Monthly Archives: August 2012

Teaching “Clowns” by Kabalevsky from the Op. 39 Children’s Pieces (Video)

Kabalevsky’s ebullient miniature teaches technique while it satisfies a student’s musical appetite. Continue reading

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The Gooden College Connection is about helping minority kids navigate the tough road to college

Andrew M. Gooden and his wife, Ruth Kleinman join a Board of GCC volunteers to make college access a reality for students who might otherwise be lost in the shuffle. Continue reading

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New, second blog site at Word Press…

Hallowed ground or a dumpsite of Bezerkeley rental rejects? Continue reading

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Where harmonies shape phrases: Chopin’s Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4

Chopin cloaked one of his most memorable preludes in lush harmonies that reveal the beauty of a simple melody. Continue reading

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Rina, 5, practices “The Hunting Call” by Gurlitt

Rina grabbed an opportunity to sit at the “big” piano yesterday afternoon to practice Gurlitt’s “The Hunting Call.” A sparkling little piece, Gurlitt’s gem is the third in a sequence that I pulled from Faber’s Developing Artist series, Preparatory Piano … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
Using Solfeggio or Solfege to advance ear training and to transpose pieces into various tonal regions is very helpful for piano students of all levels. If we set a goal of memorizing…

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Technique is creatively woven into the piano learning environment from the very beginning of study

A discussion is intensifying on Facebook’s “The Art of Piano Pedagogy” about teaching technique as a separate sphere of learning, versus an inseparable part of the total music-making process. I tend to embrace a style of teaching that fuses all … Continue reading

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A Purr-fect sedative for a Cat

“Harmony of the Angels” has a soporific effect on Aiden cat while it provided a relaxing prelude to Rina’s earliest piano lessons. Students, young and old, love its thread of sonorities. Continue reading

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Piano Technique: The Spongy Wrist is a great shock absorber and singing tone supporter

Rina, age 5, and Emily, 13, both learned about the supple wrist and how it nurtures a beautiful singing tone at the piano. Continue reading

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On the Berkeley Housing Trail, Eugene O’Neill Style

Finding a rental in Berkeley can be a hair-raising experience! Continue reading

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