News and Events
Piano Party for Pre-School Students
Center for Musical Creativity Pre-School Students enjoyed our winter piano party. We played rhythm games and had a bean bag toss/relay race which demonstrated how well they know their musical symbols. Every student played a piano piece and followed it with a very polished bow. All had a great time and went home with a goody bag full of treats and prizes!
Piano Party for Adult Students
At our adult piano party, all the students played piano music which entertained the whole group. One student said that she always looks forward to the parties and enjoys performing at them because everyone really appreciates the effort she put into learning the piece. Music included fabulous performances of pieces by Debussy, Kuhlau, Bach, André, and a jazzy arrangement of Amazing Grace. A fun time was had by all!
The Center for Musical Creativity presented its annual holiday concert hall recital for friends and relatives of the students. All of the students played beautifully, and the audience enjoyed hearing familiar holiday songs. Winners of National Guild Founders Awards were presented with their certificates at the end of the performance.
Nursing Home Performance
The Center for Musical Creativity presented a Fall Recital for the residents of a local nursing home. It included music from a variety of eras and styles, from a royal march to 20th Century jazz. The familiar tunes had the seniors singing along and clapping their hands.
National Guild Exams
All ten CMC students who auditioned for The National Guild of Piano Teachers and applied for the Founders Award were granted the award by the National Guild. Big congratulations go to each student for a superbly performed audition!
Spring Piano Recital
Our school age piano students performed their favorite pieces at our Spring public concert hall Recital. Parents in the audience commented that "every performer sounded so great!" and "we're so proud of them, the recital showcased the results of their diligent practicing!"
National Guild Exams
Ten CMC students auditioned for The National Guild of Piano Teachers and each one passed the exam with flying colors! As a result, every one of them is now a member of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians for 2016-2017! The judge wrote "I am impressed that your students are so well prepared!"
Every one of them had set a goal to achieve a Founder's Award. Based on their high scores, Founder's Awards are expected for all!
Community Service Performance
Students from Middle School age through adult performed at a community service performance at a local nursing home. The students enjoyed playing their rousing music, such as The Frisky Filly which had the residents clapping along and tapping their toes.
CMC elementary school students enjoyed listening to their peers play a piano piece. Then a fun competition began with several note reading games, which seemed to end up with everyone winning at least one game and going home with a bunch of prizes.
Adult Students' Party
Several of the adult CMC students met at the studio to share the music that they've learned since the last party. Every one was encouraged by the advancement of the other students' performances and said that hearing progress in others is really encouraging. Music by Chopin, Kuhlau, Irving Berlin and other composers was beautifully performed by the students.
Winter Recital for School Age Students
Truly a winter recital, the performance included music about ice skating, snow, wind and icicles. Everyone played beautifully, including two sisters who played a duet and choreographed every detail of it so that it not only sounded great, but it looked polished too!
Pre-School Students' Party
The Center's youngest students all impressed with their rhythm, piano key recognition and knowledge of their finger numbers! All of them are ready to move into the next level of study. Congratulations to the young students and to their parents for helping them practice at home!
Nursing Home Performance
The older students performed at a local nursing home. Several of them say that sharing the music that they worked so hard to learn makes it worth the effort.
Elementary School Students' Piano Party
The Center's elementary school students attended a Piano Party and showed off the music they've been learning, then competed in rhythm games. A very fun time was had by all. No one wanted to go home!
National Guild Award Winners
All the Center's students who auditioned for The National Guild of Piano Teachers in May have each been awarded the Founder's Award by the National Guild. Several have their photos published in the international magazine, Piano Guild Notes. We are very proud of all of them for choosing to set their goals above the minimum requirements of the audition and scoring so high!
The following article appeared in The Villager Newspaper on October 13, 2005
Piano teacher makes learning fun
By Cindy Williams
Dorane Subjack loves piano, and has a gift for passing that love along to others. For more than 20 years, she has inspired others with her unique brand of teaching piano that tailors the training to the student. "No two students — and no two curricula — are identical," she explained. Depending on the student's interests, the course may include jazz, classical, musical theatre, ragtime, rock, folk, blues, religious and other types of music. Her approach is to understand each student's strengths, learning style, aspirations and personality before developing an individualized learning program that encourages practice, enables the student to reach achievable goals, and is enjoyable. The comprehensive program includes music reading, theory and ear training.
There's nothing orthodox or ordinary about Dorane’s methodology. Students at her Center for Musical Creativity learn to play the piano with the aid of computer lessons, games, books and even compositions she pens herself especially for them. "I've merged traditional piano study with modern technology to give today's students training that holds their attention and is fun," Ms. Subjack explained. One student's mother remarked, "We've tried so many teachers and nothing seemed to click. It took Dorane with her music games and friendly contests to get my son to buckle down and do something with his music."
Central to any successful piano study is practice, and it is traditionally the hardest obstacle for piano teachers to overcome. Ms. Subjack has made great strides in this area as well. "I teach students how to practice," she remarked. Clearly, through her 20 years as a piano instructor, Dorane has learned that teaching piano is as much an art as playing.
Ms. Subjack's qualifications are impeccable. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and a lifelong certification to teach music K-12. In addition, she has performed professionally with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras.
For more information about the Center for Musical Creativity, Dorane Subjack or to inquire about beginning instruction in piano, please call 303-306-1342.