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FROM ZERO TO OVATION: Planning for Success with Awareness, Efficiency, and Mindful Preparation

SG $80.00SG $220.00

Are you often in a performance pickle, the one where you somehow miscalculated how much time it would take to learn the repertoire for a recital? Do you have an actual life, so finding time to practice enough is challenging? Do you want to be able to expedite your practicing results, feel more prepared for performances, and leave less to chance? This course will cover how to practice with intention, be more efficient, and plan better for your performances and projects.

Dr. Irene Kim, a critically acclaimed prize-winner of international competitions, has performed across the globe in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia on both piano and harpsichord, appearing in venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and Coachella. Recognizing the importance and responsibility to nurture and serve future generations and community in the arts, she has devoted over twenty years to instructing students from all around the world. Integrating the classical pianistic tradition with awareness of body and mind, she cultivates a performance practice that is individualized for each student. She holds a doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory where she was awarded the Albert and Rosa Silverman Memorial Scholarship and the Lillian Gutman Memorial Piano Prize by the Conservatory for her musical endeavors during her studies there with Boris Slutsky, Benjamin Pasternack, and Leon Fleisher.

Weeks 1: Introduction and Awareness of Self
■ Introduction of Topic
■ How to Practice Better with Awareness (Part 1)
■ How to Practice Better with Curiosity + Practice Clinic (Part 2)
■ How to Plan Better + Planning Clinic (Part 3)

Week 2: Physical Efficiency: Awareness of Body
■ Alignment and Physical Tools: what does it mean and how to utilize it
■ Movement Efficiency: what does it mean and how you can identify it for yourself
■ Fingering: Perhaps the most personal and important part of tackling technically challenging sections
■ Pain: Stop immediately and assess: what is hurting and what might be
causing it?

Week 3: Time Efficiency: Asking Purposeful Questions
■ “Why?” The most fundamental question of them all
■ Use a self-assessment method
■ Technical Challenges: how to address them and create exercises to solve these challenges
■ General Tips for Practicing
■ Identify problematic spots in your repertoire and implement the
self-assessment method and take notes of your observations
■ Prepare a 1-2 sections that you might need help with; bring any questions you have about implementing previous topics into your practicing

Week 4: Practicing Clinic
■ Q&A: Participants are encouraged to present 1-2 problems they may have encountered or are newly aware of

Week 5: Planning—Performing
■ Playing run throughs for others and for feedback
■ Assessing outcome of run-throughs
■ How to utilize comments and personal observations
■ Power of recording run throughs
■ Plan for your next project in detail

Week 6: Last Stages of Preparation + Clinic
■ Q&A: Last chance to ask anything about practicing with awareness, preparing for performances/projects

Active participants will be assigned homework during the course.