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Golden Key Paino School’s May 2024 Newsletter

Dear Golden Key Piano School Community,

We hope your spring treated you well and as we gear up to the end of spring and start to see summer in the horizon, we would love to share our tirade of news for the month.

1. Solo Rehearsal Registration

We are looking forward to our Annual Solo Recital on Sunday May 19th at the beautiful Hillside Club at 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley.

One formal rehearsal is required. To register for the recital, you need to sign up on the rehearsal list here. Please find a suitable time for you and put the student’s name so we can have proper scheduling.

By registering for the rehearsal, you are automatically registered for the recital.

The recital is divided into three groups and each group is about an hour long. The first group starts at 11am. We will know the exact time for the other two groups after we time everyone on the rehearsals.

Recital times will be announced HERE after all the recitals are complete.

Please make time to stay for the entire hour of the group you are in to provide morale for all students and reduce movement out of the hall. No one wants to perform to a half empty hall. Please support the fellow students by staying for the full hour.

We look forward to seeing you on stage.

2. Calendar Reminder

Please note that the school will be closed from May 26th to June 1st for spring break. For those classes fall on these dates, your lessons balance out as there were 5 weeks in May/June hence you don’t need makeup classes.

Here is the school calendar for reference in case you need it for future reference.

3. Summer Package

Summer is a great time to catch up with your piano practice and make it your focus. We are running a summer program to help the students improve their stature and focus.

The packages are;

In Person Lessons

Two piano lessons per week.

Duration of class is 60 minutes.

Monthly informal performances.

Monthly “polish up” short lesson with headteacher.

$800 per month.

Online Lessons

Two piano lessons per week.

Duration of class is 60 minutes.

Monthly informal performances.

Monthly “polish up” short lesson with headteacher.

$700 per month.

Space is limited. Please reply to this email to register.

Here are more details on the package.

4. Zoom Performance Day

We invite you to our informal Zoom performance day once more so you can practise your skills further in front of an audience and get feedback.

When: Tuesday May 7th 3:00pm PST (6:00pm EST)

Meeting ID: 831 4533 3813

Passcode: 301232

No sign up required.

No teacher invitation/permission is required.

All students are welcome and encouraged to join.

5. Manhattan Solo Recital

We are so proud of our students in our New York branch, Manhattan Piano Academy for having a successful solo recital over the month of April.

Everyone performed really well. Congratulations to all the participants.

You can watch the videos here. Please enjoy, share and like!

6. Student news


We would like to share a good news that Nicole’s student, Maya Glater-Chacon, passed her RCM exam level 5 with Honors. Congratulations Maya! Thank you teacher Nicole!

7. Teacher News


Don’t miss your chance to watch teacher Christopher Richardson’s perform Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor with Cornell Symphony Orchestra: CU Music.

You can join the livestream performance on Friday May 3rd at 4pm PST at this link.


We are pleased to welcome Roziht to our strong team of teachers at Golden Key Piano School starting spring of 2024.

Roziht Eve is a Taiwanese American artist. She completed her master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is a multi-instrumentalist, music educator improv enthusiast, vocalist, media composer, and music producer.

Roziht is currently living in San Francisco with her 7-year-old daughter, and she is passionate about helping music lovers discover their own authentic voice through piano playing, singing, music production, cello playing, and conversations about music from our time. Roziht’s untraditional teaching style has inspired students of all ages to experience music lessons like no others. She is passionate about guiding students to not just experience joy through music learning but also the importance of expressing vulnerability to build true emotional connections with themselves and their listeners. As a teacher, Roziht is here to help you listen and express your core self through piano.

8. Follow our Blog

We update our blog with a new post every week, where we post useful insights, advice, and more.

Check the blog here:

The Art of Critical Thinking: How Young Pianists Develop Problem-Solving Skills

If you have any questions please call the school at (510) 665-5466 or reply to this email.

Yours truly,
Katrin Arefy


Katrin Arefy, Head Teacher
1809 University Ave., Berkeley, CA

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