The year’s study plan is based on the personalised method for teaching the piano to children developed by the renowned school of Italian pianist Maria Tipo. In Maria Tipo’s teaching, the construction of technique in the pianist has never been separated from attention to sound and tone, from the constant seeking for a cantabile sound quality, for legato and for differentiation in a wide range of possible approaches to finger-strokes. The aim has always been to give voice to a musical idea that is logical and expressive, from the pianist’s earliest years of study.
The course teacher and coordinator is Enrico Stellini, who will hold two lessons a month for eight months, October to May.
During these eight months students will have a third lesson from one of the eminent exponents of the Maria Tipo school, who will teach two lessons each during the academic year: Andrea Lucchesini (Scuola di Musica of Fiesole), Pietro De Maria (Mozarteum Salzburg), Ricardo Castro (Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais of Freiburg), Filippo Gamba (Musik-Akademie of Basel).
The course will consist of 24 lessons: 16 with the course teacher and 8 with the other teachers.
To apply for admission candidates must be no older than 24
Applications must reach our offices by 31 May 2019.
Entrance exams will be held on 19 and 20 June 2019.
Candidates who apply for admission are responsible for keeping themselves informed about the day and time of the auditions, which will be held at the Accademia in Pinerolo.
Programme for the entrance exam:
- One piece by J. S. Bach
- First movement of a classical Sonata
- One étude
- One Romantic or Modern piece
Payments of enrolment and tuition fees must be made by bank transfer on the following bank account details:
Bank: INTESA SAN PAOLO
Account held to: ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA ONLUS
address: PIAZZA SAN DONATO 37 – PINEROLO
At a time when people are wondering whether it is still possible to talk about “schools” of piano method, we believe it is important to stress that a Maria Tipo “school” certainly does exist. Maria Tipo is not only one of the major pianists of the 20th century, but also an exceptional teacher. While pursuing a brilliant concert career, she still taught all her life, shaping the talents of many pianists still performing today, most of whom are teachers in their turn.
Maria Tipo concentrated particularly on developing a method for teaching children: some of her pupils had their very first lessons with her, as she trained them in the fundamentals of piano technique. In Maria Tipo’s teaching, the construction of technique in the pianist has never been separated from attention to sound and tone, from the constant seeking for a cantabile sound quality, for legato and for differentiation in a wide range of possible approaches to finger-stroke. The aim has always been to give voice to a musical idea that is logical and expressive, beginning from the pianist’s earliest years of study.
The teaching method is based mainly on a wide range of very effective exercises on the piano, played with great precision (however simple and elementary the piece might be) until the student is able to achieve a performance that is not only correct, but also musically resolved. Beginning with scales, which must be played at every lesson, listened to with scrupulous attention and repeated until the execution has legato, speed, uniformity of sound and, above all, has a cantabile tone quality.
Another fundamental aspect of the Maria Tipo school is the choice of repertoire. First the classics – Bach, Mozart and Beethoven – so that, with immense patience, the student develops a complete range of piano skills. Bach’s rigorous instrumental polyphony is at the centre of constant work on clarity and differentiation of the voices, which requires maximum attention to detail and precision, beginning from the simplest pieces. Then Mozart for cantabile and finger agility, Beethoven for formal structure and more developed and varied piano skills. And on through the entire piano canon, neglecting no area, but rather insisting that even the work on the composer the student finds most difficult is carried out successfully, so that no aspect of piano technique and music is left unexplored. The ultimate purpose of this comprehensive work is to identify the repertoire most suited to each individual pianist, creating a precise, personal learning pathway.
Virtuosity in instrument skills (which includes also complete awareness and mastery of pedal use) was the outcome of the work completed. It was achieved naturally and with a solidity guaranteed by the systematic approach, where no intermediate step is omitted, even for a hugely talented student.
The pianists who were trained by Maria Tipo were able to benefit from her great experience as a concert artist, which constantly informed her teaching. The result was precise attention to creating study programmes, to preparing students for competitions and later for concerts, where absolutely nothing was left to chance.
Rigorous training in instrument skills was inextricably linked with a series of rules for living: students were required to organise their studies well, to participate in the activities of their fellow music students, to listen to concerts and recordings, and to take on a role in the teaching of younger pupils, gradually developing from students into teachers.
This has been a brief attempt to explain a very distinctive teaching method. The core of Maria Tipo’s method is training in piano skills, which is the reason why we believe that this course should be open to very young music students. And as Tipo was convinced that talent was extremely important, we require that students accepted into the course possess a strong aptitude for music.