Monthly Meeting March 2019
Ann Surace: GREAT PIANISTS, GREAT TEACHERS, GREAT IDEAS!
A consciousness-raising session for teachers and performers:
First-hand wisdom from the world’s greatest artist-teachers. Hear how they approached performance, technique, teaching, and practicing. How did Rubenstein practice technique? How did Bach deal with young pupils? Which artists used fear as a motivator. Who advised students to never practice? What about scale practice and technique?
What famous musician pinched a student and bit him on the shoulder?
How can we apply their methods to our own playing and teaching? (With the possible exception of the biting and pinching!) There is much to be learned from the greatest musicians of all time.
Svetlana Belsky: Decoding the Bach Inventions
While we teachers often treat the Inventions as mere finger exercises, they are much more than that. Bach wrote them for his own sons to teach, yes, finger independence, but, above all, compositional and contrapuntal techniques. Each one is a little gem, with surprises, puzzles and jokes just waiting to be discovered. We will look closely at several inventions to discover what makes them fascinating and exciting for both our students and for ourselves. Bring your copy of the Inventions along to refer to doing the program.
- 9:30 - 10:00
- Ann Surace: GREAT PIANISTS, GREAT TEACHERS, GREAT IDEAS!
- 10:00 - 11:00
- Business Meeting and Coffee
- 11:00 - 12:00
- Svetlana Belsky
- Decoding the Bach Inventions