Category Archives: classical period piano music

Quality spot-practicing by an adult student: Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” (Video)

Marie, a motivated adult student, revisited piano studies after a decades-long hiatus. When she resumed lessons about 6 years ago, she made “Fur Elise” her goal-setting piece. Following long-term scale and arpeggio exposure accompanied by a detailed focus on minuets, … Continue reading

Posted in "Fur Elise" by Beethoven, acoustic piano, adult piano students, authors den, authorsden, Beethoven, Beethoven Fur Elise, blog, blogger, blogging, blogging about piano, blogs about piano, Chopin Waltz no. 19 in A Minor op. posthumous, Classical era, Classical era piano music, classical music, classical period piano music, Classical period sonata, classissima, classissima.com, classisssima.com, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, Ludwig Van Beethoven, pianist, piano, piano lessons, piano student, piano studio, piano study, piano teacher, piano teachers, piano teaching, piano teaching repertoire, piano technique, Piano World, piano world-wide, pianoaddict.com, Pianostreet.com, pianoworld, pianoworld.com, playing piano, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, teaching piano, whole body listening, whole body music listening, word press, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube video, yout tube | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Part Six Piano Instruction, Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata No. 17, Op. 31 No. 2 and all FIVE teaching segments preceding

In order from Part One to Six: I. II. III. IV. V. VI. LINKS: Part ONE: Beethoven Tempest Sonata in D minor https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/practicing-tips-for-beethovens-tempest-sonata-op-31-no-2-part-one-video/ Part TWO Instruction https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/piano-instuction-part-two-beethovens-tempest-sonata-hand-cross-over-with-tremolo-in-the-middle-voice/ Part THREE Instruction https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/piano-instruction-part-three-beethoven-tempest-sonata-in-d-minor-op-31-no-2/ Part FOUR Instruction https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/piano-instruction-part-four-beethovens-tempest-sonata-in-d-minor-op-31-no-2-measures-55-93/ Part FIVE Instruction https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/piano-instruction-part-five-beethovens-tempest-sonata-op-31-no-2-measures-93-to-158-development-recitative-submerged-pedal/ PART … Continue reading

Posted in piano, piano teacher, Shirley Kirsten, you tube, El Cerrito, Beethoven, word press, piano technique, wordpress.com, piano lesson, you tube video, pianoworld.com, Classical era, Pianostreet.com, talkclassical.com, pianoworld, Shirley Kirsten blog, El Cerrito California, piano pedagogy, Classical period sonata, Shirley Smith Kirsten, piano tutorial, piano addict, piano teaching repertoire, whole body music listening, publishers marketplace, publishersmarketplace.com, classissima.com, piano practicing, classissima, playing piano, blogging, blogger, piano lessons, piano instructor, publishersmarketplace, teaching piano, Skyping piano lessons, phrasing at the piano, teaching piano to children, slow piano practicing, whole body listening, skyped piano lessons, Ludwig Van Beethoven, slow mindful practicing, piano teaching, piano practicing motivators, Beethoven "Tempest" sonata op. 31 no. 2, practicing the left hand at the piano, piano playing and breathing, piano playing and phrasing, teaching piano to adult students, practicing difficult piano passages, practicing piano passages with rhythms, teaching piano to adults, piano teachers, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, shirley smith kirsten blog, piano technique and the singing tone, shirley s kirsten, playing the piano, piano blog, piano blogging, Steinway M, blogging about piano, piano study, word press.com, wordpress, Steinway M grand, classical period piano music, piano playing, practicing piano with relaxation, playing piano with expression, classisssima.com, El Cerrito piano instruction, Bay area piano instruction, practicing piano, playing piano with crossed hands, yout tube, Classical era piano music, Beethoven Tempest Sonata first movement, Beethoven "Tempest" in Dminor Op. 31 no.2, piano studio in El Cerrito, shirley kirsten piano teacher in El Cerrito | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Piano Instruction: How to practice Variation 2, Mozart Sonata No. 11 in A, K. 331 (Videos)

The biggest challenge in this particular variation is the fast-paced tempo and ornament execution–not to mention the fleeting 4 against 3 relationship of treble 32nds above 16ths in the bass. But the latter, should not be a big concern considering … Continue reading

Posted in arioso 7, authors den, authorsden, blog, blogger, blogging, blogging about piano, blogs about piano, Classical era, classical music, classical period piano music, classissima, classissima.com, classisssima.com, El Cerrito, El Cerrito California, El Cerrito piano instruction, Facebook, How to practice Mozart Sonata in A Major K. 331, how to practice variation 2 Mozart Sonata in A Major K. 331, Journey of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, K. 331, keyboard technique, Mozart, MTAC, no. 11 K. 331, ornaments, pianist, pianists, piano, piano addict, piano blog, piano blogging, piano blogs, piano instruction, piano instructor, piano lesson, piano lessons, piano lessson, piano pedagogy, piano playing, piano playing and phrasing, piano playing and the singing tone, piano practicing, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Variation 2 Mozart Sonata in A Major K. 331, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Piano Lesson: The challenge of playing a slow movement

I chose Muzio Clementi’s popular Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1 to flesh out the contrasting middle movement designated ANDANTE by the composer. It’s definitely a challenge to play just 6 lines of music with beauty and finesse. As … Continue reading

Posted in arioso 7, blog, blogging, blogging about piano, blogs about piano, Classical era, classical music, classical period piano music, Classical sonatina, classissima, classissima.com, classisssima.com, Clementi Sonatina in C Op. 36 no. 1, El Cerrito, El Cerrito California, El Cerrito piano instruction, fingering and phrasing at the piano, fingering and piano technique, Fresno CA, Fresno California, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, keyboard technique, MTAC, music and heart, music and the breath, musical phrasing, Muzio Clementi, New York City High School of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, pianist, piano, piano addict, piano blog, piano blogging, piano blogs, piano instruction, piano lesson, piano lessons, piano playing, piano playing and phrasing, piano playing and relaxation, piano playing and the singing tone, piano practicing, piano teacher, piano technique, Piano World, piano world-wide, pianoaddict.com, pianoworld, pianoworld.com, playing piano, playing the piano with a singing tone, word press, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Tips on practicing Beethoven’s Fur Elise using a rolling motion, weight transfer, undulating wrist, and relaxed arm swing (Video)

Today’s lesson with an adult student produced a helpful video that focused on the second section, page 1–but was devoted in large part, to examining measures 9-15 in the following ways: 1) for the execution of a rolling motion across … Continue reading

Posted in "Fur Elise" by Beethoven, Beethoven Fur Elise, blog, blogger, blogging, blogging about piano, blogs about piano, classical music, classical period piano music, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, pianist, piano, piano addict, piano instruction, piano lesson, piano lessons, Piano Street, piano technique, Piano World, piano world-wide, playing piano, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, teaching Beethoven Fur Elise, word press, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments