Explore the 18th-century musical style by immersing yourself in hands-on practice on a meticulously crafted replica of Mozart's Walter fortepiano, skillfully created by the renowned builder Paul McNulty. Mozart, renowned for composing the majority of his music on the Walter, had his son Carl emphasize his father’s “special preference” for this instrument. Notably, Haydn also owned a Walter, and Beethoven expressed his longing for one with una corda. Elevate your musical journey in our studio, embracing the authentic sounds and history of these esteemed composers.
Explore the 16th-18th Century Style through hands-on experience with the harpsichord and clavichord. Learn tasteful ornamentation, sensitive touches, and stylistic interpretation in the musical world of composers such as Bach and his predecessors like Frescobaldi and Froberger, known for their intricate Fantasies and contrapuntal style. Delve into Scarlatti's virtuosic compositions, Handel's captivating suites, and the enchanting works of French composers like Couperin and Rameau. Elevate your musical journey by learning and playing these timeless compositions on historical keyboard instruments.
Dr. Kitano, with an interdisciplinary background in percussion, voice, piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord from esteemed music conservatories, has been awarded for three Children's Musical compositions and productions. She has graced the National Performance Hall in Taiwan as a soprano in opera, played main characters in musicals, and showcased her piano skills in orchestras. With this rich experience, she brings a wealth of expertise to share the joy of improvisation.
Dr. Kitano's unique approach to improvisation is tailored to individual needs, creating a supportive environment for participants to express their creative insights. Her dissertation, "Improvisation in Mozart's Keyboard Music," not only delves into a historical exploration but also serves as a meticulously crafted practical guide designed for classically trained pianists and educators. This expertise extends beyond, providing valuable insights applicable across a diverse spectrum of musical works and composers.
With over 20 years of experience in piano teaching and performing, Kitano holds a BM in music education and an MM in piano performance. Her teaching methods are inspiring and incorporate diverse pedagogical approaches, including Kodály and Dalcroze, as well as piano-specific systems developed by renowned educators such as Bastien, Faber, and Suzuki.
We have supported numerous students in acquiring knowledge and comprehension of music principles through a combination of in-person and online courses. Tailoring our curriculum, we focus on aural training, sight singing, and fundamental music theory for individuals, particularly those new to improvisation or non-music major.
Many of our students have achieved success in obtaining music theory certificates through ABRSM exams. For further details about the exams, please visit https://www.abrsm.org/en-us.
Topic one: L’acord Parfait
Topic two: Sixte Simple
(1) Tonic Extension
(2) Open Sixth
(3) Review: Parallel Sixth
(4) Review: 5-6 and
Topic three: Petite Sixth
Open 6th Chord & petite 6th chord
* Drill Review: T-D-T +4-3 tr.
Petite 6th & False 5th
Fermata and Eigänge
Spontaneous Connective Gestures
* brief carsura link
* caesura arch
Unlock the art of improvisation, a crucial skill in pre-19th-century music. Explore the demands of 18th-century Classical music performance, delving into cadenza improvisation and embellishments. 🎵 Investigate 17th- and 18th-century style, performance practices, tasteful interpretation, ornamentation, and cadenza through readings and exercises from primary and secondary sources. 🎶 Develop advanced improvisatory skills and gestures with a systematic method encompassing harmonic symbols, scales, and styles. Each student will actively participate in class, applying these techniques. 📘 Tailor your learning experience based on your instrument and interests. Choose from primary treati