WELCOME TO PIANO ENSEMBLES LOS ANGELES
PLAYING WITH OTHERS CREATES A FOUNDATION FOR PIANO STUDY
Can you imagine ten hands playing
five grand pianos arranged in a circle tail to tail?
The grandeur of one piano is magnified five times over.
Listen to the sound of five Steinway grand pianos. Audio
J. S. Bach, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring-Video
THE VALUE OF TEAM WORK
In the music business a team of musicians is called an ensemble. What’s the difference between five people playing pianos in the same room and Team Piano? Cohesive listening. As a team, each pianist learns to play accurate rhythm and blend their volume and tone. Each team member plays exactly with the others using their listening skills.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF ENSEMBLES
Ensembles all have in common the challenge of playing together and sounding like one cohesive group. Orchestras are the largest ensemble but there are many different sized ensembles between the full orchestra and a piano duet.
START A PIANO CLUB
Consider starting a piano club with your friends. The piano is normally a very solitary instrument. For young pianists, Team Piano provides a chance to enjoy the piano as a social experience. The same is true for adult pianists, and additionally, the team offers more mature pianists a performance outlet for skills that have been developed over a lifetime. All students, no matter what their age, deepen and broaden their skills by participating in Team Piano.
TEAM PIANO PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Team Piano/Piano Ensembles Los Angeles is open to the wider community of piano teachers and students. Sightreading is not required and the music can be taken home for practice. Music and lessons are structured so pianists work together on polishing a piece of music together. We do some sightreading as time allows but the primary focus is on learning two pieces of music each semester. There is a Team Piano performance at the end of each semester. Team Piano is an experience you’ll never forget. It’s also a lot of fun
STUDENTS IN TEAM PIANO:
Build listening skills
Sharpen rhythm skills
Learn to work with other musicians
Build confidence in their musicianship
Enjoy team camraderie
Make music with their peers
Enjoy the piano as a social experience