Eight Starr Music Academy students were awarded medals for their performance on the Texas Music Teachers Association Student Affiliate World of Music test.
The purpose of the World of Music program is to introduce students to music history through the study of composer’s music, their life, and composition styles. Students are tested in the spring semester over the information in the World of Music syllabus for their grade level and those who receive a 90% or higher receive a gold medal.
This year's medalists were Laurel Cantu, Leslie Favela, Emma Escobar, James Gonzalez, Elliana Hernandez, Mia Ramon, Jaqueline Saenz, and Chaniel Santiago.
Elliana and Katherine Hernandez represented Starr Music Academy in the Magic Valley Music Teachers' Association Spring Recital on Saturday April 13 at Valley Keyboards in McAllen.
Ellie played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Katie performed the original composition Easter Island Monkey by composer Joanne Martin. They were accompanied on the piano by their teacher, Miss Corine Garcia.
The girls are model students and have performed this year at the Starr Music Academy Snowflake Serenade, as well as earned gold medals at the MVMTA Fall String Festival.
Twenty-eight Starr Music Academy students took the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) Student Affiliate Whitlock Theory Test this past February in Mission. Twenty-six students passed, five earned Whitlock Theory Medals, four earned Instrumental Medals, and nine earned studio medals.
To earn a medal, students needed to score 90 or above on the exam. Whitlock Medals are awarded by TMTA to students who score 90 or above testing on their school grade level, and Instrumental Medals are for students who test at level four and above.
The following students were awarded theory medals: Alani Ballesteros, Alexa Barrera, Camila Bazan, Georgina Barrera, Laurel Cantu, Leslie Favela, Alejandro Garcia, Ayleen Garcia, Faith Garza, James Gonzalez, Victor Guerra, Alyssa Lopez, Ashley Ly Truong, Sofia Muñiz, Neolani Quiroz, Mia Ramon, Brizeida Ramos, and Ricardo Ramos.
Cello: Emma Escobar
Piano: Alexa Barrera, Georgina Barrera, Ximena Barrera, Laurel Cantu, Leslie Favela, Alejandro Garcia, Faith Garza, Octavio Garza, James Gonzalez, Dawn Isidro, Ava Lemming, James Margo, Sofia Muñiz, Mia Ramon
Violin: Ximena Barrera, Edward Benavides, Ayleen Garcia, James Gonzalez, Victor Guerra, Elliana Hernandez, Katherine Hernandez, Lyzzette Hinojosa, Sebastian Mendez, Sofia Peña, Brizeida Ramos, Jaqueline Saenz, Marc Treviño
Piano: Camila Bazan, Emma Escobar, Ashley Lytruong, Neolani Quiroz
Violin: Divinity Flores
Six Starr County students represented their families, schools, and communities in the Magic Valley Music Teachers' Association Boys and Girls Recitals, Saturday October 20 at Valley Keyboards in McAllen.
The Magic Valley Music Teachers' Association is the local chapter of the Texas Music Teachers' Association and the Music Teachers' National Association and sponsors recitals, contests, exams, and events for students of member teachers. The Boys and Girls Recitals allow each teacher to select up to five outstanding students to give a public performance in a formal recital setting.
Representing Starr Music Academy in the Boys' Recital was violinist Victor Adrian Guerra. The Girls' Recital featured Starr Music Academy students Camila Bazan, Emma Escobar, and Neolani Quiroz on piano; and Ayleen Garcia and Brizeida Ramos on violin. Starr Music Academy is under the direction of Ms. Corine Garcia.