I am writing this course hoping to expose the newly-excited, first-time student to a musical world far, far larger than that taught in traditional courses, unbound by the rigors of analytic note-learning and theory notions memorization structured in an organic, easy to follow set of lessons.
This course uses pieces composed by Bela Bartok in Vol. I of his wonderful collection entitled "Mikrokosmos", a set of six volumes, 153 delightful pieces.
You will advance as a pianist right from the start, with all concepts explained through targeted musical sessions, developing your inner ear and artistic intelligence in parallel with mastering piano dexterity.
The end of the course will bring you a level of understanding of musical pieces of not only score-reading and analysis but how to go deeper than the score and add your own piano interpretation into the musical act.
Learn about ancient and folkloric modes, before playing your first complete modal piece.
Mihai Stanescu started his piano career at the tender age age of 4 in Bucharest. From 1989 to 2001 he studied at the National Music High-school “Dinu Lipatti” where he graduated the piano class with highest grade. The next 5 years were dedicated to further develop his musical studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest, studying composition as well as continuing his piano studies. He has held numerous concerts in Bucharest, Bacau, Brasov and other cities in Romania, as well as in France, Germany Moldova, Malaysia and Indonesia.
As a piano teacher he has been teaching piano classes for eight years, to students age 3-62, with or without previous musical training, as well as teaching music in international schools in Malaysia and Indonesia for over four years, teaching Early years, Primary and Secondary Music class.
With over 25 years of piano studies, his style of performing shows remarkable adaptability, touching genres from baroque to modern, jazz and contemporary music.