Since 2002, Boise Tuesday Musicale has held an annual ten-piano concert known as the "Monster Concert." This event provides piano students with a unique opportunity to play in an ensemble with two students at each of the ten to twelve pianos. Each duo plays the same piece as a conductor leads the ensemble. An excellent rhythm section (drum set and bass) accompanies the piano ensemble for extra flair! Each year is built around a different theme, and offers approximately 20 pieces with levels ranging from elementary through advanced. 2019's theme is Legends of the Sea. The stage will be decorated to enhance the theme, and a narrator weaves a story through the pieces. Students will be asked to follow a dress code to accompany the theme, with this year's being that a student dresses either in costume for the theme of their piece, or in concert white long-sleeved top and black pants or skirt.
The fun of performing as an ensemble grows even sweeter as the money raised from our annual Monster Concert helps fund awards given to students in our Boise Tuesday Musicale Awards event.
This event is generously sponsored by Dunkley Music! Dunkley Music not only sponsors Monster Concert, but carries all of the music for the event in their store so that teachers are able to easily get a hold of it.
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Brandt Center, NNU Campus
707 Fern St, Nampa, ID 83686
How do I register?
Monster Concert 2019 is now over. Information about Monster Concert 2020 will be posted soon!
Family and friends who wish to attend the concert must purchase a ticket. Performers do not need to purchase a ticket, as their registration fee covers their admission. Tickets will be sold for $10 per person or $30 per family. Proceeds from tickets help fund our Boise Tuesday Musicale Awards program, so your contribution is greatly appreciated! More information regarding ticket sales will be added at a later date!
When are rehearsals?
Rehearsals take place during the morning and afternoon of the event. They are scheduled back-to-back throughout the day, with a break before the formal concert that evening. Each level will be scheduled a 20-minute screening session backstage, followed immediately by a 20-minute group rehearsal on stage. The conductor may make a few suggestions or corrections and will quickly assess each group's strengths and weaknesses to best utilize the group rehearsal time on stage.
How do I prepare my students?
Choose students with strong rhythm skills! Each level's success depends on the students' accuracy and their ability to stay on beat at the set tempo no matter what. Generally speaking, choose a piece below the student's maximum level, vs. a challenging piece, so the student can concentrate on the ensemble more than hoping they can hit the right notes. Conductors often contact teachers to tell them the final tempo they've chosen and give them specific tips so students can come to rehearsal prepared and knowing what will be expected.
What do students like about this event? How do they grow from it?
This event gives students a concert stage, large ensemble experience. The repertoire includes well-known, fun pieces that are real crowd pleasers! It's also a novel experience to play with a live rhythm section. Students can also choose to play with adults (parents and grandparents) for a special memory. Also, there's less pressure performing with a group than in a solo performance, so many students enjoy performing more. Students MUST learn how to stay with the ensemble no matter a missed note, tricky rhythm, or other challenge, and this can be a very valuable learning experience. Some pieces on the repertoire list are taken from the NFMC Festival Duet list, and can also help students prepare for Fall Festival.