phrasing, phrasing at the piano, pianists, piano, piano instruction, piano learning

What you Learn by Teaching Piano

I was inspired by the sagacious words of Peter Takacs, Oberlin Conservatory piano faculty member, in response to a query by Zsolt Bognar. (Living the Classical Life interview) Zsolt: "Should a pianist teach?" (I was a bit surprised by a question that sowed doubt about the endeavor of mentoring--as if it proliferated the weak cliche… Continue reading What you Learn by Teaching Piano

blog metrics, blogger, blogging, blogging about piano, blogmetrics, Classical era, Classical music blog, Classical music piano blog, piano lessons, piano lessons by Skype, piano lessons in Berkeley California

“Listen to the Long Notes”

Five words resonated profoundly through a Masterclass given by Pianist, Andras Schiff at the Juilliard School. They framed a myriad of movements in Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Three students offered selections by Bach, Schubert and Schumann. (The event was Live-streamed) While Beethoven did not grace the program, Maestro Schiff's mentoring had far-reaching implications for… Continue reading “Listen to the Long Notes”

piano, piano blog, piano blogging, piano technique, Shirley Kirsten, Uncategorized

What should be natural is hard for many piano students

I often think about artificial barriers that many students erect when practicing. Of the adults whom I've mentored (and learned from) over the years some have had a formidable line of defense against "hitting" wrong notes. In many cases they've lifted action verbs from the battlefield zone, transferring them to the keyboard conquering turf. Such… Continue reading What should be natural is hard for many piano students

piano, piano instruction, piano pedagogy, piano teaching

Deviating from the Piano Method Book to custom fit the child

In the course of page turning through The Music Tree, Time to Begin, I'm in agreement pedagogically with the early exposure of twin black note playing, enlisting alternating hands, using fingers 2 or 3. This route also provides a sound vehicle for teaching fundamental note values: quarters and half notes, with a pre-notational designation of… Continue reading Deviating from the Piano Method Book to custom fit the child

Special music school in Manhattan

The right chemistry between piano teacher and student

If ever I've seen and heard a full-blown affinity between a mentor and pupil, it's conspicuously revealed in these two performances that are a harmonious blend of beautiful phrasing and fluid motions. And as the saying goes, "The fruit doesn't fall far from the (learning) tree." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otAShCFD2hc&feature=youtu.be http://youtu.be/KkXh0qWGE0k The student, Daniel Mori, has been studying… Continue reading The right chemistry between piano teacher and student