The Centre for Musical Minds in Frisco TX, Takes Center Stage

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The Centre for Musical Minds Music School in Frisco TX, produces two Division Winners and one National Finalist at the Roland Piano Festival. With a motto of "More Music. More Creative. Higher Standards"....we now know why! For more information, visit http://www.CentreforMusicalMinds.org.

The Centre for Musical Minds, a premier music school in Frisco TX, is pleased to announce two division winners for the Roland Piano Festival 2011. The company's mantra "More Music. More Creative. Higher Standards." holds true to form in their piano lessons. Congratulations to winners Linnea Skold, a 2nd grader who attends Spears Elementary and 8th grade student Kaci Pelias of Clark Middle School. Linnea Skold will fly to Los Angeles, California as one of the top 50 in the nation to compete at the Roland Piano Festival National Finals on November 12th, 2011.

For the second year in a row, students at the Centre for Musical Minds music school in Frisco, TX have produced two extremely talented and hard-working students who won their respective divisions at the local level. Also for the second year in a row, the centre has students represented at the national level. Students enjoy the Roland Piano Festival because it takes a level of artistry and creativity to make their music come to life. Skold said, “I thought it was really cool to play on a piano that sounded like a whole orchestra! It was fun picking out different instruments and sounds that would make my piece sound good.” With castanets, mariachi trumpets, and horses galloping in the background, Linnea Skold truly added some Spanish flair to the afternoon.

This year’s local Roland Piano Festival was held at Romeo Music in Dallas on September 24th where there were three competitive divisions. Beginning at 9am was Division 3, students aged 13 - 18. The most participants could be found in Division 2, students aged 9 - 12, which began at 10:30am. Kaci Pelias of the Centre for Musical Minds won with a show-stopping performance of Great Balls of Fire, which was preceded by a soothing Claire de Lune introduction. Pelias also won 2nd place for talent in the state-level Cinderella pageant this summer, performing for her largest audience yet. Last but not least, Division 1 began at 1:30 in the afternoon and was comprised of 1st-4th graders and 2nd grader Linnea Skold of the Centre for Musical Minds, took home the winning trophy with her performance of Spanish Caballero by Nancy Faber.

Students were judged based upon use of the Roland RM-700 flagship keyboard, their technical artistry, notational accuracy and musicality. Pelias said about her experience,“I enjoyed working with the Roland because all the sounds together resembled an orchestra or a big band.  I loved listening to everyone's songs at the festival because of how beautiful they were!”

The Centre for Musical Minds was founded in 2008 by visionary entrepreneur Kristin Yost and Dr. Samuel Holland of Southern Methodist University who wanted to offer superior quality piano lessons in Frisco, TX. Both founders are published authors, active clinicians and presenters throughout the United States and Euorope. With an enormously successful first three years, the centre continues to redefine musical excellence in the north Dallas communities. The Centre for Musical Minds offers private piano lessons, voice and guitar lessons, Piano for Pre-K as well as early childhood music programs by Musikgarten. To visit their website, please go to http://www.CentreforMusicalMinds.org.

Congratulations to all who participated this year and again to Kaci Pelias and Linnea Skold of the Centre for Musical Minds. Pelias and Skold are both students of Kristin Yost. For information regarding the programs available at the Centre for Musical Minds, please call 214.586.4309 or email exdir(at)centremm(dot)org.

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