The Art of Phrasing
In this workshop the following questions are asked:
Phrasing comes from within, from our musical heart and soul. And it must also come from an intellectual understanding of the concepts of music, from the concepts upon which music is created and heard, from one’s musicality. Musicality combines all the elements of music. It blends individual interpretation, musical rules and the styles of periods and composers. Yet, the most important ingredient is emotion, which puts excitement and meaning into every note.
In this workshop we learn how to teach our students to play the music and simultaneously feel it. Phrasing is part of this musicality. Is it possible to teach someone to be musical, to phrase and shape music so it has both emotion and intellectual understanding?
“To connect notes that by nature represent instantaneous decrescendos, to shape melodic lines, to sustain intensity and to produce a series of sounds that we hear as one phrase is an art in itself.”
-Gyorgy Sandor, On Piano Playing
Workshop structure and cost:
Workshops are organized throughout the U.S. for groups up to 200 people. Sessions run from 2 hours to full-day and are customized according to the needs of the group. Fee: $120/hour.
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