ASMTA Conference: Ensembles, Duets and Technology…. Oh My!

Lori Frazer knows what she is talking about when it comes to midi and the features of the Yamaha Clavinova.

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Lori shared, “We lose 78% of students between level 1 and level 2.” (This is based on music sales) It’s up to us to come up with things that we can do with our students to help prevent them from quitting so early.

I would like to share my top 3 tips that stood out to me in this presentation when it comes to ensembles, duets and technology…

1) To be an effective duet partner, learn the other person’s part. 

I really loved this and will need to remember when my students prepare for our chapter’s ensemble program. If they are familiar with what their partner is playing and sounds like, they are going to be more on top of their own part!

2) When playing on a digital piano like the Clavinova, find an instrument that would represent an articulation correctly. ie: Marimba for staccato

Which leads to another great tip that Lori shared…

3) Remember the mood/genre of what the student is creating. Then base those instrumentation choices accordingly. 

There were plenty of hands on examples on Lori’s presentation which is always helpful.

I wish I had gotten a picture of Lori holding up one of her USB flash drives. She collects them and has all sorts of fun one’s like wonder woman, etc. Check out these music themed flash drives I found here.


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MTNA Conference; Sunday, March 22, 2015: Tools for Teaching Effortless Piano Technique

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IMG_4760I first saw Fred Karpoff present online at the MusicEdConnect.com conference. So when I saw he had a showcase I was very interested to see him live and find out more about the Entrada Piano Technique.

While having limited time, Fred shared some helpful technique tips that I was able to apply right away with my students when I returned. I thought I would share a few quotes as this presentation is really a more visual presentation.

IMG_4762“Allow finger to slide – forward motion so it’s not stopping the motion and tone is continuously connected.”

“2 note slur- transferring weight, dim. on 2nd note…, allow arm to be in motion and move forward as the 2nd note is played.”

“1 octave arpeggios- problem- playing with only fingers, fixed wrist. Instead- roll wrist, relaxed effortless playing.”

“If forearm is not fixed, lift forearm, upper arm moving forward allowing wrist to extend makes for a better vibrato.”

“When need to use the metronome play on the slowest beat possible and play on the macrobeat to allow for freedom within the beat.”

“Instead of simply counting, count with “lilt”, expression, singing, etc….”

“When playing look for the 3 dimensional motion.”

You can find more information on the Entrada Piano Technique here.

 


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