PIANO MASTER COURSES
'Idea-Image-Technique' in Olsztyn
and Rzeszˇw (2008 - ...), Poland.
Our Vision, Mission,
Values and Methods.
Our purpose is, to become the most
innovative and effective professional piano schooling unit that provides
methodical help to as large amount of piano students and teachers
worldwide, as possible.
We are striving to equip the Participants of our Workshops/Courses with such
piano professional skills, which definitely would help them to accomplish
their artistic aspirations.
To achieve this purpose, we work in close collaboration as well with our
Students and theirs Teachers, as even – if possible – with theirs Parents,
building a warm, cordial and very friendly interpersonal relationships
between our staff and all of above maintained groups.
Doing our work, we obey the highest ethical standards and create such mental
and material environment, which could attract the most talented
professionals to become our partners and, on the other hand – that would
encourage piano students from around the World to come to us and try to
solve their problems with our teachers.
amount of actual and former piano students suffer from various problems –
as the muscular pains and even serious mental disorders, caused by the
clearly unnatural, mainly – mechanical approach to the piano.
why our mission is to contribute to the artistic piano education the newer
and more rational schooling system based on the Chopin's and Neuhaus'
Formula, which definitely brings very many positive changes to the entire
process. The game is NOT OVER! Majority of depressing troubles in playing
the piano could surely be removed quite fast and, consequently, very many
students would be able to come back to the piano and do music with as
greater joy, they have ever dreamed about! Helping to achieve the practical
skills via adequately-guided artistic creative thinking and factually
natural approach to manual aspects of the piano playing – is our final
Our mission is being completed via:
1. Involving piano youth in the
individually modified educational and self-educational process.
2. Using the
specific methods, which are focusing the ours Course Participants'
attention on possibilities to change the artistically incompletely active
students, reliant on their tutors' will and knowledge, into the skillful,
intellectually independent, compassionate, responsible and creative
individuals. Somebody can say – that's impossible! We say – one at first
should try by himself before he decides, what is factually possible, and
what is not...
Supporting the Course Participants to establish the artistically valuable piano
technical system based upon the famous Chopin's Method.
The Values, we are regarding as the most actual in our
Piano Workshop/Master Course is a vigilant educational institution; our
staff is highly-motivated, team-oriented and dedicated to the piano
students and piano teachers, with whom we operate through variety of piano
Here you are the basic values, which
live at the heart of our mind:
- The dedication to the highest professionalism
in teaching via usage of artistically profitable and humanly adequate
- The respect for all of our Partners
- The dedication to activity based on
the honesty, the equality and a respect for the human laws.
Piano Workshop/Master Course is dedicated to upholding the highest ethical
standards and principles throughout our activity, both in letter and in
Practices and methods being in use
in our Courses – generally:
lecturers co-operating with the Idea-Image-Technique Piano Workshop & Master Courses are used to use the very
effective pedagogic system, targeted on the future self-educative needs of
ours Participants. This system is based on the following practices and
A. Organizationally: individual piano lessons,
still open to all the persons, who potentially might be interested in;
training in improvisation – in small groups, as well open to the audience;
recitals, symphonic concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra, open
discussions. We simply do not accept any closed door.
B. Methodical contents:
1. Practicing that should start from understanding of musical Idea hidden
in the each one studied piece of music.
2. Practicing that activates Fantasy and forms a basis for the
3. Practicing, which is based on persistent comparing the gained
sounding results with the formerly created virtual patterns of the particular
sound, motive, phrase, etc.
4. Sharing the experience and discussing the achieved results in the
5. Commitment to the values of doing ones best, respecting and
caring for others.
6. Using the
outdoor activities as truly necessary model of the active recreation.
Practices and methods in use – in
1. Essentials of Playing and Teaching
We focus the students' attention on
the techniques and methods related to different schooling levels –
separately. They are being motivated for carrying on the self-guided
searches for more and more effective methods of work. Students become
prepared for self-reliant analyzes and led to practical attempts to
independent studies on music and the piano, using the methods, they become
acquainted with. Our participants are persistently invited to observe the
professional teaching in the open-classes given by all of the very
competent tutors working at the Course.
2. Piano Instrumental Skills
The Course Participants become
informed of the broad range of issues related to the modern piano schooling.
The topics include strategies of practicing, memorization, sight-reading,
liberation from stress and even etiquette of the public performance.
3. Manual and Virtual Aspects of
Attention of the Course Participants
is being focused – generally – on the integration between physical and
mental aspects of playing the piano via:
- Analyze of manual aspects of
playing the piano (anatomy and physiology) in relation to the virtual
aspects of technique of playing the piano.
- Analyze of virtual aspects of
playing and teaching the piano (the reading process, techniques of
memorizing, visualizing, anticipative hearing, stress-free performance) and
their connections and relations with manual factors of and in playing the
The Course Participants are welcomed
to improve their improvising skills: no one kind of musical activity as
intensely enlarges ones musicality as the improvisation does. How to deal
with melody, rhythm, harmony, phrasing and Form in the same time and
totally ex tempore...? That is why our lessons of improvisation are
putting the very essential touch on the results of the Idea-Image-Technique
5. Playing together: Chamber Music
Course Participants who would like to
present any form of chamber music are especially warmly Welcomed!
Habitually, our Course Participants just autonomously try to experience any
possible form of the ensemble playing, among all, accompanying the
Colleagues, playing pieces composed for the four hands, two pianos,
improvising and calling for a help the vocalists or other instrumentalists.
6. Piano History and Literature
The representative piano works from
F. Couperin and J. S. Bach up to the works of W. Lutoslawski, P. Boulez and
of the Russian, German, American, Chinese or Japanese modern composers, are
presented and analyzed by the Participants of our Workshop – of course, in
the very close co-operation with the Tutors here.
7. Piano Teaching Literature
The Course Participants become
informed about the actual piano methodical literature that is presented,
analyzed and interpreted at individual lessons as well, as at the
group-work in our Workshop course.
Instead of conclusion:
As an entire team, we strive to
understand, accept and respect the individual differences in thinking and
experiencing Music, Arts and Humanity by the Participants of our Courses.
In our searches for the possibly best artistic and educational results,
diversity is not a project we just try complete, but the unique and sole
way, the real results, in our opinion, might ever be achieved.
Photos by Mr. B. Sobota and Mr. Gregory
Beer. Thank you!