Tried something new last weekend! A Skype masterclass with a teacher from New York, Benjamin Steinhardt. It went well and Benjamin was so great to work with. Here's a photo of him working with all three students together on a quick technical exercise:
A barcarole is a Venetian boat song, usually in 6/8 meter. Here is a lovely Barcarole by living composer David Duke (b. 1950):
I've started assigning my intermediate level students "teach yourself" pieces (also known as YOYO or "you're on your own" pieces). I usually play the piece once and work through a brief score study with them. Then they work on it at home and bring it back as close to performance level as they can the next week. We generally work on it for another week or two and then move on to the next piece. My student Willow has been learning pieces by Elissa Milne recently. They're really fun. This is Salt and Pepper from Very Easy Little Peppers.
Thoughts on Piano Teaching
Lauren Sonder is a piano teacher in Norman, OK.
She believes in providing a well rounded musical education that emphasizes training the ear, learning music in a variety of styles, and being creatively engaged at the piano.