Archive for 2013


Piano-Yoga® Christmas SALE 2013!

December 12th, 2013 — 11:19am

Piano-Yoga® would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! To celebrate the festive season we are offering a Complimentary Piano-Yoga® Online Seminar on ‘How to Revitalise Your Piano Playing’, which takes place on the 29th December at 6:00pm UK time. The Piano-Yoga® founder and concert pianist, GéNIA, will be giving in-depth talks on articulation, advanced technique, yoga inspired posture advice and will answer any piano related questions. Places are limited, so we recommend that you book well in advance.

We are also offering a Complimentary £10.00 Gift Voucher towards any lessons (including online) at the school, available only to our members! Additionally, all the Piano-Yoga® books (Paperback & eBooks) will be available at a special discount rate during the festive season.

Click HERE or on the image above to find out more.

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Piano-Yoga® Open Day & Concert 2013 – Sat 7th Dec 2013

November 29th, 2013 — 11:34am

The bi-annual Piano-Yoga® Open Day is fast approaching, with a concert that gives our students the opportunity to perform what they have learned throughout the year in a creative environment in front of our patrons, friends and family.

Professional concert pianist and founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA, will also be giving complimentary 15 min one-to-one Piano-Yoga® sessions where you can discuss anything that you want. Sessions start from 4:00pm and run until 6:00pm.

Click HERE to find out more, order your concert tickets and book a Piano-Yoga® Session with GéNIA!

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GéNIA Featured in Kings Place ‘What’s On’ Magazine

November 21st, 2013 — 11:27am

GéNIA in Kings Place What's on Magazine

The winter edition of ‘What’s On’, the calibrated performance venue Kings Place’s quarterly magazine, features a full page Q&A with GéNIA where she is asked about her love of the piano, how yoga has informed her playing and her performances at the Out Hear event and with Max de Wardener in 2014.

Click HERE or on the image to read the article.
Click HERE to read the entire issue.
Click HERE to read other reviews on GéNIA & Piano-Yoga®

Go to page 66 for GéNIA’s performance listings. 

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Piano-Yoga® 30 Second Tips No. 10 – Yoga Block for Children

November 13th, 2013 — 12:12pm

In this video, Russian pianist and the founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA, extols the benefits using a yoga block can have on children’s posture and concentration. Recorded at the Piano-Yoga® Day event at Schott Music in June 2013.

You can find out more about how Piano-Yoga® can help children play the piano more effectively at: http://www.piano-yoga.com/piano-yoga-help-children-pianists.php

These bite sized videos contain essential advice on piano playing from the founder of Piano-Yoga® itself, virtuoso concert pianist GéNIA, with all the material taken from our large database of Piano-Yoga® workshops, retreats and presentations that took place in the last few years.

If you wish to experience what the Piano-Yoga® method has to offer, come join us at Kings Place for our Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses, 29th September – 1st December 2013. http://www.piano-yoga.com/courses/about-certificate-courses.php

Video shot and edited by Richard Music Productions:
http://www.richard-music.co.uk/

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GéNIA Featured in International Arts Manager Magazine

November 11th, 2013 — 11:09am

GéNIA by the PianoThe International Arts Manager Magazine, the only business magazine for the performing arts worldwide, has an in-depth article on GéNIA and how the Piano-Yoga® method came into being. Below is a snippet of what they had to say and a link to the entire article.

The Piano-Yoga concept developed naturally, initially out of necessity for me to stretch my hands. My teachers had advised me to avoid repertoire written for large hands, such as Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Unsurprisingly, I became obsessed with the piece and wanted more than ever to perform it. Faced with the refusal of my teachers to coach me on the piece, I looked for other opportunities. The chance came when I was invited to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Asked what I would play, I said: ‘Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’.

You can read the entire article on the International Arts Manager HERE
You can find out more about Piano-Yoga® on the last Certificate Course at Kings Place in Novembmer HERE. 

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Piano-Yoga® & Healthy Living

November 8th, 2013 — 11:27am

Kate Lovell Blog

Inner Pace

Kate Lovell, experienced Yoga Teacher, Holistic Health Coach and friend of Piano-Yoga® has written a lovely reflective article on her experiences on learning the piano and her introduction to GéNIA and the Piano-Yoga® method. Here is a snippet of what she had to say:

 

A conscious yoga practice and a piano practice are very complementary – physically, emotionally and mentally – and meditatively.  I was thrilled when I discovered someone else had come to this realization and was working to share it with the masses.  During one of our lessons, GéNIA, the creator of Piano-Yoga®, gave me one of the most beautifully synchronistic pieces of advice when it comes to learning something new and working out a healthy practice schedule – always ever practice up to a point that leaves you craving to play again tomorrow.

You can read the entire article on Kate’s blog HERE as well as gain valuable insight into healthy living, a must for efficient piano practice and playing.

Click HERE to read Kate’s Blog
Click HERE to visit Kate’s Website, The Kate Way
Click HERE to find out more about the Piano-Yoga® method
Click HERE to attend Day 4 of our Piano-Yoga Certificate Course Day 4

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Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses: Day Three (UPDATE!)

October 31st, 2013 — 12:31pm

Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses at Kings PlaceFor those of you who are attending the 3rd day of our Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses this Sunday, Kings Place has told us they will be conducting maintenance work in the early morning and have asked that we move the times forward by 2 hours. Please take note of the change in times below.

 

 

 

Piano-Yoga® Certificate Foundation Course:

12:00pm – 3:00pm (was 10:00am – 1:00pm)

Piano-Yoga® Certificate  Course One:

4:00pm – 7:00pm (was 2:00pm – 5:00pm)

 

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How to Find the Best Piano Teacher for You

October 25th, 2013 — 11:37am
Piano-Yoga Teacher

Image Courtesy of shutterstock.com

In finding the best piano teacher, there are many ingredients that must be right. Sometimes the best piano teacher for one person could be a complete nightmare for another. Therefore, when choosing the right teacher for yourself, child or even for someone else, it is important to use certain criteria which work over and above professional qualifications and/or a friendly personality.

Below is a simple “TO DO” list I recommend anyone to go through when looking for the piano teacher:

1) Qualifications
2) Years of teaching experience
3) Main area of expertise
4) Level of Professionalism
5) Personal Compatibility
6) The extent of piano teaching
7) Location
8) Online Piano Tuition

Here is a little more information about each of those points:

Qualification

It is good to have the teacher who studied at one of the major Music Schools and Colleges. If you live in London (UK), it could be The Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Trinity College of Music to name just a few. Why? Because this will guarantee that the teachers who studied at these establishments have been taught well and therefore will teach to high professional standard and will be unlikely to pass on any wrong or ‘unhealthy’ methods to their students. You can indentify which institution someone has graduated from by simply looking at the letters following their name, and later, checking them online. Also, if you can access the teacher’s biography, their degrees and diplomas may be explained further.

Amongst the most established UK qualifications, here are a few examples of Music Degrees:
BMus, MMus, MPerf, MComp, MA, MPhil, PhD, MMP, DMus and Diplomas LRAM, PGDip, AdvDip, ARCM, DipRCM, ADCM , Artist Diploma, , LGSM, AGSM, PGDip, Dip GSM., ATCL, LTCL, FTCL, PGA, PGD . I have used the examples from the main educational bodies – Royal Academy of Music (www.ram.ac.uk). Royal College of Music (www.rcm.ac.uk), Guildhall School of Music and Drama ( www.gsmd.ac.uk) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance ( www.trinitylaban.ac.uk)

Years of teaching experience

This can also be quite beneficial. Although there are a lot of young teachers who can be very good and effective, the benefit of working with a more experienced teacher is that, once a student starts facing difficulties (and believe me, this moment always occurs at some stage along the tuition process), the experienced teacher would be likely to guide a pupil through these difficulties more quickly, whereas the younger teacher may not be able to help so immediately, or at all, whilst stumbling through the blocks. It is also good to get any feedback from past and current students of the teacher in question and, if possible, find out about the teacher’s achievement list (for example how many students won competitions, got high grades, participated in all sorts of public performance, etc.).

Main area of expertise

Some teachers are strictly classical, some do mainly jazz, some do a few instruments. The last group would be the ones I would approach with caution, to make sure that their level of expertise is high enough to teach each instrument. It is also quite good to see if the teacher can play a little bit for you, as then you may know straight away if you would like to learn from this person.

Level of Professionalism

This is a quality that I personally value very much in any area of expertise – it is important that a teacher starts and finishes the lesson on time, clearly explains the fee structure and terms & conditions of the lesson. It is important that a teacher informs a student what needs to be brought to the lesson and what role they expect the parents to play in the students’ education.

Personal Compatibility

This is a very important quality for a teacher to have. It goes beyond just being friendly. The energy and the overall approach of the teacher should match the energy of each student. For example, if the student is in a receptive mode, then the teacher should provide a lot of knowledge, so to be in a ‘giving mode’, but if the student is in a creative and active mood, then the teacher should provide this knowledge through inspiration, by encouraging the student to find an answer for themselves. Experienced teachers should be able to match the energy and state of a student’s mind on each separate occasion. It is very important that both a teacher and a student have a harmonious and balanced energy exchange during the lesson.

The extent of piano teaching

This area often gets overlooked, as all we want at the beginning is piano lessons. However, with the passage of time, some students want more then just an hour of piano lessons per week. They would like to know about performance opportunities, the best competitions, thorough help in choosing piano repertoire, information on the best performers, concerts, etc. If you know in advance that you might require some of the above information, it would be a good idea to ask the teacher if they would be prepared to give it to you. Some of them would be happy, whilst some would not, sometimes purely because of the lack of time and/ or knowledge.

Location

Of course, if you want to learn to play piano, you should try to find the teacher who best fits all the points outlined above, and the best might not be in the area close to you. However, it is important to consider the location as, particularly, if you live in a big city where travelling takes an hour or more each way, taking your child after school on a weekly basis may tire them out, and therefore this is important to consider. In general, from my personal experience, students tend to have more regular lessons with teachers who are close to them as compared to less regular, often prolonged classes with the teachers who live far away. For more advanced, adult players this may not be a big problem, but if you are a beginner, you may want to have more regular lessons on a weekly basis (and this is what I would recommend).

Online Piano Tuition

During the last 5 years, the number of students I teach via Skype has grown. With faster and better internet connection, this method has became possible. I find the benefits of teaching via Skype (apart from obviously the lack of travel) include the fact that lessons become more precise and concentrated, where the camera lets you direct its focus to a specific angle of the hand and/or finger. The drawback is the quality of sound which, of course, will never be as good as the live sound; however it is still pretty decent. For those of my students who live far away from London, Skype piano lessons provide a great solution which should not be overlooked when choosing the best method of studying to fit in with your lifestyle.

To help you further I devised a simple questioner which I give out in my GéNIA MUSIC School and Piano-Yoga® School, to students who enquire about lessons. This helps them and us to choose them the best teacher and the best approach to the piano tuition:

1) List Your Name
2) List Your Age
3) Describe your current piano playing level
4) What is your piano aspiration (perform in public, do grades, learn to memorise, etc)
5) How much time do you have to practice (realistically)
6) How often can you come to your piano lessons (one a week, twice a week, once at fortnight, come when I want to) or would you prefer to do a lessons via Skype? Or would you prefer to do both?
7) What pieces are you playing at the moment?
8) What pieces you would like to play?
9) What pieces you listen to?
10) What type of memory do you have (photographic, symbolic, literary, aural)?
11) How do you learn best (aurally, motorically (by repeating after teacher) visually, etc)?

When you start looking for your teacher, it would be a good idea to finalise for yourself what you are looking for, as this would help you to focus on finding the best piano teacher!

Good luck with your search!

GéNIA

Russian Virtuoso Pianist GéNIA is a founder of Piano-Yoga® Method and is the director of GéNIA MUSIC School and Piano-Yoga® School, both located in Central London: www.piano-yoga.com and www.genia-music.com

 

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GéNIA’s Masterclass at Schott a Succsess

October 17th, 2013 — 10:12am
GéNIA at Schott Music Recital Hall

Picture courtesy of Lorraine Liyanag

Piano-Yoga® and GéNIA would like to thank everyone who came to the Masterclass at Schott Recital Room on the 8th October 2013, from the members of the London Piano Meetup Group. It was such an moving event for us and it seems that participants agreed! The feedback we have recived has been truly inspiring and we very much look forward to the next event with the meetup group and it’s leaders, Fran Wilson and Lorraine Liyanage.

Below is some of the feedback we received from a few of the attendees. You can read them all at the London Piano Meetup Group website HERE.

‘A truly rewarding hour spent in great company.’
Ian Digby

‘It was great and the tutor GeNIA presents in such an inspirational and approachable way!’
David Dreebin

‘Fascinating masterclass – GeNIA’s PianoYoga is of great interest to me and I look forward to attending a course soon!’
Lorraine Liyanage

We would also like to thank Ian Digby for writing a wonderful review of the Masterclass on his blog DIGGERS’ BLOG.

 

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Piano-Yoga® Foundation Course: Day Three Competition!

October 15th, 2013 — 11:08am

Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses at Kings PlaceUnfortunately, no one was able to correctly answer our latest competition question and win a ticket to our forthcoming Piano-Yoga® Certificate Foundation Session: Day 2 on Sunday 20th October. However, we are keeping the competition open and you can still have a change to win a ticket on the Piano-Yoga® Certificate Foundation Session: Day 3!

So, win a ticket to our forthcoming Piano-Yoga® Certificate Foundation Session on Sunday 3rd November 2013, 10:00am at Kings Place, London by answering the following question:

Q: Which established yoga teacher was also a concert pianist?
Hint 1: She died in 1999.
Hint 2: A famous type of yoga is named after her.

Please contact us (above) to send us your answer. We will accept submissions up-to midnight on Sunday 27th October 2013. The winner will be selected randomly and notified on Monday 28th October 2013.

To be eligible for this competition please include the following information:

- Your Postal Address
- Your Contact Telephone Number
- Choose from the following that best describes your musical level: Beginner | Intermediate | Advance | Teacher | Professional Musician

Answer YES or NO to the following questions:

- Would you like to hear from Piano-Yoga® and Kings Place about future events via post?
- Would you like to hear from Piano-Yoga® and Kings Place about future events via email?

You can see more about the course HERE and HERE.
- Please note that the name of the winner will be announced on our blog, Twitter and Facebook.
- The ticket is non-transferable.

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