New students will have a brief interview conducted by an instructor. The purpose of this audition is to assess the student's ability to play an instrument and determine their background in music. Intermediate and advanced students may be asked to perform one to two pieces of their choice and demonstrate proficiency in major and minor scales. To schedule an interview, please fill out the Interview Request Form on the registration page. You will receive a confirmation for the interview via email.
In the Summer Semester, our students have access to a wide range of enriching opportunities. In addition to weekly private and semi-private lessons, we proudly offer invigorating summer camps and intensive theory classes.
Congratulations to our proud winners! Yeriel Kim won a Gold Medal at 2021 Classical Viennese Festival Chloe Wang won a Bronze Medal at 2021 Classical Viennese Festival Yerang Kim won a Gold Medal at 2021 Russian Chamber Music Compeititon Chloe Wang won a Silver Medal at 2021 Virtuoso Festival Chloe Wang won a Bronze Medal at 2020 Russian Chamber Music Competition Grace Li won a Gold Medal at 2020 Virtuoso Festival Chloe Wang won a Bronze Medal at 2020 Bach Festival Grace Li won a Gold Medal at 2020 Classical Viennese Festival Grace Li won a Bronze Medal at 2020 Bach Festival Anna Li won a Gold Medal at 2019 Virtuoso Festival Nyle Gronlund won a Silver Medal at 2019 Virtuoso Festival Shoshana Novik won a Bronze Medal at 2019 Virtuoso Festival Nora Sharma won a Bronze Medal at 2019 Virtuoso Festival Malini Nayak won a Bronze Medal at 2019 Virtuoso Festival Aiyin Yi won an Honorable Mention at 2019 Virtuoso Festival Annie Chen won an Honorable Mention at 2019 Virtuoso Festival Grace Li won a Gold Medal at 2019 Classical Viennese Festival Angelique Wu won an honorable mention at 2019 Classical Viennese Festival Justin Wu won an honorable mention at 2019 Classical Viennese Festival Grace Li won a Silver Medal at 2019 Chopin Northwest Festival Shoshana Novik won the Third Prize at 2018 Russian Chamber Music Competition Grace Li won the Third Prize at 2018 Russian Chamber Music Competition Angelique Wu won an Honorable mention at 2018 Russian Chamber Music Competition Malini Nayak won an Honorable mention at 2018 Virtuoso Festival Malini Nayak won the First Prize at 2016 Russian Chamber Music Competition. Grace Li won a Gold Medal at 2018 Virtuoso Festival. Grace Li won a Silver Medal 2017 at Virtuoso Festival. Annie Chen won an Honorable Mention at 2018 Virtuoso Festival Shoshana Novik won a Bronze Medal at 2018 Virtuoso Festival. Nora Sharma won a Bronze Medal at 2015 Virtuoso Festival. Nora Sharma won the Second Prize at 2015 Russian Chamber Music Competition Ike Wonkaew won an Honorable Mentionl at 2015 Russian Chamber Music Compeititon Shoshana Novik won an Honorable Mentionl at 2015 Russian Chamber Music Compeititon Thejas Karthik won a Bronze Medal at 2017 Virtuoso Festival. Nora Sharma won an Honorable Mention at Seattle International Competition Anna Li won an Honorable Mention at Russian Chamber Music Competition. Riley Gronlund won an Honorable Mention at Seattle Music Teacher's Association Competition. Angelique Wu accomplished Grade 8 of Royal Concervatory Program Justin Wu accomplished Grade 8 of Royal Conservatory Program Annie Chen accomplished Grade 7 of Royal Conservatory Program
Private lessons of 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes are offered in piano, theory and composition. All lessons are taught in a supportive, nurturing environment. Every consideration is given to the musical and personal needs of each student. Prospective students are required to set up an audition or interview with the instructor to assess the student’s goals and to form a plan that meets those goals. This highly individualized plan empowers the student to progress towards his or her own goals at a comfortable pace. Students and teachers meet once or twice a week. Each student will have the opportunity to present their work in performance classes and recitals. Piano Lessons Piano lessons cover the following principles: •Performance technique and musicianship •Phrasing and tonality •Music notation and sightreading •Music theory and harmony •Interpretation and musicality Beginning Beginning students start building their sightreading skills and basic techniques such as how to position hands comfortably, how to manage fingers, wrists and arms movements naturally accompanied with fundamentals of music theory. Intermidiate Intermidiate students strenthen their techniques with learning how to articulate and phrase musicality, adding colors to their playing with dynamics. They will start exploring more diverse repertiore. Advanced Advanced students receive professional training to grow into mature musicians and a performers building strong and vast classical repertoire and are encouraged to participate in competitions and festivals. Composition Lesson In this lesson, students explore the principles and techniques of composition. Students complete 2 to 4 compositions each semester, each one addressing a particular compositional problem or challenge; instrumentation, which varies from solo to ensembles of six or more instruments, is specified. Students learn how to write music using advanced notation softwares such as Sibelius and Finale. The lesson offers a unique opportunity to work as part of a community of fellow composers, confronting the same challenges and responding to them in individual ways. Readings provide immediate and decisive feedback about the practicalities of writing for instruments and voices and confirmation of the effectiveness of students compositional means and procedures. Extensive outside preparation is expected.
BMA performance class/recital/chamber music concert system offers students valuable performance experience as well as a wide range of viewpoints through direct feedback from instructors. Students are recommended to participate in performance classes and recitals by their private teacher. Chamber music festival concerts give ensemble students great opportunities to share their talents with peer students and audiences. Students are recommended for recital programs based on their performance in performance class. Each student should participate in at least one performance class per semester. In addition to group recitals, advanced students are also encouraged to perform solo recitals. All performances must be approved by the student's private instructor.
Parents and piano teachers often challenge their children and students to go beyond casual practice and studio recitals by participating in piano competitions. There is a considerable amount of evidence that piano competitions are beneficial to both children’s musical education and their overall development. Academics, coaches, and teachers agree that the healthy competitiveness fostered by piano competitions goes beyond musicianship to teach valuable life lessons, improve motivation, and promote creativity. 1. An Amplified Learning Experience For a piano student, few environments offer as many opportunities for musical growth as a piano competition. Dr. Ruth Slenczynska, renowned musician, author, and judge, confirms that piano competitions of all levels are incredibly beneficial to participants. In her article “On Preparation for a Piano Competition,” Slenczynska notes that competitions give contestants the opportunity to perform on the finest pianos in front of well-informed and interested listeners. In addition, contestants often receive tailored feedback and advice from professionals. The learning environment created by a piano competition is truly valuable to the development of a student’s musicianship and teaches lessons that cannot be found through regular practice. 2. A Path to Success In addition to valuable self-improvement, piano competitions can also provide more tangible rewards. The chance to take home an award or leave a lasting impression on a judge is certainly encouraging to any aspiring music student. Earning recognition at a competition often leads to scholarships, networking connections, and even careers. 3. Superior Musicianship Bärli Nugent, Assistant Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Julliard School, refers to the competition environment as a “framework for learning.” Preparing for a competition will involve much more focused practicing and will in turn teach your child how to take a deep dive and truly master every aspect of a piece of music. Competitors will also learn the ability to perform under pressure and how to acknowledge success or failure and learn from it. Any student who participates in a piano competition undergoes a comprehensive and transformative lesson on superior musicianship. Slencyznska notes that music students often work harder and more efficiently when preparing for a competition. For any student committed to improving their musicianship, a piano competition is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and hone existing ones. 4. Personal Growth Aside from providing opportunities to grow as a musician, piano competitions can also benefit a child’s general development. The nature of music competitions is such that not everyone can win first place, yet everyone involved can still learn valuable lessons. Mistakes, failures, and feedback teach students to “identify the problems, remedy the deficiencies, reset their goals, and grow from their experiences,” according to psychologist Dr. Sylvia Rimm. Understanding the importance of this problem-solving process is beneficial to the general development of any child. 5. Achieving Excellence John M. Tauer and Judith M. Harackiewicz, in their 1999 paper “Winning isn’t Everything: Competition, Achievement Orientation, and Intrinsic Motivation,” published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found that children engaged in competitive activities display greater enjoyment and motivation than those engaged in non-competitive activities. Further, professors Edward Deci and Richard Ryan found that when children are highly motivated, they display higher levels of creativity, perseverance, and self-esteem. Put simply, a dose of competitiveness from participating in a piano competition can promote healthy habits and lead to excellence elsewhere in a child’s life. Parents and teachers can be assured that pushing your young piano student to compete will greatly advance your child’s musical abilities and will also teach them lessons that will encourage excellence throughout their lives
Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory The Achievement Program The curriculum of The Royal Conservatory is made available and accessible to students across North America through the RCM Examinations Certificate Program. Examinations are conducted three times each year in more than 300 communities through a network of local centers. Each centre has a local Examination Centre Representative whose role is to provide information, assist teachers and students, and ensure a successful examination experience.
In these classes, students explore classical piano technique, style, interpretation, memorization, and performance practice in a master-class setting. These group classes are limited to six students per section. All levels from beginning to advanced are welcome. Active listening, discussion, and attention are critical elements of group piano classes. Students are placed in levels according to playing ability. Students build repertoire and address issues of performance anxiety, including focus, memory, technical problems, and stage presence.
Music theory is the study of the structure of music, and how it is composed or written down. Studying theory enhances a student’s progress in playing an instrument, and helps in developing good musicianship skills. Music theory classes are base on the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) program of study, a comprehensive program in music theory from beginning to advanced levels. Instruction also prepares students for formal written testing at each level, if desired, administered by RCM. Our school arranges for students to take these exams when they are ready.