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As pianist and educator, Randall Faber has appeared as special guest at universities throughout North America and Asia, including the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Canada. He has been a Convention Artist for numerous music teacher organizations including the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the Music Teachers National Association. Faber is a Steinway Artist and recipient of the Roland Lifetime Achievement Award. He and his wife Nancy are authors of the bestselling Piano Adventures method, which was awarded the 2018 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award and is available in 10 languages around the world.

Winner of the MTNA Fraces Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award, Steinway Artist, and former USIA Artistic Ambassador, Fred Karpoff is Professor of Piano at Syracuse University. He has continued to develop his multi-dimensional approach to piano teaching through a wide range of experience, including Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, and the Alexander Technique. As Director of Professional Development at the Faber Piano Institute, Fred guides teachers and students toward more efficient, healthful, and expressive playing.

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Topics Covered

Technique & Artistry Technique Secrets



  • Posture and Sitting Position
  • Rotational Mobility of the Hips
  • Bench Height and Distance: General Guidelines
  • Height and Distance: Children and Shorter Adults
  • Sitting Position for Pianissimo Playing
  • Levers and Joints for Piano Playing
  • The Quiet Hand
  • The Point of Sound
  • Utilizing Gravity with Free Fall
  • Opposable Muscles
  • Alignment
  • Wrist Height
  • Supported Fingers
  • Natural Hand Position

Three-Dimensional Movement

The Two-Note Slur:

  • Preparation
  • Lift and Drop on a Single Note
  • Quiet Hand, No Pressing
  • Weight Transfer, Playing on Pads
  • Common Problem: Playing Only with the Fingers
  • Pausing to Evaluate
  • One Pair at a Time
  • Two Pairs at a Time
  • Three Pairs at a Time
  • Four and More Pairs at a Time
  • Two-Note Slurs with Fingers 3 & 4
  • Two-Note Slurs with Fingers 4 & 5
  • Two-Note Slurs with Fingers 1 & 2

Three and Four-Note Slurs

The Basic Three-Dimensional Form on Five Notes

The Vibrato Technique

  • The Basic Vibrato Motion
  • Vibrato Motion on Single Notes
  • Releasing the Abductor Muscles


The One-Octave Arpeggio, Ascending:

  • Avoiding Twisting
  • Allowing the Hand to Remain Small
  • Supple Wrist and The Quiet Hand
  • Common Problem: Wrist Tension
  • Levers and Joints
  • The Thumb and The Quiet Hand
  • Initial Lift and Drop
  • Continuous Drop
  • Avoiding Swiveling
  • Cultivating Three-Dimensional Motion
  • Common Problem: Staying in for the 3rd Finger
  • Common Problem: Accenting with the Thumb

The One-Octave Arpeggio, Descending:

  • Momentum and the Descent
  • Isolating Each Pair of Notes
  • Isolating Three Notes at a Time
  • Isolating Four Notes at a Time
  • Isolating Five and Six Notes at a Time
  • The Three-Dimensional One-Octave Arpeggio

Two-Octave Arpeggios:

  • The Throw
  • The Check-Mark Motion
  • Combining Three-Dimensional Momentum with the Throw
  • Two-Octave Ascent
  • Two-Octave Descent

Sound Quality





  • Support for Faber Scales Books 1 & 2
  • Three-Dimensional Principles in Scales
  • The Turnaround
  • Keyboard Topography
  • Playing Together in Ensemble
  • Exercises for Speed and Evenness
  • Practicing for Speed Using the Metronome

Repertoire Tutorials


  • On the Ocean Floor

Bach, C.P.E.

  • March in D (Notebook for A.M. Bach)

Bach, J.S.

  • Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999
  • Musette (Notebook for A.M.Bach)
  • Invention No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 775
  • Prelude in C Major, WTC I
  • Sinfonia No. 5 in E-Flat Major, BWV 791


  • Canoeing


  • Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1
  • Russian Folk Dance
  • Sonatina in G Major, 1st movement
  • Sonatina in G Major, 2nd movement
  • Sonata in G Major, Op. 49 No. 2, 1st movement


  • Harmony of the Angels, Op. 100 No. 21
  • Etude in C Major, Op. 100 No. 1 “Sincerity”


  • Mazurka in E Major, Op. 6 No. 3
  • Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. Post.
  • Waltz in A Minor, B. 150


  • Sonatina in G Major, Op. 36 No. 2, 3rd movement
  • Sonatina in F Major, Op. 36 No. 4, 2nd movement


  • Etude in C Major, Op. 261 No. 81
  • Study in C, Op. 261 No. 1
  • Etude in C Major, Op. 261 No. 3


  • The Busy Machine


  • Etude in C Major, Op. 176 No. 24


  • Spinning Song

Faber, N.

  • Pantomime
  • Moons of Jupiter


  • Alt Wien


  • Spanish Dance No. 5


  • March of the Trolls, Op. 54 No. 3
  • Nocturne, Op. 54 No. 4
  • Watchman’s Song, Op. 12 No. 3


  • Morgengruss
  • Miniature


  • Minuet in G


  • “Avalanche” (Etude in A Minor), Op. 45 No. 2


  • Scherzo, Op. 77 No. 7


  • Allegretto


  • Alla Tarantella, Op. 39 No. 2
  • To A Wild Rose, Op. 51 No. 1


  • The Highlander


  • Minuet in F Major, K. 2


  • Minuet in G Major (from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach)


  • Dance with a Bell
  • The Bear


  • English Minuet


  • German Dance in B-Flat Major, D. 783 No. 7 (“Waltz”)


  • Jumping Competition, Op. 107 No. 10
  • Melody for Left Hand, Op. 108 No. 12
  • Little Prelude


  • Prelude in E Major, Op. 11 No. 9


  • Sonatina in C Major, Op. 157 No. 4


  • Playing Hobby-Horses Op. 39, No. 4
  • Old French Song, Op. 39 No. 16


  • Little March in C Major

Piano Adventures® Method

Piano Adventures® by Nancy and Randall Faber is the teaching method of choice at leading university programs and music studios around the world. Learn about the complete student centered curriculum.

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International Training Center and School

Dedicated to excellence in piano study, The Faber Piano Institute is the research center for the Piano Adventures method and professional development for teachers. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the school provides lessons, training, and community events.

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