Tag Archives: Classical era music

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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Celebrating Beethoven’s Birthday!

Albeit a day later, the composer’s music is worth our adulation. Since words cannot amply express the beauty of Beethoven’s outpourings, I’ve selected a favorite movement that speaks volumes about his genius:

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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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Mozart is a Challenge in any shape, size or form

Tips on learning a Mozart gem! Continue reading

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Piano Instruction: Suggested ways to practice Mozart Rondo: Allegretto, K. 545 in C Major

Having been through years of practicing and teaching this Mozart Alegretto, I have a few epiphanies that might benefit others. In the attached video, I assert that the opening Rondo motif with its lively thirds should not spill into an … Continue reading

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The Art of Piano Pedaling: Filming Fur Elise down below (Videos)

I decided to take a nose dive with my iMac desk top and place it way down by my feet because today an adult student continued her IN DEPTH study of legato pedaling. She was specifically practicing the C section … Continue reading

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Beethoven Adagio Cantabile from Sonata Pathetique (Video)

I realized that given any piano a performer chooses to play, that over-projecting or raising up overall dynamic levels allows the player to shape or mold phrases with a deeper connection into the keys. (I wish my Yeti mic hadn’t … Continue reading

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