June Piano Masterclass (Taught by Gorden Cheng)

  • June 9, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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Students, $40

Audience Member, Free

Bill Ligon: Scriabin Prelude Op. 13, No 1 and Etude Op. 8, No 12

Tony Prost: Louis Moreau Gottschalk, "Ojos Criollos"

Student #3: AVAILABLE

 

Join our exciting new masterclass series for amateur pianists—a first for San Diego! Instruction is given by fellow amateur pianist Gorden Cheng. Gorden is a top-prize winning amateur pianist who has competed in Paris, Colorado Springs, Chicago, Washington, and Warsaw. He is also a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC). As a private teacher for over 10 years, his students have passed all MTAC's Certificate of Merit (CM) tests on subjects of theory, technique, ear training, and performance. In addition to music, Gorden works as a systems architect and designs scalable enterprise solutions for the Active Network, Inc.

These masterclasses serve as an important staple to our mission to promote the education and performance of music. The intimate setting provides an enjoyable open-forum discussion and learn how to improve their mastery of the piano. Audience members will not only be able to hear a variety of performed repertoire but also actively engage in discussion with the instructor, student, or even other audience members. There are no intimidating professors; only amateur-to-amateur music lovers.

We accept a maximum of 3 students (subject to repertoire and performance-time availability). Thirty minutes will be devoted to each student and their chosen piece, which can be from any period style (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern). We accept a maximum of 3 students (subject to repertoire and performance-time availability). Thirty minutes will be devoted to each student and their chosen piece, which can be from any period style (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern). Priority will be given to students who have never participated in a masterclass so that everyone has a chance to perform.

Student cost is $40. Students get to choose their piece and perform it for the masterclass. Students should bring $40 to the Masterclass. Audience members are Free.

All proceeds benefit future recital venue rental and activities. Light refreshments will be served following the masterclass.

We look forward to having you join us for this fun and educational masterclass!

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  • billroger

    Joy: And read Chuan C. Changs book Fundamentals of Piano Practice and you will understand why Hannon does not work.

    June 10

    • Tony Prost

      I must say, Chang's book and suggestions helped me when I was learning how to memorize music, which I had thought I could never do.

      June 11

    • Joy Chu

      Great!

      June 11

  • Jennifer Marakovits

    Let's talk about the Chopin Fantasy. I always wanted to learn it, but seems too maniacal with the 3s against 4s. Any advice for someone cracking the book open for the first time on this piece? The laboring part would be first getting the notes into the hands. What good prereqs would be good to have before embarking on the project?

    June 10

    • Howard Wang

      Jennifer,

      June 11

    • Howard Wang

      Oops, when I first learned the fantasy I had to play it really slow and focused on the notes that DID line up and filled in the gaps. The challenge for me now is that I have played it fast for so long that I forgot how to play it slow. I thought the most challenging part was the fast part at the very end, without the 3s and 4s. I hope that helps.

      June 11

  • joe t.

    Finally a quote from the Wikopedia Scriabin page:

    In 1892, he graduated with the Little Gold Medal in piano performance, but did not complete a composition degree because of strong differences in personality and musical opinion with Arensky (whose faculty signature is the only one absent from Scriabin's graduation certificate) and an unwillingness to compose pieces in forms that did not interest him.


    Musical disagreements have much history, apparently.

    June 10

  • joe t.

    Could be the composers have a decided edge on us.....they played their pieces over and over etc. And wrote it down......perhaps wrote what they were 'able' to play......Some of these guys (Beethoven, Liszt......etc. could play better than anyone living today.....and their piece may not be able to be played ....except by someone who has PLAYED AN AWFUL LOT.....an impossiblity for more of us.....we/I am likely never to play some of these pieces as the Composer did (as they were meant to be played? As they were written? Here is Scriabin playing Etude 8 #12.....the first part is not unlike the way Bill played....the last part seems very Clear....clearer.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­ At the end of the piece, when Bill played it....I was listening to the Composer....he seemed to want to pound every key at once at the end of the piece.

    June 10

  • Carol Goldstein

    Unfortunately broke my wrist yesterday. Hope to attend a future date.

    June 8

    • Glenn Kramer

      Hi Carol, so sorry to hear about your broken wrist, that's awful. I truly hope recovery is quick.

      June 10

  • Joy Chu

    Please tell us the name of the Shostakovich piece that was swapped in lieu of the Gottschalk. Tony Prost? Gorden? Glenn?

    June 10

    • Tony Prost

      It is a piece from Schirmer Vol 1887 Shostakovitch Easy Pieces for the Piano. It is called Waltz--A Reminiscence, from a ballet suite. page 11.

      June 10

    • Joy Chu

      Thanks, Tony. And thanks for sharing your Master Class with the rest of us.

      June 10

  • Jennifer Marakovits

    It was my first musical outing in a while. I have a degree in music ed, had a piano teaching business for a few years, and now busy raising kids and trying to figure out where life's going to take me in the world of public general ed. For right now, I am enjoying being an audience member for once in the musical world. I might sign up and perform sometime for fun.

    1 · June 10

  • Marylou Santomauro

    Again great techniques and suggestions provided by Gorden. Also a great thank you to the students that participated, it takes courage to perform in front of audience and get corrected even though it is constructive criticis.

    1 · June 9

  • Joy Chu

    This enriched my appreciation of the process behind pulling the musical potential of musical pieces. On top of that, being the critique giver is exceedingly difficult. Gordon presented both exceedingly well.

    1 · June 9

  • Gayle

    I may not be able to make it this afternoon--have a sudden driving conflict w/kids. Just in case you need to open up my RSVP to someone else....:(

    June 9

    • Glenn Kramer

      Hi Gayle, I'm sorry you may not be able to make it this afternoon. Hopefully next time you can join us.

      June 9

  • Kathy Diaz

    I would like to bring two guests if possible. Thank you

    1 · June 9

    • Glenn Kramer

      Thank you, Kathy, yes there is still room, so you are welcome to bring two guests.

      June 9

  • Phil C

    Something came up and I can't make it to this Master Class.

    June 7

    • Glenn Kramer

      Hi Phil, I'm sorry you can't join us this time, I hope to see you at the next one if you're available.

      June 7

  • Jennifer Marakovits

    I am coming with my friend Joy.

    2 · June 6

  • Jennifer Marakovits

    I will be coming with my wonderful friend Joy.

    1 · June 6

  • Sharon Muyco

    I have a major schedule conflict that I just discovered. So sorry!

    June 3

    • Glenn Kramer

      Hi Sharon, I'm sorry you can't join us this Sunday, but there will be more in the future. I look forward to seeing you at another one next time.

      June 4

  • ROSALYN

    I reside in Palos Verdes & every Saturday @ the Terranea Resort there is a piano in the lobby lounge, & there is now live music till Labour day weekend. Perhaps you could consider arrange to play there some Saturdays. This was once home to Marineland. :-)

    1 · June 3

    • Glenn Kramer

      Thank you for the great suggestion, Rosalyn! We are always looking for new places to hold our recitals and masterclasses in the future. I didn't know it was once the home to Marineland, I remember advertisements on TV for that amusement park when I was young.

      June 4

  • Tony Prost

    Hi, I will seeking instruction on "Ojos Criollos" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

    here is the scorser page
    http://en.scorser.com/S/Sheet%2...­

    also, can someone email the address?

    June 4

    • Glenn Kramer

      Hi Tony, thanks for being one of our students for this Sunday's masterclass. I will email you the address, thank you!

      June 4

  • Rosina

    I would love to attend this but I have not yet received the address. I believe I did RSVP. Would someone please email me the address. My email is [masked]. thank you

    1 · June 3

  • ROSALYN

    Its been so long since I played the piano & was taught by my school friend attending a private Catholic school in Durban South Africa. I never was taking piano lessons but learnt quickly & could play the whole song. I have a Wurlitzer organ/piano & have tried to play, but, I'm afraid I can't remember... :-( :-). I'll just be an audience.. I did purchase 2 guitars & tried learning on my own.

    1 · June 3

  • billroger

    I am very much looking forward to this opportunity.

    1 · May 14

  • Tony Prost

    Not sure yet what I will play.

    April 16, 2013

  • billroger

    I'll be playing Scriabin Etude Op 8, No 12.

    March 25, 2013

    • billroger

      I want to play two short pieces the Scriabin Prelude Op 13, No 1 and the Scriabin Etude Op 8, No 12

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • Mary Mathews

    I have another event this day, but thanks for the invite!

    March 25, 2013

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