• 26 Sep 2019

    Instructing with the proper methods

    Instructing with the proper methods
    Teaching Piano lessons in London in a truly structured and motivating way
    This is a call to our the piano teachers we have either as members of Pianist AID and followers who keep on reading us every week.

    What are your methods or ways to teach the piano to your students? Do you have a structured syllabus to follow in any case, or you adapt to every single student?

    Juan Rezzuto, our founder, aims to provide an answer to the questions within his last article written for WKMT Blog.

    Thanks to his long experience as teaching several students in London, preparing either beginner to advanced students for ABRSM and Trinity official exams, as well as teaching young talented piano players, Juan has been able to produce a series of articles in which the main topic is piano teaching.

    We consider his articles as very interesting and fundamental pieces of advice. Sources of information and consult at the disposal of everyone who might be in need of some extra knowledge in terms of piano tuition.

    Particularly, in this article, he mentions four essential stages within the proper method of teaching. His own structured way:

    Section identification
    Musical syntax
    Tone quality
    Motivation – Love for the instrument and piece(s)

    Explaining any of the points aforementioned, he analyses the shape and importance of a structured method to teach piano to any single student. Obviously, you will need to adapt any of the points above to the level, skills, age and different qualities of every student.

    Said it all, we will just leave you to feel free and read the full article by clicking on the link aforementioned with the title of the article as per Juan. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do, as well as it helps you out with your method.

  • 05 Aug 2019

    Learning all about the music exam syllabuses

    Learning all about the music exam syllabuses.
    What is it better to learn: ABRSM or Trinity syllabus?
    Do you guys know all about the piano exams in England?

    What are the official examiners? What are the examinations about?

    ABRSM or Trinity syllabuses? Which is the best option for you or for your students?

    Here we are to help all those students, or our members as piano instructors in London to answer these and more questions about the music examinations.

    Sabrina Curpanen, one of our members at Pianist AID has just written an article based on her experience. Most of the music students in London and England are focused on official examinations. For different reasons, these have become the centre of any musical training nowadays. An 80% of the total students registering at WKMT decide to learn under either ABRSM and Trinity syllabuses to work towards grades proposed by these two organisations. For that reason, we considered this article essential and crucial for you all.

    Whether you are a beginner or advanced, but seeking for taking your music skills to an exam, this article will be of your interest. Also, if you are an instructor and receive questions like this, learn the main differences with this new post. You can all click on the link aforementioned to fully read the post. Here we will summarise what you will see in this great and helpful article.

    Sight-reading: Learn the differences between the organisers in terms of sight-reading
    Scales and arpeggios: Learn what you will need from this subject wither with ABRSM and Trinity
    Supporting tests: Some tests added to the exam including concepts and subjects apart from just playing/
    The repertoire of pieces: ABRSM is more classical like in terms of the pieces suggested. However, Trinity proposes a wider range of pieces to choose from, including different styles and eras of music.

  • 10 Jul 2019

    What is the pianistic tone?

    What is the pianistic tone?

    Learning how the pianistic tone improves our way of playing the piano

    Many of the piano students find challenging to acquire this technique, for many performers take years and even the most skilful piano tutors find it strenuous to transmit to their students.

    This concept is very much developed and focused in the UK and proved to a powerful expressive resource to get to the level of expressiveness so cherished to any piano performer.

    The Tone is basically how we approach the note and how we release it. Sounds very easy to say, but in the experience at WKMT, we have found this concept is not developed enough.

    The concept of “tone” covered elements like the duration of each type of articulation, the quality of the attacks, the release of the keys and the relation of intensity between one note and its surrounding ones The way we approach each note-attack will affect the speed of our performance, its character and most importantly, our way of understanding the whole structure that supports our musical performance.

    The very first step to obtaining this skill is starting to be aware of the speed in which we play every note;  we know this appears to be an endless task, but if we just raise our awareness with every note, this will allow our aural sense to widen bit by bit and grant a perception we didn’t think we had in us. As Maestro Juan Rezzuto states: “When we explore the “tone”, we should always refer to how we would sing the melodic line in question. In many ways, this work resembles the everyday work of a singer. We should analyse and feel each detail of the sound. How it starts, how it sustains, how we release the key, and how the sound faints then after. It is a beautiful work, and the results change the way we approach music as a whole.”

    Do not miss this interesting article by Juan Rezzuto, published on WKMT Blog, with which you will learn the importance of this concept and how to implement it.

  • 19 Jun 2019

    Juan Rezzuto plays Haydn piano concerto Hob XVIII:6 in London

    Haydn double piano and violin concerto by WKMT

    Have you ever attended a Haydn piano concerto? What if we tell you that WKMT Piano studio has organised the Hob XVIII:6 for violin and piano in London? And going further, what if that concert is played by Juan Rezzuto, who is the specialist in Haydn who is performing every single concert the Maestro Haydn ever composed? Sounds good, isn’t it?

    Well, that is exactly what we are releasing today. As you might be aware of, WKMT host classical concerts every single month for all their members and people interested in their concerts in London.

    On the 28th of September 2019, Saturday, you will have the chance of attending a beautiful concert in St. Cuthbert’s church, Earls Court, London. From 18:30 hrs.

    Maestro Rezzuto and Paola Delucchi will be playing this famous double piano and violin concerto accompanied by WKMT Ensemble formed by six or seven strings (violins, cellos, a double bass).

    Paola Delucchi has performed concerts across Europe (UK, Italy, China, France, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Germany) as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She currently plays the violin by Romeo Antoniazzi (1902). She is a real violin player with plenty of performing dates in London. Check their website for more info.

    Juan Rezzuto, well, we all know the Maestro who founded Pianist AID to help other musicians to have their performing opportunities in London. He founded WKMT, one of the most famous piano studios of London, as well as his Haydn project performing and sharing the Scaramuzza piano technique. Actually, this concert takes part in the offer to Paola to organise this concert as well as the Violin Concerto No 1 by Mozart which WKMT will organise by the end of this 2019. We will keep you posted once we have more details.

    Both Juan and Paola have gathered to recreate this beautiful piano and violin concerto for all of us, which is a real honour. And better still, accompanied by WKMT Ensemble which is formed by some of our members.

    You can check their next classical concerts in London using the link aforementioned. Do not miss this beautiful and inspiring concerto.