“Lower the Rear End of the Elephant Slowly onto the Keys: Teaching Basic Artistic Concepts by Using Colorful Imagery”
Dr. Peter Mack, Piano
Friday, January 14, 2022
Masterclass: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
View Livestream at http://music.arizona.edu/live
This event is co-sponsored with the Fred Fox School of Music and the Tucson Music Teachers Association.
Our job as teachers is simple: know what to tell them and try to do it in a way that they will remember. In this talk Peter Mack shares, some of
his most memorable metaphors that help students technically, artistically, and intellectually. Find out exactly how the hippopotamus helps you count, when the little ﬁshies swim in the Sea of Chopin, and why the roof of the handy hen house had better not collapse!
About the Artist
Irish pianist Peter Mack is in great demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, adjudicator, and teacher. Celebrated for his moving playing, and his easy rapport with audiences, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, India, and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Paciﬁc International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Naturally, he is a Steinway artist! Peter Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-six concertos with orchestras. A choral scholar at Trinity College Dublin, and a fellow of Trinity College London, he has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Washington. His principal teachers were Frank Heneghan, and Bela Siki. In 2013, Dr. Mack received the extraordinary honor of being asked to deliver both the Advanced Piano Masterclass at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual convention in California, and the Masterclass for MTNA Winners at the biennial National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) in Illinois. His students are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions. He is the proud teacher of twenty MTNA national ﬁnalists, and three MTNA national ﬁrst place winners. Dr. Mack is Professor of Piano Performance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.