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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. 


Music Hub

Music Hub

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):

  • Charles-Valentin Alkan: Menuet from Symphonie for Solo Piano
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No 5 in F minor, BWV 1056, mvt 2
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in E minor BWV 914
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Preludes and Fugues from Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Arno Babadjanian: Elegy
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, Op. 15, mvt 3
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, Op. 73
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Rondo alla ingharese quasi un Capriccio 'Rage over a lost penny' in G major, Op. 129
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No 2 'Tempest' mvt 3
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata', mvt 1, 3
  • Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op 117 No 2
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op. 15, mvt, 1, 3
  • John Cage: Sonatas for Prepared Piano
  • Frederic Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No 1
  • Frederic Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No 4
  • Frederic Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No 5 'Black Key'
  • Frederic Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No 12 'Revolutionary'
  • Frederic Chopin: Etude Op. 24 No 12 'Ocean'
  • Frederic Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66
  • Frederic Chopin: Nocturne Op. 9 No 1 in B flat minor 
  • Frederic Chopin: Nocturne Op. 27 No 2 in D flat major
  • Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 in Eminor, Op. 11, mvt 1, 3
  • Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op. 21, mvt 2
  • Frederic Chopin: Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53 ‘Heroic’
  • Henry Cowell: The Banshee
  • Claude Debussy: Arabesque No 1
  • Cesar Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue Op. 21
  • George Frederic Handel: Sarabande from Suite in D minor HWV 437
  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Concerto in D major Hob XVIII:11, mvt 1
  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata in E minor Hob XVI:34 mvt 1, 3
  • Jacques Ibert: Le petit âne blanc (The Little White Donkey) from Histoires
  • Giya Kancheli: Three pieces from Songbook
  • Henry Litolff: Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique No 4, Op. 102
  • Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No 1, S. 514
  • Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major, S. 124, mvt 1
  • Alessandro Marcello – Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto BWV 974 
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K. 466, mvt 1
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23 in A major, K. 488, mvt 2
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 in C major, K. 467, mvt 1, 2
  • Elias Parish Alvars: Concertino for Harp, Piano and Orchestra, Op. 91, mvt3
  • Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
  • Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor, FP 61, mvt 1
  • Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C sharp minor, FP 146, mvt 1
  • Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3, mvt 1
  • Sergey Prokofiev: Sarcasms Op 17
  • Sergey Rachmaninov: Elegie Op. 3 No 1
  • Sergey Rachmaninov: Moment Musicaux Op. 16 No 4
  • Sergey Rachmaninov: Suite for Two Pianos No 1, Op. 5, mvt 1
  • Sergey Rachmaninov: Suite for Two Pianos No 1, Op. 5, mvt 2

  • Sergey Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
  • Camille Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22, mvt 1
  • Pierre Sancan: Mouvement
  • Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor K. 141
  • Franz Schubert: Impromptu in G flat major D.899 No 3
  • Franz Schubert – Franz Liszt: Auf dem Wasser zu singen S. 558 No 2
  • Franz Schubert – Franz Liszt: Der Müller und der Bach S. 565 No 2

  • Robert Schumann: Aufschwung (Soaring) from Phantasiestücke Op. 12
  • Alexander Scriabin: Etude Op. 8 No 12
  • Alexander Scriabin: Etude Op. 42 No 5
  • Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23, mvt 1
  • Alexander Scriabin: Prelude for the Left Hand Op. 9 No 1
  • Alexander Scriabin: Vers la Flamme (Toward the Flame) Op. 72
  • Valentin Silvestrov: Bagatelles
  • Igor Stravinsky: Three movements from Petrushka
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Momento Capriccioso Op. 12


Works for orchestra:

  • Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Badinerie from Orchestral Suite in B minor, BWV 1067
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 1
  • Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
  • Bela Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Sz. 106 mvt 3
  • Bela Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Sz. 106 mvt 4
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major, Op. 92, mvt 3
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op. 125, mvt 2
  • Georges Bizet: Chanson Boheme from the opera Carmen
  • Georges Bizet: Entr’acte from the opera Carmen
  • Georges Bizet: Farandole from L’Arlessiene Suite No 2
  • Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
  • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 1
  • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 5
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F major, Op. 90, mvt 3, 4
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op. 98, mvt 1
  • Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor, ‘Christmas Concerto’, Op. 6 No 8, mvt 2
  • Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 72 No 2
  • Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op. 95 ‘From the New World’ mvt 1, 4
  • Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Gabriel Faure: Pavane in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  • Valery Gavrilin: Tarantella from the ballet Anyuta
  • Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No 3, Op. 36, ‘Symphony of the Sorrowful Songs’, mvt 2
  • George Frederic Handel: Alla Hornpipe from Water Music Suite in D major, HWV 349
  • Gustav Holst: Mars from The Planets Op. 32
  • Elena Kats-Chernin Green Leef from Wild Swans Ballet Suite
  • Aram Khachaturian: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from the ballet Spartacus
  • Aram Khachaturian: Sabre Dance from the ballet Gayane
  • Aram Khachaturian: Waltz from incidental music to Masquerade
  • Zoltan Kodaly: Viennese Musical Clock from the Hary Janos Suite
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 5 mvt 1, 2, 4

  • Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 21
  • Felix Mendelssohn: String Symphony No 7 in D minor
  • Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Threnody to the the Victims of Hiroshima
  • Sergei Prokofiev: March from the opera The Love for Three Oranges Op. 33
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Mercutio from the ballet Romeo and Juliet
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Montagues and Capulets ‘Dance of the Knights’ from the ballet Romeo and Juliet Op. 64
  • Sergei Prokofiev: The Battle on the Ice from the cantata and film Alexander Nevsky
  • Sergey Rachmaninov: Scherzo in D minor
  • Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)
  • Ottorino Respighi: The Dove from Gli Uccelli (The Birds)
  • Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble Bee from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan
  • Gioacchino Rossini: Ottorino Respighi La Boutique Fantasque (The Magic Toyshop)
  • Camille Saint Saens: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op. 78
  • Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No 1, mvt 4
  • Alfred Schnittke: Waltz of Farewell from music to the film The Story of an Unknown Actor
  • Franz Schubert: Symphony No 8 in B minor, D. 759, ‘The Unfinished’, mvt 1
  • Dmitry Shostakovich: Polka from the ballet The Golden Age Op. 22
  • Dmitry Shostakovich: Selections from Ballet and Jazz Suites
  • Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op. 47, mvt 4
  • Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 in C major, Op. 60 mvt 1
  • Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op. 93, mvt 2

  • Bedrich Smetana: Vltava from Ma Vlast
  • Johann Strauss II: Hale to Hungary Polka, Op. 332
  • Johann Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214
  • Richard Strauss: Introduction from Also sprach Zarathustra
  • Igor Stravinsky: Dance of the Young Girls from the ballet The Rite of Spring
  • Joseph Suk: Elegie Op 23
  • Franz von Suppe: Poet and Peasant overture
  • Georgy Sviridov: The Snowstorm
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Overture ‘The Year 1812’, Op. 49
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave Op. 31
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker concert suites
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Overture from the opera La forza del destino (The Power of Fate)
  • Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries from the opera Die Walküre

Works featuring solo string instruments

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041, mvt 1, 3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043, mvt 3
  • Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68, No 5, 6
  • Antonio Bazzini: Scherzo Fantastique Op. 25 ‘Ronde des lutins’
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No 5 in F major, Op. 24, ‘Spring’, mvt 1
  • Ernesto Bloch: Nigun from Baal Shem
  • Johannes Brahms: Scherzo from the FAE Sonata
  • Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op. 26 mvt 1
  • Antonin Dvorak: Mazurka for Violin and Orchestra B.90
  • Edward Elgar: Cello concerto in E minor, Op. 85
  • Manuel de Falla: Spanish Dance from the opera La Vida Breve (Life is Short)
  • Gerald Finzi: Cello concerto Op. 40, mvt 2
  • George Frederic Handel – Johan Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Viola, from the Keyboard Suite No 7 in G minor, HWV 432
  • Fritz Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani
  • Jules Massenet: Elegie
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No 5 in A major, K. 219, mvt 3
  • Sergey Rachmaninov: Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 19, mvt 2, 4
  • Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, mvt 2
  • Camille Saint-Saens: Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28
  • Dmitry Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor Op. 40, mvt 2
  • Franz Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821. Mvt 1
  • Robert Schumann: No 3 from Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano Op. 113
  • Christian Sinding: Suite im alten Stil, Op. 10
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, mvt 3
  • Tomaso Antonio Vitali: Chaconne
  • Nigel Westlake: Penguin Ballet from Antarctica Suite for Guitar and Orchestra
  • Henryk Wieniawski: Polonaise in D major Op. 4

Works featuring solo woodwind instruments: 

  • Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor Wq 22, mvt 3
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Sicilienne from Flute Sonata No 2 in E flat major, BWV 1031
  • Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No 1, mvt 1, 2
  • Mikhail Glinka: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
  • Christoph Willibad Gluck: Melodie from the opera Orfeo ed Euridice
  • Nikolay Kapustin: Concerto for Alto Saxophone, part 3
  • Jules Massenet: Meditation from opera Thais
  • Darius Milhaud: Brazileira from Scaramouche
  • Roberto Molinelli: Four Pictures from New York
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 633, mvt 1
  • Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano, mvt 2
  • Robert Schumann: Romances Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano
  • Otar Taktakishvili: Sonata for Flute and Piano, mvt 2
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in A minor RV. 461, mvt 3
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto in C major RV 443 mvts 2 and 3

Works featuring brass instruments:

  • Alexander Arutunian: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
  • John Cage: Solo for Sliding Trombone
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra No 3 in E flat major, K. 447, mvt 3.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra

Works featuring choirs:

  • Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
  • Benjamin Britten: This Little Babe from The Ceremony of Carols Op. 28
  • Anton Bruckner: Aeterna Fac from Te Deum in C major WAB 45
  • Pavel Chesnokov: Tebe Poyem (To Thee we sing) Op. 27 No 6, from Divine Liturgy
  • Cesar Cui: Snow is Everywhere Op. 77 No 2
  • Gabriel Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11
  • Jacques Offenbach: Galop Infernal from Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Arvo Pärt: Agnus Dei from Berliner Messe
  • George Frederic Handel: Chorus No 1 from Dixit Dominus HWV 232
  • George Frederic Handel: Coronation Anthem No 1 ‘Zadok the Priest’ HWV 258
  • Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (completed by Franz Süssmayer): Requiem in D minor K. 626, Dies Irae
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (completed by Franz Süssmayer): Requiem in D minor K. 626, Lacrimosa
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: O Magnum Mysterium
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater Dolorosa, mvt 1 from Stabat Mater
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Dies Irae from Requiem
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Witches Chorus Che faceste from the opera Macbeth
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D major RV 589

Chamber music works:

  • Anton Arensky: Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op. 32, mvt 4
  • Luigi Boccherini: Minuet from String Quintet in E major, Op. 11 No 5
  • Claude Bolling: Baroque and Blue from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
  • Claude Bolling: Sentimentale from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, Op. 25, mvt 4
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34, mvt 3
  • John Cage: Water Walk
  • Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet No 2 in A major Op. 81
  • Edvard Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27, mvt 1 
  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No 39 in G major Hob. XV:25, mvt 3
  • Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik No.2, Op.36 No.1
  • Jacques Loussier: Toccata and Fugue in D minor on Bach’s BWV 565
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major Op. 20, mvt 4
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, mvt 1
  • Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
  • Niccolo Paganini: Sonata for Violin and Guitar No 1, from Centone di Sonate
  • Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
  • Astor Piazzolla: Milogna del Angel
  • Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion
  • Sergey Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes Op. 34
  • Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet
  • Terry Riley: In C
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) Op. 4
  • Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No 2 in E flat major, D. 929, mvt 2
  • Franz Schubert: String Quartet No 14 in D minor, D. 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’, mvt 2
  • Dmitry Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op. 67, mvt 4
  • Bedrich Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15, mvt 1

Works featuring voice:

  • Gaetano Donizetti: Una Furtiva Lagrima from the opera L'elisir d'amore
  • Antonin Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me Gypsy Songs Op. 55
  • George Gershwin: Summertime from the opera Porgy and Bess
  • Emmerlich Kalman: Heia in den Bergen from the operetta Die Csárdásfürstin
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Herbstlied (Autumn Song) Op. 63 No 4
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Queen of the Night Aria from the opera The Magic Flute K. 620
  • Henry Purcell: Dido’s Lament from the opera Dido and Aeneas Z. 626
  • Franz Schubert: An den Mond Op. 57 No 3, D. 193
  • Vladimir Vavilov: Ave Maria
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Violetta’s Aria ‘Sempre Libera’ from La Traviata
  • Heitor Villa Lobos: Bachiana Brasileiras No 5

Works featuring other instruments:

  • György Ligeti: Poeme Symphonique For 100 Metronomes
  • György Ligeti: Volumina
  • Joseph Schwanter: Concerto for Percussion, mvt 3



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