While most of us would agree that improvising, composing, arranging, and playing by ear are necessary ingredients for developing comprehensive musicianship, somehow we don’t get around to learning or teaching these skills as much as we’d like.
World-renowned piano pedagogue Jane Bastien has appeared internationally in master classes, teacher workshops, and public speaking engagements. This momentous film offers a rare, close-up glimpse into Jane's private studio, featuring candid footage of lessons, performances, and personal interactions. Interviews with family members, current and former students, and parents add insight into the unique experience of studying under this master teacher. Jane's warmth and devotion are as apparent as her consummate knowledge and expertise.
Weekley and Arganbright, piano duettists, have contributed their archive of music written for one piano, four hands to the Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington IN. Predominantly 19th century first- and early editions, it begins with a first edition of Mozart (1783) and extends to the early 20th century. Included are rare, unique, and pedagogical duets, as well as those suitable for concert performance.
That's a difficult question. I think of myself first as a pianist, but that's because it's the genesis for everything else I do. Teaching has been an inexhaustible fascination for me since I started teaching in my mid-teens. Composing is an extension of my teaching – I compose only for students, not for the sake of composition. Editing gives me a way to immerse myself in music that I love...