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Piano Instruction: A charming selection for elementary students is explored by Shirley Kirsten
I pay tribute to William Gillock, with a video tutorial on "The Glass Slipper." Baby-step, parceled out learning is demonstrated....
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Piano instruction: A six-year old child is awakened to the singing tone and how to produce it by Shirley Kirsten
Irina Morozova demonstrates the art of teaching piano in a beginning phase of lessons. http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/a-six-year-old-chil...
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Piano Instruction: Avoiding a Crash and Burn in Fast Tempo (Video) by Shirley Kirsten
How to counteract anxious, over-crowded, tangled up notes, that bring music to a grinding halt. ...
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Piano Instruction: Avoiding Injuries by Shirley Kirsten
Grieg's "Butterfly" from his Lyric Pieces, Op. 43, is the springboard for a discussion about practice-related injuries and how to avoid them....
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Piano Instruction: Bach Invention in F, spring forward wrist /hand rotation by Shirley Kirsten
Tips on shaping phrases with supple, forward wrist motions, and hand rotations, with form analysis....
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Piano Instruction: Beethoven's Tempest Sonata no.17 Op. 31 no.2 by Shirley Kirsten
All Six parts in video and blog...
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Piano Instruction: Big leaps and shifty eyeballs by Shirley Kirsten
How to make death defying leaps without a crash and burn....
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Piano Instruction: Blocking Notes and Tracking Thumbs (video) by Shirley Kirsten
To navigate myriads of skinny black notes in Chopin's Black Key Etude, I recommend note blocking and thumb tracking....
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Piano Instruction: Burgmuller's animated Ballade by Shirley Kirsten
tips on phrasing and contouring...
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Piano Instruction: Chopin B minor Waltz, Op. 69 No. 2 by Shirley Kirsten
I play through slowly, with commentary (video)...
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Piano Instruction: Chopin Mazurka, Op. 68, No. 3 (Video) by Shirley Kirsten
I explore ways to practice this lovely Romantic era composition....
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Piano Instruction: Debussy Arabesque, No. 1 (Video) by Shirley Kirsten
Rolling, wave-like shapes and forms characterize this piece from the Impressionist era....
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Piano Instruction: Domenico Scarlatti, Minuetto in C Major, L. 217 (Videos) by Shirley Kirsten
How to approach with a rolling forward wrist motion--...
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Piano Instruction: Don't Wake the Sleeping Child, Schumann Kinderszenen by Shirley Kirsten
Sometimes lullabies are the hardest to play....
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Piano Instruction: Five finger warm-ups in Major and minor by Shirley Kirsten
Warming up at the piano with a sensible, step-wise approach....
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Piano instruction: Gershwin Prelude No. 2 in C# minor by Shirley Kirsten
This bluesy lullaby is a challenge to play....
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Piano Instruction: Going outside the method book track by Shirley Kirsten
Reasons to think more creatively about teaching piano......
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Piano Instruction: How to practice a Major scale in 6ths by Shirley Kirsten
using organizers, rhythms, and more. A baby step approach that works....
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Piano Instruction: Learning a Mozart Minuet by Shirley Kirsten
with a baby-step approach (K. 6 in C Major)...
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Piano Instruction: Learning from our colleagues (Videos) by Shirley Kirsten
I draw on the teaching strategies of Irina Gorin which are dynamic and creative. (Beginning student videos)...
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Piano Instruction: Learning Schumann's Scenes of Childhood in layers by Shirley Kirsten
A step-wise journey through "Foreign Lands and Peoples" (No. 1, Kinderszenen)...
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Piano Instruction: Learning the F# minor scale (Video) by Shirley Kirsten
Tips on Organizing, chunking, phrasing, etc....
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Piano Instruction: Mozart Minuet in F, K. 2 by Shirley Kirsten
A step-by-step approach to learning this charming piece....
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Piano Instruction: Navigating Schumann's break speed Blindman's Bluff by Shirley Kirsten
How to stay the course without losing control. Tips on learning....
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Piano Instruction: Out of a Rut with Spot Practicing by Shirley Kirsten
A way to escape the pit of frustration with a tricky passage....
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Piano Instruction: Parts 1,2,3,4, 5 and 6 Mozart Rondo Alla Turca (Videos) by Shirley Kirsten
I explore ways to practice this ebullient Rondo movement by W.A. Mozart. Video tutorial has been completed....
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Piano Instruction: phrasing & fluidity of motion, Ilyana, 8, plays Firefly by Shirley Kirsten
An 8 year old plays a level one piece with a lovely singing tone, and fluid motion....
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Piano instruction: phrasing and singing with a 10 year old beginner by Shirley Kirsten
Shaping a musical line is modeled by singing it. (VIDEO)...
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Piano Instruction: Practicing Chopin's Black Key Etude (Video) by Shirley Kirsten
Frederic Chopin's Etude Op. 10 no. 5, poses a mountain of technical challenges that can be overcome by step-wise, time stretched practicing. ...
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Piano Instruction: Practicing Flight of the Bumblebee in slow tempo by Shirley Kirsten
This edition, arranged by the great pianist, Rachmaninoff fell into my hands without an iota of fingering. It was a challenge to devise a workable tec...
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Piano Instruction: Practicing the middle section, Schumann, Foreign Lands.. by Shirley Kirsten
A continued layered learning approach to Schumann's Of Foreign Lands and People. The B section introduces a gorgeous counter melody in the rich c...
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Piano Instruction: Schumann Arabesque, Op.18 (Video) by Shirley Kirsten
Playing with a supple wrist and parceling out voices form the foundation of an essential learning process. (Video)...
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Piano Instruction: Shaping a melodic line through chord blocking by Shirley Kirsten
Four videos demonstrate...
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Piano Instruction: Sustain pedaling by webcam by Shirley Kirsten
A graphic RECORDED display to help students...
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Piano Instruction: Taking the robot out of fast passages by Shirley Kirsten
I sample phrases from a Classical era Haydn Sonata (final movement)...
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Piano Instruction: Teaching a quick- paced, colorful piece by Gillock by Shirley Kirsten
A late elementary level romp in the universe of a clown. I provide a step-by-step practicing routine to advance the tempo and realize the charm of thi...
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Piano instruction: Teaching the Middle Movement, Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545 by Shirley Kirsten
Perhaps teaching on video has a literary dimension, because one has to choose words with great thought, while simultaneously giving life to music by p...
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Piano instruction: The joy and value of playing duets by Shirley Kirsten
Fritz, 8, demonstrates....
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Piano Instruction: The Raw Adult Beginner by Shirley Kirsten
Sampling materials,and an early lesson in progress...
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Piano Instruction: The rhythm of lessons and learning by Shirley Kirsten
The importance of consistent lesson attendance and thoughtful practicing is explored....
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Piano Instruction: The Virtues of Slow Motion Practicing... by Shirley Kirsten
Why playing behind tempo and listening attentively are the best ingredients of a gratifying piano learning experience....
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Piano instruction: Using muscular memory to create a singing tone legato by Shirley Kirsten
Bio feedback, self-analysis and mental imagery are explored as part of a muscular memory paradigm. (Video)...
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Piano Instruction: Using the wrist to taper phrases by Shirley Kirsten
Exploring techniques of realizing cadences or resting points, by using a slower entry into final notes....
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Piano instruction: Voice Analysis and Muscle Memory by Shirley Kirsten
as applied to learning Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique, Adagio Cantabile....
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Piano Instruction: Working on the flexible wrist with a hair band (videos) by Shirley Kirsten
A ten year old student learns wrist flexibility and how to produce a singing tone. (A hairband is enlisted to aid the arm drop, and spongy, dipping w...
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Piano Interviews by Phone, (Don't copy me) by Shirley Kirsten
Read about the examples...
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Piano Lesson: Rina, 4, climbs up and down a staircase to learn about MELODY by Shirley Kirsten
I continue the Musical Journey with Irina Gorin's innovative piano instruction for young children. ...
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Piano Lesson: Rina, 5 plays Frere Jacques with smooth and connected fingers by Shirley Kirsten
in Major, and Minor (using Eb)...
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Piano Lesson: The Challenge of Playing a Slow Movement by Shirley Kirsten
I use Clementi's Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 1, Andante, as my point of departure (videos)...
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Piano Lessons and Dropout Rates by Shirley Kirsten
How the initial interview is better than a crystal ball...
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