Did you attend the 3rd annual MusicEdConnect Webinar last week? The feedback was wonderful and it looks as if this online conference will continue. What can be better than attending 26 sessions LIVE, or in REPLAY mode from now until Dec. 31, 2016? And all from the comfort of your own home via your computer or mobile device.
Thanks to those of you who were able to attend my session “A Quick Guide to the Most Popular Piano Classics Students LOVE to Play” I gave a tour of original piano classics that students really gravitate towards and I hope the session will assist you in making repertoire decisions for students with discerning tastes. It’s always a fine line, right? — what we think is good for them and what they’d prefer to play. This is just a small part of a more in-depth guide I’m working on that will help teachers know what to teach and when, and it will offer clues on what students find the most rewarding in a particular piece.
If you missed the webinar it’s not too late to access a replay of all 26 sessions by 26 different presenters. Anyone can register for the replay pass (and should) as it was amazing and such a great value. I cannot believe how many tips and info were shared! The replay pass is $129. Register HERE and you’ll have immediate access to all the videos now thru Dec. 31, 2016. Tell your friends! NOW …. for those MusicEdConnect participants who listened to my session last THURS, Feb. 4, and then hopped over to the blog here with a reply …. DRUM ROLL please…..
You EACH win a DISCOUNT COUPON CODE for one of my digital publications at www.pianopassport.com! You’ll have a chance to check out one of my newest publications for teaching. It’s a small assortment so far, but there’s a good variety to select from. HINT: I suggest my late elementary version of Clair de Lune. I think it works really well for those students who just can’t wait to play this beautiful melody, especially adults.
WINNERS: Judy K., Rosemarie P., Renee S., Kathy S., and Melanie
Congratulations to you all. I will be emailing the code to each of you shortly.
Thanks to OnlineSheetMusic.com for providing this coupon!
Michelle Sisler and her team have been working hard to prepare fantastic sessions and exhibits once again this year. Looking at the presenters and their sessions, you will be truly impressed at what’s planned. 26 NEW SESSIONS! including mine:
Having a hard time deciding which piano classics you should teach and when? Do you wonder whether your students will like your selections? Elizabeth will help you narrow down the sea of choices to create a well-rounded, balanced repertoire for students of all abilities and especially those with discerning tastes.
The beauty of MusicEdConnect is that all sessions will be available ON-DEMAND after the live conference dates so you can re-watch a session or view a session you missed. While there is a specific time for each live session, you do NOT have to watch it on that date. You may watch the 2016 sessions until December 31, 2016!
My READERS receive a COUPON CODE!
UPDATE: My code has expired and if you are just now reading this post, try code “MEC1516” to save $10. Expires Feb. 2
A little overview of the conference:
The conference will begin with keynote speaker, Pete Jutras, presenting “The Road Ahead.” What is the future of teaching piano and what is the best way to teach this next generation effectively?
NEW this year, Tech Tuesday will offer a wealth of beginning to advanced technology sessions including very practical applications on a shoestring budget, how to replace that spaghetti of cords in your studio and iPad iDeas! Also part of Tech Tuesday, are the many HOW TO 30/30 sessions on topics such as HOW TO Broadcast Your Recital Over the Internet, extend your screen, use iMovie and GarageBand. These unique 30/30 sessions will offer a half-hour live with the second 30 minutes recorded for you to watch later when you are ready for that next step. This will help these technical sessions be a bit less overwhelming so you can take it one step at a time at your own pace.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, learn how to deal with difficult parents, conduct engaging and effective studio classes, gain new sight reading strategies, understand chord symbols, perfect your teaching language, teach beginners technical movements, teach pop music, how to make the most of your lesson time especially with over scheduled students, better engage your students, marketing magic and everything in between! And….showcases from JoyTunes, TimeWarp Technologies and Keys to Imagination.
Saturday, the networking session returns (Full Access/Live attendees only) as attendees will get to network with other attendees to give and receive great advice, all hosted by some of our presenters.
CLICK HERE for the SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
CLICK HERE for REGISTRATION INFO (use code EG16 for $10 off)
Look forward to seeing you there!
Because we are teachers with incredibly BUSY schedules, I will limit the workshop to just 10 concise minutes on one single topic. However after the 10 minute period, feel free to stick around a bit longer for some Q&A if you like. Even if you can’t join the LIVE presentation, the “scope” will remain on your Periscope account for 24 hours so you may view it at a convenient time later.
Here’s my working list of pain points so far:
and so forth……
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Welcome to our September 2015 GET IN SHAPE Piano Play-Along! with Sonatina in A minor by Jiří Antonín Benda, also Georg Anton Benda (1722-1795). For more information on Play-Alongs and how to get started, click HERE. You may join this Play-Along anytime you wish and continue to reply with comments even after October 10, 2015, the day we all chime in with our final thoughts about this gem.
This is the FIRST TIME we’ve added Periscope to our Play-Alongs! I think Periscope will be VERY beneficial for demo on my end and discussion among all of us on a LIVE broadcast. Much more interactive! I hope all of you liked it Monday.
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A little summary of what we talked about Monday, Sept. 21 on Periscope No. 1…..
Georg Anton Benda (1722-1795)
This sonatina is definitely Benda’s most popular from his 34 or so keyboard sonatas and sonatinas, according to Wikipedia’s count. Benda was mostly known for his operas and melodramas which influenced Mozart. His short and accessible one-mov’t sonatinas are mostly intermediate in level. This A minor one appears the most often in educational piano collections and is a real favorite among students because of its dramatic flair, tunefulness, and toccata character, all of which are typical of Benda’s keyboard style.
Arpeggiation between hands, cross-overs, part-writing, and rhythmic variation are all present in this short work which seems to always alternate moods. Wonderful drama is created from these contrasting elements which makes this piece exhilirating to play.
The variety of textures and rhythmic motifs could cause one to alter the tempo from one theme to another. Students often rush the fast-moving material (16ths) and then slow the tempo on the longer tones. This tendency could cause the piece to lose its energy so counting aloud is really essential, especially counting in subdivisions as needed.
Study the form (ternary – ABA) and label each section to see where/if the sections share similar melodic or rhythmic material. Note also where Benda uses A minor or E Major (the dominant) or C Major (relative major) and the primary chords of these keys. Knowing what geography you’re going to encounter speeds the learning process.
Practice Ideas to Get You Started:
You may want to review the key of A minor a bit. Run a few scales in 16ths (all forms of the minor scales) and the primary chords and arpeggios. Look in the score to see where Benda includes the primary chords and how (broken? blocked?)
After a few slow readings, divide the piece into study sections first by form (A section vs. B section) and then into smaller sections within wherever you see contrast in rhythm or melody.
EX: Mm. 1 – 4 vs. mm. 5 -8 (16th-note flourishes vs. syncopated melody)
Perhaps study all the 16th-note areas first, solidfying the fingerings and working for evenness and steadiness in each instance. Then shift to the melodic ideas with longer tones such as the syncopated theme (mm. 5-8 and similar). The syncopated themes contain diverse material in each hand so be careful to acknowledge the slurs and the legato indications in the LH.
Once you have the continuity in the small sections mastered (and a consistent tempo), join sections to make 8mm. phrases and so forth. Keep a reliable “working” tempo and gradually increase it daily to an Allegro over the next 14 days. None of my present editions contains a metronome marking and Benda didn’t write one (since the metronome wasn’t invented yet). A good rule of thumb for an Allegro is to play 16ths just fast enough to sound like they are indeed 16ths when compared to eighths and quarters. We can all compare ideas on final tempo later.
I’ll post my final reactions about this piece on October 10, but I will probably add another blog post or two before then to ask how you all are doing. Chime in below and let me know if you’re playing-along, OK?
*** TAKE NOTE! I’ll be doing another Periscope next Monday, Sept. 28, talking mostly about tricky passages and how to work on them. I’ll also post a mini-video tutorial or two on INSTAGRAM. Download the Instagram app on your phone or tablet and follow me at @pianoprof. See my post HERE for how-to’s on downloading Instagram and setting up your account. Easy!
See you soon somewhere on social media!