CPTP137: Randy Faber on a New American Piano Technique

randy faber new american piano technique

I sincerely doubt Randy Faber needs any introduction to most piano teachers. He is one of the creators of the extremely popular Piano Adventures method books, and regularly speaks on pedagogy and performs across the world.

I’m delighted to have Randy on the podcast today to share his thoughts on piano technique. His experience working with both students and teachers gives him a unique and invaluable insight into how we move at the piano.

Randy Faber on the Creative Piano Teaching Podcast

In this episode, Randy Faber gives his thoughts on arm movements, 3D playing, legato for beginning students and Hanon exercises. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this superstar of the piano pedagogy world!

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • How Nancy and Randy got started in teaching
  • The beginnings of the Piano Adventures method books
  • Why patterns are so important for great teaching
  • Where the “American” piano technique comes from
  • How Randy feels about big arm movements
  • When legato should come in a student’s development
  • What’s coming up at Piano Adventures

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