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”