One of the joys of having pianist and piano teachers friends are the endless ‘piano technique’ talk phone, or Skype, conversations. There are, inevitably, disagreements; as many will know there are copious ways to play and teach the piano, but these conversations always throw up a myriad of interesting questions. It was during one such discussion that I discovered the following videos which I hope you will find of interest (I certainly did).
Josef and Rosina Lhévinne were a formidable partnership in the piano world. Both renowned teachers, Josef toured and gave many solo recitals (and two piano concerts with his wife), whilst Rosina became a celebrated teacher at the Juilliard School in New York. The two films linked here give a real insight into the Lhévinne method of teaching. In the first film, American concert pianist John Browning demonstrates elements of piano playing synonymous with the Lhévinne’s teaching, and in the second, Mrs. Lhévinne reveals details about her life and her piano teaching. These include her pedagogical influence and her legacy (according to many of her students). A fascinating glimpse into Twentieth century Russian piano teaching.
Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.
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Thanks for the links to these fascinating videos, Melanie. Absolutely loved them. Always enjoy your blog. Many thanks from Auckland, New Zealand. Dianne
On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 9:57 PM, Melanie Spanswick wrote:
> The Classical Piano and Music Education Blog posted: “One of the joys of > having pianist and piano teachers friends are the endless piano talk phone > (or Skype) conversations; and by that I usually mean technique chat! There > are, inevitably, disagreements; as many will know there are copious ways to > play and t” >
Hi Dianne, So glad you enjoyed the videos and thank you very much for your kind words about my blog 🙂