Monthly Archives: January 2013

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
In my four decades of teaching piano, I never had a student recital quite like this one. Reams of Irina Gorin’s pupils ascend the stage in Indiana at what looks like a…

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Two musical Eulogies for Newtown’s fallen

Two musical offerings are grief-filled expressions of enduring loss in Newtown, Connecticut. Continue reading

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A pre-dawn digital piano work-out (Yamaha Arius 141)

Digital pianos can be a nice adjunct to practicing on an acoustic. Continue reading

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
While the study of two musical instruments is time-consuming, it can reap benefits in widening a student’s horizons. If a pupil plays only piano for years on end he may deny himself…

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The Haydn Piano Sonata in C, UNPINNED, and matters of Memorization

Pianists are expected to perform on stage without music. It’s a controversial area worth probing. Continue reading

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The C Major Scale universe: metric and muscle memory; shaping and tapering

The C Major scale is more than meets the “I,” if you’re the one practicing it! Continue reading

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No Skimming the surface in piano warm-ups and a Chopin exchange with a sixth-grader

Lucy started piano about four years ago in El Cerrito, a short Bart ride from Berkeley, my current residence. A transfer student, she’d been immersed in Bastien primers and hand-outs of various patriotic pieces. Note-reading skills were minimal. Over time, … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
If I survive this blog with any students remaining in my studio, I will live to tell another hair-raising story. In the meantime, it’s a pertinent moment to expose pupil-snatching for what…

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From Pop to Bach, A 9-yr old makes it over easy

Fritz, a sparkling kid who loves football, soccer, and video games especially where he’s devising offensive field strategies, comes to the piano with bundles of energy. These can be channeled into a piece he’s gung ho to learn, like “Hall … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
My pupil, Yukiko, demonstrates a sequence of E Major Scales in Legato/staccato–Parallel and Contrary Motion: These provide a repository of articulations and dynamics that apply directly to her repertoire of pieces. ***…

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