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I LOVE MUSIC Art contest

Blair Lee - Essay

Eric Zhu - Drawing

Evan Lim - Collage

Henry Ding - Drawing

Katherine Wu -Drawing

Michael Wu - Writing

Student of the Month!

At Inessa Khurgel Piano Studio, students strive to do their best in their piano learning: they participate in the festivals, competitions, Certificate of Merit program, learn music theory and fulfill their technical requirements. So, to encourage and praise the ones who work especially hard, we will now have a Student Of the Month nominations by teacher. Check out the list of our recent winners!

Stacy Moroz has passed her CM Level 5 theory exam with the highest score: 95%, and will be working hard on her Level 6 during the summer time.  With the beginning of the new school year Stacy will be ready to start Level 7.  Good luck, Stacy!


Even though Jenny and Danny Rosenblit have had their house under remodeling, and for a few months had to live in a temporary place with just a tiny electronic piano, persisted with their piano practices through all these month, and are now happy to be back to their new and improved house and a 'real' piano, with no time lost!  Thank you guys for being so dedicated to music!


Angelika Tsymbler is one of our most dedicated and hard working students.  She never gives up, and follows teacher's written assignment right on the dot!  This helps in getting even the most difficult technical and musical tasks done right.  Good job, Angelika!


Sara has been consistently improving during the last few months, and is taking a Level 4 CM exam this year.  Next year, if she continues her steady improvement she will be ready to jump to Level 6!  Good luck, Sarah!  


Student of the Month for December: Linghao Kong!

So far, Linghao is the only student, who'd taken two 'mock' theory CM tests, with the results of 96% and 97%, respectively.  Great job, Linghao, congratulations on the excellent theory knowledge! 




Student of the month for November: Irina Paykov!

Irina has won an honorary Certificate at the Classical Festival of the MTAC Irvine Branch.   She performed Fantasia in d minor by Mozart, and though she was a bit nervous, had played very musically and with 'technical vigor'.  Good job, Irina!



Students of the month for October: Edward Mostaghimi and Brandon Lee! 

Edward has won the First Place at the Romantic Festival of the MTAC Irvine Branch. He performed Nocturne in c # minor by Chopin.  This is what one of the judges wrote in his evaluation:  'Beautiful, romantic sound, just as Chopin ment it to be!'

Brandon has won the Second Place at the Romantic Festival of the MTAC Irvine Branch. He performed a very difficult piece - Notturno by Edvard Grieg, and played 'beautifully, with a lot of feelings' as one of the judges put it. 

Congratulations, Edward and Brandon, job well done!


Inessa Khurgel's Music Blog

Here are some of the latest happennings at the Studio! (September, 2017)

Posted on August 31, 2017

This beautiful watercolor artwork created by Ashley B. - my Level 7 student during summertime, is called Song of the Lark.  Short story about this painting goes like this: in May we started a new piece by P. Tchaikovsky, called The Lark Song.  In a process of working on it, we discussed the intricate melody going up and down, freely, just like bird's flight.  Her piano performance of this piece turned out lovely, perfectly reflecting sad and happy expressions of the melody as a beautiful 'bird song'.  We parted in August, when she left for vacation, and by the end of ithe summer, Ashley surprised me with this artwork, which I just loved!  So I wanted to share it with everyone, and to point out that different artistic skills often interact and enrich each other.  Please reach out for your creativity in your art of piano performance too!

Thank you for sharing this wonderful and inspiring piece of work! 


I also wanted to mention couple of other very successful Summer projects.  One of them has to do with the Piano Explorer magazine, which all of you hopefully take home and read (always available on my coffee table at the studio): it has tons of information, fun facts and stories to follow.  I have subscribed to 20 copies, so it should be enough for everyone! (considering siblings take home just one).  In it, there is a Practice Challenge: you can chose 100, 200, 300 etc. consecutive days of practice, and upon reaching your goal, let me know and I make it known to the publication.  One of my students, 10 year-old Hayden just completed her 100 days challenge, while traveling to Paris!  Now, all I have to do is submit her name to the magazine and they will print it along with other ambitious musicians from all over the country!

Congratulations, Hayden!


Last but not least, I would like to mention our Summer Music Challenge and its winner - Jamie M.  After listening to at least 30 pieces, Jamie created a selection of essays, in which hw described how each piece he listened to, created certain emotions in his heart and thoughts in his mind: sometimes 'scarry' (Bach Organ Prelude and Fugue), sometimes sad and thoughtful (most Chopin pieces),  and others - happy and 'laughing' (Mozart).  It was so wonderful to read these 'listener's notes', that I think next year I would like everyone to do that!


In conclusion of this Summer 2017 News blog, I would like to share an interesting diagram of all our body facilities participating when we perform piano.  Enjoy, and  have a Happy and productive New School Year!





Halloween SCARRRYYY and fun art work!

Posted on November 8, 2012

Our Halloween Art Contest was fun! Students exchibit lots of imagination and artistic spirit, here are some of the best ones, and even a poem! Enjoy!!!

Halloween poem - Audrey.docx



Note... for musicians only :)

Posted on September 30, 2012

Results of the I LOVE MUSIC Art and Writing Contest are in!

Posted on March 23, 2012

There were 11 art and writing works submitted, and all of them were great: creative, thoughtful, colorful and full of interesting ideas!  Thank you everyone who participated, and here are the results.

First age category (drawinds, paintings). There were two First Place winners:

Audrey Lim ('Sindging Children') and

Blair Lee ('Moonlight Sonata') 

Second Place winner in this category is:

Elaine Pan ('I Enjoy Music' Poster) 

Second Age Category (Crative Writing).

First Place winner: Irina Paykov

Second Place winner: Angelika Tsymbler

Read their essays here: Irina's Essay & Angelika's writing (A&W contest)

Other works display in the left side bar of this page.   Enjoy!!!

Here is a fun way to learn and review your notes and chord... Enjoy!

Posted on February 8, 2012

Click on the link below and choose the topic you need help with.  It's a lot of fun, and VERY helpful...

Happy Valentine's Day from your teacher!

Posted on February 8, 2012

I LOVE MUSIC! Art Contest

Posted on February 8, 2012

The I LOVE MUSIC art contest deadline is coming up soon! So, put your creative hats on and submit your work to your teacher personally or through the email.  Here is the recap of the contest rules:

Drawing and Painting - age 4-11: original visual art work related to music, piano playing, practicing  :) concerts you might have attended, etc.

Creative Writing - age 12-17: original story, essay, poetry related to music, your impression of something you've heard, your own playing, and what playing piano means to you.

Winners and Awards: Depending on the number of participants, there will be one, two or three prizes for each category.  First Prize Winner gets a $50 scholarship money, going toward the piano tuition, and a chance to be published in T2T Magazine (for kids and teenagers).  All submitted works will also be published on the studio website!

Results will be announced 1 week after the deadline, on March 10th.

Please note: write your name and age on the back of each submitted work.  Drawing/painting media used examples: paper, crayons, paint, watercolors, etc. 

Holiday Recital -2011

Posted on December 30, 2011

Our December Recital was a lot of fun!  We've heard some great solos and duets, and everyone has done a great job!  Here is an after-recital photo shot with a lot of smiles and giggles.

Enjoy your winter vacation!           


Posted on October 24, 2011

It seems that school year has just began, but here we are, almost at Halloween time!

So far, we've had two exciting events, and many more are coming up really fast!

Romantic Festival was held last weekend, October 15-16.  Inessa Khurgel studio had four students performing, and I am happy to report that all four won trophies and medals!

Congratulations go to:

Audrey Lim - 1st place (age category 6-10),

Irina Paykov - 2nd place (age category 15-18),

Stacy Moroz - 3rd place (age category 11-14),

Sarah Raykhman - 3rd place (age category 11-14).  

Last weekend, Irvine branch of MTAC also held its first MSSL (Music Students Service League) recital, where four of our students shared their music performances with elderly folks at the retirement home (Inn At the Park, Irvine). For three of them, it was their first recital of this type, so it must have been nerve-racking!   All went well though, so congratulations to all participants!  And please remember: the more you play in front of other people, the less nervous you will be! So, go ahead and perform for your family, friends and neighbors - before you know it, you will not be nervous any more! :)

Upcoming events in November include: Classical Festival, another MSSL recital and registration will be begin for the Certificate of Merit Exam and CODA exam.

Here is a funny (but so true!) diagram...  Enjoy!