Magdalena Adamek Workshop and Masterclass
Sunday, May 7, 2017
All Saints Lutheran Church
380 Midpark Blvd. SE
ARMTA Calgary is pleased to host Dr. Magda Adamek, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, for a workshop and masterclass. This workshop is free for ARMTA Calgary members. Non-members are welcome to attend at a cost of $10 per person.
Part I (from 1:30-2:45pm) will focus on strategies for teaching young students to play with beautiful tone. Part II (from 2:45-4:00pm) will focus on the art of collaborative piano playing and will include a masterclass component.
Here is a description of the workshop in Dr. Adamek’s own words:
In the first part, I plan to address strategies of teaching a young student to play by arm weight and developing a grasp of a high quality sound. As an active pianist and instructor, I have found this endeavour challenging as students (usually prompted by their parents or peers) tend to rush through their repertoire. They often don’t reflect on the fact that the more natural habits they establish in the beginning, the more they are able to achieve the desirable level of comfort in playing. As a result, they often substitute the quantity for quality.
I will demonstrate that for such students ‘more’ may sometimes mean ‘less’ in the long term. I will also show that the right gesture, combined with active listening, is the key to obtaining the sound one truly wants.
The second part of the workshop will be devoted to the art of collaborative piano playing. This can be done in a masterclass format, e.g., students bring their partners (violinists, singers, cellists, flutists, or another pianist-duo partner), or a lecture directed towards piano teachers and piano students. If a lecture format is chosen then I plan to discuss the role ‘pianist-accompanist’ or ‘the pianist-collaborator’ in today’s musical world, and the contribution that collaborative playing makes to the musical development of students (aural awareness, musicality, sound quality, compassion).
Special thanks to our generous sponsors: RDC School of Creative Arts, Long and McQuade Musical Instruments, Steinway Piano Gallery, My Music Staff, and Westland Insurance. Thank you to ARMTA provincial for their partnership.