Piano Teachers' Course Live (Jan 2023)

Pedalling, Classical Style and Exploring Sound & Colour

The Piano Teachers’ Course UK is pleased to offer a new series of online workshops for piano players and teachers. Hosted in partnership with Informance Publishing, these workshops offer new ideas, inspiration and practical tips wherever you might be on your pianistic journey!

The next set of workshops in this series takes place on Sunday 29th January 2023 with Kris Worsley and Jill Morton offering insights, inspiration and tips on pedalling, classical style and exploring sound and colour possibilities in 20th C repertoire.

Schedule

Exploring Sound and Colour (11:30 – 12:30 GMT)

Creating different colours and sounds in repertoire from 1900 onwards

Known by many as the go-to for recordings of the ABRSM syllabus repertoire on YouTube, Jill Morton has amassed over 1 million views on the platform for her performances, and is a highly experienced soloist and accompanist. In this session, Jill will look at the evolution of piano repertoire from the Impressionists right through the 20th Century. She will explore how to create a variety of colours and sounds and to approach this repertoire both as a performer and a teacher. This session will stimulate your imagination and inspire you to delve deeper into this wonderful repertoire!

The Spirit of Classical Performance (13:00 – 14:00 GMT)

Pianists approaching classical repertoire often feel a little daunted by its strict style and clarity, and this can lead to a stifling of musical freedom in performance. Nevertheless, the musical language of classicism is built largely upon the spirit of improvisation figures, singing lines and dance rhythms - aspects which are too easily chocked by stiff performance.

In this session for teachers and performers, Kris Worsley will demonstrate a number of tried and tested methods by which you can learn to recognise the language of classical repertoire, and will show you a number of exercises that can help give a greater sense of freedom in performance for both you and your students.

Pedalling with Authority in Classical Repertoire (14:15 – 15:15 GMT)

Pedalling in classical repertoire can generate a range of different opinions among pianists making it difficult to know what to do and who to listen to. In this session, Kris Worsley will be separating fact from opinion, looking at a number of surprising and interesting ways in which the damper system was used by Mozart and his contemporaries in order to support and enhance performance.

Knowledge and understanding will help you to use a more informed judgment when pedalling in your own performances, and teachers will learn to guide their students with greater authority. Kris will start you on this journey by demonstrating how these principles can be applied to a number of choice works from classical repertoire, including pieces listed on current exam syllabuses.

Format & ticket options

The sessions will be presented via Zoom and participants will have opportunities to ask questions via chat during various sessions and afterwards by email. The sessions will be filmed in studio and all ticket holders will receive high-definition recordings after the event. Therefore if you can’t join us live, you can still watch the presentations at your convenience afterwards.

Tickets for all three sessions cost £50 (Online Academy subscribers and PTC Alumni get 40% off) and can be purchased by clicking the "Buy now" button below or individually for £25 (£15 for Online Academy subscribers & PTC alumni) via the following links:


Workshop sessions & dates

Exploring Sound and Colour (29 Jan 2023 @ 11:30 GMT)

The Spirit of Classical Performance (29 Jan 2023 @ 13:00 GMT)

Pedalling with Authority in Classical Repertoire (29 Jan 2023 @ 14:15 GMT)

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