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  • We’ve opened sign-up for the upcoming Performance Evaluation on April 28th and 29th

Halloween Recital Photos

  • The schedule for our upcoming Halloween Recital has been finalized.
  • The National Guild schedule was updated on Monday, July 24th.
  • We’ve made additional last minute changes.
  • Little Chopin Piano School is expanding and hiring! We are looking for enthusiastic and talented piano instructors.

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Taken during one of our programs at the 2016 Christmas Recital!

Taken during one of our programs at the 2016 Christmas Recital!


THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! Without your help, the 2016 Christmas recital wouldn’t have been possible! EVERY YEAR we rely on YOU to make our recitals and concert a success.

During our gigantic 12 programs of Christmas Recitals, we’ve had

Our Door Monitors in front, who greeted our lovely pianists and family.
Our MCs who confidently spoke to the crowd and set the mood.
Our Lights and Sound Technicians who carefully coordinated the timing of every light and sound.
And at last our Stage Operators who helped with setting up and all the small things we needed to get done.

We can’t thank you all enough for signing up and taking the initiative to help us. If you need documentation for community service hours, please stop by the front desk to ask for our community service form.

Our next program might be in Halloween. Stay tuned (-;

Christmas Recital is coming to town!

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HO HO HO! We bet some of you just can’t wait for Christmas season to come. Some of you are ALREADY listening to Christmas music, and November isn’t even over yet! We know that we can’t wait. In fact, most of our students right now are prepping up to perform Christmas pieces for the upcoming recital. This year we have TWELVE PROGRAMS full of Christmas pieces! Here’s a little chart showing what are the dates and times for all the programs!

All the programs!

All the programs!

By now your student should have already submitted a Christmas Recital 2016 form, which asks you to note FOUR POSSIBLE programs you could be in, along with information regarding the student’s piece and composer.  If you have not done so, PLEASE DO SO NOW! There will be a late fee applied.

PORTRAITS should all be taken by now as well! Portraits will be printed sometime AFTER the recital. So please be patient! They will look fantastic!

What are you waiting for? Save the date, get practicing, and invite all your loved ones to the show!

LCP Closed on Thanksgiving!

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Little Chopin will be closed this Thursday, on the 24th for Thanksgiving! You’d know what would be a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving? By listening to some Bach…. BACH BACH BACH!!! Here’s a video of one of our pianists playing a rather fast Bach piece!

Celine Tseng performing  Prelude and Fugue No.21" Johann Sebastian Bach

Celine Tseng performing Prelude and Fugue No.21″ Johann Sebastian Bach

Have a great one (:


Recent change to the Summer 2016 Competition Winners’ Concert

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We wanted to let you all know that there has been a change in DATE AND TIME for this recital. 

It is now on SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH from 4:00 – 6:00pm

Please mark your calendars. We apologize for any inconvenience and are doing our best to get ready for the show.

For more information on this concert, please click here.

Website update! Awards and pictures

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Little Chopin Piano School is updating its website! We will now post pictures of our award winning students. Please check the list to see if your child’s picture is there. At the bottom is a list of the students of whom we do not have pictures of.


If not, submit a picture fulfilling the requirements below to Tedmann@uci.edu:

1. Good profile shot of torso and up.

2. You should be wearing respectable clothes

3. Make sure you’re holding a trophy or two, maybe a medal.

4. You can have a shot with your teacher as well, but make sure that when we do crop it, we won’t be cutting off someone’s face.


Look for examples on our awards page!

Here are the student’s names:

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Eight Tips for National Guild Auditions

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Ready or not… Within a little more than a day’s gap between the start of the National Guild Auditions, I’m sure all of you are jittery and nervous. Some of you are veterans down for another fight, while others simply don’t know what to expect. Either way, here are some tips that you might find helpful during the actual day.


  1. Wake up and dress accordingly
    Remember be classy and professional. Men—shirts tucked in, suits, nice shoes, not too colorful tie, smart belt. Women—keep your dresses long and below the knees (when you sit down). Tie your hair back and don’t wear heels (difficult to pedal with, unless you’re too cool for this).
  2. Play through your songs and technic in the morning.
    Make sure you can perform in your new clothes. Warm up your fingers with some pieces and their problem areas. If you make a mistake don’t beat yourself up for it. Be calm, be cool. Oh run your hands under warm water to get blood flowing!
  3. Arrive early! Half an hour—one hour! Early is the new on time!
    There are no make ups and if you run late you will be stressed. Don’t expect to be provided with practice rooms.
  4. Formality with the Judge—Greetings 
    When you meet your judge make sure you say hello and smile. You’re friendly, they’re doing you a privilege by listening to you. Be happy and welcoming.
  5. Technique—Accuracy, Clarity, Memory
    Make sure your hands together, are in sync in your scales and arpeggios. Make it consistent and clear. After all your technique shows how skilled you are in performing certain standards. Dynamics are not nearly as important as accuracy and clarity and memory.
  6. Performing—Dynamics, Tempo, Accuracy
    Deep breath! Calm yourself. Make sure to stay on tempo, show your dynamic contrast, and to try to play as accurate as you can. If you do make a mistake, keep going! It looks better, shows that you know how to recover, and the judge might not even notice it! When you’re done, take a deep breath and relax your hands on your lap. Remember, your back should be straight for the most part.
  7. If you happen to forget, make huge mistakes…Skip to the end
    Take a deep breath and try to get as far as you can. If you can’t, pick up on where you do know and keep going. If you absolutely have to, skip to somewhere near the ending and play the last few chords. Always remember the ending, it is better than nothing.
  8. Concluding remarks!
    You’re done now! Make sure the judge is done with writing his/her notes and sit patiently. He/she will tell you when to start the next piece or that you’re done. Thank the judge sincerely.

Anime/ Video Game Recital… Success!

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Woohoo! The Anime / Video Game Two Program Recital of the year has concluded! Many performers were able to showcase their talent and dedication on stage after practicing for months. A BIG thanks for all parents and relatives who could attend and the teachers and staff that made this possible. If today was not your best performance, show everyone you can do better next time. It is never too late 🙂

Thanks William for the fantastic lighting set-up! Left to right: Tien Tran and Tedman Nguyen

And Here Are The Results! The 2014 Musical Arts Competition of Orange County!

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On the 21st of last month, SIX out of nine pianists that we sent to the 2014 Musical Arts of Orange County Competition have placed!!

Here are the name of the students!
Bella Dang: 1st place – category 3
Nicole Ho: 2nd place – category 4A
Travis Luu: 3rd place – category 4B
Andrew Luu: 2nd place – category 6
Eric Phan: 3rd place – category 6
Aldric Gozon: 2nd place -category 11 (cash prize)

Here are the winning teachers!
Chrisna Chung, Melody Chiang, Hisako Mishichita, Molly Nguyen

GREAT WORK EVERYONE! All of you have made Little Chopin Piano Studio proud! Keep up the good work!

ALSO don’t forget we have a rehearsal on the 15th of this Saturday at 5:00 PM! It is for the Anime / Video Game Concert on Saturday the following week also at 5:00 PM on the 21st and 22nd.

CM 2014 and Tips!

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At least. For those of you taking it. And for those of you who procrastinated. I’ve talked to a lot of my peers and they are just high on stress. In addition to this audition there is also the Fullerton Ensemble Competition this Saturday, is around the same days as CM…

Well I offer you some tips as CM approaches:

1.)    Practice in moderation.
if you over practice you risk injuring yourself before the actual audition. And I promise you this can put you in an even worse situation. Set aside a certain hours each day and don’t strain yourself. Take breaks in between and take care of those fingers.

2.)    Play through all of your songs every day.

You want all of your songs to be the best as can be. If you’re not good in some songs, you don’t want to focus too hard on one and forget to work on the other. This brings us to the next tip.

3.)    Practice your problem areas

While you should play through all your songs every day, if there are parts you MUST practice on, major flops, indescribable errors, for the love of piano focus on those and make sure you can fix it. Don’t start from the beginning, make the error, and then start over. No, focus on those areas themselves. Playing stuff you already know is just a waste of time.

4.)    Get your teachers to run through your whole list of your pieces and your technique

This is your chance to make a mock audition. Pretend that you’re in the actual room and play your parts accordingly. Your teacher will know how to do this and act as judge. After, she will provide you with last minute touches and criticisms and bid you good luck.

5.)    Study your practice exams for the theory test and come in for ear training

The practice exams are the closest things you can get to the actual test, so study this! Make sure you know your terms and a couple of composers from each period. Also, come in for ear training during extra hours and make sure you know what’s expected of you on the last page.

Update uh. Second Saturday?

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NO INTROS NECESSARY. Going right on to the stats.

Qualified Solo Chopin for age 16
-Jennifer Le, 3rd place

The students below all earned 2nd place in their own Solo SYMF categories:

-Tedman Nguyen

-Jade Hoang

-Andrew Luu

Tedman Nguyen, with his 2nd place trophy

Jade Hoang and our Principal Molly Phuong

Andrew Luu in the back!