Our Vision, Mission, Values and Methods...





 'Idea-Image-Technique' in Olsztyn (2002-2007)

 and Rzeszˇw (2008 - ...), Poland.


Our Vision, Mission, Values and Methods.




 Vision statement:


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.


 Mission statement:


Countless 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.


That is 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 mission.


 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...


3. 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 work:


Idea-Image-Technique International 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 schooling techniques.


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 methods.


- The respect for all of our Partners and Participants.


- The dedication to activity based on the honesty, the equality and a respect for the human laws.


Idea-Image-Technique International Piano Workshop/Master Course is dedicated to upholding the highest ethical standards and principles throughout our activity, both in letter and in spirit.



 Practices and methods being in use in our Courses – generally:

The 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 methods:


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 anticipative hearing.


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 small groups.


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 details:


1. Essentials of Playing and Teaching the Piano.


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 Piano Playing


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 piano.


4. Improvisation


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 Workshop/Master Course.


5. Playing together: Chamber Music and Accompaniment


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!


Actualized: 2009-02-27