. Refreshments to follow.
In addition, we have two opportunities to perform at The Ballard House:
Students who are interested in receiving additional feedback on their playing may consider the new MTNA eFestival. Participants upload videos of their performances (up to fifteen minutes total) and receive written critique from an MTNA member. Ms. Combs is an adjudicator of this event, but if you enter, you will be assigned to a different reviewer, of course!
Several students have asked recently about electronic tuition payments, so here is a list of all accepted forms of payment:
This annual event will take place on the first or second Saturday in April at Houston Baptist University. Students perform two selections from memory and receive written feedback from a judge. Top scoring students receive ribbons and may be invited to perform in an Honors Recital that evening. Students must submit the $20 entry fee to Ms. Combs by the first week in February, by which point they should also be working on their chosen repertoire for the event.
Students have two performance opportunities in December:
Our spring recital is traditionally held on the first or second Saturday in May (scroll down to a previous post to see the announcement of last year's recital). All students are strongly encouraged to participate. This post will be updated when the exact time has been scheduled.
Students who like to write music may enter the Composition Contest. The $15 entry fee must be paid to Ms. Combs by the first lesson in November, and submissions must be made to the KMTA Original Composition Contest DropBox by 5:00 pm on November 15. Formatting requirements and a link to the DropBox are available upon request. A KMTA expert will assess each submission and recommend changes to be made prior to submission to TMTA. Students who wish to participate in this event must also enroll in the Theory Test either in October or February and earn a passing grade (70% or higher).
One of the students in our studio earned an Honorable Mention in the 10th-12th grade division last year!
What: The Texas Music Teachers Association provides comprehensive tests of theory skills for students in grades 1 through 12. Students may take the test for their grade level or a younger grade, depending on their experience and competence in theory. Medals are awarded for scores of 90% or higher.
When: The test is offered twice a year in Katy. This school year's dates are Saturday, November 11, 2017, and Saturday, February 24, 2018.
Where: Westland Baptist Church
Fee: $23.25 (this includes TMTA Student Affiliate registration and test enrollment fees)
Deadline: For the fall test, fees must be paid by the first lesson in September. For the spring test, the first lesson in December.
Why: Theory is an integral part of musical studies! The test is not mandatory to continue in this studio, but provides good motivation for students to learn theoretical concepts. It is also a prerequisite to participate in some TMTA activities, including the Original Composition Contest.
This blog is intended to provide useful information to current piano students and their families.