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                                                                     Founder: Lee W. Kikuchi

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BEYOND BEGINNER

Once a student has completed the KMI Core Curriculum (beginner years), the student enters the intermediate years. This is a period of 4-6 years where the student is learning and mastering the musical (theory and history) and technical (scales, triads, arpeggios) skills needed to play the standard music literature (Sonatas by Beethoven, Waltzes by Chopin, etc.). Once the students has mastered the basic technique taught during the intermediate years, the student becomes advanced, which not only means she/he is capable of playing some of the standard literature, but also means the student will begin to master the skills required for the most difficult literature. In both levels, every student falls into one of two categories: 1) Study music for enjoyment (appreciation); 2) Study music seriously in order to be the best she/he can be (serious). The following descriptions will help you understand which category applies best to you:

INTERMEDIATE (Appreciation): Any intermediate student under age 15, with even the smallest hope/desire of pursuing music at the college level toward a possible career in music should begin planning and preparing as soon as possible. Click on SERIOUS STUDENTS for more information to help you choose your path wisely. Otherwise, all students at the intermediate level, regardless of age, will most likely choose the MUSIC APPRECIATION PROGRAM, which provides the student a broad and meaningful music education, while also providing intense and quality instruction on the performance instrument. Regardless of the program, students are expected to master all the basic technique (scales, triads, arpeggios) and learn the easier standard literature in order to build a broad exposure and knowledge of music.

INTERMEDIATE (Serious): Click on SERIOUS STUDENT if there is any possibility that you would consider yourself in this category. Regardless of the program, students are expected to master all the basic technique (scales, triads, arpeggios) and learn the easier standard literature in order to build a broad exposure and knowledge of music. However, faculty will have much higher expectations of serious students, in the areas of performance (frequency, breadth and quality) as well as participation in competitive activities (competitions, music camps, auditions for solos in ensembles, auditions for higher level ensembles, etc.)

ADVANCED (Appreciation): Any advanced student under age 18, with even the smallest hope/desire of pursuing music at the college level toward a possible career in music should begin planning and preparing as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for a student who was less serious for many years, suddently to gain interest and passion, enough so that the student might hope to choose a career in music. The efforts spent developing the standard technique often create a strong sense of success and fulfillment that lead to the feeling of "I can do this". Just the accomplishment of reaching the advanced level is something most students never achieve, and when they look around themselves and see so few others at their level, the propsect of success in music seems so much more attainable. Click on SERIOUS STUDENTS for more information to help you choose your path wisely. Otherwise, all students at the advanced level, regardless of age, will most likely choose the MUSIC APPRECIATION PROGRAM.

ADVANCED (Serious): Serious study at the advanced level usually falls into two categories depending on the age and goals of the student: 1) Students without a college music education who are studying to prepare an audition for music school (See Young Artist Program); and 2) Students with at least some college music education, who desire to further their education (See Advanced Coaching). Any advanced students who are unsure whether they fit in either category should click on SERIOUS STUDENTS for more information to help them choose which program fits them best.

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