Matt Safley Music's curriculum allows students to explore their interests, develop their skills, and reach their potential through recitals and the various performance opportunities listed below.
Primary student events: Fall Recital, Winter Around the World, Progressive Evaluations, Spring Recital, and Summer Soirée.
Fall Recital Practice Week: Monday-Friday, October 16-20, 2023
The Fall Recital includes a chosen theme each year for students to learn about and to encourage audience participation. This year’s theme was Composer Chaos. Each student researched 3 different composers, which includes the composer of their piece to perform. Students then created a multiple choice question with listening examples to help the audience guess who correctly wrote the music. Family and friends invited to attend and learn!
Spring Recital Practice Week: Monday-Friday, April 22-26, 2024
he Spring Recital is a celebration of their hard work and achievements throughout the school year, highlighting their areas of growth and what they have accomplished. Evaluation awards and certificates are given at this time. Family and friends are invited to attend and celebrate!
Progressive Evaluations Practice Week: Monday-Friday, February 26-March 1, 2024
his is an event where students memorize one to two musical pieces, and perform them in front of a professional musician. Each student receives feedback, a rating, and points towards a trophy. This type of evaluation is different than many other St. Louis music studios, as students are allowed to play or sing popular, contemporary pieces such as pop, rock, R&B, video game music, and music from blockbuster motion picture soundtracks.
A $25 fee is assessed to participate. Students only allowed.
This allows students to play or sing for each other and get feedback from peers and your instructor the week of the Evaluation.
Winter Around the World Practice Week: Monday-Friday, December 11-15, 2023
Students prepare a winter themed piece to be performed at a retirement home to share their love of music with others. Friends and family are invited to attend and enjoy the festivities!
Students celebrate their work over the last year, share a sneak peak of their fall festival piece, and participate in a few music games/activities. This is a very casual play through and sample of pieces being prepared for an upcoming recital or evaluation.
Students sign up for 60-75 minute options. A maximum of 8 students in each timeslot will be allowed. Prorated fee will be due if they do not use Lesson Passes for extra lessons during this time.
District/All Suburban Choir Auditions is an external event held in the Fall. High school students enrolled in choir at the studio are encouraged to participate. They must sing a sample of a solo, identify key signatures, and complete sightreading. Juniors and Seniors who score high enough receive an invitation to audition for All-State.
Sonatina Festival is a St. Louis Area Music Teacher Association event where students from around the region perform a sonata or sonatina from memory and receive feedback from an instructor. It is usually held late January or February. Dates to be announced.
NFMC Is an external event where students prepare 2 pieces in contrasting style. One is a piece that comes from the required list and the other can be chosen, within specified guidelines. Dates are in mid-late April.
Students interested in participating in theater around the area prepare a monologue and an excerpt. Those chosen get to perform in a musical in a leading role or a member of an ensemble.
Experienced students that have a wide repertoire are encouraged to pursue continual mastery of their instrument and build confidence by getting in front of others. These students are invited to prepare a separate recital in addition to the above to showcase their talent, hard work, and celebrate their success.
A $25 fee is assessed for each student participating. Extra fees apply for those wanting to prepare a solo recital.
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