The Piano Lesson: Moonlight Sonata Piano
Mini piano lessons and a new moonlight sonatas for beginners are coming to Irish music schools.
The piano lesson is being taught by Dr Michael Ryan, a former Irish national master and lecturer at Dublin University, and the moonlight piano lessons are being taught at The University of Ulster’s College of Music.
Mr Ryan said they had been given a big boost from their first batch of students.
“The students have come back and we have seen a huge increase in the number of students, so it’s really exciting,” he said.
“They have all come back to share what they learned and it’s a really good learning experience for the students, the teachers and for the music department.”
The piano lessons will be taught by the University of East Anglia’s Professor Michael Ryan (left) and the University College Dublin’s Professor Andrew Rennie (right).
“The aim is to make the students feel they are learning music from an authoritative source rather than being guided by a teacher,” he explained.
“It will help them to develop their confidence, their confidence to sing and play the piano in a natural way, without the guidance of a teacher.”
He added that they were working with the Irish National Institute of Arts to get the lessons out into the world.
The moonlight lessons are available to the public at the University’s Music Library.
They are not meant to be a permanent fixture at the school, but Dr Ryan said he was excited about how they would be used.
“This is an opportunity for us to introduce new students to Irish culture and to introduce them to our musical tradition and the way it was written,” he stated.
“I am delighted to see that they are enjoying them and they will be coming back.”
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