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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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
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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
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Preparing for Sonatinas

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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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Autumn 2019: Pupil Saver: The Peacock by Olive Dungan

Olive Dungan's intermediate solo, The Peacock (a Poem without Words) was first published in 1953. I have found that students today still delight in this musical depiction of a beautiful majestic bird. Olive writes in the score, "The composer trusts that the pianist will create the magnificent and slow walk of the peaco...
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Chopin: Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69, No. 2

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Pyotr Tchaikovsky, The Sick Doll, op. 39, no. 6Dmitri Kabalevsky, Slow Waltz, op. 39, no. 23Frédéric Chopin, Waltz in A minor, op. post.Edvard Grieg, Waltz, op. 12, no. 2Samuil Maykapar Waltz, op. 28, no. 5 Get Ready: Creative act...
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Enjoyed the explanation as she played different paarts.
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Steps to Parnassus: Preparing Students to Play Advanced Masterworks

All learning of complex knowledge and sophisticated skills must be approached by first learning more limited and simplified versions of what students are eventually needing to master. The nature of the simplifications—the substance and magnitude of each task, the sequence in which the tasks are presented, the speed of ...
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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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Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39

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Preparation and Presentation Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one: Beethoven - Ecossaise in G Major, WoO 23Niamath - Playful PuppyNiamath - Penguins Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: Learn the L...
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Kabalevsky Toccatina, Op. 27, No. 12

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July/August 2018: Pupil Saver

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A grand setting for C minor by Carmen Doubrova Some students diligently practice their repertoire pieces, but are less enthused about scales and exercises. Fortunately, long ago, I discovered Ballade from Betty Colley's early-intermediate collection Styles for Piano (Kjos). This piece is a brilliant study of the natural minor scale. The C-mino...
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Hello Carmen, Thank you for this article. I cannot find Betty Colley's early-intermediate collection Styles for Piano (Kjos) or ... Read More
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Fostering collaboration: Elementary and intermediate works for pianist and narrator

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By default, being a pianist can feel like a lonely musical pursuit. Students frequently take private lessons, practice alone, perform solo repertoire, and only occasionally play duets with a teacher, family member, or friend. It is not until after many years of private study that students are finally encouraged to collaborate with other student mus...
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May/June 2018: Pupil Saver

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 Got a Pupil Saver? We love to hear from you. If you are interested in submitting your Pupil Saver for consideration, please contact Susan Geffen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I have an advancing student who is really interested in playing French music. Although I decided to steer away from Debussy for the moment, I remembered that French c...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: Music for the intermediate pianist by eight women composers

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Editor's note: This is a companion piece to the January/February 2018 article, "Women of exceptional accomplishment: Eight women composers" by Teresa Rupp, found here. Anyone who thinks there is a lack of piano music by women composers from previous centuries hasn't looked too hard. Take the music of these eight composers as a great example. M...
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Gail Smith's Women Composers in History music collection is a mainstay in my studio alongside the Maurice Hinson edition, as are ... Read More
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