William Westney will once again join the piano faculty at the excellent InterHarmony Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy (Session I, June 29 – July 11, 2016). Contact him directly before February 1, 2016, if you are interested in participating. Arcidosso is a beautiful medieval hilltop town in a picturesque area of Tuscany. http://www.interharmony.com/italy/index.html
Westney’s book The Perfect Wrong Note has been published in Japanese by Yamaha Music Media Corporation.
In November 2015 Westney delivered an online Webinar to young professional orchestral musicians in North and South America. Participants, all members of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, were enrolled in that organization’s elite Global Leaders program, focusing on musical outreach to all segments of society.
A new (2015) website from the United Kingdom, leanmusician.com, offers insightful articles designed to help musicians of all kinds meet with success and fulfillment. William Westney was asked to deliver its first podcast, “Performance, Practice, and Redefining Mistakes,” which can be heard here: http://www.leanmusician.com/william-westney-interview/
An article on the transdisciplinary research project carried out by Westney, Grund, O’Boyle and Yang (see Research tab) is being readied for publication in Belgium. “Musical Embodiment and Perception: Performances, Avatars and Audiences” will appear in SIGNATA. Annales des Sémiotique / Annals of Semiotics, # 6, 2015. Music and Meaning / Sémiotiques de la musique, Presses Universitaires de Liège.
Westney’s March 7, 2016 performance with the Texas Tech University Orchestra of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor will be streamed live at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/music/
Texas Tech University has named William Westney to its “Integrated Scholars” roster for 2014. A profile and 2-minute video can be seen HERE.
Music Teachers National Association designated William Westney the 2012 recipient of the “Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award” in recognition of the ongoing contribution made to the field of pedagogy by his book The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self (2003).
As a professional pianist, I have always been fascinated by the ways in which concert music performance makes us accountable, requires us to master skills of mind and body, and presents intriguing practical problems every day. As a university professor, studio teacher and workshop facilitator I’ve been faced with the challenge of developing instructional techniques that address performance issues in direct, useful ways.
The results of my ongoing research and its applications are chronicled in this website, and I believe that they will be of interest not only to musicians, but to professionals in other fields where there is also a high premium placed on effectiveness in performance, problem-solving, communication and creativity.
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