Dani - 2014-02-18 20:15:40My newest book came in the mail this week. Erik Satie's "Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes and Other Works for Piano" contains 172 pages of his original pieces. I've been hearing a lot of his works flood my Pandora stations lately, and many of them are not too complicated to learn, especially for novice players–perfect for some of my students. Sometimes just sticking to a workbook's curriculum gets tiresome and uninteresting for the students who are ready to advance to something more meaningful. For them, these pieces offer a chance to learn something new and challenging, while at the same time satisfying that urge to work on serious music. It's also more fun for me to teach.
The majority of my time lately has been focused and preparing for this upcoming 5-week EDM Lab Workshop, which will take place in LA. When I first was told about this course, it sounded to me like a casual workshop event. But when I learned it was a 3-hour class that meets twice a week for 5 weeks, I immediately compared the instruction time to a typical graduate seminar course, which meets twice a week for 1.5 hours over the course of 10 weeks. It totals 30 hours. That means I will be teaching a course that offers the same amount of instruction as a graduate seminar. I'm looking at this the same way I would if I was a professor preparing to teach an electronic music course at a university, because effectively that is what this is. I've been working with others on developing the curriculum, editing the syllabus, preparing presentation slides, notes for the students, examples, planning when to invite guests speakers, examining the space where the course will be taught, and making all the other necessary preparations. After seeing how much preparation is involved in setting up a course like this, I certainly have a great deal more respect for my college professors.