Local piano teachers should not miss these sessions! One of Australia’s leading pianists and pedagogues, Angela Turner will compare ways to communicate technical concepts, discuss issues related to performance preparation and confidence, and introduce an exciting selection of repertoire.
In researching for a new graded piano series for publisher Hal Leonard Australia, and undertaking the Manual List review for the AMEB, Angela has evaluated many tens of thousands of pieces over the last four years. In this session, she will share some of her favourite discoveries. Drawing from repertoire collections covering a range of genres, countries, composers and publishers, gems of both solo and duet repertoire will be discussed, and excerpts demonstrated. This session will focus upon repertoire covering approximately Preliminary to Grade 8.
There is rarely one ‘standard’ approach to convey core technical concepts. Whether addressed via physical means, verbal description, visual and/or aural demonstration, using colourful metaphor, props, or a combination of these and other methods, it is often helpful to have numerous means to achieve and reinforce an understanding. Drawing upon the writings of leading pianist pedagogues, examples from method books and pedagogical texts, this session will include many practical demonstrations, offering numerous ways to communicate the concepts of technique. Fundamental aspects such as posture, hand position, arm weight and relaxation will be explored. The discussed models can be successfully applied to young pianists undertaking initial lessons, through to the teaching of more advanced and adult students.
Preparing for performance
How can we help prepare our students, and ourselves, for confident performance? In this session, Angela will discuss practice techniques, physical and mental preparation, and the common battles with one’s inner self. Strategies discussed will be equally applicable to the practice room, exam studio, and concert hall.