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December 2019

James Kirby in Singapore: Piano Recital

December 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aureus Conservatory Recital Hall, 583 Orchard Road, #03-16/25
Singapore, 238884 Singapore

Aureus Conservatory, in partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD), proudly presents, Piano Recital with James Kirby. James will be performing works by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. Tchaikovsky: Six pieces from The Seasons Op. 37b 1. January: At the Fireside 2. February: Carnival 3. May: White Nights 4. July: Song of the Reaper 5. November: Troika 6. December: Christmas Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition -- As a soloist and chamber musician James Kirby performs regularly throughout the UK…

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Piano Masterclass with James Kirby

December 3, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Aureus Conservatory Recital Hall, 583 Orchard Road, #03-16/25
Singapore, 238884 Singapore

We are delighted to welcome James Kirby to the Aureus Conservatory for an insightful masterclass with our students. As a soloist and chamber musician James Kirby performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe. His recital work includes appearances at major concert series in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland, the Czech Republic, Bermuda, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Malaysia and in the UK at Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals. He has served on the Juries of several international…

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Workshop with James Kirby: How to Interpret a Score

December 4, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

We welcome pianist James Kirby to Aureus Conservatory, where he will be leading a workshop and imparting knowledge upon our students. The great Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel said that the best playing is the perfect marriage of thinking and feeling. With reference to specific works, James will discuss harmony and structure and show how knowledge of these important aspects can empower a performance. -- As a soloist and chamber musician James Kirby performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe. His recital…

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Workshop with James Kirby: How to Play Effortlessly

December 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Aureus Conservatory Recital Hall, 583 Orchard Road, #03-16/25
Singapore, 238884 Singapore

James Kirby, Visiting Artist from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, brings his expertise in this piano workshop at the Conservatory. We welcome pianist James Kirby to Aureus Conservatory, where he will be presenting on "How to Play Effortlessly". Have you noticed that the greater the pianist, the more effortless their performances appear to be? Among the great masters, Claudio Arrau comes to mind, and among more contemporary pianists, try watching a performance by Boris Berezovsky. In this workshop,…

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January 2021

I am Ready to Perform! – Building Confidence on Stage

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The webinar “I am ready to perform! Building confidence on the stage” explores ways musician approaches and prepares for performances and competitions. As a collective group, what common trend do musicians experience before going on the stage, can we truly be free and sufficiently prepare for the performance? The webinar will explore preparation methods prior to the performance date and on the day itself. Suggestions, practice approaches, and other informative methods will be addressed to help us be prepared and…

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Exploring Piano Method Books

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Piano method books could contribute in planting an important and inspiring seed in every student’s music journey. Indeed, selecting systematic and appropriate method books based on the student’s varying age, interests and strengths is a significant task for every music teacher. This webinar will highlight strengths of known method books which include Bastien Piano Basics by James Bastien, Alfred Basic Library by Willard Palmer, Piano Lesson Made Easy by Lina Ng, and Piano Adventures by Faber and Faber. Pedagogic philosophies…

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February 2021

Music for All: Differentiating Music Instruction Through Learning Style Integration

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Music teachers have to deal with an interesting range of differences amongst their students. Due to varying factors, learners may have different responses to the strategies applied during instrumental music lessons. With this, music teachers are constantly in quest for better ways to engage the students in the learning process, hence, the vast repertoire of teaching aids and methods available at present. Differentiating instruction during music lessons is a way of reaching to all the learners intuitively. Further, music teachers…

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Eroica Etudes: Mastering the Technical Challenges in Beethoven Piano Works

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The webinar “Eroica Etudes” explores Beethoven’s genius through the Eroica Variations in E flat Major, Op. 35– exploring the innovative and unique introduction of the theme and its development, and the technical relationship to other piano works by Beethoven. Beethoven never composed an etude, but this technically demanding piece– with its innovative and unique compositional elements could serve as an introduction towards the mastery of Beethoven’s piano technique for early advance pianists.

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March 2021

Technique for Young Pianists: Essential Fundamental and Teaching Materials

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Substantial piano technique plays a significant role in producing refined tones, nuances, and artistic playing in piano performance. In order to freely deliver composers’ musical thoughts in the pieces and express our personal interpretation at the same time, technical training is essential. It will let us perform securely while keeping a healthy physique. This webinar will highlight strengths of building a natural and fluid technique from the early stage of the student’s learning process. Practical teaching application of the pedagogic…

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Developing Playing Ability: Optimizing the Learning Process and Encouraging Quality Practice

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

By tradition, music educators have placed most of its emphasis on the development of physical skills through following written notation and practising deliberately. With the recent trends in education and studies related to sustaining student’s interest in music-making, initiatives to enhance the learning process and encourage quality practice have emerged. This webinar will give emphasis on applying holistic approaches in teaching music which will involve understanding of how the body, mind and emotions function and work together in the process…

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