Monthly Archives: December 2014

An adult student excels: Chopin Waltz in C# minor, Op. 64, No. 2

I’m beaming from ear to ear, as I showcase Julie’s progress by way of a recent lesson collaboration. I say collaboration, because students and teachers learn together and gain insights as they take a common musical journey. Julie happens to … Continue reading

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“Haddy” Haddorff is given a new home: The back story

My beloved singing nightingale that came into my life in May, 2011, has found a new, permanent nest. About 4 years ago I stumbled upon “Haddy” while browsing a Fresno, California Craig’s Listing (by owner, used piano sales) It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Piano Technique: Student/teacher echo exchanges stabilize rhythm and refine articulation

Of my favorite teaching strategies is bouncing warm-ups back and forth with students. We echo short phrases in legato and staccato as a form of rhythmic rehab. The recordings of these interactions become valuable practicing aids between lessons. Yesterday, an … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

To all my faithful readers whom I dearly treasure and appreciate! *** Two grand pianos and my Yamaha Arius digital chime in! And an excerpt from Handel’s Messiah For those who celebrated Chanukah! Wishing all a Happy New Year with … Continue reading

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A favorite J.S. Bach tutorial (Little Prelude in F, BWV 927)

One of my adult students is excited about learning this treasured miniature, and it just so happened that I stumbled upon one of my you tube posted instructions that will assist both of us in our forthcoming two-way musical exchange. … Continue reading

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Nikolas Sideris, composer, is making a Millennium statement!

It started as a “rant” on a Piano Pedagogy Internet forum. Nikolas Sideris, a prolific, “living” composer of Greek origin insisted that piano teachers were not providing students with a balanced diet of pieces. He faulted them for habitually dishing … Continue reading

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Theory embedded in phrasing/musical expression

What am I doing up at 2 a.m.? To put it simply, answering an adult student’s inquiry about the theoretical analysis of J.S. Bach Invention 13 in A minor. At our last lesson, I had tweaked her curiosity about the … Continue reading

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