The 2020 Piano Intensive Online Edition
With Dr. Jihye Chang Sung
June 9–12 or June 23–26
An intensive piano course with Dr. Jihye Chang Sung and guest artists that will address many common questions that a lot of pianists have in the form of Zoom meetings with active participation, demonstration, and online lessons.
Concert pianist Conrad Tao for a panel discussion on performance anxiety and Q& A
Steven Spooner, Professor at Peabody Conservatory for a technique and practice session
Conductor Kelly Corcoran for a session on musicians’ wellness and career development
Physical therapist Allen Sawyer for an injury prevention session
Many piano students have fundamental questions that often do not get answered for various reasons. There is a big need for pianists to come together, discuss these questions, and get real answers and thoughts to carry on. The Piano Intensive gives students a short, intensive period of piano retreat, to nurture and share in a like-minded community, in which we will also focus on the larger goals of peace of mind and confidence building. The Piano Intensive also provides a necessary place for this particular summer, when most festivals are canceled and pianists need a place of gathering and sharing thoughts. While it is difficult to have access to the more traditional masterclass and lesson setting during this distance learning time, this workshop will provide a chance for students to use their time focusing on a few key questions and important aspects of being a pianist. This 4 day session will focus on specific topics such as the fundamentals of piano playing, warm-up routines and basic techniques, art of fingering, practice strategies, performance psychology, career development, and musicians wellness. Students will also get a chance to discuss and ask questions with the guests and get a private lesson focusing on the topics discussed with Dr. Sung.