Valotta Studios is very proud to announce that Anushka, one of Ms. Susan’s piano students, participated in the Constance Murray Piano Festival (CMPF) at West Chester University on March 12, 2016 and received a “Superior” rating. The CMPF provides students from grades 1 – 12 with an opportunity to perform for adjudication. Huge congratulations to Anushka!!!

The CMPF is an annual event sponsored by the Main Line Music Teachers Association (MLMTA) of which Susan is a member. MLMTA is a non-profit organization committed to raising and maintaining high professional standards in the teaching of music (visit for more information). Susan currently serves as vice president of the organization and will assume the role of president in 2017. The organization provides other opportunities for students to perform locally – recitals at Westminster Presbyterian Church, a mini-master class for Super Saturday in February, an annual Play-a-Thon, and the Dorothy Sutton Recital in October. The Dorothy Sutton Recital serves as a preliminary audition for performances at the state association level, PMTA (Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association), which then feeds into the national level, MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) where the playing gets very serious and competitive!

Of this experience, Susan said, “Anushka is truly an exceptional student. She is very committed to practicing and she works hard between lessons. I am so very proud of her.”  During the weekend prior to the event, Susan arranged to meet Anushka and her parents down at West Chester University so that Anushka could rehearse in one of the university’s practice rooms. “How cool is that?! The smile on her face was worth a million bucks!”

Anushka’s mom had the following to say about Anushka’s experience: “First of all, a HUGE thanks to Miss Susan for encouraging Anushka to participate in the MLMTA piano festival. Anushka enjoyed the whole process and it certainly gave her the focus to practice for the event. She was nervous but at the same time eager to play her piece at the festival. In the end she was happy with her performance & results and is already looking forward to participating next year.”

Anushka herself said, “Before the competition I was definitely nervous and was unsure of how I would do but after I experienced playing on a baby grand in front of a judge I was confident and eager to get my score. Now that I know what the MLMTA is like, I also want to do it next year because I enjoyed it very much. Thank you to Ms. Susan for registering me into this wonderful experience!!!!

It is important for students to embrace opportunities to perform, just like our upcoming recitals. Ask your teacher about ways your child can perform and improve their skills and playing confidence!