Maestro

Dr. Faina Bryanskaya, Ph.D.   Piano and Piano Pedagogy "a Teacher's Teacher"

Dr.Fa-finger
Bryanskaya holds an M.A. with high honors and a Ph.D. from the Leningrad Conservatory.
 She was professor of piano pedagogy and  head of pedagogy department at St'Petersburg/Leningrad State Conservatory for 18 years, where she worked along with her teacher, legendary Nathan Perelman. A dedicated pupil, she carries his legacy, passing it to new generations through her teaching, research, her books and publications.

Her doctoral theses in sight-reading along with her nearly five decades of profound  research in piano pedagogy and in young beginner pedagogy in particular, led to creation of the  holistic and integrated methodology which she implemented in her books and in her course for training music teachers.
For 23 years Dr. Bryanskaya was professor at Longy School and Conservatory of Music in Cambridge, MA, where she created, established and conducted Piano Pedagogy Course and Summer Piano Pedagogy Institute “Teaching in the XXI Century”. 

This course has been in high demand among piano and music teachers in Canada and the US for almost 20 years.
Most of the lectures below correlate with Dr. Bryanskaya's (Dr.Fa) trilogy of books "The Key to Music Making" for teaching beginners, and with "Teaching Fundamentals of Music Making", Dr. Fa's handbook for music teachers.

(for complete biography of F. Bryanskaya, please click "About Us" button.)

 

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Expected students

FDB01 Live interactive video course Acquaintance (introduction): Teaching in 21st century Piano Teachers Training course. Appr.30 min. (questions and answers meet Dr. B) Pedagogy for everyone. Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Musically educated parents/grandparents School music teachers
Groups of 5-6 interactive participants
Passive listeners welcome

FDB02 Lecture* interactive session Exploring fundamentals of music making in an integrated and comprehensive way.
Back to holistic pedagogy of Bach’s time. From music to grammar and back to music. From the healthy “embryo” to accomplished musician
Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Musically educated parents/grandparents Adult beginner students
School music teachers Budding piano teachers
FDB03 Lecture* interactive session Great advantage of developing artistic listening skills from the start
From the first impression  to the music score reading. Some sources and stages of listening. (p8 TM)
Part1: Building a listening library to explore expressive power of music
Piano teachers for professional development, School music teachers college music students Musically educated parents/grandparents Piano Students/Adults Anyone interested in the study of music
FDB04 Lecture * interactive session Developing artistic Listening skills for more advanced students; PART2 Conducting and contouring the melody Following the score to the familiar and new music, Goals –later, for more advanced students to study and perform. Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Musically educated parents/grandparents  
Anyone interested in the study of music
FDB06 Lecture * interactive session Practial session 2. Participants performance. Discussion: How to teach music for children analyze genre, form, edition, fingering, expression marks. (For teaching more advanced students) Required for teachers who seek FB certifications, Budding piano teachers, piano teachers for professional development.
College music students
FDB07 Lecture interactive session . Essential components of the 30-45 beginning lesson Orientation on the entire black &white keyboard correlated with. The imagery of Galax-C. Kitten Village on the Magic Hill, blindfolded orientation. Comfortable posture, breathing and finger awareness. (Riding a Pony and Hugging a Balloon)( First improvisation with pedal Pulse and Rhythm (to continue) Piano teachers for professional development, college music students budding teacher Piano Students/Adults
FDB08 Lecture interactive session. Beat and Rhythm as primary elements of music notation. The use of natural reflexes for the pulse, touch, sound and technique through gesture and movement. Games, rhymes and songs as essential source. “To Count or not to Count –that’s the question” Piano teachers for professional development, school music teachers college music students budding teacher Piano Students/Adults*5
FDB09 Lecture interactive session Animation of musical grammar through imagery. Intervals, chords and inversions as characters through imaginative graphics, games and stories. Playing by ear and transposing with the use of intervals-characters. Teaching musicianship through improvisation, free and guided. Piano teachers for professional development, college music students budding teacher Piano Students/Adults School music teachers
FDB10 Lecture interactive session –double play (2x 50min each & 20 min intermission: ?? and answers ) Universal order of the pitch notation. Discovery of the symmetry and mirroring of the United Grand Staff Kingdom. What to do with Every Good Boy…Relative reading: Distance and Direction Developing smart and hearing hands Piano teachers for professional development, school music teachers, college music students budding teacher Piano Students/Adults Interactive 4 Passive -10
FDB11 Lecture and interactive session Exploring Essential Elements of Piano Technique. Hand structure and finger action (see lec.7) Palm support for long and strong fingers. Hand relaxation and injury prevention Incorporating strength, flexibility and balance; Touch and tone production Inflection and intervallic tension. Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults Interactive 4 Passive -10
FDB12 Lecture and interactive session Technique and practical theory Discovering and learning chromatic and diatonic scale: The way and the order. Building circle of 5ths. Contrary motion, alternating, articulation and dynamics Chords &arpeggios,. Chord progressions Metamorphoses of Chords Embellishments. professional teacher development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults Interactive 4 Passive -10
       
FDB14 Lecture and interactive session. Etudes: how to teach and learn a lot from the little. Rhythm, texture, style –variations. Make fancy music from simple patterns. Technique as a tool for self-expression Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults
FDB16 Lecture and interactive session Who was that Carl Czerny – a genius or a maverick? How he learned and taught. Focus on C. Czerny’s Etudes op.599 - “First tutor”, op.139 Why Beethoven recommended Cramer’s Study#1 Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults
FDB17 Lecture and interactive session (Doctoral Theses, and practical application Structure and essential elements and of Sight-reading: part1 Playing by music: visual, aural, motor skills, with active participation o f creative will power, long and short term memory and concentration . Preliminary stages of decoding composer’s message: 1A:Thorough knowledge of music grammar and kinesthetic reaction to aural/visual imagery. . Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults Church pianists Voice teachers/accompanists
FDB18 Lecture and interactive session Structure and essential elements of Sight-reading skills: Part 2. 2B..Accelerated reading build on relative perception of notation in terms of timing, direction, and distance. Pattern building for reading of chords and inversions, scales, sequences, Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults Interactive 4 Church pianists
FDB19 Lecture and interactive session (At special request: practical seminar; “Evaluation and fixing student’s weak points”) Sight reading: part 3“ Structural perception of the musical text horizontally and vertically. Ability to quickly analyze and synthesize text, Specific skills for fast reading (memory bank) Dynamic thinking and simultaneous kinesthetic reaction, preparedness’ for unexpected changes Playing by sight and memorization: are they in conflict? Scriabin’s phenomena Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults Interactive 4 Church pianists, voice teachers/accompanists
FDB20 Lecture and interactive session 1.Why music by J.S. Bach is an indispensable part of young pianists’ musical growth “ His musical friends and family” Rules of performing Baroque music (rhythm, embellishments, dynamics, etc) Baroque: England, Italy, France Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults
FDB21 Lecture and interactive session 2.Who was “that Bach”? How did he learn? What and how he taught? Who wrote music book for the Anna Magdalena Bach? What are Baroque rules and traditions?(Cont.) (Bach’s Embellishments- suggestions) Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Method of variants Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Budding teacher Piano Students/Adults
FDB22 Lecture and interactive session 3.Bach’s keyboard music and main principles of his teaching approach. Baroque fingering and phrasing, motivic shading, articulation, tempo, form Little Preludes (12 and 6): Dynamics and Motif Structure Same as above
FDB23 Lecture and interactive session Two-voice Inventions (Preambles) Study of polyphonic compositions Same as above
FDB24 Lecture and interactive session Teaching strategies and repertoire for different ages and abilities. Specific repertoire – duets and solo Multifunctional material Same as above
FDB25 Live, RT fully interactive session. Master classes Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Interactive 2
FDB26 Interactive session. Teaching and coaching demo Piano teachers for professional development, college music students Interactive

 

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