Product Review: Composer’s Choice – Glenda Austin

I first became familiar with the work of composer Glenda Austin through her hymn arrangements. I enjoyed her style and approach to familiar melodies. When I discovered the volume that I am reviewing today, I knew I wanted to check it out because I thought some of my intermediate students would enjoy her work asContinue reading “Product Review: Composer’s Choice – Glenda Austin”

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”

Getting to Know the Early Haydn Sonatas (Hob. 1-14)

In my continuing search for appropriate repertoire for late intermediate piano students, I realized that I am not terribly familiar with the early piano sonatas of Joseph Haydn. This seemed like an easy situation to correct, but I decided to take my experience a step further and use the sonatas as daily sight reading exercisesContinue reading “Getting to Know the Early Haydn Sonatas (Hob. 1-14)”

Transition to Bach’s Two-Part Inventions

Greetings, fellow piano teachers! I must heartily apologize for my lack of posts during the month of September. Life has been hard and filled with heart break. The university that I work for made the decision to terminate our instrumental music program and the performance degrees in all disciples effective January, 2020. Needless to say,Continue reading “Transition to Bach’s Two-Part Inventions”

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”