It is August and we piano teachers are planning the upcoming academic year. We may have new students in addition to the ones who are continuing. Here is a good checklist I use in the months leading up to September and for the initial lessons.
“California Collage” is a choral / two-piano cycle comprised of three sections. Each part highlights a significant era of California’s history and features two traditional songs as thematic material. It will be performed June 2, 2018 by the East Bay Singers of California State University East Bay under the direction of Dr. Buddy James.
Starting to learn a new piece on the piano can seem overwhelming. However, following the stages of mastery can lead to success. This is the first post of four. It addresses examining the piece carefully, determining the form, key signature, key changes, clef changes and other general considerations.