Playing A Children’s “Game” while learning the piano (Videos)

Dimitri Kabalevsky, a 20th Century Russian composer, produced colorful character pieces that engage a child’s imagination as they advance piano technique.

The Op. 39 collection contains pieces such as “Joke” and “Clowns” that have individual, built-in musical goals.

For certain, even such repertoire with a pedagogical dimension, can be equally as inviting for adults of any age who embark upon piano lessons. Case in point: a young mother from Alaska intensified her study over Skype by adding “A Game” to her repertoire.

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While on the surface, this light-hearted miniature looks and sounds easy, a student must cultivate a clean, crisp staccato that has shape and contour.

To this end, baby-step practicing is recommended as fleshed out in the videos below:

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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