Piano Students Prepare for Competition

by Brittany Shannon on October 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

The olympics are right around the corner for some local piano students.

The Scale Olympics that is. The competition tests students’ technique and theory. It’s held every two years. Close to 400 students from around Central East Ohio will be competing, including five local students, who are taught by teacher, Suzanne Burg. She says learning the theory behind the music is very important.

"The songs are important, but if they don’t have the theory or the technical skills to back it up, they can’t go out into the world and be church musicians, and high school jazz band piano or keyboard players. I want them to be able to use their piano skills for more than just playing songs," says Suzanne Burg, private piano teacher.

But deeper than the competition, Burg says that music teaches her students valuable life-lessons too.

"It helps build self confidence. It helps to give an avenue for emotional display and demonstration."

The piano students have been practicing since January and will continue to do so until the competition which is set for December 4 at Otterbein University. The Scale Olympics is hosted by the Central East District of Ohio Music Teachers Association.