Markus Pawlik's student, Eric Guo, received Panel Honors. He has been invited to perform at the MTAC Convention in Santa Clara, June 30 - July 4, 2017.

By | April 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CONGRATULATIONS, ERIC GUO!

Congratulations to Eric Guo!

The Academy wants to congratulate Eric Guo for being selected to participate in the Certificate of Merit Panel Finals on April 1 & 2.  He is one of Markus Pawlik's students.   Congratulations!!

By | March 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Congratulations to Eric Guo!

Congratulations to Amy and Jason!!

The Academy is pleased to congratulate Markus Pawlik's students,  Amy Cai and Jason Hale, on qualifying for the Berkeley Junior Bach Festival.  The Festival will be March 17-26, 2017.

By | February 1st, 2017|News & Events|Comments Off on Congratulations to Amy and Jason!!

Visit NWMA’s YouTube Channel for 2016 Holiday Recital Highlights!

    Watch and listen to some of NWMA's outstanding students in our 2016 Holiday Recital. Visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see other performances from this and other recitals and get automatic updates on new videos posted as they become available. Such amazing talent deserves to be heard! Happy listening!! To [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|News & Events|Comments Off on Visit NWMA’s YouTube Channel for 2016 Holiday Recital Highlights!

The Sacred Triangle

Success of young students, no matter the discipline, is built on a solid foundation. Information is distributed to the student in a classroom/private lesson format and then reinforced with continued study outside of that class or lesson. In the case of music, which presents a vast array of high-level concepts combined with an intense demand [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Music Education|Comments Off on The Sacred Triangle

Chamber Music – The Holy Grail In Music Education

The constant tapping and counting of a teacher in a music lesson seems to be a constant and never-ending tedium. How many music teachers have I heard say, “I sound like a broken record: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 during every lesson! Why can’t students just learn to count themselves?!” The answer my [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Chamber Music|Comments Off on Chamber Music – The Holy Grail In Music Education