This unique series teaches skills used by professional pianists to make their performances more expressive and dramatic. Students will explore five keys for achieving performance artistry: color, pedaling, rubato/rhythmic freedom, characterization and choreography. In-depth information helps students understand the concepts of balance, voicing, pedal techniques, and how to move at the piano. Titles: Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1 (Edvard Grieg) * Arioso for Right Hand Alone (Dennis Alexander) * Baba-Yaga (The Witch) Op. 39, No. 20 from Album for the Young (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky) * Bagatelle, Op. 6, No. 2 (Béla Bartók) * Bolero, from 11 Children’s Pieces, Op. 35, No. 4 (Alfredo Casella) * Consolation, Op. 30, No. 3 (Felix Mendelssohn) * Danse caractéristique, Op. 2, No. 6 (Vladimir Rebikov) * Élégie Op. 126, No. 7 from Album des Enfants, Bk. 2 (Cécile Chaminade).* La fuente y la campana (The Fountain and the Bell) from Paisajes (Frederico Mompou) * Maruntel (Quick Dance), Romanian Dance No. 6 (Béla Bartók) * May Night, Op. 27, No. 4 (Selim Palmgren) * Mazurka in B-flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1 (Frédéric Chopin) * Prelude in B Minor, Op. 28, No. 6 (Frédéric Chopin) * Scherzo in B-flat Major, D. 593 (Franz Schubert) * Sonnet for Alexis (Dennis Alexander) * Spanish Dance, No. 1 from 12 Spanish Dances, Op. 5 (Enrique Granados) * Spanish Dance, No. 2 from 12 Spanish Dances, Op. 5 (Enrique Granados) * To the Rising Sun, Op. 4, No. 1 (Trygve Torjussen) * Toccata Lyrica (Dennis Alexander) * Waltz, Op. 124, No. 4 (Robert Schumann) * Warrior’s Song, Op. 45, No. 15 (Stephen Heller).