Narrativity of Histoires by Jacques Ibert

Jacques François Antoine Marie Ibert was born with the fire of Spanish blood in his veins and claimed Manuel de Falla, the famed Spanish composer, as his cousin. The love of music and art that permeated the Ibert household laid the foundation for his acceptance into the Paris Conservatory in 1910, where he studied harmony under the tutelage of Emil...
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Summer 2019: Pupil Saver: Dramatic Chords and Incomparable Views

Rebecca is in her senior year of high school. She is a lovely person who is a talented artist and is also a good pianist. Rebecca leans probably more toward art than music, thus her playing level has stayed around late intermediate to early advanced. Finding music for her that sounds difficult and appealing is often a challenge. At her most recent ...
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Burgmüller: Ballade, Op.100, No.15

Burgmüller: Ballade, Op.100, No.15
Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Burgmüller - ArabesqueRossi - Atacama DesertAtwood - SonatinaKabalevsky – Clowns Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immedia...
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Schumann: A Little Piece, Op.68, No.5

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Berens: Op. 70, No. 8 & No. 23Christopher Norton: Duet for One (from The Microjazz Collection 1) Czerny: Op. 777, No. 3Konrad Kuhner: School of Etudes, No. 1(right before or after) Schumann: Op. 68, No. 3 Get Ready: creative a...
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Andrew McMillan
Hi. A great approach for learning this piece. Note the score image above relates to no 3 ‘Humming Tune’ not no.5 ‘A Little Piece’... Read More
Saturday, 23 January 2021 18:36
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Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1, I. Allegro

Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1, I. Allegro
Preparation and Presentation  Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Lynn Freeman Olson – Beginning SonatinasNancy Faber - Classic Sonatina in C MajorDennis Alexander - Simply SonatinasTheodore Latour - Sonatina No. 1 in C MajorThomas Attwood - Sonatina in G Major Get Ready: Creative act...
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Chee-Hwa Tan
I loved how you articulate the tricky technical segments and accompany them with simple technical warm-ups in preparation. Very cl... Read More
Friday, 03 May 2019 17:19
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Pachulski: Prelude Op.8, No.1

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Nakada, The Song of TwilightTchaikovsky, Old French Song, op. 39, no. 16Grechaninov, Waltz, from Glass Beads, op. 123Tchaikovsky,Sweet Dreams, op. 39, no. 21 Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter wit...
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Bach (attr.): Musette in D major, BWV Anh. 126

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one David Kraehenbuehl, March of the Trolls (detailed articulation, quick leaps over the keyboard)Favorite Jazzy pieces with ties and syncopations (e.g. Jon George, Chattanooga Cha-Cha from Students' Choice; Christopher Norton, Drivin...
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Maryjane Peluso
Help, please! The video of Cathy Smetana's demo of the Bach Musette only plays for 48 seconds.
Monday, 01 April 2019 10:02
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This is now fixed. Thanks for your patience!
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Hello, Please help, the same issue here, full teaching video unavailable? I am logged in, and the message still tells me I need to... Read More
Monday, 01 April 2019 12:24
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Schumann: Knecht Ruprecht, Op. 68, No. 12 ("Knight Rupert")

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Preparation and Presentation  Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Burgmüller Ballade (Magrath Level 4): Provides work on keeping sixteenth notes even in the LH (with RH eighth note chords accompanying them) and also provides work with keeping hands together when playing sixteenth notes. Si...
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Subverting the Pianistic Psyche: Learning Approaches to Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24

A well-trained pianist is a musician fundamentally chained to notational accuracy—one of the prime pianistic obsessions. In traditional pianistic modes of learning, embracing tonally centered repertoire, accuracy of notational acquisition has absolute primacy. Pianists at all levels of accomplishment are guided by an inherent, perhaps inherite...
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Béla Bartók: Two Romanian Dances, Op. 8a, and the Romanian Folk Influence

It is no secret that the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók was greatly influenced by traditional folk and dance music of Eastern Europe and surround- ing regions. To explore the direct effects of a specific ethnic demographic of folk music on specific works, however, still holds the potential to yield fresh insight. Though Bartók is perhaps mo...
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Ellmenreich: Spinning Song

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Rebikov: The BearBach: Musette in D Major, BWV Anh. 126Gurlitt: Etude in D minor ( Night Journey ), op. 82, no. 65 Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deepe...
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Amy Glennon
Thank you for this informative video, full of so many useful teaching tips!
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 05:57
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Loved the Star Wars touch! Now I will have the "R2D2 - BB8" refrain going in my head... ... Read More
Friday, 03 May 2019 17:13
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Handel: Gavotte in G Major, HWV 491 ("Rigaudon")

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this oneKabalevsky - Clowns, op. 39, no. 20J. S. Bach (attrib.) - Musette in D, BWV Anh. 26Turk – The Dancing Master Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper ...
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It is so true about the need to prepare for the LH bass line touch. Thank you for sharing the imagery of potential "coiffure catas... Read More
Friday, 03 May 2019 17:33
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Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21

Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21
Preparation and Presentation  Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one. Kohler: Etude in F Major, op. 190, no. 27Diabelli: Vivace in C Major, op. 125, no. 7any pieces that involve playing a LH broken-chord accompaniment against a lyrical RH melody, in either 3/4 or 3/8 Creative activities to explore bef...
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The Whole Piano is Mine! Keeping Today’s Beginners Engaged Through Attractive and Motivational Repertoire

When I began teaching in the United States as a fresh artist-teacher graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, I soon recognized that to make my teaching style appropriate to the experiences and circumstances of my students it was crucial to familiarize myself with the American teaching environment and practices. Ever since, I ...
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January/February 2019 Pupil Saver: The thrill of the risk

My student Katie, 17, enjoys playing the piano as much as she loves playing soccer. From what I hear, she is an aggressive, risk-taking soccer player. The same could be said for her piano playing: she is adventurous with tempo and sometimes aggressive with sound. I needed a piece that would both capitalize on Katie's strengths while encou...
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The Neglected Consolations of Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt's beloved Consolation No. 3 in D-flat Major from the Six Consolations S.172, is a character piece frequently performed by the advancing pianist in recital and festival adjudications. Reminiscent of a nostalgic nocturne, Consolation No. 3 features a stunning melodic line and unpredictable harmonic nuances that have surely contribute...
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Celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100: An exploration of his solo piano works

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Bernstein's Musical LegacyAs the Leonard Bernstein centennial draws to a close, it is an ideal time to consider the extraordinary career of one of the most significant musical figures of the last century. A prodigious multi-talent, Bernstein became a renowned composer, conductor, pianist, author, teacher, and humanitarian. Although some counseled h...
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Country music represents the choice of local residents in the music. I always like to play country music loudly on my woofers. I w... Read More
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Closer Look: Visit the Menagerie

(S4) Truly Astounding Animals, by Peter Rudzik. Canadian composer Peter Rudzik's collection of twelve short piano solos for intermediate-to-advancing pianists takes us on a delightful, creative romp through the animal world. Reminiscent in spirit to Camille Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the An...
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November/December 2018: Pupil Saver

Rev It Up! David Karp's Toccatina in D Minor (FJH) is a high-energy intermediate piece that will rev up any student. Written almost entirely in the treble clef, the rapid sixteenth notes, syncopated cadences, and interesting mix of major and minor sounds add up to an exciting and riveting contemporary pi...
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Revisiting Long-lost Gems: American Folktunes in Nineteenth-century Piano Music

 In the nineteenth century, classical music was in its infancy in the United States and uniquely American musical voices were few and far between. Although there were some notable exceptions—such as pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk—most American musicians flocked to Europe "only to return with pale imitations ...
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