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Key Skills Online 2021

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Professor Réamonn Keary and RIAM Chief Examiner Lorna Horan present the piano exam syllabus

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Professor Réamonn Keary and RIAM Chief Examiner Lorna Horan present the RIAM's annual workshop for piano teachers in an interactive online format over a day and a half.

Day One

Full Day - 10.00-16.00

Elementary to Grade V

Ray and Lorna will cover all repertoire from the new RIAM 2022 Piano Albums, with performances and discussion on all pieces, and tips on how to approach the technical and musical challenges in each.

Day Two

Half Day - 10.00-13.45

Grade VI to Grade VIII

Ray and Lorna delve into the current Grade VI to VIII books and also explore some of the alternative pieces.

Participants will be able to send Ray and Lorna questions throughout each day, and receive answers during the live Q & A sessions each day.

They will also receive a copy of the Key Skills Handbook, containing annotated scores for all pieces from the new Piano Albums by Réamonn Keary, and teaching notes for each grade by Lorna Horan.

Topics covered will include

• Recognising and conveying the style and character of each piece

• Suggesting teaching and practise methods to overcome the potential challenges in each piece

• Adding the finishing touches that turn an Honours performance into a Distinction

• Approaching the big exam day itself

About the Tutors

Réamonn Keary was educated at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland Maynooth and in Vienna as a private student of Prof Leonid Brumberg. He is highly-regarded as a chamber musician and has performed and recorded with many of the country’s top instrumentalists.

He is a Professor and former head of the Keyboard Faculty at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and is closely associated with the Local Centre examination system, having served as the Chairman of the Senior Examiners for many years.

Lorna Horan is a musician with extensive international experience. Her piano training began at the RIAM and she subsequently studied at the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester. She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Vancouver Academy of Music, where she undertook three years’ postgraduate work. Lorna is also a masters graduate of the RIAM.

Lorna has been the recipient of many distinctions and scholarships for her chamber music and solo playing. For the past fourteen years Lorna has been a Senior Examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


Ability: Piano Teachers

Tech: A computer or device with good internet access

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