Conscious Listening™ is... to listen intentionally to the elements of the music, for the purpose of engaging with the composer’s musical language. We practice how to break down the elements and layers of a performance, as well as how to synthesize our multi-sensory processes to create a meaningful experience.
SAT 4/11/25, Nutmeg Studio in Erie, Masterclass, 1-3pm, $40/person
TUE 6/2/15 TBA, Denver area, $40/person
WED 6/3/15, time TBA, CSMTA annual conference, Pueblo7/19-23, time TBA, Summer Keyboard Institute, Fort Collins
If you have a grand piano and would like to host a workshop, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
_____________________________________________________________________What people are saying...
Conscious Listening ™ is 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… You helped rekindle my passion for teaching - thank you! Your approach is helping me know how to put difficult concepts into words. I also like how you ask questions and let people try to put their thoughts into words- it is one of the most effective ways of teaching. You have a very thoughtful approach that has something for all levels of experience. Your class was great!!!”
"Let’s Get Personal! The Piano, the Romantics, and the Impressionists"
University of Denver with Friends of Chamber Music, Newman Center
Register online: Course # CRN1190, $145
As artists pushed aside the constraints of the Age of Enlightenment, they created new methods of personal expression. A resurgence of passion and the love of fantasy and nature brought forth some of the most moving piano repertoire. Join Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu to explore the new textures and means of expression created by the Romantics – and later the Impressionists – and why the piano became a preferred medium for the new prominence of individualism. As showcased at the London World Exhibition of 1851, with its improved sostenuto pedal, faster repetition and felt hammers, the modern piano offered a new playground to composers. What ideas did the Romantic composers share in common amongst themselves, and with the Impressionists? How did they differ? Discover this and much more through piano demonstrations by your talented instructor, comparative listening utilizing her Conscious Listening™ approach, and thoughtful, informative discussions. Along the way, and with new insight, enjoy a group outing at the Friends of Chamber Music concert featuring renowned French pianist (and wildlife conservationist/activist) Hélène Grimaud, widely considered a Renaissance woman for our times. Return for one more class to discuss your concert experience. 10% discount to FCM subscribers.
SAT's 7/19- 8/9, 2014. 10am-1pm.
Tonal Analysis for Performers Masterclass. Erie, CO
Would you like to enhance your performance by understanding and communicating the harmonic language? We will review listening & analysis skills on a wide range of styles, in order to improve aspects of performance, such as phrasing, timing, and memory. Our repertoire will include orchestral, chamber, and solo works. This is an advanced level course, open to all instruments. Working knowledge of basic theory is strongly encouraged. Limited to 10 participants. Happy Listening!
Tuition: $200, or $50/class.
Location: Nutmeg Studio, Erie, CO (Lafayette border) Email me for address.
Int'l Keyboard Odyssiad/SKI, Fort Collins, CO
Council Tree Covenant Church, 4825 S. Lemay Ave.
To reserve, please email email@example.com for availability, and then mail a $50 non-refundable deposit check (and it will be used towards tuition).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for class notification, to book a workshop, or to request a private coaching.
"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
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