Five piano students of Mrs. Corine Maldonado were selected to the 2021 Magic Valley Music Teachers Association Ensemble Teams.
Arora Cantu, Emma Grace Escobar, Leslie Favela, Faith Garza, and Dawn Isidro passed a music theory test and an audition to be selected to one of the three MVMTA Ensemble Teams. Normally, the Ensemble Teams perform at the annual Texas Music Teachers' Association Convention, but due to COVID-19, their ensemble performance will be shared digitally.
Congratulations to these talented students and their families!
Eleven Starr Music Academy students of Mrs. Corine Maldonado received medals from their performance on the Texas Music Teachers' Association Whitlock Theory Test. The purpose of the Theory Test is to evaluate students’ musical knowledge of and the ability to apply theory, aural, and musicianship concepts across a broad musical spectrum.
Congratulations to the following students and their families for a well-deserved achievement!
Gold Medal: Jimena Trevino
Silver Medal: Arizabella Alanis, James Gonzalez, Leila Martinez
Bronze Medal: Katherine Hernandez
Achievement Medal: Arora Cantu, Leslie Favela, Lyzzette Hinojosa, Mia Ramon, Kennedy Salinas
Kinder Medal: Carolyn Salinas
Twenty-three students of Corine Garcia Maldonado at Starr Music Academy were awarded medals for their performances at the Magic Valley Music Teachers' Association Festival this past March. Twenty-two of them advance to the state All Star Festival held by the Texas Music Teachers' Association in conjunction with their annual convention.
"What makes this years' Festival special is that all of the students have been continuing their music education throughout the pandemic completely online," states Mrs. Maldonado. "These dedicated students continued to practice daily and attend weekly Zoom lessons." The students' Festival performances were recorded and submitted online to be judged by an expert panel of music educators.
Congratulations to the following students and their families for their commitment to musical excellence:
Piano: Arora Cantu, Laurel Cantu, Leslie Favela, Faith Garza, Vanessa Gonzalez, Dawn Isidro, james Margo (pictured), Sebastian Mendez, Mia Luna Ramon, Jaden Reyes Ramirez, Katherine Hernandez, Mariely Lopez, Leila Martinez, Bryan Millan, Paris Millan
Violin: Ayleen Garcia, Crystal Gonzalez, Izcalli Guajardo, Elliana Hernandez, Ava Renee Lemming, Chaniel Santiago
Cello: Emma Grace Escobar
Guitar: Alejandro Garcia
Starr Music Academy's annual winter recital series will be held December 14-19 via Zoom and will be broadcast over Facebook Live.
"Once again our students prove nothing can stop them from making music!" says Academy director Corine Garcia Maldonado. "Our students made amazing progress this semester and they are so excited to share their performances with the world!"
Each day's program will feature eight to twelve student performances on piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, ukulele, and voice. "For some students this will be their very first performance!" says Maldonado. "You will get to see students age four to adult, some of who only began playing in August."
Follow Starr Music Academy on Facebook to get updates and RSVP. Performances will be live Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6pm, and Saturday at 1pm.
Event programs will be posted below as they become available.
Monday December 14: View recital program.
Tuesday December 15: View recital program.
Wednesday December 16: View recital program.
Starr Music Academy's annual Spring Student Showcase will be held Sunday May 24 at 5pm via Zoom and will be broadcast over Facebook Live.
"Nothing can stop our students from making music!" says Academy director Corine Garcia Maldonado. "I love that our students have taken this time to practice more and focus on the positive. They are so excited to share their performances to a potentially global audience!"
Almost 50 student performers age four to adult will play solos on piano, violin, cello, voice, guitar, and ukulele. "Some students have studied for only five months, and others for over five years!" says Maldonado. "They have all worked very hard to present this live online performance."
Follow Starr Music Academy on Facebook and RSVP to the Event Page to get updates and the live viewing link.
View the recital program at the link below.
As businesses around the US are being forced to shut down because of COVID-19, Starr Music Academy has moved its studio completely online. It is now offering piano, violin, voice, and guitar lessons online via live video chat. It has maintained a full teaching schedule while complying with the stay-at-home order.
Parents are grateful that they can maintain some sense of normalcy while continuing their music lessons online. One parent said, "Ms Corine is giving kids a sense of normalcy they need. My daughter feels so good after her lesson. Starr Music Academy is helping so many kids and parents."
Starr Music Academy has also moved students' home practice online as well. Using the apps Tonara and Piano Maestro, students are logging their practice time and competing for the top of the leaderboard each week.
Starr Music Academy is not stopping there. If necessary upcoming recitals, festivals, and summer classes and camps will be held online as well. Owner Corine Garcia Maldonado said, "The beautiful thing about music is its power to overcome adversity. Our students are a testament to the fact that music doesn't have to stop, even in trying times."
While there are currently no openings for new students, interested families can join the waiting list at starrmusicacademy.com/apply
Five Starr Music Academy piano students were selected to the 2020 Magic Valley Music Teachers Association (MVMTA) Ensemble teams.
Laurel Cantu, Emma Escobar, Leslie Favela, Faith Garza, and Alexia Ramirez were selected as some of the top pianists in the Rio Grande Valley and will perform the the MVMTA Ensemble teams at the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) State Convention in Houston in June. In addition to passing the ensemble audition, the students were required to pass the TMTA Theory Test in order to be selected.
Starr Music Academy is under the direction of Mrs. Corine Garcia Maldonado.
Thirty-five students of Ms. Corine Garcia Maldonado from Starr Music Academy participated in the Magic Valley Music Teachers Association (MVMTA) Festival program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg this past November. The students earned a combined total of thirty-seven medals for their outstanding performances on piano, violin, voice, and guitar.
The purpose of the MVMTA Festival program is to provide students with the opportunity to perform for and receive evaluation from an experienced adjudicator. Students who receive a Superior rating qualify to participate in the state level All Star Festival held during the Texas Music Teachers Association annual convention in Houston in June.
Guitar: Laurel Cantu
Piano: Dana Acosta, Alani Ballesteros, Georgina Barrera, Camila Bazan, Vanessa Berros, Laurel Cantu, Emma Escobar, Carolina Garza, Vanessa Gonzalez, Katherine Hernandez, Dawn Isidro, Ashley LyTruong, James Margo, Sebastian Mendez, Paris Millan, Mikaela Molina, Sofia Muñiz, Alexia Ramirez, Mia Ramon, Jaden Reyes Ramirez,
Violin: Ximena Barrera, Divinity Flores, Ayleen Garcia, Dania Garcia, Elliana Hernandez, Gysselle Hinojosa, Ava Lemming, Sofia Peña, Jaqueline Saenz
Voice: Alexa Barrera, Divinity Flores
Piano: Leslie Favela, Faith Garza, Brian Millan, Octavio Ruiz Garza
Voice: Sarah Barrera