September 2016 Newsletter

Academy students visit PAOM instructor Tim Davis and tour wicked backstage!!!

Piano instructor, Tim Davis, is regularlly called to play in traveling Broadway shows when they visit Columbus. Tim recently played piano for the production of Wicked at the Ohio Theatre. He invited many of his students  and our faculty members out to see the show and tour the orchestral pit. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and we want to say thank you to the Wicked Cast/Crew and to Tim Davis.

unnamed  pit-wicked  Music students see Wicked at the Ohio Theatre

Competition, Testing & Auditions

A guide for those who want to go beyond weekly music lessons

For many of our students, their weekly lesson is more than enough to keep them engaged and having fun with music. However, for those who do want to go further there are a number of different programs and options available. We’ve created a cheat sheet, or readers digest version, of the most popular programs and options.

The Musical Ladder System: We offer this program completely free to all of our students. Every three months students pass a short test to earn wristbands and trophies. It is a great way to encourage students to practice and is a lot of fun! The Musical Ladder System is very low pressure and doesn’t require a huge time commitment on top of regular practicing.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Commitment: Low

Solo & Ensemble:  Every year the Ohio Music Education Associtation puts on an event called Solo & Ensemble. Students typically prepare a piece of music. Then they are graded by an OMEA judge and given notes on how to improve their playing. Solo & Ensemble is a great opportunity for all students and doesn’t require the time commitments that Guild and RCM do.
Difficulty: Moderate
Time Commitment: Moderate


National Piano Guild: Guild is a program run by the American College of Musicians. It requires students to take lessons with a member of the ACM and register for their yearly testing. Once a year, students will perform for a judge at one of the local testing centers and get graded on their performance. The yearly testing does require a lot of preperation and is best for very dedicated students.
Difficulty: MODERATE
Time Commitment: HIGH


Royal Conservatory of Music: RCM is a teaching method that requires passing examinations to advance to the next level of difficulty. Students must purchase the books and materials and work with an instructor that is familiar with the program. Testing is done at one of the Royal Conservatory testing centers in Columbus.  It is a great program for highly motivated students.
Difficulty: MODERATE
Time Commitment: Moderately HIGH


MTNA Competitions: The Music Teachers National Association holds annual competitions for performance and composition. Winners from the district level will go on to compete at the state level and finally the national level. MTNA events can be very competitive and is best left highly dedicated students.
Difficulty: HIGH
Time Commitment: HIGH


If you are looking for advice on which program might be the best for you email

We welcome all of the new faculty members to the academy!

We have been growing and growing and would like to welcome all of the new faculty members that joined our school in August.

– Tristan L’Heureux, Voilin & Viola
– Helen Cates – Violin, Viola & Piano
– Zach Koors – Drums & Piano
– JeanMarie Strawbridge – Piano


Student of the Month – Shrrayash Srinivasan

Q: What instruments do you play?
A:  I play drums, xylophone, and piano

Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: I have been taking my lessons for 4 years and passed my Royal Conservatory exam with honors

Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: My favorite artists are Dmitiri Kabalalevsky, Daniel Gottlob Turk, Nancy and Randy Faber, Dennis Alexander, nad Marta Mier

Q:What is your favorite food?
A: My favorite foods are Indian, Mexican, and Italian foods

Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: The coolest thing I learned was about hte A Natural Minor Triads

Q: Do you have any performances coming up?
A: I will be taking my next level piano exam



Confidence & Creativity


Benefits of Music Education – Part 1
We see music as a critical part of the education that every child needs to be successful in life. Many of the benefits of learning music are very well known. Study after study has shown that children who study music have higher grades, improved memory, better SAT scores, improved spatial skills and much more.

What often goes unnoticed are the two benefits that I feel are the most important: Confidence & Creativity.

Confidence is Built, Not Given
I am of the belief that real confidence, the kind that improves self-esteem, is built through acheviement.

For kids growing up today, their world is filled with video games, instant gratification and awards just for showing up. We feel that it is more important now than ever before for children to learn to be successful at things that require effort.

No amount of praise can ever replace the satisfaction or confidence boost that students get from mastering a difficult piece of music. Often after weeks or months of hard work.

It is the culmination of these small successes that can really boost a child’s confidence in themself.

To Be Continued…
Tune in next month to read about how we try to foster creativity in children through our music instruction!!!

From The Director:
Chad Ebert


Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in August!
Riley M.
Hayden M.
Sophia K.
Brooke F.
Sophie H.
Mike K.
Serenitee M.
Noelle M.
Oviya K.
Shubh K
Faith C.
Grace C.
Sarah R.
Kevin L.
Connor M.
Carsyn C.
Jeremy H.
Sammy H.
Joanna S.
Dmitri S.
Charlie G.
Allegra A.
Arjun A.
Nina M.
Annika M.
Duaa K.
Erineea K.
Selen O.
Mira B.
Aadi J.
Theo W.
Matthew G.
Rami T.
Corina S.
Jackson C.
Corina S.
Sagar P.
Samanyu D.
Vineet A.
Maria W.
Sreeja K.
Shefali K.
Emmaline B.
Addison R.
Claire C.
Christopher B.
Lilly R.
Calvin D.
Maren F.
Divya P.