Date: February 11, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Title: Maximizing Student Achievement with Multi-Dimensional Piano Playing and Teaching
Discipline: Piano
Teacher: Fred Karpoff

In this all-day, interactive seminar for teachers and pianists. Dr. Fred Karpoff shares his internationally-renowned technical expertise on foundational movement, the “Basic Three-Dimensional Form,” arpeggios, trills, scales, pedaling and “The Vibrato Technique.” This technique is the cycling motion initiated by larger muscles and distributed into smaller bursts of energy to fingers—and essential for advanced elements such as octaves, tremolos, and repeated chords. Concepts will be reinforced at a pre-college masterclass, as well as during ample question and answer time.

Fred Karpoff is Professor of Piano at Syracuse University and Winner of the 2011 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for his multi-DVD series and book, 3-D Piano: The Three-Dimensional Pianist. The 3-D Piano Method is a whole-body approach to playing and teaching already in use by hundreds of pianists in 20 countries. A former Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency and prizewinner in several international piano competitions, Fred Karpoff is a Steinway Artist. For more information, visit

Join us for an invigorating day of insights and inspired teaching!



9:30-10:30 a.m.  Foundations and Three-Dimensional Movement

  • Rotational mobility of the hips, free fall, the soundpoint, The Quiet Hand, alignment, 2-notes slurs
  • How to apply The Basic Three-Dimensional Form in five-finger shapes and one-octave arpeggios

10:30-10:40 a.m. Q &A

10:40-10:50 a.m. Break

10:50-11:45 a.m. The Vibrato Technique

  • The cycling motion initiated by the larger arm muscles and distributed into smaller bursts of energy to the fingers—and essential for many of the most advanced elements of piano technique, including octaves, repeated chords, tremolos and trills 

12-1 p.m. Lunch 

1-2:30 p.m. Pre-College Masterclass

2:45-4 p.m. Two-Octave Arpeggios, Scales, Pedaling and Interactive Review

  • Combining 3-D Movement with the throw in arpeggios
  • Introduction of scale and pedaling techniques
  • Interactive Review of Elements from The 3-D Piano Method


Fred Karpoff

 Fred Karpoff is the 2011 winner of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award presented by Music Teachers National Association, for The 3-D Piano Method. Produced with filmmaker Richard Breyer in 2009, 3-D Piano is a multi-DVD series and book on a whole-body approach to piano playing and teaching, already in use by hundreds of pianists and teachers in over 20 countries. Karpoff presents workshops and master classes throughout North America, including recent appearances as a featured presenter at the Music Teachers Association of California and Texas Music Teachers Association conventions, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Karpoff has performed as both soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, including prominent venues in Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Finland, Italy, China and the United States. As guest artist at major music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he has collaborated with many of America’s foremost musicians. He is the pianist of the Boccaccio Trio.

A former Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency, Fred Karpoff is a prizewinner in the San Antonio, Frinna Awerbuch, Dublin, and 2005 Competition Internationale international piano competitions. In addition to his critically acclaimed CD release, Heroic Tales: Piano Music of Edward MacDowell, Renegade Classics has issued his live Beethoven Trio performances with musicians at the Skaneateles Festival and This Moment and Snapshots with soprano Rebecca Karpoff.

He has studied with Ann Schein, Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert Weirich, and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he was a frequent performer in the master classes of Leon Fleisher. His undergraduate training took place at Northwestern University. He has also studied with Jeffrey Kahane, Richard Goode, and the late Karl-Ulrich Schnabel.

He is Professor of Piano and Ensemble Arts and co-chair of the keyboard department at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, which has honored him with the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. 

Fred Karpoff is a Steinway Artist.  More information is available at