In many respects a master class is a public lesson, the audience eavesdropping on proceedings. Attending public classes can be surprisingly beneficial both for students and teachers, as we can all learn from observing the lessons of others, and especially from esteemed pianists and teachers. I stumbled across this interesting filmed lesson, master class, and interview on YouTube.
Nelita True’s reputation as a teacher has travelled across many continents; she has been described in Clavier Companion (now known as Piano Magazine) as “one of the world’s most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers.” True (who died in January 2021) was a professor at the Eastman School of Music in New York, where her friendly persona combined with a refined, refreshing approach to interpretation can all be witnessed during the following classes. I hope you enjoy them and the interview, which was filmed in 2016.
For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.
You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.