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2021 has been a challenging year but we’re so glad we have one constant companion in our lives- music!

We’re proud to say we’ve grown beyond the boundaries of our city and our country and we’re truly a global community now!

As you can see from the Newsletter, we try our best to include activities to sharpen various musical skills and make music learning fun. Over the years, through these events, friendships have developed and students have supported each other in their musical journeys.

While we don’t make participation compulsory, we encourage everyone to be a part of these activities so that they fully experience the joy of music and being a part of our Studio.






Female Composers Challenge March 2022:

Curated by The Playful Piano, the challenge was to listen to a piece composed by a Female composer every day in March. Students learned about the lives and heard compositions of 31 women composers right from the 18th century like Princess Friederike Sophie Wilhelmine and Anna Bon to contemporary composers like Germaine Franco of Disney’s Encanto fame and teenage music phenomenon Alma Deutscher.



Nicholas Pereira Scholarship 2022-23 The second Nicholas Pereira scholarship, named after Sonam Lodhi’s Godfather, was announced. The prizes were awarded in a unanimous decision of the Admin team based on weekly ranks, participation in Studio activities, interviews with teachers, and recordings submitted by the nominated students. Students who have been a part of the Studio since July 2021 were considered. Our top 3 rankers win a scholarship of 5% each for the academic year 2022-23.


Winners:

  • Rehaan Sharma

  • Samyra Bilimoria

  • Zara Poria

Nominated Students:

  • Mukta Girme

  • Sanaya Bhattacharjee

  • Pragya Anand

  • Callen D’Silva



Trinity College London

Digital Graded Exam Results: 2021


NAME

EXAMINATION

SCORE

Caroline Menezes

Grade 8

88- Distinction

Sean Noel

Grade 6

97-Distinction

Saineeta Das

Grade 6

77-Merit

Nandita Menon

Grade 5

94-Distinction

Roxane Framroze

Grade 5

93-Distinction

Tanishq Khole

Grade 5

90-Distinction

Zara Poria

Grade 5

87-Distinction

Liu Runbang

Grade 4

92-Distinction

Nishant Nanwani

Grade 3

96-Distinction

Veda Kanstiya

Grade 3

93-Distinction


Trinity College London

Theory Exam Results: 2021


NAME

Examination

Score

Shauna Bhog

Grade 1

95-Distinction

​Hiya Thacker

Grade 1

90-Distinction

Nishant Nandgaonkar

Grade 1

96- Distinction

Vanshika Singh

Grade 2

95-Distinction

Alina Mirchandani

Grade 3

98-Distinction

Mukta Girme

Grade 4

81- Merit




Owlympics: November 2021

Taking a cue from the Tokyo Olympics, 2021 we held a 2-week long musical festival and competition. The participating students were divided into 4 teams who competed with each other in various musical competitions and activities to earn points for their team.


The Dynamic Pianists (Captain Aarmita Khajenoori) were the winning team and Mukta Girme(Double Treble) was the highest-scoring participant.


The prize winners were awarded medals and certificates.




WINNERS OF EACH GROUP:


CATEGORY

WINNER

RUNNER UP

2nd RUNNER UP

Young Beginners

Rehaan Sharma

Sanaya Bhattacharjee

Samyra Bilimoria

Adult Students

Pragya Anand

Rashnae Boyce (Tied runners up)

Vishal Shah

(Tied runners up)

Elementary Grades

Shauna Bhog

Raishaa Ruparel

Sidesh Vijayamurugan

Intermediate Grades

Mukta Girme

Nandita Menon

Anuj Mishra

Senior Grades

Saineeta Das

Mohak Shamani

Roxane Framroze

Top 10 scorers:

1. Mukta Girme

2. Nandita Menon

3. Anuj Mishra

4. Rehaan Sharma

5. Nishant Nanwani

6. Raishaa Ruparel

7. Shauna Bhog

8. Callen D’Silva

9. Vishal Shah

10. Sanaya Bhattacharjee



CHRISTMAS PARTY & OWLYMPICS PRIZE DISTRIBUTION:

With most of 2021 being online, on the 21st of December, Studio Meraki held their first Christmas party at the YMCA Poona for their students to interact with each other and their teachers face-to-face.

The Owlympics participants and winners were awarded certificates and medals.



HALLOWEEN WORKSHOPS:

Special Halloween-themed group classes were conducted online by our Teachers for our junior students in the last week of October. Games and musical activities were held and participants were awarded certificates.



SCALES COMPETITION:

Scales are the foundation of Western classical music. The objective of the competition was

to encourage students to brush up on their scales and encourage them to practice scales regularly and consistently to improve coordination, technique, sight-reading, and understanding of music.

The winners were awarded certificates and vouchers.










CATEGORY

WINNER

RUNNER UP

​Grade 7-8

Erika Doulton

Aarmita Khajenoori

Grade 6

Sean Noel

Roxane Framroze

Grade 5

Mukta Girme

Anuj Mishra

Grade 4

Arnav Gill

​Raj Punjabi

Grade 2-3

Shauna Bhog

Vanshika Singh

Grade 1

Pragya Anand

​Nishant Nandgaonkar



Virtual Recital for our Juniors!

On completion of their books, our junior students prepared a 20-minute virtual concert of their favorite pieces from the book for their family members and friends on Zoom.


Participants: Aaria Pundole, Anika Khapre, Avni Anand, Aydin Inamdar, Cyrus & Tiana Pundole, Divyana Naik, Kimaya & Rianna Shah, Kymaia Gadgil, Nishkka Shah, Mokshada Shah, Kiyaan & Samyra Bilimoria, Raima Sahni, Isabel Joseph, Rehaan & Raina Sharma, Sanaya Bhattacharjee, Sarah Jain.


Virtual Salon Performance:

Sonam Lodhi was invited to perform at an online recital organized by the Goethe-Institut Max


Mueller Bhavan and Alliance Française de Pune.


Zoom State of Mind: Online Piano Recital:


April 2021

A series of live piano recitals on Zoom were held on every Sunday in April. All our students performed for an online audience of their friends and families who joined from across the globe.

The recital series had over 50 participants and a total audience of over 400 people over 4 Sundays.


All videos are available on our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/StudioMerakiPune/videos



Sound of Music Medley: April 2021

The Zoom State of Mind recitals ended with a special video compiled and edited by Priyabrata Panigrahi (PANI Sound and Music) and performed by Sonam Lodhi on piano.

The video was a testament to a difficult year of online teaching, reminisced about our times together, and welcomed our new students. We hope for a time when we can create music together again!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAOMARqIbm8


A.B.C’s of Piano Teaching: 31st January & 7th February 2021



Sonam Lodhi, Rohan Sigamany, and Ajey Deshpande conducted a workshop for our future music educators on how to teach different age groups, effectively communicate with parents, design teaching policies, and stay updated with the latest teaching practices globally.

Participants- Aanchal Shah, Alina Mirchandani, Callen D’Silva, Insiya Lokhandwala, Mohak Shamani, Mukta Girme, Nandita Menon, Nishant Nanwani, Saineeta Das, Shauna Bhog, Veda Kanstiya, Zara Poria.


Women’s History Month Celebration: