November 25, 2016

Fall Festival 2016

Congratulations to the following students who prepared for and participated in the Richardson Music Teachers Association Fall Festival. This year the repertoire was taken from the Baroque Era of music history (1600 - 1750).  

Those receiving a Superior with Honor rating:
  • Brianna V, 5th grade, Musette in D Major by J.S. Bach.
  • Yang V, 7th grade, Harlenquinade by Krebs. 
  • Faith T, 8th grade, Minuet in D Minor by Buttstet.
Those receiving a Superior rating:
  • Vishalya S, 4th grade, Adagio and Allegro by J.C. Bach/F. P. Riccci. 
  • Samuel X, 6th grade, Prelude in F Major by J. S. Bach. 
  • Thomas L, 6th grade, Musette in D Major by J. S. Bach.
  • Ryan D, 8th grade, March in D Major by J. S. Bach.
  • Amber M, 9th grade, Sonata in A Major K83b by Scarlatti.
  • Santiago R, 9th grade, Saraband  by Handel
Performing music from the Baroque era is challenging. The dedication and discipline needed to perform these pieces is a testimony to the skill levels of these students.


It is time to recognize some recent student achievements. On October 29, twenty-eight students from the studio took the Texas Music Teachers Association Student Affiliate Theory Test. Music theory is analogous to engineering. An engineer knows how to take iron, cement, glass, pipe, steel and wood to create a building. Likewise, a student who understands music theory is able to take apart the elements of music and re-assemble them in their performance.  

The good news - all 28 of my students passed the Theory Test!  Some had scores worthy of medals.

Students earning a gold medal (scores 98 - 101):

  • Sam L, 1st grade
  • Katie Lynn E, 2nd grade
  • Aidan N, 2nd grade
  • Nirvan S, 2nd grade
  • Lily K, 3rd grade
  • LiLian D, 4th grade
  • Fletcher K, 4th grade
  • Brianna V, 5th grade
  • Katie N, 7th grade
  • Ryan D, 8th grade
  • Amber M, 9th grade

Students earning a silver medal (scores 94-97):

  • Maheera D, 3rd grade
  • Pablo R, 5th grade
  • Thomas L, 6th grade
  • Faith T, 8th grade

Students earning a bronze medal (scores 90-93):

  • Nanditha S, 3rd grade
  • Daniel R, 4th grade
  • Lily V, 5th grade
  • Samuel X, 6th grade
  • Yang V, 7th grade
  • Alex B, 8th grade
  • Santiago R, 9th grade

Congratulations to these students!

June 19, 2016

Take a Bow!

Several students performed in the TMTA State Convention All-Star Festival this weekend.  To qualify for entry into this Festival, students had to receive either a Superior with Honor or Superior Rating from their participation in a previous Richardson Music Teachers Festival. Not an easy task!

Congratulations to the following students who won Medals.
So proud of them!

  • Alex B. - Gold Medal 
  • Amber M. - Gold Medal 
  • Brianna V. - Silver Medal 
  • Faith T. - Gold Medal 
  • Santiago R. - Gold Medal 
  • Yang V. - Gold Medal 

            May 27, 2016

            A Great Honor

            I was greatly honored this month to receive the Teacher of the Year commendation from my esteemed colleagues of the RMTA (Richardson Music Teachers Association). 

            This professional organization is comprised of an amazing group of musicians and teachers who are diligent to assist students in reaching their full musical potential. I look forward to many more years of working alongside these wonderful music professionals!

            March 5, 2016

            Winning Students

            This year the Allen Long Piano Studio had 30 students who entered the Texas Music Teachers Association Student Affiliate Testing Program for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 testing sessions. All 30 students passed their exams.  

            Gold medals were won by students scoring 98 or higher.  Twenty two students earned gold medals.  
            • Aidan N.
            • Katie Lynn E.
            • Nirvan S.
            • Kylie H.
            • Lily K.
            • Maheera D.
            • Nanditha S.
            • Daniel R.
            • Fletcher K.
            • LiLian D.
            • Vishalya S.
            • Aythan H.
            • Brianna V.
            • Lily V.
            • Pablo R.
            • Nguyen L.
            • Yang V.
            • Faith T.
            • Ryan D.
            • Santiago R.
            • Amber M.
            • Caleb S.
            Silver medals are awarded for students scoring 94 to 97.  One student earned a silver medal.  
            • Corey H.
            Bronze medals are awarded for students earning 90 to 93.  Two students earned bronze medals.   
            • Katie N.
            • Alex B.

            Hats off to our medal winning students!