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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!


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!