One significant issue for professional piano teachers is that we become distracted by all the new, shiny ideas that we lose sight of our "hedgehog concept," one of the elements that can move our business from good to great. When we fill our time with quick solutions (even if effective), this can crowd out time for more strategic reflection, analysis, and planning which is necessary to help our business become great.
Author Irina Gorin writes, "Books 1 and 2 cover the span of the first year of study and will sufficiently prepare the students for classical repertoire." The characters in this fairy tale include King Meter, Fairy Musicalina, Prince Rhythm, and Princess Melody, who all live in the Magical Kingdom of Sounds.
Progressing from late-intermediate level sonatinas by Clementi and Kuhlau to early-advanced level sonatas by Mozart and Haydn can be a challenge for students. The Six Easy Sonatas by Johann Wilhelm Hässler are excellent choices to help make this transition more manageable.
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Unity in music is achieved when a composer creates musical relationships, thus making the various aspects of the music seem to fit well together. By contrast, variety is attained through the avoidance of such relationships or through the introduction of new material. A work may often prove to be satisfying to the listener when these elements are in judicious balance.