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Golden Key Paino School’s October 2022 Newsletter

Dear Golden Key Piano School Community,

We hope you have had a smooth start of the school year. Here is our October newsletter.

1. Duet Recital
As we are all preparing for the duet recital, by now you should have a duet partner and a piece assigned for you by your teacher.
It is a good idea for the parents to have the duet partner’s contact info and stay in touch for practicing and later for rehearsal.
Practicing duet is motivating for those students who need some motivation. It is much more fun to have a piano peer and practice with than to do it alone.

2. Emergency Zoom Links

Here are all the emergency zoom links to be used when you are unable to attend physical classes.

If you have any cold symptoms or if you test positive for Covid please inform us and take your lesson on zoom.

Please remember to save these links as we might not be readily available to send you the links in the future when you need them.

3. Referral System

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.

4. Performance Day Zoom Link

Our informal performance day on Zoom is today Tuesday October 4th at 6.00pm EST.

Meeting ID: 878 1453 2022

Password: 720817

We are looking forward to our next informal performance day.

Please mark your calendar and keep up with your practice.

5. Teachers’ News

We are pleased to welcome another teacher to our ranks.

Teacher Alejandra

Alejandra Williams-Maneri is a passionate and dedicated pianist and

educator. She has been studying piano for 19 years and is trained in

both jazz and classical piano. Graduating with a degree in Jazz Piano

Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, Alejandra was the recipient of

the Conservatory Dean Scholarship and John F. Oberlin Scholarship

Awards for the duration of her undergraduate experience.

Since graduating from Oberlin, Alejandra has been working as a professional pianist in New York City while also pursuing her passion for teaching. Throughout her career, Alejandra has performed with music greats

such as Avery Sharpe, Don Braden, Steve Johns, and Becca Stevens,

and has been involved in multiple recording projects including those

led by Grammy Award winning producer, Jay Ashby.

Alejandra has been teaching piano for 9 years, working with students

ages 5 to 45, from beginner level to advanced. We are pleased to have

Alejandra as a great addition to our teacher’s team at Manhattan Piano

Academy Starting October 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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