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Golden Key Paino School’s April 2022 Newsletter

Dear Manhattan Piano Academy Community,

This glorious month starts us off with our annual fundraiser as well as new additions to our teacher’s team.

1. Monthly Zoom Performance Day

Like many of our good programs, the idea of having a monthly zoom performance day came out of a conversation with one of the caring parents in our school.

Performance is a skill that needs to be developed parallel to learning how to play the instrument. Performance opportunities can also be good motivations for the students to share the result of their hard work.

We are looking forward to seeing all distance learners on our monthly zoom performance day. Those who take in person lesson are also welcome to join and take advantage of this performance opportunity.

Our May Zoom Performance Day happens on May 1st from 1:30pm to 2:00pm EST.

You can join us at;

Meeting ID: 499 489 7672

Passcode: 160404

The event is free.

2. Fundraiser Recital for Elaine Scholarship Fund

Many thanks to all of you who donated to our scholarship fund through the last year and special thanks to Elaine who started this idea.

Your donations can help us provide quality piano lessons to a larger community and include those who need financial aid.

To learn how you can donate please see our Elaine’s Scholarship Fund page here:

Elaine’s Scholarship Fund

The recital happens on


Sunday April 10th at 7:30pm-8:30pm EST


On Zoom.

Get your ticket links here;…/1OaoyWmyc6g106HITdLoeIC7…/edit

Additionally, we invite anyone in the community to donate items (arts/crafts/gift certificates) for an auction that will happen during the recital.

All proceeds from the auction will go towards Elaine’s Scholarship Fund.

3. Students Spotlight; Yi Liu

For this month’s student spotlight we are sharing a wonderful performance by Christina (Yi Liu) playing Chopin Waltz Op. 64, No. 4 at home. Christina started as a beginner student with teacher Ketevan during the pandemic. She has improved to become an advanced student it this short time.

We chose this month’s student spotlight from our WhatsApp group posts. We would love to see more of you on the group so feel free to post and share your progress.

4. Teacher’s News

Congratulations to Teacher Christopher

Join us in congratulating Teacher Christopher for winning third prize at the 2022 MTNA competition.

We couldn’t be more proud of him and believe he is going to greater heights.

Welcoming Teacher Blake back!

We are truly thrilled to announce the return of teacher Blake to Golden Key Piano School.

Blake Jeongwon Park is an accomplished, award-winning pianist and experienced piano teacher who received her master of music degree in piano from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

A member of the Virtuoso performance program and Sonare-TA Chamber Music, Blake performs frequently in San Francisco and South Korea. Recipient of first prize in the Honam Art Music Competition, Blake won awards for her freshman performance at JFAS, and for both her freshman and high honor graduation performances at Jeonju University in South Korea. She has performed at several notable venues such as the International Courchevel Music Alps Summer Camp and the Sori Fine Arts Center, and has participated in several master classes.

Blake has more than seven years teaching experience and has successfully worked with students of different ages and skill levels. She is a passionate, and patient teacher. She believes that her students’ high level of achievement arises from the trust among the teacher, the student, and the parents. Her students have been competition winners at the Hyundai Music Competition and the Piano Adventure Competition.

Blake had been teaching at Golden Key Piano School isince September 2019 and her students achieved great results under her guidance.

Welcome to Teacher Morgan

We are excited to introduce Morgan Chan as a new teacher at Golden Key Piano School.

Morgan Chan is a California native accomplished pianist, composer, and music producer. Morgan began his musical career with piano lessons at the age of five, and pursued piano performance throughout his early years in education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Music at UC Berkeley, studying piano performance with Dr. Betty Woo.

As a teacher Morgan is very familiar with The Royal Conservatory of Music examination system. Morgan’s patience, meticulousness and serious personality makes him a great addition to our school’s team of accomplished teachers.

Morgan began teaching private piano lessons in early 2020, and has since developed a passion for sharing his love for music, making piano lessons a fun and memorable experience for students. We are pleased to welcome Morgan on board starting April 2022.

If you have any questions please call the school at (510) 665-5466 or reply to this email.

Yours truly,
Katrin Arefy


Katrin Arefy, Head Teacher
1809 University Ave., Berkeley, CA

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