How to learn classical pieces for piano

Heather O’Donnell

Intermediate

38 videos

Heather O'Donnell, a professional American classical pianist, guides you to perform six famous classical pieces by Chopin, Bach, Ravel...

How to learn classical pieces for piano

Heather O’Donnell is an American classical pianist. In this masterclass, Heather O’Donnell has selected 6 major classical piano pieces to address different notions. Her goal is to make you know how to approach a classical piece before learning technically how to play it. She will make you play  the piano by Chopin, Ravel, Bach, Purcell and even Satie.

Heather O’Donnell is aware that the teaching of music often transcends the subject itself. And can exert an influence on other important aspects of life such as artistic expression, learning processes, and communication abilities. Given the potential for a deep and varied realm of influence on the student, she approaches each teaching situation with a strong commitment, high professionalism, and deep care for each student.

  

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The main concepts taught

Pedal

Fingering

Position

Scales Practice

Flexibility

Program proposed by Heather O’Donnell

Heather O’Donnell has chosen pieces from different composers and different periods of classical music, from piano by Chopin to Ravel, as a guideline, to help you in your piano practice.

 

ChapterDetailed Notions

Piano by Chopin

Introduction of “Chopin Nocturne in D Flat Major Op. 27 No.2” by Chopin.

The teacher explains the notions of artistic image as the essence of the music, how you use your body in music, phrase markings and flexibility.

Piano by Erik Satie

Heather plays the piece “1ère Gymnopédie” by Satie. You will first see her performance and then have details about the chords means and functions, the flexibility and organization of your hands.

 

She will also explain how to play the melody and notes.

Piano by Johann Sebastian Bach

Here, Heather will introduce and give you tips about how to play a “Polonaise”, an ancient polish music, before playing a “musette”.

 

Later on, you will discover the “Minuet in G” by Bach. You will study the melodic line and the G major chord.

Piano by Henry Purcell

The piece presented in this chapter is “Minuet in A minor” by Purcell.

Heather talks about keys and fingering.

Piano by Maurice Ravel

In this session you will hear the performance of the “Sonatine” by Ravel, the introduction of the piece, and explanations about the fingering, how to play in an horizontal way.

Piano by Dimitri Kabalevsky

In this part, Heather performs the “Toccatina” by Kabalesvky, which is a fast and virtualised piece.

 

You will see in details the melody played with the left hand

Basic Piano Skills

Finally, in this session, the teacher gives you details and tips about several topics to improve your playing.

 

She first talk about the pedal, explaining the differences between the sustain pedal, soft pedal and quick brake.

Then, she deals with the hands, finger and wrists by teaching you how to have the best position to play.

To finish, you will have several exercices available to practice your fingers and knuckles.

ChapterDetailed Notions

Piano by Chopin

Introduction of “Chopin Nocturne in D Flat Major Op. 27 No.2” by Chopin.

The teacher explains the notions of artistic image as the essence of the music, how you use your body in music, phrase markings and flexibility.

Piano by Erik Satie

Heather plays the piece “1ère Gymnopédie” by Satie. You will first see her performance and then have details about the chords means and functions, the flexibility and organization of your hands.

 

She will also explain how to play the melody and notes.

Piano by Johann Sebastian Bach

Here, Heather will introduce and give you tips about how to play a “Polonaise”, an ancient polish music, before playing a “musette”.

 

Later on, you will discover the “Minuet in G” by Bach. You will study the melodic line and the G major chord.

Piano by Henry Purcell

The piece presented in this chapter is “Minuet in A minor” by Purcell.

Heather talks about keys and fingering.

Piano by Maurice Ravel

In this session you will hear the performance of the “Sonatine” by Ravel, the introduction of the piece, and explanations about the fingering, how to play in an horizontal way.

Piano by Dimitri Kabalevsky

In this part, Heather performs the “Toccatina” by Kabalesvky, which is a fast and virtualised piece.

 

You will see in details the melody played with the left hand

Basic Piano Skills

Finally, in this session, the teacher gives you details and tips about several topics to improve your playing.

 

She first talk about the pedal, explaining the differences between the sustain pedal, soft pedal and quick brake.

Then, she deals with the hands, finger and wrists by teaching you how to have the best position to play.

To finish, you will have several exercices available to practice your fingers and knuckles.

A word from our teachers

Heather O’Donnell looks for ways of deepening a student's awareness of a myriad of musical elements in a way that corresponds best to the student's receptive abilities. This can mean using imagery, metaphor, aural example, kinesthetic/tactile learning, analysis, or historical context; naturally humour and conversation also sometimes prove to be the best way of reaching a student.