GUITAR LESSONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!!

 

Art of Piano Playing Music School is now offering GUITAR LESSONS for very beginners and advanced students in New York City. Our highly qualified and experienced guitar teachers teach different styles of guitar playing, such as: classical, jazz, blues, metal and more. Beginners will learn how to play chords, basic scales and finger exercises, read notes and play/compose songs. If you plan to buy a guitar in order to start learning to play our teachers will assist you and suggest the best one for your needs. Our teachers will also teach you how to tune your guitar, change strings and many more!

Art of Piano Playing Music School is a successful organization established in 2011. We provide in-home PIANO LESSONS, VOICE, GUITAR, FLUTE lessons in ALL New York City and Long Island NY. Art of Piano Playing Music School offers one on one music lessons for all ages and levels of students, and also group piano classes at public, catholic and private schools all over New York City and Long Island NY. We have the best music teachers on staff! Main reasons to take lessons with us: NO LONG TERM CONTRACTS! WE WORK AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE! GREAT PRICING! WE COME TO YOU!

Please contact us at 646-221-7519 or artofpianoplaying@outlook.com

“Efficient Piano Practicing”

Efficient Piano practicing:

Here are some information for our young musicians on how to practice piano efficiently and be always well prepared for your piano lessons.

Useful tips:

Tip 1: always warm up!  Scales and short studies would be your best tools. It takes only 10-15 min to prepare you fingers to play the rest of your repertoire.

Tip 2: divide your piece in small sections so your work doesn`t become too overwhelming!

Tip 3: practice hands separately until you can play them both fluently.

Tip 4: focus on difficult passages till they become flawless!

Tip 5: practice without pedal. Check small sections of your piece without pedal so you can hear everything without masking errors.

Tip 6: use metronome. Using a metronome is always a good idea for a while at least.

Tip 7: focus on dynamics, expression and phrasing. And always be aware of the stylistic features of your piece.

Conclusion:

Working in detail can take hours but it is easy to put a time frame on it by deciding what you want to achieve when you sit down at the piano. So be realistic and set little goals for every session!

 

“Tricks of the Trade”

“Tricks of the Trade”

Dear Piano Students,

This video masterclass is right for you! As you all know, scales and arpeggios should be an integral part of your practice diet. They can improve your piano playing as practicing scales daily is great for coordination, muscle memory, tone quality, intonation, theory and many more. We are sure your piano teachers taught you how to play scales and arpeggios at your piano lessons, but if you still have questions or would like to master the scales, please watch this useful clip. We hope it will help you practice your scales in a more successful way!

 

VOICE AND FLUTE LESSONS!!!

VOICE AND FLUTE LESSONS. ATTENTION TO ALL POTENTIAL STUDENTS IN NEW YORK CITY!!!

Art of Piano Playing Music School is now enrolling students for VOICE LESSONS.voice and flute lessonsOur voice teachers teach Bel Canto, Libero canto, and other techniques tailored to the needs of the singer. They specialize in teaching students from children to adults of all levels. Voice lessons focus on technique, breathing mechanism, diction, acting, expression and many more.

 

We are also enrolling students for  FLUTE-RECORDER LESSONS.

voice and flute lessonsA Recorder is a flute-like woodwind musical instrument. Our Flute-Recorder program offers a great opportunity to practice ensemble music for students of six years of age and up. This beautiful instrument, also called Dolce Flute, is very versatile. It is highly educational and is able to produce music from any time and style, such as ancient melodies and contemporary songs, classical and folk. Skills of concentration, manual ability, expression and team work will be developed by students in a pleasant and gratifying way.

Art of Piano Playing Music School is a successful organization established in 2011. We provide in-home PIANO LESSONS, GUITAR, VOICE AND FLUTE LESSONS in ALL New York City and Long Island NY. Art of Piano Playing Music School offers one on one music lessons for all ages and levels of students, and also group piano classes at public, catholic and private schools all over New York City and Long Island NY. We have the best music teachers on staff! Main reasons to take lessons with us: NO LONG TERM CONTRACTS! WE WORK AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE! GREAT PRICING! WE COME TO YOU!

Please contact us at 646-221-7519 or artofpianoplaying@outlook.com

Group Piano Lessons are now available at Schools

Group piano lessons:

Art of Piano Playing Music School is happy to announce that now we are providing Group Piano Lessons at Elementary, Catholic, Private schools and Day Care Centers in New York City and Long Island NY.

Group Piano Classes benefits:

It is a great opportunity to determine musical interest and aptitude; develop piano-playing skills and fundamentals. It is also an excellent musical foundation for young students who may not yet have developed the maturity needed to fully benefit from private piano lessons. Group Piano Lessons also help to develop memory and logical-thinking skills which help overall school performance. Students are able to play duet and group pieces, helping develop social skills.

group piano lessonsGroup Piano Lessons are a part of After School program with an option for students to enroll every semester. The same age and skill level children are grouped together into small groups. At the end of each semester piano instructors invite parents to Open Classes where children demonstrate what they learned. Activities vary from rhythm exercises, to ear training, listening, notation and piano playing.

 Recitals:

Children from Group Piano Lessons are invited to perform at our semi-annual recitals held

group piano lessons

in Manhattan: This is Justin with his Group Piano Class teacher Evgeni. Justin is performing “Old McDonald”. It was obvious to the audience that Justin was concert ready, knowing his piece well enough to show great skill!

 

Group Piano Lessons prove that children enjoy learning in a fun atmosphere. Friendships develop, and the joy of sharing music is experienced!

 

 

Recording Session

“The Smooth Spot recording session”

Art of Piano Playing Music School recording session was held on April 12th 2013 at one of the professional recording studios at the Times Square in New York City. It was our student`s first recording session ever and they all did a great job! Also they enjoyed working with Michael -our recording engineer. Please listen to the recordings our students made.

Adia playing: recording session

At The Band Rehearsal

Swan Lake

The Can Can 

 

 

 

recording sessionAmeya playing:

New London Bridge

Santa’s Sleigh

Sleepy John

The Bullfrog

The Can Can

 

 

 

Art of Piano Playing Music School is a successful organization established in 2011. We provide in-home PIANO LESSONS, VOICE, GUITAR, FLUTE lessons in ALL New York City and Long Island NY. Art of Piano Playing Music School offers one on one music lessons for all ages and levels of students, and also group piano classes at public, catholic and private schools all over New York City and Long Island NY. We have the best music teachers on staff! Main reasons to take lessons with us: NO LONG TERM CONTRACTS! WE WORK AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE! GREAT PRICING! WE COME TO YOU!

Please contact us at 646-221-7519 or artofpianoplaying@outlook.com

How to play piano by ear

It is not as hard to play piano by ear as it seems!

Here is an example where a student (Eliana 5 y.o.) is being taught to listen attentively to the musical texture of the one-voice melody and to obtain not only an exact realization of the musical text and its correct phrasing, but also an intelligent reproduction of the content of the piece and its musical character. She is learning to play piano by ear.

Here are a few words on how it can be done in six steps:

Step 1 – learn the words of the song. If student is unable to remember the whole line of the words the song should be subdivided into short phrases and read in sections.

Step 2 – read the words of the song while clapping the rhythm (with help of a teacher).

Step 3 –  find “long” words/sounds of the song.

Step 4 – read the words again while clapping the rhythm and making stops on the long words.                                                                                                                                             Step 5 – try to sing song with tune (while clapping the rhythm). When singing it is vital to have  clear intonation as well as musical expression and rhythmical accuracy (teacher plays song on the piano, helps signing it during the exercise, uses Kodaly hand signs method).                                                                                                                                          Step 6 – sing and play piano by ear.

Recordings

“Rabbit”

“In the shadow of the hill”

“Twinkle-Twinkle little star”

 

Recording Session at the “Smooth Spot”

Please listen to the recordings our students made at “The Smooth Spot” studio located at the Times Square! It was a very rewarding experience for our young performers! It was their first recording session ever!

“The Smooth Spot” Recording Studio and Entertainment in New York City provides affordable high-quality audio and video demo and other recording services.

We invite everyone to record achievements on CD or DVD which could be a college application, a birthday, anniversary or other special event gift! If you register for a semester with the Art of Piano Playing Music School you get this RECORDING SESSION FOR FREE!

 

Michael -recording engineer

Art of Piano Playing Music School is a successful organization established in 2011. We provide in-home PIANO LESSONS, VOICE, GUITAR, FLUTE lessons in ALL New York City and Long Island NY. Art of Piano Playing Music School offers one on one music lessons for all ages and levels of students, and also group piano classes at public, catholic and private schools all over New York City and Long Island NY. We have the best music teachers on staff! Main reasons to take lessons with us: NO LONG TERM CONTRACTS! WE WORK AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE! GREAT PRICING! WE COME TO YOU! Please email us today: artofpianoplaying@outlook.com or call at: 646-221-7518

 

Leila McKiernan recording session:

this is not Jingle Bells

party song

boogie on Broadway

over the rainbow

minuet in four

 

William Wei recording session:

Etude Page 26

Etude Page 28

Etude Page 32

WildHorseman

 

Grace Xu recording session:

track 1 – Bach Invention

track 2 – Czerny Etude

 

 

 

Piano practice review #3, Rachmaninoff Prelude

Piano practice review with Dina Volkova:

Click to listen to:

01 Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C-sharp minor Konstantin, piano (class of Dina Volkova)

There are a  few main challenges in this piece we have been working on: image, massive texture and technical difficulties associated with it, sophisticated “quater” pedal and tempo.

Now a little bit more detailed on each of them:

Although Rachmaninoff never told anyone about a program of this Prelude and what he had in mind writing it, any performer has to find an image for this music to be able to understand and consequently to play it better. It is not easy to find a right image of the Prelude, but we agreed that it could be a funeral march (no wonder somebody said it sounds as “someone has been buried alive”!!). The prelude opens with a slow descending three note motif at fortissimo which introduces the grim C-sharp minor tonality that dominates the piece. In the third measure, the volume changes to a pianissimo and the six sounds chords set a tempo of a measured tread. The motif of the opening repeats almost everywhere in the piece, therefore, it has to be heard throughout. I would suggest to segregate the sound of the motif with the sound of the chords by making the motif notes sound “cold” as an inanimate beginning.

The recapitulation of the mail theme represents the theme in four staves to accommodate the volume of triple forte. The quadrupled texture of the recapitulation requires not only exaggerated lateral movement across the keyboard, but also “all the force the player is capable of” (Rachmaninoff).  A performer encounters here a problem of playing these “thundering chords” with “all the force” and at the same time without banging on the keys.  This section has to be played using the “arm weight method”.  Simply let your hands drop chords on the keys by the gravity and weight of your arms. Wrists and elbows have to flex slightly to take the shock of landing. All upper muscles have to relax immediately after each chord. It is very important not to stiffen the arms after because it will transfer the entire arm weight to the keys and simply add force. A performer`s muscles have to be relaxed without any tenseness or unnecessary forces at all times. This way of playing will produce a pleasant, deep tone.

The middle section of the Prelude needs a special attention of a performer. It begins with highly chromatic triplets which are difficult to play because of the highlighted upper voice and increased tempo (Agitato). A pianist would have to practice right hand in a slow tempo holding down the melodic voice. Such practice will require a very close to the keys and strong  (but not punchy!)  touch so the muscle memory can remember its way through these highly chromatic phrases.

Now a few words about the pedal. There are a few spots in this Prelude where the base notes in the left hand have to be sustained for a long time. For example, in measure 7 (also mm. 11, 15, 28, 29, 32, 33, 50,54), the base note has to last for about 4 beats and there is no way to hold it physically since both hands are involved in playing chords above this base. A performer can use a pedal to hold the base note throughout, but there is a danger to either loose the base note or get a messy sound unless a performer uses the so-called “quater pedal” technique. This means a pianist has to take the base note on the pedal and then make a quater (not full!!) changes on each new chord of the phrase. This way the base note gets sustained and wouldn`t interfere with the constantly changing harmonies above.

Now about the tempo.

As I already said everything in the Prelude makes you think of the slow march. Once we found a right image of the piece it became clear what tempo to choose. Another words the tempo (and other agogics by the way) was driven by the image of the Prelude. Here is a bright example of it. The last few measures of the Prelude, the so called Coda, are about a Russian bell, the sound of which was so much loved by the composer. It is easy to hear how bell rings six times before it eventually stops. To make it work effectively a performer needs to feel a slow measured motion of a big bell and how it slows down by itself at the end of the piece delaying and making each “ring” softer.

Piano practice review #1, Clementi Sonatina

A piano session with Maria Rayzvasser, Clementi Sonatina

This Clementi Sonatina is an example of sonata form – one of the most important and difficult musical forms. There is a large body of theory that has to be studied. Now that the student knows the sections of the sonata-allegro movement she is ready to study more difficult Classical Sonatas. We plan on learning some of Mozart’s Viennese Sonatinas during the next semester. Stay tuned!