Martin Söderberg routinely offers Master Classes, Seminars and Workshops on a variety of subjects at Universities, Colleges and Music Conservatories throughout Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. His amiable and entertaining approach to teaching, coupled with his emphasis on technique, interpretation, style, pedal work, etc, has proven invaluable to students of all ages and levels. He welcomes invitations to offer a combination of Master classes, Seminars, and Performances. These activities could occupy one full day or up to three days.
Martin Söderberg coaches students of all ages and levels. A strong emphasis on technical solutions to challenging passages, as well as on a personal interpretation of each piece, has helped hundreds of students from all over the globe understand and appreciate new levels and layers of the pieces that they currently play, resulting in a more successful performance of these pieces. Mr. Söderberg continues to coach many of the students that he meets during his travels through Skype.
SEMINAR 1 - “THE ART OF PUBLIC PERFORMANCE” (for pianists)
A Master Class-type course, this seminar, taught by Martin Söderberg, emphasizes performance aspects such as understanding and portraying the true meaning of the music and making choices regarding tempo, dynamics, expression, use of pedal, etc. Discover the mysteries of a pianist's interpretation. This seminar opens the door where music notation ends. Where do you draw the line between "interpreting" and "re-composing" a piano piece? There will be a discussion on topics such as attitude on stage, proper preparation for a performance, how to deal with stage fright, and much more.
SEMINAR 2 – "THE RELAXATION TECHNIQUE OF PIANO PLAYING"
A detailed analysis of all aspects of a well rounded piano technique as well as a practice guide
1. Improve your technique and acquire greater facility by learning how , why and when to use different motions, arm movements, etc.
2. Improve memorization, sight -reading skills, sense of phrasing and legato, rules of good fingering, pedaling, etc.
3. Increase your stamina, concentration, mental endurance.
4. Develop an enjoyable daily practice routine by correcting destructive practice habits and learning to replace them with constructive ones.
5. Build a large repertoire and learn how to “keep” a great number of pieces in performance level.
SEMINAR 3 - “THE MAKING OF A SUCCESSFUL YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN”
A successful career as a performing artist must follow a series of steps similar to those of any successful business venture. There has to be a business plan with a timeline that starts with a vision, then creation of a product, testing of the product, marketing and finally selling of the product. Martin Söderberg shows how to accomplish these steps, one at a time, and when is a student ready for the next phase of his/her development as a young professional musician.
SEMINAR 4 - "THE CONTRIBUTION OF SPANISH COMPOSERS TO THE PIANO REPERTOIRE"
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF SPANISH PIANO MUSIC
Use of Phrygian mode and Phrygian Cadence
The Spanish Mordent
Use of Ternary Form
Gyspy influence (cante jondo, the deep song)
Extended use of rich folkloric themes, rhythms. etc
Sounds of guitar, castanets, clapping
2.HOW SPANISH PIANO MUSIC CONTRIBUTES TO THE REPERTOIRE OF PIANISTS
Repertoire choices for Beginner students
Repertoire choices for Intermediate students
Repertoire choices for Advanced students
Repertoire choices for Professional pianists
3. A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The Evolution of the Andalusian Musical idiom
The Nationalist Movement in Spain – Zarzuela
Brief commentaries on the most Universal Spanish Composers:
Padre Antonio Soler and the generation of priests composers (18th Century)
Isaac Albeniz and the Spanish ‘Soul”
Enrique Granados, the poet of the piano
Manuel de Falla and the use of folkloric elements
AT THE END OF THE SEMINAR, MR. SöDERBERG WILL PERFORM ONE PIECE THAT CONTAINS MOST OF THE ELEMENTS ANALYZED DURING THE SEMINAR.