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More Than Just “Für Elise”: Exploring Beethoven’s Bagatelles

Let me begin with a controversial statement. I would be perfectly happy if I never heard Für Elise in my studio again. I understand the attraction. It’s a familiar melody that is known around the world. Students love it. Parents know that their young pianist has accomplished something when they can “play” it. That’s theContinue reading “More Than Just “Für Elise”: Exploring Beethoven’s Bagatelles”

Aug 6, 2020: Intermediate Repertoire by Jones, Leaf, and Thompson

Let’s talk about intermediate piano students because, let’s face it….intermediate students come with a unique set of problems, tastes, and preferences. Most of these students are teens and not as willing to work on music that does not appeal to them. Their assessment of their skills are not always based in reality, but they regularlyContinue reading “Aug 6, 2020: Intermediate Repertoire by Jones, Leaf, and Thompson”


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