“What Music Some More!”

Performance Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 – 7:00 PM (Students must be at Gilbert High School, 1101 E. Elliot, Gilbert, AZ, by 6:40 PM.) Only the student will be admitted without a ticket. Friends and family may purchase tickets for $10 each.

Final MANDATORY Rehearsal – Saturday morning, February 6, 2021, at Gilbert High School
Time: 
To Be Announced.
(Music must be in a BLACK FOLDER or BINDER for the performance)

Three Weekly Rehearsals: Follow the schedule below. Failure to attend these rehearsals without prior notification may result in dropping the student.

Rehearsal Location:

The Music Store
2630 W. Baseline Road
Mesa, AZ 85202

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

MONDAY (1/18, 1/25, 2/1)
6:30 pm – GROUP A
7:00 pm – GROUP D
7:30 pm – GROUP H
8:00 pm – TEACHERS

TUESDAY (1/19, 1/26, 2/2)
6:00 pm – GROUP K (Adults)
6:30 pm – GROUP B
7:00 pm – GROUP E
7:30 pm – GROUP F
8:00 pm – GROUP G

THURSDAY (1/21, 1/28, 2/4)
6:30 pm – GROUP C
7:00 pm – GROUP I
7:45 pm – GROUP J

TEACHER TO-DO LIST FOR PIANO ENSEMBLE

  1. In September, hand out copies of the flyer and the student registration sheet to students and explain how Piano Ensemble works.
  2. Sneak Preview for Teachers: Thursday, October 15, 2020. Time and location to be determined.
  3. Begin registering students for their appropriate ensemble groups. Don’t forget to collect the registration fee of $20.00 per student!
  4. Purchase the appropriate music at The Music Store or at the October meeting.
  5. Assign students to begin practicing music in October or early November.
  6. Send in the teacher registration, a completed teacher participation form, the student registration forms, and one check, payable to EVMTA, to the registrar by December 1, 2020. You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of registration. If you do not hear anything within one week of mailing, please contact registrar. Some groups WILL fill up. Register early.
  7. When students are able to play their duet(s) accurately, begin reviewing how to watch someone as they play. This is a difficult task for any age or level, and the more it is reviewed in lessons, the easier rehearsals will be for the conductor and student. Practice conducting patterns together, try speeding up and slowing down the piece while they watch you, and have them identify what is most important to hear in their piece(s). Too often students play an entire duet loudly, disregarding both melody lines and dynamic changes. Your assistance here 7will help make rehearsals more efficient and fun for everyone.
  8. Continue reviewing the pieces weekly with students once rehearsals have begun. Ask them what the conductor wants them to work on. Check your e-mail and/or voicemail; sometimes conductors will let you know directly what is needed.
  9. Fulfill your volunteer commitment with EVMTA and Piano Ensemble, whether it’s during rehearsals or at the concert. If you have students participating, you are expected to help. Please contact Solveig Englund at SME@birchwoodponds.com for an assignment.
  10. Attend the concert on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 7:00 PM at Gilbert High School. Your students have worked hard, and so have you; come and enjoy!

REHEARSAL RULES

(Review this with students before rehearsals begin!)

  1. No food or drink is permitted within the facilities at any time.
  2. ORIGINAL MUSIC is required by law and WILL BE CHECKED at the first rehearsal! Music will then need to be in a BLACK FOLDER or BINDER by the third rehearsal.
  3. Students, parents, teachers, and other guests attending Piano Ensemble rehearsals are permitted to be in the lobby, rehearsal area, and the restroom facilities only.
  4. Students, parents, teachers, and other guests attending Piano Ensemble rehearsals are asked to respect the rules laid forth by the facility and follow any other directions given by the employees, chairperson, conductors, and Piano Ensemble volunteers. Failure to do so may result in not being permitted to participate in Piano Ensemble.
  5. Concert Dress—must be dressy, recital appropriate attire. Hems must fall at or below the knee. No spaghetti straps.

FAQ

Which group should I register my student(s) for?
There are 12 different groups at varying levels. Your student should be able to sight-read the music for his/her group with a high degree of success. Check rehearsal and performance dates and times with your students before registering them. Fees are non-refundable.

Primo or Secondo?
Students will play Primo for one piece and Secondo for the other. We will match students together unless you have a partner for him/her already. On the registration form, please include the age of the student, except for the adult group.
Parents may, at no charge, play in a group with their student if there are unfilled parts. We always need parents or teachers to play the accompaniment and/or parts with Group A, both at rehearsals and during the performance!
Ensemble Group for 2021 – Adults Only. Many of you have adult students in your studios and have not had many options for them to perform in an environment that would be comfortable for them. This will be a group of adults only with music that will be fun for them to perform without being too difficult. Group K is the group to register the adults for.

Where do I purchase music?
At the October EVMTA meeting or at The Music Store, located at 2630 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa (NE corner of Price and Baseline). Ask at the front counter for the EVMTA Piano Ensemble music. Their phone number is
(480) 831-9691. You will also see several groups using music from MusicNotes.com. Purchase directly from the website.

What will my student(s) need to bring and know for rehearsals?
Students need to bring all of their music to every rehearsal. Students need to attend every rehearsal, be on time, follow the directions of the conductor, and learn their music thoroughly. Failure to do any of the above can result in dismissal from Piano Ensemble at the conductor’s discretion.

**Students must bring ORIGINAL MUSIC to the first rehearsal. **

Music will need to be in a BLACK FOLDER or BINDER brought by the third rehearsal.

How can I choose the appropriate level for my student(s) if I don’t know the pieces?
Join us for a preview of all the pieces! Get a sneak peek at the music for the Piano Ensemble at the EVMTA October Meeting. We will play through all the duets, discuss which pieces will best fit your student(s), and have lots of fun. All Ensemble music will be available for purchase at this meeting.

Do students receive awards for participating in Piano Ensemble?
Yes! Students who participate for five or more years receive awards for their hard work and dedication to Piano Ensemble:
5th – 8th Years: trophy 9th Year: $100 check 10th Year & Beyond: $25 check

If you have questions, contact:

Solveig Englund at SME@Birchwoodponds.com

or

Julie Follett at piano@juliefollett.com