SAT's 7/19-8/9, 2014. Masterclass & Tonal Analysis Cycle. Erie, COWhat people are saying...
6/15-20. CU Piano Academy for High Schoolers, Open Level
7/20-24. Int'l Keyboard Odyssiad/SKI, Fort Collins, CO
Conscious Listening ™ sis a guided step-by-step listening method that grows musical intuition for classical music. Seminars are designed for the inquisitive adult, either music-lover or active performer, who wants more out of the music experience.
With my live demonstrations, we practice listening with specific goals and discovering the character inside each piece. My goal is to demonstrate what to listen for and how to listen. As we refresh our listening habits, our musical pursuits will yield a lifetime of joy. Happy Listening!
For all Music-lovers, we discuss the core elements of music, and explore different possible interpretations to find out what makes the most musical sense.
For Advanced Pianists and Teachers, we go on to discuss which physical gestures and mental tools can help us achieve the best musical expression.
“Thanks for a superb class! You made it very interesting by your upbeat personality and obvious piano excellence…
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"Thank you Hsing-ay. It's been marvelous! I feel refreshed after your lessons; i can't believe how much I've learned. I've been applying your teachings to my students and it is fascinating how even the very young are eager to pay attention to detail, and how fast they can learn from the very start to play "meaningfully", no matter how simple the music is. I fractured my wrist [a year ago] last winter and couldn't play for three months. But your seminar has made me say: no more excuses!!! I feel motivated to practice and work on new pieces. Thanks!"
1. Foundations: “3 step
listening”, “3 levels of understanding”, “Elements of the Music”
2. Beyond your Fingertips (breath and legato)
3. Stepping outside the comfort zone (how to absorb new information)
4. Strategic Timeline (from week to week)
5. 3-2-1 Action: Performance Strategy
6. Fluid Technique
7. Harmonic Colors & Energy Levels
8. Building Blocks (Structure) & Pacing
9. Preventing Injury (dynamic stretch, breath, static stretch)
10. Practice Applications (making the most of every hour)
12. Methods of Voicing
13. Overview of Contemporary Piano Music
14. Listen & Review
Additional Topics: Chamber Music Skills
Seminars for Music Appreciation
CU High School Piano Academy- An intense week of lessons, performance classes, lectures, and electives including conducting and theory.
Metro State University Piano Celebration
Workshops for Pianists((general talks for large groups- more information available upon request)
Workshops for Listening (general talks for large groups- more information available upon request)
Tips for Teachers:
Czerny wrote lots of technical exercise books, with so many opus #'s! Here are the levels in order of difficulty, from Beginners to Advanced.
Opus 599/ Opus 823
"100 Progressive Studies without Octaves" Opus 139
"125 Exercises for Passage-Playing" Opus 261
"30 New Studies In Technique" Opus 849
"The Preliminary School of Finger-Dexterity" Opus 636
"The School of Velocity" Opus 299 (most widely used)
"The Art of Finger Dexterity" Opus 740