Here at Amro, one of the events that we look forward to every year is our Spring Keyboard Festival. It’s so rewarding to see the store bustling with students and families who are excited about making music. Read on to learn more about this event and what your students can gain from it!
According to an article recently published by Steinway & Sons, “piano [festivals and] competitions provide many opportunities for musical growth. Students have the opportunity to perform on the finest pianos in front of well-informed and interested listeners.” The article continues by emphasizing the personal feedback and advice that participants receive from festival judges. Additionally, preparing for a festival involves much more focused practicing. “[Festival] preparation teaches the musician how to take a deep dive and truly master every aspect of a piece of music.”
Participation in a keyboard festival can also provide more tangible rewards. The opportunity to take home an award or leave a good impression on a judge is encouraging to any growing musician. In addition to receiving a certificate and ribbon, all of our participants will have a chance to draw for some great prizes including various gift cards to popular stores and local Memphis favorites. We will also be giving away a few grand prizes, which you won’t want to miss! Our goal with these prizes is for the students to know that it’s okay to have fun away from the practice room. These experiences can re-energize them and give them the motivation to continue studying the piano.
Aside from providing opportunities to grow as a musician, participating in a festival can also benefit a child’s general development. Everyone involved can learn valuable lessons. Mistakes, failures, and feedback teach students to “identify the problems, remedy the deficiencies, reset their goals, and grow from their experiences,” according to psychologist Dr. Sylvia Rimm. Understanding the importance of this problem-solving process is beneficial to the general development of any child.
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Dr. Kelly began his career in 1956, spending 23 years as Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Piano Activities at Arkansas State University. Currently he is Professor Emeritus - Piano at ASU. Dr. Kelly estimates he has taught more than 3,000 piano students over the course of his career, and it's common to hear them speak of him with respect, admiration, and appreciation. He continues to perform and maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator. Dr. Kelly was inducted into the Amro Music Educators Walk of Fame in 2013.
Dr. Momany is a music educator with a variety of interests. She is currently adjunct faculty at Southwest Tennessee Community College, teaches privately, adjudicates, and conducts research concerning piano pedagogy. Dr. Momany serves as a clinician and is a member of the Germantown Symphony Orchestra. She is also the Children's Music Ministry Director at All Saints' Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Lumpkin is a member of the Music Teachers National Associaion (MTNA), Tennessee Music Teachers Association (TMTA), and the Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association (GMMTA) where she served as President in 2014. Janice was chosen as GMMTA Teacher of the Year and Amro Music's Teacher of the Year in 2015. She currently teaches piano lessons out of her home. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Lumpkin join us again as one of our festival judges.
Dr. Duvall earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Andre currently operates an independent piano studio in Memphis and serves on the music conservatory faculty of Lausanne Collegiate School. He is an organist, pianist, and Director of Hand Bell Ministries at Mullins United Methodist Church. He is active as a freelance accompanist and solo performer in various capacities. Dr. Duvall serves on the Executive Board of the Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is Treasurer of the West TN Hand Bell Association. He has given pedagogical presentations for the Central Arkansas MTNA and served as piano faculty at the UNCG Summer Music Camp.
This year, we're upping the fun by giving away even more prizes and rewards! In addition to their check-in prize, certificate, and ribbon, students who reach new performance goals can also earn cash discounts toward the purchase of a new piano. Read below to find out more!
1-Participate in the festival
prize, ribbon, certificate
$250 off acoustic vertical; $500 off acoustic grand; $50 off digital
2-Play from memory
additional $100 off acoustic; additional $50 off digital
3-Play an unabridged work from one of the major style periods
special award ribbon
additional $250 off acoustic vertical; additional $500 off acoustic grand; additional $50 off digital
By completing one or more of these performance goals, your student will not only improve their playing skills, but will also help you save up to $1100* on a new piano. There's nothing like a new instrument to inspire your student to achieve even higher levels of performance.
Check-in prizes come from local businesses in the community! Check out our list so far, and don't forget to come back and check as we update it!
Pigtails & Crewcuts - East Memphis
Rock & Soul Museum
Memphis Music Hall of Fame
Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Children's Museum
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
To sign up, visit our Keyboard Fest Registration Page. If you don't register online, you can print an application and submit it in person or you can scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is just $20!
This year’s keyboard festival is going to be one for the books, so you don’t want to miss it! And as always, you can call the store with any questions at 901-323-8888.