Here's my ultimate but simple list for choosing performance repertoire. It's a list I've gathered from listening to many recitals and eisteddfods and has been helpful for me when discussing repertoire with students. I'll keep adjusting this and would love to hear any of your suggestions too.
- something that is engaging
- something that you like
- something that has artistic merit
- something that is revealing
- something that is rhythmically fun
- something that is a little risky but still within your capability
- something that is written specifically for piano/keyboard
STAY AWAY FROM:
- new arrangements or compositions that lack musicality
- something that is too hard for your ability
- something that is too safe
- something that is too boring
- something that you hate
THINK CAREFULLY WHEN CHOOSING:
- pieces that are well-known
- pieces that lack a melody
- pieces that are too long or too short
- pieces with offensive titles or meanings
- that you understand the style of the piece and can play it in that style
- that you are on top of all the technical demands of the piece
- that you have all copyright permissions needed to perform the piece
- that the piece suits the occasion and the audience
Time to proudly boast about some student achievements over the past term!
Congrats Holly for 3rd place and HC in the St George Eisteddfod, as well as an HC in the Inner West Eisteddfod! Can you see her playing to her medals in the photo to the left?
Congrats to Zoe (Year 11) for recently receiving full marks in her composition assignment.
Congrats to Hayden for receiving 19.5 out of 20 for his HSC composition (trials).
Good luck to all my HSC students, love your work!
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