Monday, August 29, 2016 by Peter Dickson Lopez | Uncategorized
I mentor select students to pursue the Certificate of Merit (CM) course of study which is designed, offered, and evaluated by The Music Teacher's Association of California. To a certain extent, I teach all students with this course of study in mind. However, those who decide to formally pursue this and take the CM evaluations receive more intense and rigorous study with me.
There is a dual benefit for students and parents to opt in to CM:
Beyond this dual benefit, the students learn about commitment, persistence, dedication, hard work, and the benefits of that hard work, not least of which is a feeling of satisfaction and inner joy upon performing well.
I am delighted to share with all of you that the three students who opted in to CM this past year (2015-2016) received EXCELLENT (the highest evaluation) in all categories as is detailed in the chart below. I have to say that for any student to get EXCELLENT in ALL categories is not an easy task! I did work these three students very hard, but in a spirit of joyful learning and high expectations.
Congratulations again to these three students!
|Student||Student #1||Student #2||Student #3|
(all pieces memorized)
|Minuet in G major, BWV Anh 114, Johann Sebastian Bach
Franz Joseph Haydn
|Minuet in G, BVW 116,
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 1, Vivace,
Planets and Stars, When the Planets Are Aligned,