The Winter Repertoire Challenge is ideal for players of all ages, and offers a great opportunity for developing your Active Repertoire at the piano. Are you up for it?
The Winter months offer a great space for spending time practising and playing the piano. Inevitably, most of us devote longer to our indoor pursuits at this time of year, so it’s no wonder that this is a popular time for both playing music and attending concerts.
It’s always especially refreshing to learn new music, and of course Winter in the northern hemisphere includes the Christmas season, for which many players add festive favourites to their repertoire, which they don’t play for the rest of the year.
But let’s not forget to also continue playing our favourite evergreen repertoire pieces, ensuring that we always have a good answer to the simple question What Can You Play?
In fact, it’s this question which underlines the importance of developing an Active Repertoire…
An Active What?
I have written here before about the need for pianists to take the time to enjoy playing the piano, not just working at it. And I am on a mission to enthuse players everywhere to develop an Active Repertoire.
The Winter Repertoire Challenge is rooted in this vision, and is one of a series of challenges offered to piano players everywhere via the Pianodao website.
There are two parts to the challenge:
Firstly, the Challenge encourages players to list three pieces that are performance-ready and commit to:
1. Play the three pieces regularly – if possible, daily. For most players this should only take a few minutes.
2. Try to memorise them. Allow the memorisation process to be as natural and unforced as possible over the coming months.
3. Play the pieces to others. Perform to family and friends as much as possible. The holiday season may offer up some very special, memorable opportunities to do so.
Secondly, the Challenge encourages players to learn a selection of brand new pieces really well, with a view to refreshing and updating our Active Repertoire each season.
The Winter Repertoire Challenge sheet includes nine spaces to list the new pieces you would like to play really well, although you don’t need to fill this list completely. Obviously, some works offer a bigger challenge and longer journey than others!
Your Winter Sheet
Feel free to print off as many copies of these Active Repertoire Challenge sheets as you wish (for non-commercial use):
Use the sheet to hold yourself (and students) to account:
Making a written list makes it official!
If you are a teacher, think about opportunities for your students to perform their Active Repertoire pieces, and listen to their selections regularly in lessons.
If you are a player, make sure you keep your Winter Repertoire Sheet with your piano music and use it to the full.
More info: Getting Started Guide
’Tis the Season…
For those looking to brighten up the winter months with a special festive version of the Winter Repertoire Challenge, the Christmas Repertoire Challenge sheet is also available here:
Christmas is one of those times in the year when having a few party pieces up our sleeves is particularly important – and of course, family and friends are always keen to hear us play their seasonal favourites, so it’s worth adding those into the Active Repertoire mix through November – December.
The Christmas Repertoire Challenge sheet can be used however you like, whether as an additional supplement or alternative to the Winter Repertoire Challenge sheet, but some suggestions for use are shown on the Sheet itself.
As always, the choice is with each player. And however you use the Christmas Repertoire Challenge sheets, I hope that it will make a positive contribution to your piano journey over the next few weeks!
Looking for ideas of good seasonal sheet music publications? Try here:
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