May is going to be a busy month!

May 4 is the Durham School of the Arts Piano Festival at which I will be adjudicating although the DSA students I teach will be heard by other adjudicators (Lucas, Tessa and Aurora).  Good luck to all participants.

May 18 is the Durham Music Teachers Association music festival at Duke University Mary Duke Biddle building.  These Flourishing Muse students have agreed to participate and more could do so if interested.

Years 5-8: Emily, and Zelda

Years 9-11: Louise and Ida

years 12-13: Elijah, Tessa and Oscar

Years 14-15: Lucas

I will be registering students online April 26.  All students need to give me $15 per student entry fees and I will then pay the DMTA by check.  It is easier that way and means less work for the festival organizers.  You can pay me any of the usual ways.

May 31 is the Flourishing Muse Spring Soirée at ERUUF and students are already preparing for this.

I hope some students are considering summer piano camps.  There are some great ones including the UNCG Piano camp (and I understand two students have already registered), and the Meredith College and UNC piano camps:

https://vpa.uncg.edu/music/smcamp/

https://summer.unc.edu/course-offerings/course-descriptions/music/

https://www.meredith.edu/summer-programs/summer-music-camps/

Did you know you can take a summer course on Taylor Swift’s songs at UNC?

MUSC 286 Music as Culture (The Music of Taylor Swift) (3) – calling all Swifties…

Focusing on the music of Taylor Swift, this course aims to develop student’s critical skills through close examination of her music and analysis of the broader set of issues facing women musicians in the popular music industry. Students will be able to describe the contributions of Swift’s oeuvre using musical and literary vocabulary, analyze her eras using the women popstar career lifecycle model, and trace the shifting cultural expectations of women in society. Students will be invited to share their expertise and personal experiences related to the “Swiftie” community with its insular fan culture from music video Easter eggs to friendship bracelets…Are you ready for it?