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A student passes a trial by fire

Marko actually played a small piece by Bartok for a sold-out audience at his local music school the other evening. We worked daily on Skype the week before – I really put him through his paces. Again the work was clearly to get both sides of his brain involved, through rhythmic over-accentuation, through agonizingly slow but amazingly effective metronome practice, and through listening to the actually durations and tone colours of the sounds he was producing. Quite a transformation!

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More on left-right brain relationships in piano technique

The other day Marko got each hand going pretty well separately in one little Bartok piece, but when he put them together, there was always a pause before he would play the new left hand chord. I finally figured out how to smooth out that pause – but it took a major reconstruction of his mental apparatus!

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The Alan Fraser Summer Piano Institute@Smith College

I’ve recently updated the information for this course, the only one I’m doing in the States in 2011. It seems that the recession has hit pianists as hard or harder than everybody else, and we’ve decided to make registering easier by offering partial scholarships. Here’s the blurb I just added to the site:

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