ABRSM: Grade 5 Piano Technique Requirements

Today’s video covers the ABRSM’s grade 5 piano technique requirements. This includes scales and arpeggios. I’ll be playing with the metronome in this video at the required speeds, and will label each technique on the screen as I play them. I’ve also done the RCM equivalent of thiside vo, which you can check out here.…

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6 Week Piano Course starts tomorrow! Q&A

Hey friends, Since the 6 week course is beginning tomorrow, I just wanted to sit down and answer some questions, give some more general information, and talk about the future a little. Enjoy! xo, Allysia

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Cut Time (and how it’s different from common time)

In today’s episode we’re going to talk about something seemingly simple – cut time. We haven’t talked about time signatures in a good long while on this channel (see our videos on 4/4, ¾, and 6/8), so I figured now was a good time to tackle this oft-confusing time signature. We’ll look at what cut…

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Join the 6 week piano mini-course!

Hi all! After the 30 days of piano course, you guys were asking me what was next on the horizon. Well I’m excited to share with you our newest course, which will be a 6-week live course. Check out this page, and the video, for complete details. I hope you’ll join us – who doesn’t…

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Join the 30 Days of Piano Group!

Hey friends, Due to the success of the “30 days of piano” course from September, we’ve made it permanently available for purchase. You can still participate in the active Facebook group and go through all of the videos at your own pace! Please visit this page for more details, and check out the video update.…

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Beethoven’s Fur Elise: The “Stairway to Heaven” of Piano

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to be talking about Bagatelle no. 25 in A minor (WoO 59) by Beethoven – but it goes by the much more common name of “Fur Elise”. This is one of Beethoven’s most famous pieces, and arguably the most famous piano piece of all time. It’s been a…

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All About the Musical Bagatelle: Short & Light Pieces

Today we’re going to talk about the musical form the “bagatelle”. We’ve talked about other forms on this channel, from the simple waltz to the complex sonata – and to wind up for the next video (on a very famous bagatelle), we’re going to tackle this one today. In this video we’re going to talk…

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Grade 5 RCM Technique Requirements

Today’s video covers the RCM’s grade 5 piano technique requirements (updated for the 2015 syllabus). This includes scales, triads and arpeggios. I’ll be playing with the metronome in this video at the MINIMUM required speeds (feel free to go a little faster), and will label each technique on the screen as I play them. Coming…

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My Favorite Grade 5 Books (RCM)

In today’s video, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite Grade 5 books. These books have pieces that are either in the RCM syllabus or ABRSM syllabus for grade 5 (and I’ll make note of which is which as we go). There are so many great books at this level, and I…

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All About Rondo Form in Music

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to explore what rondo form is in music. We’ve explored other long forms on this channel before such as the sonata – and they belong to a similar era. Classical-era musicians really liked their complex forms! We’ll talk about what a rondo form is, and we’ll use a…

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