Piano Magical Member
Composed and Played By Ear
PREMISE: When you learn to play by ear, you learn to 'think like music.' When you think like music, you are thinking like a composer. As a result of 'thinking like the composer' you automatically KNOW the principles of composing a good song, so it's a natural step to also BE a composer of new music...your own music, straight from the heart!
PROVE IT: To prove it, I sometimes offer Piano Magic Members (including the bravest of newbies) a challenge: Participating students are given 3 weeks to CREATE, PERFORM and PRESENT an ORIGINAL COMPOSITION. They are to use whatever they can remember and instantly apply of the 'PianoMagic Principals' taught within these pages.
Students are told in advance that successfully completing the assignment will earn them ONE OR MORE Additional Months in PMMO (Piano Magic Members Only). At the end of the challenge every student is usually awarded more than promised.
In the recordings below, students were encouraged to perform with as much variety and self-expression as they are comfortably able to use, in order to create an interesting musical atmosphere for a listening audience. YOU are that listening audience...and when you put yourself in a comfortable position, in a relaxed state of mind, you'll be able to hear the budding creativity and expression within each of their performances, even in the very earliest stages of musical development.
If you're seriously thinking about becoming a member of PMMO, you owe it to yourself to listen to the following recordings by fellow-members.
PLEASE, don't just listen to a segment here and a segment there...LISTEN for the musical atmosphere each person strives to create: LISTEN for the variety of accompaniment techniques used by each member to enhance listening interest: LISTEN for the Artistic Contrasts employed to create a sense of musical emotion: LISTEN to how they're thinking: LISTEN to how they treat the most important part of a performance...the ENDING.
Because I encourage ALL performances to be at least two-and-a-half- minutes or longer, each performer has to play through their composition about 3 times...and each time through, there should be some audible change. Why, you ask? Audible changes tend to force even the most resistant of us toward in-the-moment-creativity while playing: Listen for it!
Student Performers are listed in the order of their experience in playing by ear, at the time of their recording. The earliest of the recordings was submitted in 2004, and the newest might be as recent as yesterday. Regardless of when it was recorded, they appear below in the order of each person's experience applying 'Piano Magic Thinkin' while playing their own composition on a piano, completely by ear.
All music is composed, performed and recorded by the students themselves...unless the person performing the member composition is ME.
An asterisk (*) beside the screen name means there's an additional recording by this performer, further down the timeline.
Student Compositions: Performed by the Instructor