Sunday, April 28, 2013

Monthly Rep Class

The members of the 2012-2013 Competition Team celebrate as their Monthly Rep Classes come to an end. Kelly, Vangi, and Annabelle worked very hard this year perfecting their pieces for the Maryland State Piano Competition coming up on Saturday May 4th, 2012 at the University of Maryland in College Park. All 3 young ladies will be performing 2 pieces from memory and will receive the judges critique. I could not be more proud of the extremely talented, motivated, and dedicated students. They are a credit and an example for piano students everywhere!

Rep Classes give the students an opportunity to perform for each other and to be critiqued by their peers which prepares them for the actual competition event. They learn to conduct themselves professionally at the piano and to learn the fine points of performance practices. Students in monthly Rep Class learn to perfect the following important principles of performance:

  • Posture at the Piano
  • Hand position at the keys
  • Body movement during the piece
  • Rise and fall of the melodic line
  • Can the listener follow the melody
  • Proper balance between hands
  • Staccato and/or legate lifting
  • Crescendo/Decrescendo
  • Rhythm
  • Tempo
  • Dynamic levels (p, mp, mf, etc)
  • Memorization
  • Emotion of piece (playful, mournful etc)
  • Overall musicality
  • Stage Presence
Kelly (age 11) will perform the Sonata in E Major L.23 by Scarlatti and "Valse Allemande" from Carnaval Op. 9 by Schumann.
Vangi (age 13) will perform the Gigue from the French Suite IV BWV 815 by Bach and the Mazurka in G minor Op. 67 No. 2 by Chopin.
Annabelle (age 10) will perform the 2-part Invention in B-flat BWV 785 by Bach and the Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor WoO 59  (Fur Elise) By Beethoven.
I wish them the best of luck in the competition!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Double Scoop Recital Highlights

My students have been preparing for this all-time favorite recital for months. Each student performed two very specially picked pieces. Here are the "rules" for our annual Double Scoop Recital:
  • Students pick their favorite pieces learned in piano lessons
  • Students "double scoop" their performance with 2nd selection or duet.
  • Students may dress casually- play clothes are ok.
  • Families bring their favorite dessert to share after the recital.
  • Competition Team players perform from memory for a live audience.
Here are some highlights:

Sunday, April 14, 2013

a la John Cage

Claire and I played a rhythm game this week at her lesson. She had to roll the die and create a measure with the same number of beats shown on the die. To my surprise, here was one of her measures!

Creativity is a wonderful thing!