The Puyallup Valley Chapter encourages students to grow in their musical skills,
not only through teaching, but also by providing scholarships, awards,
and educational opportunities throughout the year.
Every High School Senior could be awarded a senior scholarship in the amount of $200.00, if they meet the following criteria.
- have studied music with a current active member of the chapter for at least three years, and also be recommended by that teacher.
- have studied music privately for a minimum of five years, and have also achieved at least intermediate performance ability.
- have participated in the WSMTA Music Artistry Program (MAPS) during their high school years, 10th-12th grades.
Through the evaluation of active chapter members, seniors who do not meet all the criteria above may be given a monetary award of $50.00.
“Joy of Music Award”
This is an ongoing award, which began in 1999. Teachers nominate their students each year, and chapter members vote for the winner at the January meeting. The criteria require that the recipient be a current student of an active chapter member, and that they exhibit, in some way, a special “Joy of Music.” The winner receives a “Joy of Music” plaque, and their name goes on a permanent plaque in the music studios of Dennis Alexander and Christine Alexander. This award is presented at the Winter Festival Recitals.” The “Joy of Music” award is a memorial to Darren Alexander (1975-1998), the son of piano teacher and composer, Dr. Dennis Alexander and piano teacher, Christine Alexander.