Piano Olympics is founded by renowned pianist and composer Alexander Peskanov. This is an unique opportunity to help our students to achieve better tone production through technique that is based on arm-weight / relaxation approach and to develop skills necessary to play more advanced repertoire.
The first Piano Olympics took place in 1991 in Kingsport, Tennessee and has been used with great success by the top-tiered piano teachers across USA. It is intended to serve as a proficiency test and a well-organized syllabus in a competitive or a non-competitive format. During the event, students are coached and evaluated as gymnasts or figure skaters, based on specific criteria, including rhythm, relaxation, wrist action, articulation, correct fingering and tone quality. The participants are evaluated in groups of 6-8 students, rotating for each technical requirement, drawing the keys and working intensely with Piano Olympics Consultant, who serves as evaluator and coach.
PESKANOV PIANO OLYMPICS BRIEF DESCRIPTION
The Piano Olympics is an event implementing the set of technical requirements described in Alexander Peskanov’s series of books and videos. This concept is the first of its kind and presents all the technical requirements traditionally used in Russian special music schools in technical exams taken by piano students. The participants are students involved in learning “The Russian Technical Regimen,” which teaches them better discipline, improves their technical skills, and helps them to become better pianists. The age of the participants in the program should not determine the level in which they perform. The Piano Olympics event is not designed as a competition. Everyone is a winner; there are no losers. Each participant feels as though he or she is a part of the same team.
The Piano Olympics is intended to serve as a proficiency test in piano technique and is a systematic process of developing the necessary technical skills required to play the piano repertoire. It consists of seven levels, as well as a preliminary level “C“. The first two are “Beginner” levels, the third is “Intermediate,” the fourth and fifth are “Advanced,” the sixth is “Virtuoso” and finally, the seventh level is “Super Virtuoso.” To advance from one level to the next, a student must complete all the necessary requirements and earn the required number of points. To enroll in any level of Piano Olympics, the student must have a signed recommendation from his or her teacher specifying the level in which the student may perform. When the student is able to pass the entered level, there are still a few options remaining. One is to repeat the same level and try for a higher score, or the student may try for a higher level and prepare more difficult requirements. The student’s teacher should always advise the student about this decision. The Piano Olympics program allows teachers to monitor the student’s progress and select the repertoire that would parallel the course of technical training. Perhaps this is one of the most important traditions of the Russian piano pedagogy – one that motivates the student by providing a more organized system of practicing.
Scoring system – Evaluation Sheet Categories
During the Piano Olympics, the students must pass the requirements for all the technical elements in the level they entered. The evaluation takes place in the presence of other students and works as a rotation. Prior to their performances, students draw lots which contain specific key assignments within each requirement.
Piano Olympic students will then be evaluated by a piano jury or “Piano Olympics Committee” consisting of certified teachers. This committee determines the readiness of the students for entering the following level, makes recommendations to their teachers, and judges the contestants in the following categories:
- Rhythm – All technical requirements are expected to be performed evenly and with a steady beat.
- Relaxation – The upper body must be totally relaxed. This includes: neck, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists and fingers.
- Wrist Action – The wrist action assists in converting the weight into sound and eliminates any tension. It should not be exaggerated nor should it create any discomfort in playing. The flexing motion should always be smooth with the wrist never moving too high or too low.
- Articulation – The fingers should always remain active and produce a clear, crisp sound.
- Tone Quality – The sound should never be forced or percussive – always natural. It should offer a wide range of dynamics.
- Correct Fingering – The fingering patterns must always be consistent and reflect the examples presented in Student Assignments Levels I and II, and
PIANO OLYMPICS MATERIALS at Peskanov.com