October: Group Classes - American Idol Week October 21, 2018 - Group classes replace private lessons for the week. Special days/times. Perform 1 memorized composition. Live Videos posted on studio fb page. Guests write suggestions and evaluations. The most "likes" "hearts" win itunes gift card prize.
November 4, 2018 - Fall Gala, 5:30-6:30 PM (Dress = semi formal; Location = Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Avenue B'ham, AL 35205). Perform 1 memorized solo published composition, or 1 ensemble/chamber selection (memorization not required), or 1 original composition. Students, parents, friends, family attend. Refreshments - ala dinner theater table setting.
December: December 21, 2018 - Studio Holiday Party, 5 PM Hoover Studio (for students; hot cocoa, games, perform 1 holiday carol and 1 memorized solo composition. Memorization is not required for carol.)
January: January 3, 2019 - Winter Honors Recital, 2-3 PM (For students, parents, friends, family - perform 1-2 memorized, polished compositions. Dress = Semi-formal. Photographs and award presentation following the performance.) BMMF Certificate of Merit Theory Exams and Masterclass - Date TBA - (optional - all ages except for younger beginners; all levels) Entry fee = $25. To participate, you must have completed your written theory book and scored 90 or higher on practice test BEFORE the entry deadline -- which is generally BEFORE Christmas break.)
March: Required - March 12-16. 2-10 - Studio Festival Week (Evaluation Week) - Videotape required compositions and Keyboard Theory and Technic for The Rising Artist Piano Festival. Additionally, students must pass a Sight Reading exam and a Written Theory test in order to qualify for the points toward the Trophy Awards.
*Date TBA - OPTIONAL: BMTA Sonata-Sonatina Competition (For qualifying students Ages 11 and above - Held at Samford University in Recital Format throughout the day on a Saturday - Date TBA; Dress=formal; perform 1 memorized movement from a sonatina Classical period+) April: *Optional (for qualifying students at appropriate level and age): AMTA Pre-College District Solo Auditions Saturday, April 13 (?), 2018 - (Birmingham District VII at Samford University; and Huntsville - teacher judging)
May: *May 5, 2019 - Studio Spring Honors Recital and Awards Presentation, 2:30-4 PM Independent Presbyterian Church. For all pre-college students, friends, family members. Dress=semi-formal)
Date TBA - AMTA Pre-College State Solo Auditions May
June: Date TBA -AMTA State Winners Recitals (for students who were chosen as winners at AMTA State Auditions; recitals are held on Saturday of the AMTA State Teachers Conference)