Physical Aspects of Playing

Just like an athlete must build incredible strength of limbs and body, while coordinating every body part in pursuit of his/her sport, in the same manner the pianist must train his/her fingers, arms and body to master the skill of playing the instrument.  Strong fingers, flexible arms and proper application of our body’s center of gravity, allow us to have full control of our instrument.  Through the regular practice of scales and etudes to strengthen our fingers and increase the flexibility of our arms, combined with the detailed demonstration of proper physical approach to the instrument, I will help you improve your piano technique and help you develop full awareness of your physical interaction with the piano. 

Aural/ Cognitive processing 

Latest studies in music cognition, have demonstrated that the ability to perceive the musical pulse – the beat unit inherent in any given meter or time signature, greatly improves the players’ ability to coordinate their hands, and to perceive musical patterns. On the elemental level – accurate beat perception improves physical coordination and recognition of the musical patterns; on a more sophistical level, ability to perceive the musical pulse allows for sophisticated control of the musical line, as well as the ability to build large scale musical forms and complex textures. 

Additionally, detailed score study, rooted in music theory and history, helps the performer create the most nuanced and inspired interpretation.  Through the detailed analysis of core musical elements – melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, musical textures and forms, I will help you understand music on a deeper level – from the inside-out and will help you bring the composer’s intention to life.  

Through regular weekly 60/90-minute piano lessons, and in-person work once a semester, I can help you learn and grow as a pianist.  Based on your individual needs, I can also prepare you for entrance/ placement exams in music theory and history.