Piano Instruction: Phrasing and singing–A 10 year old beginner plays “Russian Sailor Dance,” Faber Bk. 1 (Video)

Singing is the best model for phrasing. In the learning environment, the student and teacher are on an interactive vocal wavelength experiencing the contour and shape of a musical line. Using syllables of various kinds that reflect the inner density and motion of the music is intrinsic to the activity.

The video attached gives an example of how we translate what’s on the printed page, from crispy staccato to curvy legato to restful cadences (melted resolutions)

Slow motion playing precedes a quicker tempo that is always within the student’s control. Spinning a contoured musical line is the goal in all readings.

The Joy of Teaching Piano to Young Children


The Art of Phrasing: Starting the process with beginners:

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International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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2 Responses to Piano Instruction: Phrasing and singing–A 10 year old beginner plays “Russian Sailor Dance,” Faber Bk. 1 (Video)

  1. Lisa says:

    That is a great piece! This would be perfect for my grandson right now. Your student is adorable, and she’s doing splendidly for a beginner.


  2. It’s such a favorite.. especially when the student gets to pick up the tempo, and surrenders to the energy bound up in the piece.


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