Due to Covid 19 March 2020, Mrs. Van Cleave's studio went on online to support students in quarantine. Since that time the studio has grown to include students located all over the world. It is exciting to see what these students will accomplish and events they may participate in.
Her local students for the past 35 years have received honors such as Texas Music Teachers Association Theory Medals Award Senior Award, AMTA Student Participation Award Winner, AMTA Piano Solo Contest winners, National Guild Auditions Founders Plaque, Bach Plaque, and Paderewski Medals. They have received ratings of Outstanding at the NFMC State Festival and Gold Medals at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin. Her students routinely receive high ratings for UIL solos, Festivals and Pianos Solo Contests. Students perform on piano teams at the TMTA convention annually and have performed on a piano team at the MTNA National Conference. Her students consistently earn medals for the TMTA Theory Tests and receive high ratings in local events and National Guild auditions. Her students have performed and accompanied for school graduations and assemblies, and choir, orchestra, and band events. They have performed for weddings, and public events. They have also been school jazz band pianists, honor choir accompanists, and Drum Majors at their University. As graduated adults they are church pianists, community pianists and community accompanists, professional musicians and professionals in the music business as well as teachers.
Our Students enjoy participating in community events and activities such as playing at the Mall of Abilene at Christmas, Artwalk, Retirement Centers and various other venues. We have 45 minute private one on one lessons once a week, and group classes once or twice a semester so students can enjoy and observe their peers and create a bonding studio environment. Our students also enjoy helping as pages for AMTA events such as Springer Manly Music Festival.