Keyboard Gymnastics of Phoenix
Keyboard Gymnastics is an achievement program for piano students, beginning through advanced. Students are tested in seven areas of study: Theory, Ear-training, Technic, Sight-reading, Performance, Ensemble, and Creative Project. Ten levels of study are included in all areas except Performance, Ensemble and Creative Project (which are subjective). Students are entered at their individual level in each area, not one level across the board. This program is helpful in motivating students to be at the proper level and to reach their potential in all of these important areas of study. Students may enter a few, or all of the events.
Awards and prizes are given for outstanding achievement in each individual event as well as for completing all seven events. Only those who enter and receive a passing score (7.0 or higher) in all seven events are eligible for the all-around award and the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their division. Prizes and awards may include cash, gift certificates, karaoke machine, echo dot, headphones, etc. To see photos and read more about us, join our Facebook group.
Events are completed throughout the year, as opposed to all on one day. This gives students the opportunity to be well-prepared for each event and tested when they are ready.
The first event is Creative Project, November 4, 2023. Students create projects about a music subject which may be displayed or performed. The display format is similar to a science fair, with each student explaining and demonstrating their project to the judges. The Creative Project Performance format could be an original composition, a skit, play, narrative, etc. performed for judges. Teachers and students may receive a list of possible project ideas before the event. Students are adjudicated by 2-3 judges whose points are averaged for their final score. The Huffman family has graciously offered their large yard and home for this event. Students must provide their own tables for displays.
Creative Project Location:
7100 E Caballo Circle
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.
The next event is Ensemble, which is held in conjunction with PMTA or EVMTA Ensemble Concerts. All students receive the same score (8.5.) Those students who wish to perform a concerto or a duet NOT with PMTA, or EVMTA, may perform their ensembles via video and upload to the Keyboard Gymnastics of Phoenix Facebook page by March 30, 2024. KG of Phx FB page Ensembles submitted via video will be adjudicated using the KG rating system from 0.0 -10.0. Ensembles must be performed by youth students. Concertos may be accompanied by an adult. Students will be adjudicated by 2-3 judges whose points are averaged for the student's final score. Video ensembles will receive written comments as well as a numeric score.
Performance Event - May 4, 2024
1941 W Guadalupe Rd. #115
Mesa, AZ 85202
Students are assigned a recital time between 9 am and 2 pm and will perform two contrasting pieces on a short recital. Students are adjudicated by 2-3 judges whose points are averaged for their final score.
Technic and Sight-Reading are ongoing events - meaning that when a student is ready to pass off a technic or sight-reading level, they will be instructed to call a tester and make an appointment to pass off their technic or sight-reading. More than one technic or sight-reading level may be passed off during the year. Tests must be completed by the designated deadline of May 10, 2024.
Theory and Ear Training are also ongoing events. Tests can be taken whenever the student is ready. Participating teachers will administer tests (after agreeing to follow specific guidelines to ensure the integrity of the testing) and submit completed tests by the designated deadline May 10, 2024.
Awards Ceremony - May 15, 2024
1941 W Guadalupe Rd. #115
Mesa, AZ 85202
Outstanding achievements will be honored for each event, and we may hear selected Gold medal performances. Awards and prizes are given for outstanding achievement in each individual event as well as for completing all seven events with a passing score (7.0 or higher). Only those who enter all seven events are eligible for the all-around award and the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their division. Everyone who entered an event, regardless of how many, receives a certificate and recognition. Prizes and awards may include cash, gift certificates, movie passes, candy, music writing software or music listening devices (iPod, headphones, Echo).
*Fees for each KG event are $11 per student, per event, provided registration includes at least one of the following: Technic, Sight Reading, Theory, or Ear Training. Students participating in all 7 events will be charged $70. Full year registration and fees due October 20, 2023. Checks payable to Keyboard Gymnastics of Phoenix. The fee is $25 if the student is registering only for full day adjudicated events (Creative Project and Performance Event) to be paid no later than two weeks prior to each event day for the student to be included in that event.
We do our very best to keep Keyboard Gymnastics fees as low as possible,
but various factors such as facilities, awards, adjudicators, etc., may necessitate increases.
*All Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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