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NVMTA December 2, 2015 Program

Nancy Breth: Practicing – Why Less Is More


How do you peel an onion? You throw away the skin and a few outer layers. You use only the sweetest, firmest portion in your stew for maximum flavor. How do you get more out of practicing? You throw away all the robotic, time-consuming habits. You use only smart practice techniques for the best results in the least amount of time.

Nancy O’Neill Breth has been a member of NVMTA since 1982. For many years she taught piano, pedagogy and chamber music at the Levine School of Music; she currently serves on the faculty of the Kinhaven 4-hand piano workshop in. Her major teachers include Margaret Saunders Ott and Gyorgy Sebok in piano, Rudolf Kolish, Josef Gingold, and Janos Starker in chamber music.

Breth students are frequent laureates in area, state and national competitions, including top levels of the MTNA and Fischoff Competitions. Several have appeared on NPR’s “From the Top”, and three of her duet teams were national winners of the MTNA Senior Piano Duet competition. In 2014 she was one of three US pianists honored at Florida State University’s annual Pre-College Piano Symposium. A number of state MTA’s have engaged Nancy as clinician, and she has presented twice at the national MTNA conference. In 2015 the Virginia Music Teachers Association nominated her for MTNA’s national Teacher of the Year award.

Her latest publication is Practicing the Piano, published by Hal Leonard Corporation.