Piano students are most motivated when they have opportunities to perform. Here’s the Creative Keys lineup:
Many Creative Keys students enroll in the Tucson Music Teachers Association’s (TMTA) Annual Piano Ensemble Concert. This unique performance opportunity is held each spring at the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall. Nearly 500 students gather together to perform piano duets, duos, trios, and quartets conducted by Dr. Timothy Kolosick.
Students may participate in the Phoenix chapter of the Keyboard Gymnastics program, including the Creative Project event in early November and a Performance event in May. More information may be found at http://clubpiano.com/keyboard.php.
Themed studio piano nights are fun, informal, studio-wide performances. Students prepare a piece that matches the theme and perform in a casual family environment. Memorization is optional. Prior themes include our annual Minor Music Extravaganza, Holiday Music, individually crafted Mini-Solo Recitals, Around the World, and Mysterious Modes.
Classical Club Concerts are held once a student has prepared four or more memorized pieces, including at least one piece from each Classical Era. They are then invited to perform their repertoire at a Classical Club Concert, often held at a retirement community, and receive a composer statue commemorating their accomplishment.
Creative Keys students also participate in other TMTA events such as Music in the Mall, the Barnes and Noble fundraising event, and KUDOS recitals. They’ve entered national composition competitions, a local song-writing competition, and other local events and competitions. Students also participate in the Yamaha Clavinova Festival, this year scheduled for December 9.
Students are encouraged to participate in at least three performance events each year. Some students participate in almost every event!