Russian Technical Regimen for the Piano |
Alexander Peskanov has compiled a five volume compendium with separate Guide Book, entitled the Russian Technical Regimen for the Piano.
...these materials provide a fascinating insider's view into Russia's complex technical training system. "
...serious pianists and teachers would benefit from spending some time with these books.
Students learn to understand chord structure by moving through the regimen's chained harmonic progressions, which follows an intriquing logic. One of the regimen's chief
values is its systematic progression through all keys with the most frequently occuring
patterns in standard piano literature.
-- Piano Quarterly
In Search of Sound (Set of Three Instructional Videos)
The Video is filmed coverage of the first Piano Olympics, held in Kingsport, Tennessee. The focus on technique as a group pursuit, honored as are other Olympics events, is an interesting concept that teachers will find carefully documented here. One sees a group of youngsters of all ages parade into the audition room, all wearing Piano Olympics T-shirts.
Having prepared for the Olympics with the Piano Olympics Manual, each student performs steps of the regimen chosen at random. Students are cheered and applauded, as in a repertoire performance, and are given ratings that allow them to
progress at their own rate through the entire regimen. Teachers will appreciate the manual which, as a syllabus, does an excellent job of codifying fingerings, presents a gradual progression of exercise patterns and clearly defines technical goals. The manual makes no gestural suggestion, and merely outlines the format of piano olympics events. There are evaluation sheets at each level so students can keep track of their technical accomplishments. The group participation and carefully delineated technical goals are sure to be effective motivators. The manual gives clear instructions for those who wish to organize their own technical olympics events.
-- Music Teacher, The Official Journal of MTNA