Educated at Queens College, and the Royal College of Music, London, U.K., Lolita Mayadas is an experienced pianist and teacher who has performed extensively in London, U.K., Germany, the United States and in her native India. A recipient of several competitive awards, Mrs Mayadas was also active as a speaker and performer over All-India Radio and contributed regular critical reviews and articles to national newspapers and periodicals. She has held several management/teaching positions, including: Director of the Calcutta School of Music, Registrar and Dean of Students of the Hochstein Music School, Director of the Grove Dance Theatre, Miami, and Administrative Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1981 she was appointed Executive Director of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, a post she held until she retired in 2001 when she and her husband Azim were jointly awarded the Guild’s President’s Award in recognition of their leadership and services to community arts education. Lolita is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Calcutta School of Music. Lolita has been active as a member of several boards and arts education panels. She was a trustee of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, board member of the National Music Council and was a founding member of the National Coalition for Education in the Arts, the progenitor for the organization now known as the Arts Education Partnership. She was also an invited member of the Arts Education Partnership Working Group organized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has served on the board of the National Music Council, and on the National Program Committee for Young Audiences. Lolita was also a jury member for the New York State Council on the Arts, a member of the Overseers Visiting Committee for the New England Conservatory of Music, a panelist for the Musician Recruitment Conference of the New World Symphony and an invited participant at the Music Assistance Fund Conference organized by the New York Philharmonic. She has also worked closely with the National Endowment for the Arts in developing programs to benefit community schools. In 1970 she was selected to be one of only two delegates from India to attend the Beethoven Bi-Centenary in Germany and in 1971, the only Indian delegate to the Prague Spring Festival in Czechoslovakia. Following her retirement from the National Guild, Lolita returned to teaching and joined the Thurnauer School of Music, Tenafly New Jersey as a faculty member. She is currently Chair of the Piano Department at the school. In 2014 she launched NotePerfect Project a new company formed to manufacture, develop and market an innovative educational method which teaches young children how to read music using a set of tools that are tactile, child-friendly -- and fun. (www.noteperfectproject.com). This method is based on experience gained over a teaching career spanning more than four decades using tools I initially made myself at home. My mission was to teach children to read music as fluently as they read the alphabet. Inevitably, there were periods of trial and error, successes and failures and many, many modifications.Through all those years, I learned more from my young students than I could ever hope to give back. To them I owe my gratitude and thanks.
I mostly teach kids through one-on-one weekly, or twice-weekly, private lessons. I have learned through a long teaching career (teaching kids ages 5-17) that children learn best if we, as teachers, adapt our approach to each child's unique way of learning. I believe through long experience that young children learn through play and modeling. Therefore, game playing and role playing are important elements of my teaching style. I expect students to aim for their personal best and to practice or review concepts they have learned at their lessons on a regular basis. In this context, I do all I can to get at least one parent involved as my "helper" at home. It is my job to teach children basic musical and technical skills but beyond that my goal is to make music a joyous part of their lives, for a lifetime.
L.R.S.M., competition organized by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music:, India and Far East: First Prize Winner. Royal College of Music, London: Ellen Marie Curtis Prize for Mozart. Bombay Madrigal Singers Organization: Sir Adrian Boult Cup, Challenge Shield for Bach. New Jersey Governor's Award for Arts Education. Arts Foundation of New Jersey: Distinguished Service Award. National Guild for Community Arts Education - President's Award. Calcutta School of Music -- Lifetime Achievement Award
High School: Graduated from Queens College School, London, U.K., A.R.C.M., Royal College of Music, London, L.R.S.M., Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London. Studies with Shanti Seldon (piano), Arthur Alexander (piano), Bernard Walton (clarinet) and Cecil Aronowitz (chamber music).
Please visit my Linked In page at https://t.co/Lt8naSE2mT for detailed biographical information. Solo performances: Wigmore Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, C.J. Hall, Bombay, New Empire Theatre, Calcutta and other venues in India, Germany and the U.S. Performances with the Calcutta Symphony Orchestra and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. Regular recitals and talks over All-India Radio and two-piano performances with her husband, Azim Lewis Mayadas. Formerly: Principal, Calcutta School of Music; Dean of Students and Registrar, Hochstein School of Music, Rochester; New York; Administrative Director, Grove Dance Theatre, Miami, Florida; Administrative Director, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami; Executive Director, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts (now National Guild for Community Arts Education). Currently Chair of the Piano Department and faculty member, JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey.