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Golden Key Paino School’s February 2023 Newsletter

Dear Manhattan Piano Academy Community,

I hope you have all gotten into the rhythm of the new year and can share more with us as the year comes along. Here is a breakdown of what to look forward to in February and celebrations of the past month;

1. Duet Recital Videos

If you missed it, the videos of our 2023 annual duet recital are NOW on YouTube.

Here are the links to both the Golden Key Piano School Duet Recital 2022 and our first Manhattan Piano Academy 2023 Duet Recital.

Please watch, “like” and share and don’t forget to tag Manhattan Piano Academy when you share video on your social media.

Here is a sneak-peek of what went down;

Audrey and Atticus playing at the Manhattan Piano Academy Duet Recital 2023

Richard and Ted at the Golden Key Piano School 2022 Annual Duet Recital

2. February Zoom Performance Day

Our informal performance day on Zoom will be on Tuesday February 7th at 3.00pm PST or 6.00pm EST.

We are looking forward to our next informal performance day.

The link is below;

You can join us on Zoom using these credentials;

Meeting ID: 870 1135 2592

Password: 285252

The event is free.

Please mark your calendar and keep up with your practice.

3. Advanced Students Masterclass

We are excited to have professor William Wellborn back this year for another master class for our advanced students. Space is limited. If you are in advanced level and interested to join the class this coming April, please discuss with your teacher and get started on preparing one piece.

Here is some information:

Date: Sunday April 23rd

Fee for participants: $140

Fee for observers: $30

Duration of the class: 2-3 hours. Each participant takes a 30-min lesson.

Can I participate on Zoom? We prefer in-person classes but if you are not living in the area yes we can have you on zoom.

How To Register: Pay the amount via PayPal and respond to this email.

NOTE: We only have 2 spots left. Register NOW.

4. Book Resource

In preparation for all our level 3 and level 4 students’ exams, we would like to recommend a book resource that will help with their composer’s project.

The link below is to the series of books.

We are grateful to Leila, Moses’ mom for the recommendation and would like to welcome all if you have suggestions for other resources that would help in the future.

5. Teachers’ News

Teacher Sookie

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Teacher Sookie for her expertise and the experience she brought on and as she moves on, we have nothing but great things to say.

As much as we are happy to see her moving forward with her life with her personal and professional goals, we will definitely miss having her at Manhattan Piano Academy.

As we are wishing Sookie the very best in her future endeavors, we are hoping to see her back soon.

6. Students’ News


We are proud of Disha, student of Robin, who passed her RCM Preparatory B exams with flying colors and are excited for her future. We are happy to be part of her journey.


Ryan, student of Ketevan, passed RCM theory level 8 First Class Honors with Distinction. We cannot express enough how proud we are of him! Congratulations once more Ryan!

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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