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In December 2012 I posted daily articles about what I’ve learned about playing for ballet class. Maybe I should have called it “becoming a ballet pianist” because the process never stops. I’ve noticed that they get quite a few hits, but it’s difficult to see the whole series at once and choose the links you’re most interested in. So here – thanks to the wonderful List Category Posts plugin from WordPress – are all those posts linked on a single page, with excerpts from each one. Click on the link to read the full articles.

Links to my articles about playing for ballet class

6 thought on “Playing for ballet class: a page of tips”
  1. Oh, great to have these all in one place.

    I’ll be in London for the Jette Parker audition Sunday through Wednesday – if you have any time in those days, would love to meet for coffee & a chat if the offer still stands!

  2. This is a fabulous website! I wish this had been available back in my heyday. I was the primary rehearsal/class pianist for the San Francisco Ballet for a period of 7 years back in the 70’s-80’s until I left for Las Vegas to become a poker dealer (long story). Since then I’ve played maybe a total of 5 classes, period. But your tip about getting a fiddle book (why didn’t I think of that?!) almost makes me want to get back into it again! You’re absolutely right about the frustrations of never having enough petit allegro music. I think that’s one of the main reasons I quit the profession, the endless search for new, fresh music. Keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks so much for the great feedback. I keep this blog because there are so many things that took me years to learn, but which I could have put into practice much earlier if I’d known about them. It’s great to know that the work is appreciated. Sounds like an interesting life story!

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Jonathan Still, ballet pianist