• 13 Oct 2019

    Join the next Masterclass organized by WKMT London

    Join the next Masterclass organized by WKMT London.
    WKMT Piano Masterclass
    Pianist AID, we are glad to release the next official masterclass by WKMT. This October 26th, we all have a pedagogical date in London.
    We have co-organised with the famous piano studio in London this new masterclass format in which we will gather a few students as active performers and also students and parents to attend as listeners of the class. In a masterclass, you don’t necessarily need to be performing and receiving advice, but you can attend and listen to other’s advice. Basically, the tutor, in this case, Maestro Juan Rezzuto will take some students on stage, make them perform and will give general advice in terms of the technique and passages of certain typical pieces needed for either ABRSM and Trinity.
    That way, everyone will get professional advice and tips, which could be understood and used for all our students. This is an idea of Juan Rezzuto after attending several masterclasses in Argentina when he was a child with Maestros such as Bruno Gelber. This is a very common and valuable format in many countries and cultures, and we are happy to bring it to London thanks to him and to WKMT.
    The results and impression got afterward are quite helpful for any student, as you learn new things thanks to the reason why is a different context. You learn avice and tips through another performance, so you are able to see as a third person the idea, the execution, and the results. And in the case you are in the other place, as the performer, you will be able to execute the actions through the advice given and experience it on your own.
    For these reasons, we truly recommend you to attend this masterclass on the 26th of October in the afternoon.
    The venue: St Cuthbert’s Church, Earls Court, SW5 9EB London, UK.
    For more details, click on the link aforementioned. And in case you would like to book your place, contact them directly on 02071014479 or email [email protected]

  • 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.