Local Students Participate in State Piano Competition

For the City-Times

On Saturday, May 18, 2013 the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association held their state Badger Keyboard Competition for over 500 young pianists across the state.

 The Badger Keyboard Competition is an annual event in which advanced piano students in grades 4-12 across Wisconsin participate.  To be eligible for the statewide competition, students must qualify at district festivals.  These students represent the student talent and high quality of music instruction.

The purposes of the Wisconsin Music Teachers National Association Performance competitions are to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.

The following Stevens Point area students, who study with Gail Heywood, participated in the Badger Keyboard Competition:   Elizabeth Cisewski (grade 8), Katy Czerwinski (grade 5), Lexi Ford (grade 7), Daniel Lindner (grade 6), Gabrielle Sroda (grade 7) and Mara Steinweber (grade 5).  In the 2012 Badger Keyboard Competition, Lexi Ford received an Honorable Mention for her piano solo performance.

Gail Heywood operates an independent music studio at Mitchell Piano Works, 3201 Main Street in Stevens Point, providing piano, guitar and voice lessons to ages 3 to adult.   She is a member of the Stevens Point Area Music Teachers Association, the American Guild of Music and the Music Teachers National Association.  Heywood is a nationally certified teacher of music, current president of the Stevens Point Area Music Teachers Association, immediate past-president of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, and serves on the MTNA Board of Directors.

Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization of independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research.  Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music teacher association in the United States.

For more information on Wisconsin Music Teachers Association programs and services for students and teachers, please visit our website at http://www.wmta.net or call the WMTA state headquarters at 608-850-1033.  For information on lessons and classes with Gail Heywood, please contact 715-204-4071 or heywoodmusicstudios.com