2020 Edward Auer Online Workshop
Dear Workshop Friends
After serious consideration for many weeks, we finally decided to hold the first Auer Online Workshop this summer, July 15-26.
Our piano education needs to continue, and thanks to young pianists’ continued expressions of comfort with online education we were able to find courage to do this.
2020 Auer online workshop syllabus:
Topic: Preparing performances and learning recording techniques
All of us have had the experience of making recordings to send for college applications, festivals or competitions. And we have had the experience of passing the recording round and then getting into the next. Many of us also have been rejected in the recording round. Whether accepted or rejected, we often do not know exactly why, since there are many factors involved for the judges. And later we wonder whether we did our best to make our recordings as good as possible.
This year the Auer Summer Online Workshop will focus on how to make good recordings, and our teachers will help you see how and what to learn from your own recordings, and from there how to improve your own playing.
With an experienced recording producer, Joe Patrych, we will learn how and where to set up microphones and cameras. Our producer will tell us many stories and examples of what works well and what doesn’t.
Individual lessons: Participants send recordings to their designated teachers before their lessons. Each teacher will listen to the student’s recording before the lesson and they will meet online (Tonerow, FaceTime and Zoom) to have the lesson. (Each participant will have three Individual lessons spaced across the workshop)
Open Class (Master Class): This will proceed the same way as the individual lessons. However these recorded lessons will be shared with the workshop participants. (This replaces the old style of master classes; each participant will have one Open Class with a designated teacher)
Meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Auer:
At the beginning of the workshop Mr. and Mrs. Auer will host a meeting with all the participants to talk about ‘How to Practice’. It is a complex subject and there are not clear answers for perfect practicing. However, mindfulness, concentration and having practicing agendas and goals are essential. We will share our experiences and we will have discussions with our participants.
Meetings with Joe Patrych, recording producer:
First meeting: Mr. and Mrs. Auer will host a meeting with Joe Patrych and participants on Zoom, meeting at least a week before the workshop to learn some basic recording techniques.
Second meeting: Q&A sessions: In the middle of the workshop we will have another meeting with Mr. Patrych.
Meeting with Richard Goode:
Mr. and Mrs. Auer will host a meeting with Richard Goode and the participants on Zoom. Our guest will talk about two or three participants’ Beethoven works with all of us. These two or three students’ recordings will be available for all of us to listen to before this meeting.
Meeting with Susan Wadsworth:
Mr. and Mrs. Auer will host a meeting with Susan Wadsworth and the participants on Zoom. Mrs. Wadsworth will give us her comments about a few participants’ recordings. And she will share her experiences of helping young musicians for the last 55 years through out YCA. Q&A sessions wlll be followed.
Auer Young Artist Concerts:
There will be four scheduled concerts on Youtube with our participants’ best recordings across the workshop. This will be open to the public.