My interview with Dr Kolar turned into a five-part series of video posts because we talked for almost TWO hours; an incredible amount of invaluable information for parents and teachers. Well, I've compiled the links and topics talked about for all five parts here for easy access.
Click on the interviews for the video and a more detailed list of topics discussed.
Ask any musician who's had experience performing and they'll tell you what a big role confidence plays in their performances. In a high-pressured setting like performing in front of an audience, confidence can mean the difference between a disastrous and a phenomenal performance. Not only that, but a confident body language also greatly affects how the audience perceives you.
While there are many things a student can do to build and increase confidence--in fact there's a great chapter in Barry Green's The Mastery of Music about building confidence in music that I'll write about in another post--this one is super easy. What if I shared with you a scientifically proven way to increase your testosterone(confidence) level, and lower your cortisol(stress) level easily and all in under 2 minutes?
This is the video of a surprisingly touching TED talk by Amy Cuddy, a Harvard researcher, on the power of "power posing"; taking on a posture of confidence regardless of how we actually feel.
4 Challenges in Teaching Rachmaninoff and Kabalevsky's Pieces, and How to Teach Rubato - with Dr. J. Mitzi Kolar
This is Part 3 of my interview with Dr. J. Mitzi Kolar, some of the topics we covered in this segment is listed below. If you want better audio or just the audio, I uploaded a better sound quality audio file also.
In Part 1 we talked about the development of the piano pedagogy field and Dr. Kolar gave some some inside look at the thought process that goes into writing a piano method book. In Part 2 we discussed pedagogical issues in teaching Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin's music.
Again, sorry for the blurry video, I didn't realize the camera wasn't focused when we started the recording! So actually...parts 2-5 are all going to be like this.
Here are some of the topics we covered in the third part of the interview:
Did you learn something from this interview? Have anything you want to add or more questions? Leave a comment!
I get a lot of beginning students. During my interview with the parents and the student, I always ask about the type of instrument available at home. As a result, I'm often asked whether it is necessary to have a real piano to practice on at home. This led me to write a blog entry on why it's important to have a real piano at home to practice on.
The funny thing is, usually after I explain why the parent should look into buying/renting a real piano, the next question I get is, what kind do I recommend? And honestly, I didn't have a good answer for this one so I went looking around online! There's actually quite a bit of information out there on finding and buying a piano.
Here's one that I think is really insightful and thorough look at piano in general and what to look for in a piano. I found it on The Gist Piano Center website. Take a look at this Pianos 101 guide before you go out looking for a piano! And if you haven't read my blog entry on the four important reasons for having a real piano, you can read it here!
Did you find the guide helpful? Have more questions about buying a piano? Ask it in the comments section below!
This is Part 2 of my interview with Dr. J. Mitzi Kolar, some of the topics we covered in this segment is listed below. If you want better audio or just listen to the audio, I uploaded a better sound quality audio file also.
Sorry for the blurry video, I didn't realize the camera wasn't focused when we started the recording!
Here are some of the topics we covered in part 2 of this interview:
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