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An Introduction to Collaborative Piano
Welcome to the world of collaborative piano, formerly called piano accompanying. This is the profession where fiercely dedicated, talented, hard-working, and successful pianists devote themselves to the art of playing, coaching, rehearsing, and performing with others for a living. Even though we still get omitted from concert programs from time to time.
Studying Collaborative Piano
So you're interested in entering the field. How do you get accreditation? What schools offer degrees and diplomas? What type of terminal degree do you seek? Here are some articles on the education of collaborative pianists and issues associated with the different types of programs.
The Collaborative Pianist's Skill Set
What are the skills that collaborative pianists need to develop? Here are some articles that take the mystery out of their wide range of sometimes superhuman abilities.
Jennifer Peterson on Subliminal Recit Technique
Collaborative Piano: The Career
Now you've got a degree...what happens next? What kind of work do collaborative pianists do in the field? What are the boundaries of the profession? The articles below feature issues related to the world of work in the collaborative arts, with an emphasis on freelance skills and resources.
Jennifer Peterson on 9 Categories of Excuses for Missed Rehearsals and Coachings
Practicing and Musical Development
In addition to being a performing pianist, I am also a teacher. Here are some articles I have compiled relating to how to improve the quality of your practice and maximize your time spent in the studio.
Highlights from 31 Days to Better Practicing
In October 2007, I set myself the goal of writing 31 posts in 31 days on the subject of practicing. Here are the highlights. You can also check out the complete series.
A few posts I've written about resources and ideas related to the art of teaching.
In late 2005, I got a gig playing piano for a opera reality show on Bravo!Canada called Bathroom Divas. Six singers chosen from Canada-wide auditions came to a house in Toronto and learned the craft of singing with the cameras rolling. Little did we know that this humble show would become one of the sleeper hits of 2006 and eventually win a Gemini award for its second season. Alas, CTV decided to cancel the show after season 2. However, you can still see the episodes from time to time on both Bravo in Canada and Ovation in the United States. Below is a synopsis of each episode. Spoiler alerts galore!
Yes, I admit it. I'm a social media junkie. Feel free to follow me on Facebook and Twitter to see some of the other stuff I'm up to.
Here are various and sundry other articles I've written including link lists, an account of an opera creation workshop, a review I did for Sony, and more...
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