The page for students
The page for students
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I am excited to introduce the new "Score Reading Project" page, which you are more than welcome to visit by clicking the link right here:
NB: A list of potentially-useful sites and materials for people with special vision needs (unfortunately itself not in a limited vision-friendly format), as well as a related article I have written for a conference is available on the Russian version of the website. Here it is: VIP-страница.
Nadia has been teaching since 2010, working with students from beginners to post-diploma level. Aside from having a private studio in Sydney's North-West, she is available to teach as part of the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy Program, and has at various times given lessons at a number of private schools. Many students have achieved excellent marks in AMEB exams, and have received prizes at eisteddfods and the NSW Junior Music Festival.
Please feel free to read Nadia's notes, suggestions and links below!
Hello everyone! Welcome to the teaching corner of this website! :)
Playing music is a great way to stimulate feelings, express ideas, moods and state of minds, and provide both relaxation and intellectual satisfaction. It allows us to become acquainted with the characters of the composers, to marvel at the many levels of music organisation, and to observe how different art forms, literature, personalities, history, and even mathematical patterns intertwine. It also helps develop self-discipline and concentration skills. Most importantly you will always have something beautiful to share with others, and will be providing your interpretations of great works of art from previous years and taking part in creating the musical world of today.
On a serious note, here are a few general aspects of learning the piano about which I want to warn you about:
Enjoying listening to music (and not just piano music!) is essential. Otherwise, if we are indifferent to what we aim to create, what's the point of creating it? If you would like some suggestions as to what to start listening to, please scroll down for a few examples.
Sight-reading is one of the most valuable skills in playing the piano. Having good sight-reading means that you will be able to read through and get acquainted with a wide variety of repertoire. It will also help you to overcome the 'I get bored of practicing because I don't progress fast enough - I don't progress fast enough because I don't practice' closed loop which may occur at some point. Also, if you decide not to pursue piano as your profession, that will be a skill which will allow you to play now and again for your own enjoyment. And! You can play in ensembles and accompany other people more easily.
"No pains, no gains!" If you want to achieve something, it will always require persistent work, not all of which will be fun and easy. You will also need to make sacrifices sometimes.
Expression is crucial when playing, if the music you are creating is not expressing anything, we might as well just create a MIDI file of the score.
Listen critically to yourself whilst practicing your repertoire; it's better if you criticise yourself, rather than have the listener criticise you later. Don’t listen critically to yourself when you are sight-reading for fun. Everything in moderation.
Take every opportunity to play with other people - chamber music is one of the most rewarding forms of music making!
Apart from the practical side of piano playing we also need to cover knowledge of theory, aural skills, music history, ensemble skills, in some cases also focusing on composition and improvisation. Embracing this all-rounded approach will help broaden our outlook and hopefully will help you develop an appreciation and knowledge of music which you will retain.
Links to online score libraries:
Books to read:
Other useful materials:
Links for Sydney students:
Here are some listening suggestions for a variety of works to start your acquaintance with 'art music'. In most cases if you type the title of the piece into Youtube there will be a variety of recordings. This is just a tiny bit of the wealth of music that is out there. I have tried to provide a variety in periods, genres and instrumentation and hope that if there is a work you like you will go out and explore the composer, instrument and genre to find similar works. If you think that you do not like to 'classical music' then listen to all the works in this list, and then see whether you think the same. If you still do, well maybe now is not the right time for you to start studying, but I would assume there will be at least one work in this list which you will enjoy, and hence at least one direction of art music which you can explore further. Happy listening! :)
Works for piano (solo and concertos):
Sergey Rachmaninov: Suite for Two Pianos No 1, Op. 5, mvt 2
Franz Schubert – Franz Liszt: Der Müller und der Bach S. 565 No 2
Works for orchestra:
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 5 mvt 1, 2, 4
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op. 93, mvt 2
Works featuring solo string instruments
Works featuring solo woodwind instruments:
Works featuring brass instruments:
Works featuring choirs:
Chamber music works:
Works featuring voice:
Works featuring other instruments:
If you have a question about art music I will try to help you out with a suggestion. I cannot promise to answer immediately, depending on my workload and the type of question, however I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.