"We appreciate so much your kindness to Aleks, he was quite honored to be the recipient of your generosity. In fact, that month of lessons that you covered enabled him to make a very fine video performance that doubles as his college audition video and also his entry to certain competitions. The results were:
He became in March 2021 a National Finalist in the MTNA Senior Piano Competition, which as you know means that he won the Michigan State level, also the Division level (Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin);
He was a finalist in the Dubois Competition held at Bowling Green State University in February 2021, a national competition with very high level applicants;
He was awarded complete full rides to Oberlin and Michigan and a very competitive scholarship at Eastman, and is still deciding.
So, your investment in him was incredibly timely and effective, and we thank you very much indeed!"
Chair of Piano Professor of Piano and Chamber Music
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance
If you would like to nominate one of your piano students to win one month free of lessons, please fill out our nomination form. You can nominate 1 - 3 students you feel may benefit from this scholarship. We will be awarding our scholarships on the 15th of every month and contacting the corresponding teachers to award their students! We appreciate your nomination, time, and support.
It may sound crazy at first, and your initial response might be "I could never do that" but the best way to enjoy playing the piano and making music is to share it with others. Yes, I know most people do enjoy playing for just themselves and their own amusement. And that is great! But they would probably find it even more satisfying to play for others. Now I am not saying you should book Carnegie Hall (maybe just not now, but you never know) but as simple as immediate family members for starters. Get comfortable, graduate to extended family, then on to friends and strangers at parties and other get togethers.
How “good" of a piano should I buy is a question probably asked since Bartolomeo Cristofori made his second piano. It is actually a pretty easy question to answer with the standard "buy the best one you can afford" retort, but that seems a smug answer to the uniformed. In most cases the "uninformed" is the non-playing spouse of a player, and the non-playing parents of a student.