Tag Archives: piano lessons

Mirrors and piano playing

As we age, we’re reluctant to look at our reflection in the mirror, but as we grow over time as musicians, the mirror of our playing in recorded “reflections” can foster quality adjustments in phrasing and interpretation. If we nudge … Continue reading

Posted in Alfred Brendel, blog metrics, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, pianist, piano, piano addict, piano blog, piano blogging, piano instruction, piano lessons, Piano Street, Piano World, piano worldwide, recording, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, word press, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

No piece is too easy

Having recently started mentoring a new student whose principal instrument is guitar, I realized that repertoire offered at the beginner level requires the same sensitive understanding of phrasing, nuance, framing rhythm and the underlying singing tone that applies to music … Continue reading

Posted in piano, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Barnyard follies in the piano studio, or how imaginative prompts can improve technique

As piano teachers, we often devise spur of the moment, impromptu strategies to deal with redundant student glitches as they frequently play out in scales and arpeggios. In this creative teaching/learning universe, we can become quite imaginative as we integrate … Continue reading

Posted in piano, piano blog, piano blogging, piano instruction, piano technique, scales and arpeggios | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Piano Teaching: Diagnosis and Treatment in Cyber

The miracle of technology allows a micro-review of a student’s physical relationship to the keyboard, magnifying problems that need thoughtful remedy. Today, I felt akin to a radiologist examining x-rays in great detail, looking for areas of concern, if not … Continue reading

Posted in piano, piano blogging, piano lessons, piano teaching, piano technique | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Putting Slow Practicing to good use in a J.S. Bach Fugue Analysis

I’ve been my own mentor to the exponential these past intensified 48 hours as I immersed myself in a slow, deep-layered analysis of J.S.Bach’s Fugue in Ab, BWV 862 (Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1) The detailed exploration not only heightened my … Continue reading

Posted in Fugue, Fugue Analysis, J.S. Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, piano | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Finding a melodic thread in a sea of fast notes

Compositions that are laden with myriads of fast paced notes often pose a problem for students whose immediate response is to efficiently “type” them out. Implementing such a mechanical approach often excludes an awareness of a melodic strand that will … Continue reading

Posted in Burgmuller, piano, piano blog, piano pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Lang Lang controversy

World-renowned pianist, Lang Lang has attained rock star status in China, whereas here in the U.S., a sizable contingent of serious mentors in and out of the conservatory milieu register outright disdain for him. Many detractors publicly post their objections … Continue reading

Posted in China, Lang Lang, Lang Lang critics, piano, piano blog, piano blogging | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments