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U of O School of Music: Lara Downes Virtual Residency: Piano Master Class and Discussion “Music by Female BIPOC Composers”
May 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am
These workshops will be the culminating events involving students from the MUE 473/573 Piano Pedagogy class and teachers from the Eugene chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA). In advance of the events, UO piano students and local Eugene piano students will learn pieces by black female composers including Florence Price and Margaret Bonds. The master class will feature students performing the works for Ms. Downes, who will teach a class on how to perform and teach this music. This project will help UO piano pedagogy students and OMTA teachers to learn more about music written by these composers, how to discover more BIPOC music for teaching, and encourage inclusion of these composers in the teaching repertoire.
This event will also utilize the Yamaha Disklavier, an acoustic player piano that can reproduce every nuance of a performance and stream it remotely. As a Yamaha artist, Ms. Downes will teach the master class remotely from a Yamaha Disklavier at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and participating students will perform from a corresponding Yamaha Disklavier at the UO School of Music and Dance.