Piano Teachers’ Course Live – January 2023

Pedalling, Classical Style and Exploring Sound & Colour

The Piano Teachers’ Course UK is pleased to offer a new series of online workshops for piano players and teachers. Hosted in partnership with Informance Publishing, these workshops will give you new ideas, inspiration and practical tips wherever you might be on your pianistic journey!

In our second set of workshops in this series, Kris Worsley and Jill Morton offered insights, inspiration and tips on pedalling, classical style and exploring sound and colour possibilities in 20th C repertoire.

Pedalling, Classical Style and Exploring Sound & Colour


Exploring Sound and Colour (11:30am – 12:30 GMT)

Creating different colours and sounds in repertoire from 1900 onwards

Known by many as the go-to for recordings of the ABRSM syllabus repertoire on YouTube, Jill Morton has amassed over 1 million views on the platform for her performances, and is a highly experienced soloist and accompanist. In this session, Jill will look at the evolution of piano repertoire from the Impressionists right through the 20th Century. She will explore how to create a variety of colours and sounds and to approach this repertoire both as a performer and a teacher. This session will stimulate your imagination and inspire you to delve deeper into this wonderful repertoire!

The Spirit of Classical Performance (13:00 – 14:00 GMT)

Pianists approaching classical repertoire often feel a little daunted by its strict style and clarity, and this can lead to a stifling of musical freedom in performance. Nevertheless, the musical language of classicism is built largely upon the spirit of improvisation figures, singing lines and dance rhythms – aspects which are too easily chocked by stiff performance.

In this session for teachers and performers, Kris Worsley will demonstrate several tried and tested methods by which you can learn to recognise the language of classical repertoire, and will show you exercises that can help give a greater sense of freedom in performance for both you and your students.

Pedalling with Authority in Classical Repertoire (14:15 – 15:15 GMT)

Pedalling in classical repertoire can generate a range of different opinions among pianists making it difficult to know what to do and who to listen to. In this session, Kris Worsley will be separating fact from opinion, looking at a number of surprising and interesting ways in which the damper system was used by Mozart and his contemporaries in order to support and enhance performance.

Knowledge and understanding will help you to use a more informed judgment when pedalling in your own performances, and teachers will learn to guide their students with greater authority. Kris will start you on this journey by demonstrating how these principles can be applied to a number of choice works from classical repertoire, including pieces listed on current exam syllabuses.

Format & ticket options

If you missed this event, you can still purchase access to the recordings to watch at your convenience. The videos for the sessions have been created from the footage recorded in the studio and therefore are significantly better quality than the streamed versions.

Tickets for all three sessions cost £50 (Online Academy subscribers and PTC Alumni get 40% off) and can be purchased here or individually for £25 (£15 for Online Academy subscribers & PTC alumni) via the following links:

Information and links for purchasing access to recordings from other workshops in this series is available from this link.

Please click here for more information about how our online events work or click here to contact us if you have any other questions.

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