Wenjen Piano Studios
Music News

Octo ber 2016
Volume 19
No. 1
Inspiring Quotes

Our May Awards Workshop and June Recitals celebrated many goals that that the students achieved by working hard throughout the year.  Congratulations to another great year of studying the piano, students!  I'm very proud of each of you! -- Ms. Noreen
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Congratulations to Jaclyn Gerschultz, winner of the Joanna Hodges Memorial Award and $100 prize.  Click here for more information on the Joanna Hodges Memorial Award or to donate to the scholarship fund.
Latest News
Inspiring Quotes
Joanna Hodges Memorial Award
Competitions and Auditions
Mensa Reading List
Music and the Brain
Certificate of Merit
National Guild of Piano Teachers
Teacher's Notes
Teacher's Notes
Competitions & Auditions

CAPMT District 3 Piano and Ensemble Auditions
Nov 6, 2016 (Sunday), CSUDH Dominguez Hills
All day, exact time TBA.

Certificate  of Merit:  See article on new enrollment process!
Theory Testing March 5, 2017
Day 1 March 12, 2017
Day 2 March 18, 2017
Day 3 March 19, 2017
Branch Honors March 26, 2017
Senior Medallion April 2, 2017

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Workshops

10/29/16 in Torrance (Costumes optional!)
11/19/16 in Seal Beach
12/10/16 in Torrance (Holiday Workshop with piano and other instruments)

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

** Will teach on Monday, 10/10/16 (Columbus Day)
**10/31/16 Evening lessons after 6:00 PM only will be rescheduled  

Please check  Wenjen Piano Studios Events Calendar  for updates

Certificate of Merit 2017 New Enrollment Process

1) Enrollment into the 2017 CM Program begins on Saturday, October 1st and the online system closes at 11:59 PM on October 31st for all disciplines. No changes to each application can be made after the deadline. 

2) The actual enrollment process is called "Create Application for CM". Only after this process is complete will the student's name appear on your "Student List" which is different than your "Student Roster" or under "My Students" which is where they show up after Migration. 

2) 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.

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

4) Be sure to act promptly (as in 'yesterday'!) in initiating the Migration process with your parents and students if you haven't already. This will take time and depend upon how promptly the parent responds to your email request for them to validate you as their teacher in the new system and create their own parent and student portals. This is called "Verify Teacher-Student Studio Relationship". You cannot create a CM Application for a student that is not in your Student Roster, through migration, student recall or adding a brand new student. 

5) Keep  reminding your parents that payment for their CM fees are made by THEM through their 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! 

National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions

Congratulations to Irene Lee and Robert Gerschultz, Paderewski Medal winners for completing National ten-piece programs for National Guild for ten years!  Congratulations students on a great year of Guild Auditions!

Click here for the more Guild Auditions info on www.wenjenpiano.com
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program
Please note these important dates for the Winter Exams (practical and theory) for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.
The Exams can be taken at HYPERIUM Conservatory, 655 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 120, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.
November-December 2016
Registration Opens:                         September 7, 2016
Registration Deadline:                    October 18, 2016 (11:59 PM PT)
Practical Assessments:                    December 4, 2016
Theory Assessments:                       December 9 & 10, 2016
Click here for the more Royal Conservatory  info on www.wenjenpiano.com
Student Notes

Welcome!  New student:  Mindy Zhang and family.

Teacher's Notes

Noreen Wenjen -  Presentations

* Zoom, Text, Tweet!  Interacting with Today's Music Students through Videos, Websites and Technology - How to use apps, videos, websites, and technology to communicate with today's students, reinforce your lessons, and enhance your teaching business (MTAC State Conference, July 2016)

Small Group Coaching Session
Monday, July 4, 2016 
Round Table Discussion
with Edward Francis, Jeremy Siskind, Deborah How, Noreen Wenjen 

Noreen attended the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) National Conference April 2-6, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

The upcoming CAPMT State Conference will be October 14-15, 2016 at Cal. State Long Beach with Keynote Presenters Marvin Blickenstaff and Dennis Alexander.  

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