Monthly Archives: November 2012

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
In about two weeks, I will fly back to New York City for a family birthday celebration, and in a tight 4-day span I’ll visit the edifice of my High School of…

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The pianist as conductor, choreographer, and singer (Mozart Andante, Sonata in C Major, K. 545)

How to integrate the physical, emotional and singable when learning Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K. 545, Andante. Continue reading

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
These are two supplementary videos that I created for adult students between lessons. As previously mentioned, they clarify and reinforce the content of our class, and map out ways to practice. I.…

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
One of the loudest protests I’d ever heard, came from a 13-year old piano student who screamed at the top of her lungs on the doorstep of my house. Her mother was…

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
First I thought about Pianorama, which would be a catchy title describing a marathon of student performances sponsored by a local Music Teachers Association. In fact years ago we had one of…

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Play the piano like it’s a violin (Thoughts on practicing Chopin’s Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 no. 4)

If pianists would think of the string or vocal model when playing, their phrases would be sculpted and shaped nicely. Continue reading

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Berkeley/Bay Area Meet-up, Shut up, Listen up Groups

Searching for the right match-up….. Continue reading

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