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May 2021 Newsletter

Dear Students and Parents,

It has been incredibly amazing to see most of you back at school this past month. We are so grateful to have survived the pandemic altogether and we are looking forward to seeing parents at school as soon as it is allowed.

We have the date for our Annual Solo Recital Streaming as well as other good news in this newsletter for you.

1. Annual Solo Recital

Congratulations to all students for your beautiful performances. We will see you all on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 for the streaming of the recital.

Link for beginner’s stream 5/23/2021 3:30pm:

Link for Intermediate’s stream 5/23/2021 5:00pm:

Link for Advanced stream 5/23/2021 7:00pm:

Please find which group you are in given we will have three recitals at three different starting times:

2. Referral Program

Many thanks for referrals!

We have been registering students who were referred to us by current or former students of Golden Key Piano School. Believe it or not, we have even had referrals from those who are just starting their own lessons at Golden Key Piano School. We are flattered and grateful for the confidence that our students and their families have in our ability to teach.

To return the favor, for each student that is referred, we will:

  • Add $50 to our scholarship fund to make our quality lessons available to a wider community.
  • Waive the $30 registration fee for your friend as a welcome gift to our school.
  • Send you a thank you gift.

3. Motivation Tips

Here are two ideas to help boost students’ motivation:

  • Arrange at-home performances for the family. It’s not necessary to have the piece perfectly done or memorized to play it for parents, grandparents, siblings, or other loved ones after dinner. Playing for your family is a great start for practicing your performance skills and is also a great way to make yourself aware of your own improvement as you grow as a pianist. We strongly recommend that you make this a part of your weekly routine.
  • Listening to classical music at home is a great way to learn music. Yes, I said to learn music. How can you learn any language without hearing native speakers speak it? The music language is not an exception. And, it is impossible for a student to want to learn a particular piece if they have never heard it. So, expand your “palette” and make it a habit to listen to classical music in the car, while you eat, or while you are doing your homework.

Teachers may have recommendations in regard to classical music listening. These suggestions are available in your assignment google doc. If you don’t see any suggestions there, ask your teacher or just start with Mozart piano sonatas or piano concertos.

4. Welcoming Our First Student On Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that one student started taking lessons at Golden Key Piano School this month using the Elaine Scholarship Fund. Congratulations to our recipient whose name will remain confidential.

Many thanks to all of you who donated to our scholarship fund 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

5. Student’s News

Congratulations to Ryan Hong for successfully passing the Royal Conservatory Exam on Level 6. We are proud of you, Ryan!

6. Teacher’s News

Our beloved Christoper Richardson won first prize at the 2021 LA International Liszt Competition, Budapest Division, and will be performing all-Liszt concerts in Budapest (Hungary), London, and Washington D.C. in the future.

Liszt Competition Winners 2021

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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