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Price: Little Melody in E-flat

Price: Little Melody in E-flat
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Florence Price: #5 from 6 Pieces for PianoWilliam Gillock: "Soaring in E-flat major" from Lyric PreludesEdward MacDowell: To A Wild Rose, op. 51, no. 1Enrique Granados: Dedication, op. 1, no. 1Artina McCain: any of the African Ame...
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Joplin: The Easy Winners

Joplin: The Easy Winners
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Elite Syncopations, Scott JoplinHot Potato Rag, Martha Mier"Sweet Mister Jelly Roll" from Portraits in Jazz, Valerie CapersAny piece that uses A-flat-major chords/scales Get Ready: creative activities to explore before the first e...
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Burleigh: From the Southland

Burleigh: From the Southland
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Edward MacDowell: To a Wild Rose, Op. 51, No. 1Scott Joplin: The Entertainer or the Maple Leaf RagClaude Debussy: The Little ShepherdFrédéric Chopin: Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No.4 Get Ready: creative activities to explore ...
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Szymanowska: Minuet No. 1 from Six Minuets for Piano

Szymanowska: Minuet No. 1 from Six Minuets for Piano
Video 1: Teaching Demonstration Video 2: Performance Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one J.S. Bach: Short Prelude in C Major, BWV 939M. Clementi: Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 3C. Czerny: The School of Velocity, Op. 299, No. 3 and 4F. Schubert: Landler in A Minor...
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Winter 2022: Questions & Answers by Jane Magrath

Q. I want to include some diverse literature for my intermediate students as we prepare for recitals, festivals, and competitions this spring. What are some collections or pieces that I might look into for their piano study?  A. Yours is a timely question since so much fresh solo piano literature at the intermediate level i...
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Winter 2022: Cécile Chaminade’s Album des Enfants: A Treasure Trove of Intermediate-Level Teaching Pieces

It is unfortunate that Cécile Chaminade's piano music has been swept under the proverbial carpet. She, among other female composers, provided a wealth of compositions for the budding pianist. Her music is pedagogically sound, musical, technically appropriate, and frankly, quite inviting in sound and style. Her compositional output for the piano num...
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Winter 2022: The Legacy of Miriam Hyde

When I relocated to Melbourne, Australia, from the United States in June of 2019, I was immediately struck by the sense of tradition and cultural reverence that was deeply felt and clearly acknowledged by new colleagues, acquaintances, and students. Recurrent themes included the widely held belief that curricula related to music studies were consta...
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Winter 2022: Teaching Contemporary Piano Techniques to Intermediate Piano Students with Alexina Louie's Star Light, Star Bright

Introducing intermediate piano students to twentieth-and twenty-first-century compositional techniques and styles is essential, especially as we move from Gen Z students to those in Generation Alpha (born in the early 2010s). In Star Light, Star Bright (1995),1 both generations will find an established, musically rich collection of nine pedagogical...
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Winter 2022: Practicing Alongside Our Intermediate Students

Practice may be readily defined by our elementary students as "playing the piano at home" and by intermediate students as "time spent learning my music." Advanced musicians acquire a nuanced definition of practice, which may include concepts like warming up, deep listening and analysis, artistic exploration, cultivating technical freedom, and rehea...
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Hidden Gems: Four Centuries of Keyboard Music by Women Composers (11/03/2021)

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Autumn 2021: New Music & Materials

(S6) THE ETUDES PROJECT, VOLUME ONE: ICEBERG curated by Jenny LinPianist Jenny Lin partnered with ten New York City-based composers to assemble this imaginative and engaging selection of new piano etudes. From the introduction to the score, "The Etudes Project is an ongoing exploration of the tradition and transformati...
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Autumn 2021: Pupil Saver: Prelude No. 5 from Ten Preludes for the Piano by Carlos Chávez: Modernism Meets Mexican Indigenous Music

PRELUDE NO. 5 from TEN PRELUDES FOR THE PIANO by Carlos Chávez It is the Roaring Twenties in the United States. Financial prosperity, art deco, Felix the Cat, and jazz are flooding the streets of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In Mexico, the 1920s painted a very different scene. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 brought social and ...
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White: Images, Thirteen Expressions for Intermediate Piano

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History: Background information about the composer's life, accomplishments, and any significant historical background about the piece.  Born in Chicago, IL in 1932, Dolores White earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Oberlin College and her Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music in Piano and Composition. Her husband, Donald ...
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Summer 2021: New Music & Materials

(S4) CONCERT ÉTUDES FOR DEVELOPING PIANISTS: INSPIRED BY TAIWANESE FOLK SONGS by Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao Do you know that feeling when you discover something really special and surprising? That is exactly what it is like to play Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao's recent set of compositions, Concert Études for Developing Pianists: Inspired by Taiwanese F...
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Summer 2021: Piano Magazine Marketplace

The Playful PianoPiano teaching resources that inspire and engage! Discover music history, listening & coloring books, practice resources to turn your students into thoughtful, effective practicers, and much more!  Musicology App for iOS A peer-to-peer video conferencing app for iOS with collaborative and interactivetools for teaching musi...
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Schumann: Mazurka, Op 6, No. 3

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Le Sommeil de l'Enfant (Berceuse), Op. 35 by Teresa Carreño Prelude Op. 29, No. 6 by Frederic Chopin Abschied von Rom by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Humming Song Op. 68, No. 3 by Robert Schumann Mazurka Op. 39, No...
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Beethoven: Sonatina in G Major

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Students should be playing the earliest selections of original piano works.Sonatinas by Lynes, Attwood, Latour, and other selections in any level 1 and 2 Sonatina books.Method book pieces introducing Alberti bass (approx. level 3)...
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Evelyn Lee
Great preparation comments. I appreciate it. several comments: 1. you played this piece very matter of fact. I see it as an expres... Read More
Friday, 11 December 2020 17:45
Suzanne Newcomb
Thank you, Evelyn, for your comments and questions. I see this as an expressive piece, too, but it is also an early Classical-era ... Read More
Friday, 11 December 2020 19:15
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Preparing for Sonatinas

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Kelly Havens
So much information in a single hour. Thank you so much, Marvin!
Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:27
Rebekah Hang
Thank you very much for sharing your information with us! it is very helpful and inspiring! I always enjoy Marvin's seminar, they ... Read More
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 18:57
Sarah Roy
Thorough covering of this topic. Thanks, Marvin.
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 17:10
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Khachaturian: Ivan Sings

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one William Bolcom The Plaid Miss from MonsterpiecesDmitri Kabalevsky Little Story, Op. 27, No. 2Alexander Gretchaninoff Farewell, Op. 98, No. 4 Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to p...
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Streabbog: A Pleasant Morning, Op. 63, No. 1

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Nancy Faber – Classic Sonatina (1st movement)Cornelius Gurlitt – 24 Easy Melodious Studies, Op. 50, no. 1Any additional pieces in which standard scale fingerings appear Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first en...
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