Melody Stroth Piano Studio News

November, 2014

Winners at KMTA/STATE!!

Big congratulations to winners Laura A. (7-8 C) and Andy R. (7-8 B)! Both are 7th graders and won in their category! Congratulations also to Cecilia K., Runner-up in her class of 7-8 C (she's an 8th grader). Awesome job, students!

I'm happy to report that we had several Honorable Mentions at State! The following students received an HM: Frank G., Ian K., Ellie K., Rishi P., Isaac W. and Cheryl W.

The following students received a I: Spencer D., Lisa J., Jonah P., Anna P. and Elayna R. Congratulations to all!


Just a reminder that there are no regular lessons during the week of Thanksgiving, except for Monday students. Some people have scheduled make up lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday of that week. Check with me via email if you're not sure of the plan for you!

Make up week is December 15-20. There are no lessons December 21 - January 4. Lessons resume January 5.

Master Lessons with John Bloomfield! An exciting opportunity!

John Bloomfield

Senior Director of the Golandsky Institute, NYC, is coming to Kansas

City as our Master Lessons Clinician!

February 14-17, 2015, Schmitt Music

This is a great time to consider Master Lessons with John Bloomfield, co-founder and senior

director of the Golandsky Institute during February 14-17. There are a limited amount of spaces available. Consult with me if this is something your child would be interested in. I would like to send in the enrollment within the next week or so. Fees are $40, $55 and $70 for 30, 45 and 60 minute lessons.

Mr. Bloomfield is excited to work with our students of all ages and levels, from beginning

students to those who are playing advanced literature, as well as teachers. He has a

wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us, and is a master at solving technical


John Bloomfield is a Kentucky native and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. An award-winning solo and chamber pianist, he has been broadcast on Public Radio in New England and has been heard on the air in New York under the auspices of Ars Viva. He earned a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, after which he was a long-term student of Dorothy Taubman and Edna Golandsky. He has taught at Adelphi University and in the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music. In demand as a clinician and adjudicator around the country, he has lectured at a number of colleges and universities. He has been invited several times to teach in Taiwan and has been a featured presenter at the Breckenridge Music Institute, state MTA conventions, and the MTNA Conventions in 2005, 2009, and 2014. He was the keynote speaker at the 2007 MTA convention in California. He was guest artist at the University of Alabama in 2013. He traveled to Australia in 2014 to teach and present lectures on the Taubman Approach. Mr. Bloomfield maintains a studio in New York City, where he is also a performance associate at Hunter College and an adjunct instructor at Queens College. He travels regularly to Portland, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area to consult and give lessons. He is a co-founder and senior director of the Golandsky Institute, which he also serves as faculty chair.