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Studio Stars Awards Program

Newly updated for 2019-20

The Original Studio Star

In 2015, we established for the first time an award for serious students which we called the Studio Star. We intended to recognize and encourage the habits and behaviors which lead to mastery using a simple and objective checklist. While several students did earn the award, over four years participation has been inadequate to continue the program in its original form.

The New Incentive Program

Because we still want to recognize and celebrate the strivers among us, and because we still want to give incentive and encouragement to all our students, we’re simplifying and expanding the program. Below, we describe six different award categories. Students may earn the award in any one category or in multiple categories. 

How Do We Enter? Who Can Participate?

There is no formal entry form or process. We’ll seek to automatically recognize all eligible students. If you think we might forget you, just check in with your teacher or with Mr. Horowitz. Keep in mind that the program is intended to reward long-time advancing youth. Most students under age eight, Bright Starts classes, and/or with less than two years' experience will find it difficult to receive this award. The program is something to look forward to in future years as you advance! Your teacher can help you decide whether the goals are reasonable for you.

Award

Awards will be made individually at the conclusion of the school year. Students can earn each award up to a maximum of four years.

What's the Prize?

Each year a student earns an award, they will receive a lovely certificate. When a student earns the same award in four different years, they will receive a unique engraved trophy/plaque.

Seem Complicated?

Your teacher may be able to help you understand the program and choose activities which will meet the goals. This program is built to be accessible and many students will be able to receive awards. Your feedback is always welcome.



Award Descriptions

1. Workshop Participation 

Students who perform five+ different pieces from memory in five+ total classes will receive this award. Pieces must be appropriate to the student’s level and not performed in the prior school year.

2. Performance Experience

Students who perform five+ times in community events will receive this award. Community events can take many forms which include music teacher events such as festivals, exams, and competitions; school talent shows; playing in church; accompanying. 

3. 40 Piece Challenge

Students who complete the 40 Piece Challenge will earn this award. To receive the award in subsequent years, the average level of the 40 Pieces must increase. 

4. Performance Achievement

Students who earn four+ Superior ratings, Honors, or competitive awards will receive this award. Students cannot receive both the Performance Experience and the Performance Achievement awards in the same year.

5. Best Listener

Students who attend three+ professional music performances which include piano as a featured instrument will receive this award. Amateur and student-focused performances are excluded. 

6. The Original Studio Star

Students who already earned the Original Studio Star (old program) in a prior year may earn the award in subsequent year(s) according to the old criteria.