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Dalcroze Eurhythmics on Display at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Dalcroze Eurhythmics was in full bloom in a lively space at the San Francisco Conservatory last Saturday. It was a refreshing morning of music and movement in perfect synthesis. Jessica Schaeffer, Alice Mosley, and Yoriko Richman led a group of … Continue reading

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A Peak teaching and learning experience!

Piano teachers may complain about students who hardly practice, or come to lessons with a truckload of excuses, but the times we savor are when everything seems to click. Tonight, I had a lesson with an adult student who announced … Continue reading

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Piano Lessons by SkYPE: a FUR–st for two furry friends

Two unexpected guests dropped in for a keyboard visit this evening! Another preceded them: Link: Top FIVE PIANO LESSON BY SKYPE INTERRUPTIONS http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/top-five-piano-by-skype-lesson-interruptions-videos/

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Irina Morozova’s inspiring words flow through a lesson with an adult student (Beethoven’s Fur Elise-in-progress) Video

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
“From watching great pianists it is obvious that they incorporate quite different movements to achieve the same goals, because people do not play piano with fingers but rather with the mind and…

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An ageless pianist and her historic concert (I was there)

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
This is the program that I preserved from the event. It was contained in a boxful of musical artifacts that my mother sent me. On March 28th, 1960, I was present at…

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Overscheduled Piano Students

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
Here’s a snapshot of overloaded kids FOLLOWING lessons: (Friday Afternoon) MOM: “Shiloh, Get ready for swimming. Your towel is folded into your knapsack…. Math Club reminder. Your cubic folder is on top…

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Everyone’s obsessed with the fall-off in piano students

I evade the firing squad at any number of piano ped. forums by sticking to my guns. I say, in some parts of the world there may be a strong Classical music tradition bound up with a formidable work ethic. … Continue reading

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The neighborhood piano teacher lives on….

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
Well into the Millennium, the “neighborhood” piano teacher is in full bloom. Countless telephone and Internet inquiries about potential music instructors focus on LOCATION. “So where do you live?” (Not how do…

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Tchaikovsky’s “Harmonica Player” fits snugly between a Song and Dance

When I first stumbled upon “The Harmonic Player,” No. 12, from Tchaikovsky’s Op. 39 Children’s Album, my first thought was, “Why on earth did the great composer include such tirelessly redundant music with an unimaginative harmonic scheme and belabored melody.” … Continue reading

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Sculpting melodic lines over FACETIME

Is this Orwellian? It’s well past 1984, and pianists who’ve steeped themselves in every URTEXT (authentic music edition) known to civilization, are signing on to SKYPE, meeting their students in Alaska, Uganda, Brazil, or even right around the corner. The … Continue reading

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