When I was at UCLA, I auditioned for and got into an Advanced Piano class. This was the highest level of piano performance study in the Music Department, and I was honored to have been accepted.
It was a salon, held from 2 – 5 pm once a week. Students wandered in, waited their turn while others played, and then when it was their turn, played the piece they were working on, received criticism, and then left. It was taught by Joanna Harris, who was the wife of the great American composer Roy Harris. Joanna was by that time white-haired, flamboyantly dressed, and thought of herself as absolutely gorgeous despite her age, which was probably 75. She would listen, critique, rhapsodize, and essay on her students’ musical assets and shortcomings.
The students were possessed of a wealth of musical talent, I must say. Advanced piano students are truly la creme…
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