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An Internationally renowned Bach interpreter and one of the most authoritative voices on playing Bach, Prof. Yuan Sheng takes us on a journey into the world of Bach Two parts inventions. One by one, he will guide us through each masterpiece by looking into some of the most fundamental issues in playing Bach. You will not only explore the essential principles of playing Bach, but also receive tips on teaching and playing each invention. All are part of building up your understanding of playing Bach. 
 
This is a course for all pianists, teachers, and music lovers, no matter your level. 
 
Topics discussed include:
Bach’s compositional writing 
What does it mean by “cantabile” playing, and how to do it?
Baroque Fingering
Padeling
Phrasing in Bach’s music 
Ornamentation
Legato Playing and Finger Pedaling
Articulations 
Balancing of Hands 
Listening skills 
 
And more..

Fundamentals on Performing and Teaching Bach Inventions - A 16-session series

Yuan Sheng

Increase Student Success with Research-Based Practical Tips

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Technic-Building is a 6-session series of short, information-packed presentations focused on building essential skills for robust learning, productive practice, and confident performance.

Each session will highlight research-based practice strategies. But we won’t stop there. We’ll work together on a range of different exercises and approaches proven to improve student practice habits. You’ll experience a variety of practice methods that aren’t limited to technic-building but also shape expressive interpretation. We'll discuss their application to real-life student performance. You’ll understand how to assimilate them into daily practice.

Session 1 First Week of Learning
We’ll discuss the most important learning skill for beginners: how to practice
You’ll hear about sea slugs and their learning habits
We’ll talk about mistakes. Is there such a thing as an “honest mistake”?
 You’ll understand the magic of “chunking”

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Performance Session 1 First Week of Learning

Scott McBride Smith

Increase Student Success with Research-Based Practical Tips

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Technic-Building is a 6-session series of short, information-packed presentations focused on building essential skills for robust learning, productive practice, and confident performance.

Each session will highlight research-based practice strategies. But we won’t stop there. We’ll work together on a range of different exercises and approaches proven to improve student practice habits
You’ll experience a variety of practice methods that aren’t limited to technic-building but also shape expressive interpretation. We'll discuss their application to real-life student performance. You’ll understand how to assimilate them into daily practice.

Session 2 Sports Experts Teach You How to Improve Piano Practice
You’ll learn about the importance of “desirable difficulty”
We’ll see why embracing mistakes is an important step to growth
You’ll discover how to balance praise and with correction and limit talk
You’ll encounter the “sandwich” teaching model
We’ll investigate “automaticity”: how to make it work for your students and when to change it up

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Performance Session 2 Sports Experts Teach You How to Improve

Scott McBride Smith

Increase Student Success with Research-Based Practical Tips

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Technic-Building is a 6-session series of short, information-packed presentations focused on building essential skills for robust learning, productive practice, and confident performance.

Each session will highlight research-based practice strategies. But we won’t stop there.
We’ll work together on a range of different exercises and approaches proven to improve student practice habits. You’ll experience a variety of practice methods that aren’t limited to technic-building but also shape expressive interpretation. We'll discuss their application to real-life student performance. You’ll understand how to assimilate them into daily practice.

Session 3 Practice Challenges and Solutions
We’ll ask: is traditional teacher-centered pedagogy always the right choice?
We’ll explore what students tell us about why they don’t practice
You’ll learn how to improve student willpower
We’ll discover how the “illusion of explanatory depth” affects practice
You’ll realize the importance of student-completed tasks
We’ll discuss how to move from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Performance Session 3 Practice Challenges and Solutions

Scott McBride Smith

Increase Student Success with Research-Based Practical Tips

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Technic-Building is a 6-session series of short, information-packed presentations focused on building essential skills for robust learning, productive practice, and confident performance.

Each session will highlight research-based practice strategies. But we won’t stop there.
We’ll work together on a range of different exercises and approaches proven to improve student practice habits. You’ll experience a variety of practice methods that aren’t limited to technic-building but also shape expressive interpretation. We'll discuss their application to real-life student performance. You’ll understand how to assimilate them into daily practice.

Session 4 Your Brain on Practicing
You’ll investigate the specifics of brain learning
You’ll understand how to supercharge your students’ learning and reinforce the correct neural pathways
You’ll discover the three categories of practice
We’ll explore how to counteract the “illusion of mastery”
You’ll learn practical problem-solving techniques

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Performance Session 4 Your Brain on Practicing

Scott McBride Smith

Increase Student Success with Research-Based Practical Tips

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Technic-Building is a 6-session series of short, information-packed presentations focused on building essential skills for robust learning, productive practice, and confident performance.

Each session will highlight research-based practice strategies. But we won’t stop there.
We’ll work together on a range of different exercises and approaches proven to improve student practice habits. You’ll experience a variety of practice methods that aren’t limited to technic-building but also shape expressive interpretation. We'll discuss their application to real-life student performance. You’ll understand how to assimilate them into daily practice.

Session 5 Pavlovian Perfection and Bernsteinian Practice
We’ll learn how to utilize conditioned stimuli and responses in teaching
You’ll discover how to encourage differentiation and delay habituation
You’ll acquire knowledge about building automaticity and making it robust in changing environments
We’ll discuss “repetition without repetition”

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Performance Session 5 Pavlovian Perfection and Bernsteinian Practice

Scott McBride Smith

Increase Student Success with Research-Based Practical Tips

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Technic-Building is a 6-session series of short, information-packed presentations focused on building essential skills for robust learning, productive practice, and confident performance.

Each session will highlight research-based practice strategies. But we won’t stop there.
We’ll work together on a range of different exercises and approaches proven to improve student practice habits. You’ll experience a variety of practice methods that aren’t limited to technic-building but also shape expressive interpretation. We'll discuss their application to real-life student performance. You’ll understand how to assimilate them into daily practice.

Session 6 Problem Solving and Technic Building Famous Musicians
We’ll uncover how famous teachers and performers over the last 200 years use “practice devices” to build technic:

Chopin’s deep interest in effective fingering
Liszt’s scale practice secrets
Slow practice pros and cons: the experts opine
Rudolph Ganz’s Mirror Exercises
Vladimir Horowitz’s Opposite Practice
Practicing in rhythms, its many variations, and Adele Marcus’s preference for a different approach
Erna Gulabyan’s doubled pairs practice
Scott McBride Smith’s balance and voicing exercises
Frank Merrick and Delayed Continuity practice

Improve Your Students’ Practice and Performance Session 6 Problem Solving and Technic Building Famous Musicians

Scott McBride Smith