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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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 oneBurgmüller 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. Simi...
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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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Spring 2019: New Music Reviews

 (S1-3) Imaginations Books 1 and 2, by Kevin Olson. Kevin Olson has a knack for creating fresh and original sounds at every teaching level. While incorporating the reading, rhythmic, and technical skills needed to advance the piano student, Imaginations offers a wide variety of appealing pieces. With titles like "Android Attack," "Penguin...
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Spring 2019: Recordings

​The two leading piano manufacturers in Paris during Chopin's lifetime were Érard and Pleyel. Chopin preferred Pleyel's instruments, praising what he heard as a more compelling cantabile, and subtler tonal palette. The 1847 Pleyel here possesses remarkable clarity, due in part to its quick decay time. Rutkowski's prowess with convincing agogic exp...
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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 oneRebikov: The BearBach: Musette in D Major, BWV Anh. 126Gurlitt: Etude in D minor ( Night Journey ), op. 82, no. 65Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper ...
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Thank you for this informative video, full of so many useful teaching tips!
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Handel: Gavotte in G Major, HWV 491 ("Rigaudon")

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Preparation and PresentationContext: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one​​Kabalevsky - Clowns, op. 39, no. 20J. S. Bach (attrib.) - Musette in D, BWV Anh. 26Turk – The Dancing MasterGet Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper ...
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Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21

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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 3/8Creative activities to explore befo...
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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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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 pie...
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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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Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21

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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 3/8Creative activities to explore befo...
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Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1, I. Allegro

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Preparation and Presentation 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 MajorCreative activities to explore before ...
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Burgmüller: Ballade, Op. 100 No. 15

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Preparation and PresentationPieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one:​Burgmüller - ArabesqueRossi - Atacama DesertAtwood - SonatinaKabalevsky – ClownsCreative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​What is a Bal...
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Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39

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Preparation and PresentationPieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one:​Beethoven - Ecossaise in G Major, WoO 23Niamath - Playful PuppyNiamath - PenguinsCreative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​Learn the LH...
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Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39, No.20

Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39, No.20
Preparation and PresentationContext: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this oneBeethoven - Ecossaise in G Major, WoO 23Niamath - Playful PuppyNiamath - Penguins Get Ready: creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate suc...
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