Wenjen Piano Studios
Music News

November  2016
Volume 19
No. 2
Inspiring Quotes
If I don't practice for one day, I know it; if I don't practice for two days, the critics know it; if I don't practice for three days, the audience knows it

 --Ignacy Jan Paderewski, quoted in Shapiro, An Encyclopedia of Quotations and Music (1978)
Latest News
Inspiring Quotes
Competitions and Auditions
Certificate of Merit
Mensa Reading List
Music and the Brain
National Guild of Piano Teachers
Teacher's Notes
Teacher's Notes
Competitions & Auditions

Nov 6, 2016 (Sunday), CSUDH Dominguez Hills
All day, exact time TBA.

Certificate  of Merit:  See article on new enrollment process!
Tues., Nov. 1st-Parent Payment portal opens
Sun, Nov. 10th-Last day for online  parent payments

Theory Testing March 5, 2017 at El Camino College

CM/South Bay

Day 1 March 12, 2017 Hyperium Conservatory & Dr. Kims Music School

Day 2 March 18, 2017 ECC
Day 3 March 19, 2017 ECC

Branch Honors March 26, 2017
Senior Medallion April 2, 2017

Schedule will be published on Feb 05.

Certificate of Merit 2017 New Enrollment Process

*Parent  payment for their CM fees through Parent Portal between November 1 - 10, 2016 AND THEIR STUDENT(S) WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE SYSTEM IMMEDIATELY IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE BY 11:59PM ON NOVEMBER 10, 2016!

* This year, for the first time, Repertoire Input as well as Branch Honors and Convention application also begin on October 1st HOWEVER they NEED NOT be completed by October 31st. We have until 11:59 PM January 15, 2017 to complete Repertoire Input and indicate intention to be considered for Branch Honors and Convention. This gives time to make changes to our students' repertoire and the supplemental programs.

* Scheduling requests such as carpool, ensemble, day/am or pm and accompanists will be between January 2 - 15, 2017.

Performance Workshops

11/19/16 3:00 & 4:30  in Seal Beach
12/10/16 3:00 Combined workshop for everyone in Torrance (Holiday Workshop with piano and other instruments)
01/07/17 3:00 & 4:30 in Seal Beach
02/04/17  3:00 & 4:30 in TORRANCE
03/04/17  3:00 & 4:30 in Seal Beach
04/22/17 03/04/17 3:00 & 4:30 in TORRANCE
05/20/17 3:00 & 4:30 in Seal Beach
06/10/17 3:00 & 5:00 PM PIANO RECITALS IN TORRANCE  

**Students cannot miss more than 2 performance workshops to qualify for awards at the May Awards Workshop


**10/31/16 Evening lessons after 5:00 PM only will be rescheduled  

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Steinway & Sons Special Event 
Steinway & Sons upcoming event.
November 5 & 6 Only
Save thousands on your purchase by letting Steinway & Sons pay the sales tax!

This event is by appointment only, please call me at (310) 652-6666 or register  at
I am looking forward to seeing you there!

David Ida
Steinway Piano Gallery
8801 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-652-6666 |  
If you plan to register for this event, please let me know so that I may assist you.  
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The Topper Family-great audience support!
I Love Music 2016 Winners
The I Love Music Contest gives students an opportunity to express their love for music in various artistic means.
I Love Music W inners

Summer Music Fun
Summer Music Fun Top Winners

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program
HYPERIUM Conservatory, 655 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 120, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

Practical Assessments:                    December 4, 2016
Theory Assessments:                       December 9 & 10, 2016
Click here for the more Royal Conservatory  info on
Student Notes

New students: Dr. Ben Rafii,  Stephanie Wong
Welcome back:   Candice Horikawa (online lessons from Idaho!)

Teacher's Notes

CAPMT Conference Committee and Bravura celebrate the close to a successful CAPMT State Conference

The CAPMT State Conference was held on October 14-15, 2016 at California State University, Long Beach.  Ms. Noreen was officially elected to become President of CAPMT for the July 2017-19 term.


Renown Pedagogue, Marvin Blickenstaff
Celebrated Composer, Dennis Alexander

Technology article featured in the Classical Music Journal miroirsCA/com  (click photo to access article)

Looking forward to our upcoming events!
Noreen Wenjen
Wenjen Piano Studios