The Spring Repertoire Challenge is ideal for players of all ages, and offers a great starting point for developing and building an Active Repertoire at the piano. Are you up for it?
Welcome to a Fresh Start!
Spring always appears as a time of invigorating beginnings, optimism, and new challenges. But as piano players, it’s as important as ever to build on the foundations that we have already carefully developed.
Having new projects is always exciting, but let’s not forget to continue playing our favourite pieces, ensuring that we always have a good answer to the most simple question a musician is asked: What Can You Play?
And 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 Spring Repertoire Challenge is rooted in this vision.
There are two parts to the challenge:
Firstly, the Challenge encourage players to list three pieces that are performance-ready. Throughout the coming season commit to:
1. Play the three pieces regularly. For most players this should only take a few minutes at the start of their daily practice.
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. Share your favourite music with family and friends as often as possible!
Secondly, the Challenge encourages players to learn a selection of brand new pieces over the coming months.
The Spring Repertoire Sheet includes nine spaces to list the best new pieces that you learn.
With renewal and fresh energy in the air, what a great opportunity to sit down at the piano and tackle a host of new music which can be honed and polished for performance as required.
Your Spring Sheet
Use the sheet to hold yourself (and your students) to account:
Making a written list makes it official!
You can download your FREE Spring Repertoire Challenge Sheet below, and feel free to also distribute the sheets to other players and students:
If you are a teacher, think about opportunities for your students to perform their Active Repertoire pieces, and listen to them regularly in lessons.
If you are a player, make sure you keep your Spring Repertoire Sheet with your piano music and use it to the full.
Either way, challenge yourself and others to develop an ongoing Active Repertoire!
More info: Getting Started Guide