It can be easy to become
overwhelmed with the rigours of accuracy and perfection that are required to become an excellent musician. To that end, it is necessary for
the player to look beyond the printed page to include fundamental knowledge and artistic expression as a part of their playing experience. For that reason, students will be encouraged to enhance their learning experiences by:
Playing With Passion. When performing,
a pianist should be able to convey images and feelings. Rather than
just playing static pitches (unless so indicated in the music),
students will be encouraged to bring the
music to life, adding
vitality and emotion.
Creating Successes. Students who
languish on a specific piece of music may become discouraged,
frustrated, and eventually give up, even to the point of turning
their back on the musical instrument! It is important therefore,
that students learn pieces that are challenging but within their
ability to learn and master.
Once this success has been
accomplished, only then will players will feel encouraged to
and move forward to other challenges.
Having a Solid Theoretical Grounding. In order to
play a musical instrument property, one needs to know
the language. For this reason, students are introduced to the theory of music in
tandem with working
on the piano. This is a very important component
and it is given appropriate amounts of time.
Being Creative. Once basic fundamentals have been introduced, students are highly encouraged to exhibit their own creativity by composing their own works. While
doing so, they will be expected to
follow the theory of music and
create their own musical imagery. On occasion, they
will be asked to
transcribe and/or record their work.