Piano Intensive

The 2020 Piano Intensive Online Edition

This was the first time I hosted the Piano Intensive virtually, and it was such a great experience for all. With many of the music festivals cancelled, it was wonderful to be connected and see other pianists and discuss what we deeply devote ourselves to for a few days. And part of these sessions became a separate project, which was the One Day Workshop I conducted on August 5. I hope to host the next one off line, but stay tuned for the Piano Intensive Online Winter version, focusing on piano techniques!

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 Addressed many common questions that a lot of pianists have in the form of Zoom meetings with active participation, demonstration, and online lessons.

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Guest artists: 

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

David Kalhous, Associate Professor at Florida State University for a session on warm-up and exercise routines

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. 

19 Students from all over the states (and a few joining from Europe!) participated. If you are interested in the winter session, please fill out the form below and stay in touch!