Why Piano Teachers Should Practice
- In this workshop, I cover all the positive reasons why the private
piano teacher needs to continue to practice. Each reason is discussed
in terms of how it impacts on teaching and influences students. Then
I present several suggestions on how to implement practice while balancing
studio, family, and volunteer responsibilities. These suggestions have
proven successful for me and for other teachers. Participants receive
copies of the workshop outline, a bibliography, and an example of a practice
The Nuts and Bolts of Accompanying
- This workshop helps the private teacher sort out accompanying and chamber
music partnerships for their own playing and how to teach the differences
to their students. Included are suggestions on organizing ensembles in
the private studio, how to coach rehearsals, and repertoire lists.
Participants receive copies of the workshop outline and a bibliography.
How to Deal with the ADHD and LD Student in the Private Studio
- In this workshop, I discuss the symptoms of ADHD and the treatment options.
I also discuss input, integration, memory, and output disabilities. The
last section of the workshop lists several suggestions for dealing
successfully with these students in private music lessons. All of the
suggestions have been used by me as a parent and a piano teacher. Many
of these students are very dilligent and can gain a great deal of
self-esteem by learning to play an instrument. It is my goal to better
equip private teachers for them. Participants receive copies of the
workshop outline, a current bibliography, and a list of suggested
pedagogical piano repertoire and computer programs.
Music by Women Composers for You and Your Students
- In this workshop, I look at the piano repertoire by women composers
of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Eras as well as the 20th and
21st Centuries. Participants receive copies of suggested repertoire
from Intermediate through advanced levels and a suggested bibliography.
Several musical examples will be played.
- Clementi for You and Your Advanced Students
- All piano teachers know the six sonatinas, op. 36. Until very recently,
these were virtually the only Clementi pieces readily available to the
general public. Many of his advanced piano sonatas deserve to be played.
Putting these sonatas in historical perspective can provide an important
glimpse into the development of the pianoforte and how it affected the
compositional styles of the time. This workshop reviews Clementi's vast
influence as a pianist, teacher, composer, piano manufacturer, and
music publisher. In addition to presenting Clementi's biography, I also
discuss the form of the following sonatas and play excerpts from them:
- Sonata in G Minor, Op. 7, No. 3
- Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 24, No. 2
- Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 5
- Sonata in G Minor, Op. 34, No. 2
- Sonata in A Major, Op. 50, No. 1
Participants receive copies of lists of the best modern editions of
Clementi's piano music, a bibliography, and brief analyses of the first
movements of the six sonatas presented. If time allows, I also discuss
the Gradus ad Parnassum. Some of these etudes are very musical
and show evidence of Clementi's influence on many Romantic piano composers.
I play specific examples which show influences on Chopin, Liszt, Schubert,
and Brahms. When one sees how greatly Clementi influenced subsequent
generations of pianists, composers, and piano manufacturers, it becomes
clear that he deserved the title "father of the pianoforte," which his
colleagues bestowed on him.