Category Archives: public school 122

Piano Instruction: Debussy Arabesque No. 1 (Video)–and playing through the whole composition

I first came to know this piece when a fifth grader at P.S. 122 in the Bronx was selected to play it at our student assembly. The ebb and flowing beauty of this work was so poignant, that I stored … Continue reading

Posted in piano, music, piano teacher, MTAC, pianist, Shirley Kirsten, you tube,, El Cerrito, piano instruction, public school 122, music history, Theory, word press, piano technique,, piano lesson, you tube video, New York City High School of Performing Arts, piano student, Piano World,,, Teach Street, technique, pianoworld, uk-piano-forums, Shirley Kirsten blog, Fresno California, El Cerrito California, piano pedagogy, Shirley Smith Kirsten, piano tutorial, music teachers association, music teachers association of california, piano repertoire, whole body music listening, music and heart, mind body connection, Oberlin Conservatory, mental imagery, Oberlin, playing piano, piano lessons, New York City, music theory, musical inspiration, piano instructor, piano studio, ear training, self-analysis, teaching piano, Haddorff, Haddorff piano, phrasing at the piano, musical phrasing, singing tone legato, music and the breath, slow piano practicing, whole body listening, molasses, long distance piano teaching, Debussy, Claude Debussy, Impressionist Music, Debussy Arabesque No. 1 by Claude Debussy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Rekindling Marble Hill memories, and a remarkable twist of fate

I was deeply moved to have discovered the Marble Hill Reunion site which inspired my own cherished memories of the projects in the Bronx where I romped during my childhood and early adolescence. My family moved from Featherbed Lane near … Continue reading

Posted in 6 degrees of separation, Album for the Young, Amtrak station, antique pianos, antiques, arpeggios, authorsden, Bronx dialect, classical music, Creative Fresno, dream piano, El Cerrito piano studio, Facebook, Facebook friend, Featherbed Lane, Fresno, Fresno California, Fresno Famous, humor, Major Deegan Highway, Marble Hill Projects, memoir, Mrs. Elston, music teachers association, music teachers associationo of California, my space, New York, New York City High School of Performing Arts, Northwest Bronx, Northwest Fresno, Oberlin Conservatory, New York City High School of Performing Arts, pianist, piano, piano addict, piano finding, piano lesson, piano pedagogy, piano room, piano society, Piano Street, piano student, Piano World,,, pianoworld,, popular music, public school 122, rats, roaches, Romantic era music, Romantic music, satire, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Kirsten blog, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Sohmer upright, sports, Steinway piano,, Teach Street, Twenty five Progressive pieces by Burgmuller, used piano, used pianos, veterans, veterans housing, vets, WW II veterans | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Housing my Dream Pianos

I grew up in the Marble Hill projects of the Bronx and lived on the ninth floor. The walls of our housing development were so paper thin that when I practiced on my Sohmer 1922 studio upright, my first dream … Continue reading

Posted in Oberlin Conservatory, New York City High School of Performing Arts, cd baby, piano, music, piano teacher, memoir, pianist, Shirley Kirsten, Steinway piano,, humor, scales, public school 122, Fresno, music history, word press,, classical music, keyboard technique, used pianos, Steinway console, Aeolian piano, satire, piano lesson, New York City High School of Performing Arts, antique pianos, Piano World,, Classical era, used piano, old upright, Piano Street,, Teach Street, piano finding,,, pianoworld, piano society, uk-piano-forums, authorsden, Steinway and Sons, piano room, Steinway grand piano, Steinway M grand piano, Steinway studio upright, Shirley Kirsten blog, Fresno California, Pierce Piano Atlas, piano pedagogy, cdbaby, five finger positions, five finger warm-ups, Facebook, Shirley Smith Kirsten, West San Ramon Fresno, Northwest Fresno, Fig Garden Village, antiques, music teachers association, music teachers association of california, piano addict, music teachers associationo of California, Old Fig Garden in Fresno, Children's pieces, children's music, Album for the Young, Marble Hill Projects, Northwest Bronx, Major Deegan Highway, dream piano, Sohmer upright, Needle Park, Amsterdam Avenue and 74th Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sports and Piano Technique: How about chunking–On You Tube

It’s a no brainer to compare piano study to athletics. Both have been my passions throughout most of my life. At age 6 I competed with my brother for music lessons but lost out. Nearly five years my senior, he … Continue reading

Posted in arpeggios, baseball, football, humor, memoir, music, Oberlin Conservatory, New York City High School of Performing Arts, performance anxiety, pianist, piano, piano instruction, piano teacher,, public school 122, scales, Shirley Kirsten, sports, Steinway piano, tennis, Uncategorized, you tube | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment