Piano Lessons: The Joy and Value of playing duets (Fritz, 8, shines in duo)

Most primer instructional materials and those beyond the elementary level integrate duet playing opportunities which are pivotal to pianistic development.

They help reinforce a buoyant pulse, and imbue sensitivity to balance between primo (treble) and secondo parts. Naturally, dynamics, nuance and phrasing influence a finessed reading between partners, so the experience becomes one of artistic collaboration.

Fritz, 8, a second year piano student in El Cerrito, California, has grown enormously in his duet playing. This year we’ve embarked upon Faber’s Developing Artist series, Later Elementary level.

Here are a few samples:

Currently, he plays an attractive arrangement of “Introduction and Lion” from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens and will be studying pieces by William Gillock.


Fritz in a composing activity (First year piano)


Piano Students as Composers


Fritz composes “Finding Gold”


About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

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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