Category Archives: piano scales

From Legato to Staccato: staying connected at the piano (Video)

The universal chant among my adult students is, “I can’t play those darn staccato scales and arpeggios. They’re impossible!” And the reason for all the moans and groans is, they feel DISCONNECTED, and not safely secure in the keys. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in El Cerrito piano studio, piano instruction, piano lessons, piano scales, piano teaching, piano technique, playing legato to staccato at the piano, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, the playground as music teacher, word press, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video, you tube.com, yout tube, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rina, 5, performs at our Spring Recital (after 8 months of piano lessons) Video

Rina is moving right along. She can spin a legato phrase with finesse after having practiced her detached-note playing for months. Now she’s working on using featherlight thumbs to craft smoother lines. Notice her supple wrist approach to the piano: … Continue reading

Posted in end of the year piano recitals, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, piano, piano instruction, piano playing, piano recital, piano recitals with themes, piano repertoire review, piano room, piano scales, piano society, piano teacher, piano teacher nearly falls asleep, piano teachers, piano teaching, piano teaching repertoire, piano technician, pianoworld.com, player piano, POWHOW instruction, POWHOW piano instruction, POWHOW webcam online piano class, private party marketplace of pianos, private party piano sale, producing a singing tone legato at the piano, publishersmarketplace.com, Ravel Piano Concerto for the left hand, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Uncategorized, Weber upright piano, word press, wordpress.com, Yeti microphone, Yevgeny Sudbin, you tube, You Tube Cantata no. 78 performed at the First Moravian Church in New York City, You Tube interview with Lugansky from Israel, you tube video, yout tube, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Piano Technique: An adult student works on rolling forward wrist motions in Two, Three, and Six-note groupings (Video)

This particular student has come a long way in the six years we’ve worked together, and as always been the case, I’ve probably learned more from her than in reverse. From my second piano, I can gaze over at my … Continue reading

Posted in Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, pianist, piano, piano arpeggios, piano lesson, piano scales, piano teaching, piano technique, playing piano, practicing piano, rolling forward wrist motions in piano playing, Shirley Kirsten, teaching piano to adult students, teaching piano to adults, undulating wrist in piano playing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Down to the wire: An 11-year old piano student prepares for a competitive Baroque event (VIDEO) with a tender flashback

Claudia has made significant gains this year. She’s shaping her phrases more, and becoming ear-attentive and physically responsive to the music she plays. Today, she made additional headway with J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C minor, BWV 847. Coming into her … Continue reading

Posted in Baroque music, Central California MTAC Baroque Festival, classissima.com, J.S. Bach, J.S. Bach Prelude BWV 847, Johann Sebastian Bach, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, MTAC, MTAC Baroque Festival, MTAC.org, pianist, pianists, piano, piano addict, piano blog, piano blogging, piano instruction, piano instructor, piano lesson, piano lessons, piano lessons and parental support, piano pedagogy, piano playing and phrasing, piano practicing, piano repertoire, piano scales, piano society, Piano Street, piano student, piano studio, piano teacher, piano teachers, piano teaching, piano teaching repertoire, piano technique, piano warm-ups, Piano World, piano world-wide, pianoaddict.com, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Uncategorized, video performances, videotaping a piano performance and self analysis, videotaping at piano lessons, whole body listening, whole body music listening, word press, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Piano Technique: Practicing a difficult section in Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique, Op. 13, movement 1 (Video)

Some piano teachers prefer to improve a student’s technique by selecting difficult passages from the mainstream piano literature rather than assign a load of scales, arpeggios and chords that journey around the Circle of Fifths. I still believe the best … Continue reading

Posted in Beethoven, Beethoven Pathetique, Beethoven Sonata Pathetique op. 13 in c minor, phrasing at the piano, pianist, piano, piano instruction, piano instructor, piano lesson, piano playing and breathing, piano playing and phrasing, piano playing and relaxation, piano practicing, piano repertoire, piano scales, piano teacher, piano teaching, piano technique, piano tutorial, Piano World, pianoaddict.com, pianoworld, pianoworld.com, playing piano, practicing difficult passages in Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique op. 13, practicing difficult piano passages, scales, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Kirsten blog, Shirley Smith Kirsten, slow mindful practicing, slow piano practicing, studying piano, talkclassical.com, Teach Street, teaching piano, technique, the art of piano playing, whole body listening, whole body music listening, word press, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The nitty gritty reasons why piano students drop out: Two staunchly different opinions

The current rage on the Internet surrounds a Facebook posting that claims a 95% dropout rate among piano students. The nitty gritty reasons cited by the poster are contained in what I view as a tirade against what he terms … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, philosophy of eduction, pianist, piano, piano drop-outs, piano instructor, piano lesson, piano lesson dropouts, piano lessons, piano lessons and parental support, piano pedagogy, piano practicing, piano scales, piano student, piano students who drop out, piano teacher, piano teaching, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Kirsten blog, Shirley Smith Kirsten, summer piano lessons, summer piano study, talkclassical.com, teaching piano, teaching piano scales, teaching piano to children, teaching piano to teenagers, word press, wordpress.com | 7 Comments

More ideas about Piano Technique and Mental Imagery (Playing into a Bowl of Molasses)

Continuing my practice of videotaping my Thursday evening lesson, I reviewed the footage and discovered some catch words that helped me clarify ideas about technique and fluency. While it may sound a bit outlandish to think of the piano as … Continue reading

Posted in blog, blogger, California, classissima, classissima.com, El Cerrito, El Cerrito California, El Cerrito piano studio, Fresno California, molasses, MTAC, music and heart, music and the breath, music teachers association of california, New York City High School of Performing Arts, New York University, Oberlin Conservatory, pianist, piano, piano instruction, piano instructor, piano lesson, piano pedagogy, piano practicing, piano scales, piano society, Piano Street, piano student, piano studio, piano teacher, piano technique, piano tutorial, Piano World, pianoaddict.com, Pianostreet.com, pianoworld, pianoworld.com, playing piano, scale fingerings, scales, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Kirsten blog, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Steinway M grand piano, Steinway piano, Steinway studio upright, talkclassical.com, Teach Street, teaching piano, teaching piano scales, teaching scales, technique, whole body listening, whole body music listening, word press, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment