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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 one ​ ​ Kabalevsky - Clowns, op. 39, no. 20 J. S. Bach (attrib.) - Musette in D, BWV Anh. 26 Turk – The Dancing Master Get Ready:  Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for...
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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
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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. 27 Diabelli: Vivace in C Major, op. 125, no. 7 any 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...
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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  enc...
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The Neglected Consolations of Franz Liszt

F ranz 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 contribu...
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Celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100: An exploration of his solo piano works

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Bernstein's Musical Legacy As 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 ...
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November/December 2018: Pupil Saver

Rev It Up! D avid 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 conte...
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Revisiting Long-lost Gems: American Folktunes in Nineteenth-century Piano Music

 I n 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 imi...
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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. 27 Diabelli: Vivace in C Major, op. 125, no. 7 any 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...
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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 Sonatinas Nancy Faber - Classic Sonatina in C Major Dennis Alexander - Simply Sonatinas Theodore Latour - Sonatina No. 1 in C Major Thomas Attwood - Sonatina in G Major Creative activities to explore...
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Burgmüller: Ballade, Op. 100 No. 15

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Preparation and Presentation Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one: ​ Burgmüller - Arabesque Rossi - Atacama Desert Atwood - Sonatina Kabalevsky – Clowns Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​ What ...
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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 23 Niamath - Playful Puppy Niamath - Penguins Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​ Learn...
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Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39, No.20

Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39, No.20
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Beethoven - Ecossaise in G Major, WoO 23 Niamath - Playful Puppy Niamath - Penguins Get Ready: creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate...
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September/October 2018: Pupil Saver

From the "Motivating Bookshelf Logan is sitting on the piano bench, his mother behind us. Logan and I are discussing repertoire for both short- and long-term goals. Logan is in soccer, tennis, robotics, piano, violin, and a plethora of church activities. Following a polished performance of "The Little White Donkey" from Jacques Ibert's Histoir...
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Deciphering Chopin’s shorthand in the posthumous Mazurka in F minor

​If someone had told me a decade ago that I was going to produce the first (and, so far, only) published reconstruction of Chopin's posthumous Mazurka in F Minor that includes every uncanceled measure of the composer's sketch, I would have laughed. But apparently when a performance opportunity inspires a research obsession, unexpected things can ha...
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Performing Chopin in the style of Chopin?

Interest in historically-informed performance continues to evolve as scholars and serious-minded pianists gain more knowledge regarding nineteenth-century performing styles. Though much progress has been made in this field, a question still remains: Is there a definitive performance practice that enables pianists to play the works of Chopin in the ...
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Touching Debussy, Teaching Alchemy

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Sound is touch at a distance. Jad Abumrad, from Radiolab "Sound is touch at a distance." I heard this quote at a recent talk given by Radio Lab creator, Jad Abumrad, and I couldn't get it out of my mind. Over and over it repeated itself. Mothers sing to babies after they put them down as a way of continuing physical contact, Jad told us. So, i...
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Wonderful discussion of Debussy's elegant and refined style that gives us so much emotional freedom at the piano. It is also a ver... Read More
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First Debussy piano pieces with pedagogical advice

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Claude Debussy was a person of great restraint and even considered elusive by some. He was not concerned with the technical issues of a pianist, and yet was highly attentive to the quality of a pianissimo and its relationship to softer or louder levels of sound. We know his playing generally did not reach a forceful fortissimo . He cared less about...
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Connections between the music of the United States and Claude Debussy

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It has been more than one hundred years since Claude Debussy was composing masterpieces that were part of a general revolutionary movement that challenged European musical traditions. Debussy was looking for ways to distinguish himself as unique and French, while at the same time using sources from other countries. He found inspiration in varied an...
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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-min...
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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
Saturday, 21 July 2018 09:33
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