Category Archives: Latour

The most popular blog explores piano teacher/student relationships

I’ve been aware that this particular writing seems to touch a nerve, or strikes a chord of recognition among piano teachers, parents and students: https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/pulls-and-tugs-two-sides-to-the-studentteacher-piano-lesson-relationship/ It’s only rival in popularity on my roster has been “Funeral for a Cracked Plate,” … Continue reading

Posted in "After the Fall", "funeral for a cracked plate", Fresno California, Latour, Latour Sonatina, New York, New York City, piano, piano instruction, piano instructor, piano lesson, piano lessons, piano lessons and parental support, piano pedagogy, piano practicing, piano society, Piano Street, piano student, piano studio, piano teacher, piano teacher and student relationships, piano teaching, piano teaching repertoire, pianoaddict.com, pianorama, Pianostreet.com, pianoworld, pianoworld.com, Proksch piano, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Kirsten blog, Shirley Smith Kirsten, studying piano, Teach Street, teaching piano, teaching piano to adult students, teaching piano to adults, teaching piano to children, word press, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Why Play Scales? (with an adult piano student’s updated video)

My pupil, Yukiko, demonstrates a sequence of E Major Scales in Legato/staccato–Parallel and Contrary Motion: These provide a repository of articulations and dynamics that apply directly to her repertoire of pieces. *** The Backdrop: As a young piano student living … Continue reading

Posted in Oberlin Conservatory, New York City High School of Performing Arts, cd baby, piano, music, piano teacher, MTAC, pianist, Shirley Kirsten, Steinway piano, you tube, pianoaddict.com, El Cerrito, humor, arpeggios, piano instruction, Fresno, music history, word press, trills, ornaments, piano technique, athletic training, wordpress.com, ping pong, ping pong balls, classical music, keyboard technique, satire, piano lesson, you tube video, New York City High School of Performing Arts, Lillian Freundlich, Irwin Freundlich, piano student, Piano World, pianoworld.com, Classical era, counterpoint, Piano Street, Pianostreet.com, Teach Street, piano finding, talkclassical.com, technique, pianoworld, piano society, uk-piano-forums, authorsden, Steinway and Sons, Steinway grand piano, Shirley Kirsten blog, Fresno California, El Cerrito California, musicology, Exposition in piano sonata, piano pedagogy, gymnastics, cdbaby, video performances, great pianists, pentatonic song, Classical period sonata, five finger positions, five finger warm-ups, pentachords, Major and minor scales, California, Facebook, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Northwest Fresno, Fig Garden Village, piano tutorial, music teachers association of california, piano addict, Bay area, my space, piano warm-ups, Old Fig Garden in Fresno, Creative Fresno, Children's pieces, children's music, Northwest Bronx, Amsterdam Avenue and 74th Street, Music Teachers Asssociation of California, Music Together, Musictogether.com, music appreciation classes, piano teaching repertoire, athletic coaching, teaching piano to teenagers, sonatina, Classical sonatina, Latour, Circle of Fifths, Bronx, New York, El Cerrito piano studio, "Just Being At the Piano", whole body music listening, music and heart, mind body connection, Internet, publishers marketplace, publishersmarketplace.com, classissima.com, Oberlin Conservatory, piano practicing, "The Inner Game of Tennis", Oberlin, Theodore Latour, Latour Sonatina | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Teaching Piano to Teenagers: Classical, Pop, Taylor Swift, Liz on Top of the World and more (Videos)

There’s always room for flexibility in choice of repertoire, especially when teaching teenagers. Alex, 18, had taken lessons during primary school, took a long break and returned to the piano as a senior in high school. His first request was … Continue reading

Posted in Oberlin Conservatory, New York City High School of Performing Arts, Liz on Top of the World, piano, piano teacher, MTAC, memoir, pianist, Shirley Kirsten, you tube, JS Bach, pianoaddict.com, El Cerrito, humor, tennis, scales, arpeggios, piano instruction, Fresno, Theory, Baroque music, word press, piano technique, athletic training, wordpress.com, ping pong, ping pong balls, classical music, popular music, keyboard technique, piano lesson, you tube video, New York City High School of Performing Arts, piano student, Piano World, Classical era, J.S. Bach, counterpoint, Piano Street, Pianostreet.com, Teach Street, piano finding, talkclassical.com, piano scales, pianoworld, piano society, uk-piano-forums, authorsden, Fresno Piano Store, Steinway and Sons, piano room, Steinway grand piano, Steinway M grand piano, Shirley Kirsten blog, Fresno California, El Cerrito California, musicology, piano pedagogy, gymnastics, cdbaby, video performances, Classical period sonata, five finger positions, five finger warm-ups, Major and minor scales, California, Fresno Famous, Facebook, Northwest Fresno, Fig Garden Village, piano tutorial, music teachers association, music teachers association of california, piano addict, music teachers associationo of California, Bay area, my space, piano warm-ups, piano purchase, Old Fig Garden in Fresno, Creative Fresno, Album for the Young, Kabalevsky Op. 39 Children's pieces, dream piano, Faber Primer Piano Adventures, Music Teachers Asssociation of California, Musictogether.com, music appreciation classes, piano teaching repertoire, athletic coaching, Pride and Prejudice, teenagers, teaching piano to teenagers, 100 years, Five for Fighting, Jane Austen, sonatina, Classical sonatina, Forever and Always, Latour, Circle of Fifths, Dario Marianelli | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Day in El Cerrito and my return to Fresno

To El Cerrito and back, and what happens in between, in greater detail. Continue reading

Posted in Oberlin Conservatory, New York City High School of Performing Arts, piano, music, piano teacher, MTAC, pianist, Steinway piano, you tube, El Cerrito, humor, scales, Fresno, word press, piano technique, wordpress.com, classical music, keyboard technique, piano lesson, you tube video, New York City High School of Performing Arts, Lillian Freundlich, piano student, Piano World, pianoworld.com, Classical era, counterpoint, Piano Street, talkclassical.com, piano scales, technique, pianoworld, piano society, uk-piano-forums, authorsden, Steinway M grand piano, Shirley Kirsten blog, Fresno California, El Cerrito California, musicology, piano pedagogy, video performances, great pianists, piano maintenance, five finger positions, five finger warm-ups, California, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Northwest Fresno, Fig Garden Village, piano tutorial, music teachers association of california, diminished chords, diminished 7th chords, diminished 7th arpeggios, piano addict, Bay area, piano warm-ups, Creative Fresno, Children's pieces, children's music, Kabalevsky, Clowns by Kabalevsky, Kabalevsky Op. 39 Children's pieces, Faber Primer Piano Adventures, Music Teachers Asssociation of California, piano teaching repertoire, sonatina, Classical sonatina, Latour, El Cerrito piano studio, music and heart, iPhone, Internet, publishers marketplace, publishersmarketplace.com, Apple iPhone | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment