First let me introduce myself. My name is Richard Breyer and I have had the privilege of being Fred Karpoff’s partner in creating The 3-D Piano Method. I filmed and edited the series and I also edit this newsletter.
This edition of Soundpoint marks a new chapter in our journey, and we thought it would be appropriate for me to step out of the shadows.
It has been seven years since we started making plans and camera tests that led to The 3-D Piano Method. We are proud and more than a little surprised that the DVD’s and workbook are used in piano studios and universities across the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.
When Fred attends conferences or gives workshops, he makes an effort to find out, firsthand, how his colleagues are using 3-D Piano. It has been gratifying to learn that the series has helped thousands of teachers propel their students to higher levels of achievement. And it has also been heartening to learn that Fred’s pedagogy has assisted many musicians to overcome excess tension or even injury, while improving the quality of their music.
We learned that some teachers would have liked more direct instructions on ways to use 3-D Piano. Others told us they would have liked short, supplementary video modules to share with their students.
In the five years since we launched 3-D Piano, video technology and the internet has changed the way many of us do business. The DVD is no longer the way to deliver video, and online instruction is becoming a common feature of all forms of education.
Fred and I look forward to participating in this new paradigm and responding to the suggestions many of you have made about shorter, more “direct” modules.
Like all change, especially those connected to technology, it is important to move forward without losing what was valuable in the past. Face-to-face lessons or classes between teachers and students remain irreplaceable. However, the digital age offers opportunities to provide tools and community to support what happens in the studio or classroom.
In light of all of this, we have come up with a new series called Entrada Piano Technique.
The basic element of Entrada is modules of 1-4 minutes that teachers can integrate into their lessons or classes as they see fit. Or they may assign modules to their students to integrate into their practice routines.
There will be core modules that integrate sound, gesture, and music covering the ‘how’ of piano playing— how to improve arpeggios, octaves, tremolos, trills, repeated chords, pedaling, and other pianistic elements. And there will be units built around repertoire pieces where Fred will apply the technical skills to “real music” from the standard literature.
Our vision is to provide modules that contain three-dimensional principles in a wide range of beginner through intermediate repertoire. And we plan to continually add to the Entrada library, responding to what Fred and Entrada subscribers discover in their studios, classrooms and concert halls.
Additionally, we plan to design an Entrada website that will be a place for teachers to share how they use the modules. Entrada is not a “one-size-fits-all” program. We expect the website will contain a wide variety of examples of how pianists and teachers are using the modules.
We hope to hold workshops and Webinars that will also offer examples of teaching techniques, ways of using Entrada and other supplementary materials. Our dream is to have two-day events in cities in the US, Europe and in Asia where this process of sharing and learning will continue. Those living near these cities will attend the workshops in the traditional way, while those who live elsewhere will attend via the internet.
New Years is one of my favorite holidays. Not because of the champagne and silly hats. They’re okay, sometimes. New Years is important because it reminds me that there are times to start afresh, begin a new chapter. And that’s what Entrada represents to Fred and to me.
Entrada is a work-in-progress. We are filming modules and meeting with our design team to decide the best way to stream the modules, make the website accessible and serve the community that subscribes to this newsletter. We look forward to launching Entrada this summer.
We would deeply appreciate your suggestions, advice, anything that you think might be helpful. We thank you in advance.