Exciting Innovation in Musical Education ...
Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel (Germany) 0049 7083 527
teens and adults
education plays for children aged 5-10
Information for theatres and
ladies and Gentlemen!
Today we’re pleased to offer an
unprecedented licensing opportunity for four
distinct plays that have revolutionized music
education and appreciation for children aged 5-10
throughout Europe. We call it “First Piano
Theatre”—an exciting, engaging, and interactive tool
that will help young children experience the joys of
music, as well learn about history, different
cultures, and even fashion.
Since 1994 we’ve delivered more
than 4,000 performances of these plays to 500,000
elementary schools students across Europe to the
delight of children and teachers alike. (Beside this
our German co-workers had about 2000 performances
for 200,000 pupils.) In addition to experiencing
these plays, children have the opportunity to
interact in the performance, delve into a different
time, and learn how to appreciate music and the
people who created it.
begin to describe the excitement and wonder we’ve
witnessed in countless children across Europe as
they open themselves to the wonders of classical
music that will last a lifetime.
combined 50 years of teaching and musical education,
we’ve found that children will not automatically
appreciate classical music simply because they are
told to do so. And the longer they go without
appropriate exposure to classical music the more
difficult it is for them to understand its beauty
That’s why we’re focused on
children aged 5–10 ... and why we’re focused on
helping children understand how to listen to
and enjoy music.
surveying children who attended our plays, we found
that 80% said that experiencing our
performance—which allowed them to hear and see the
music being performed live, in the context of the
time, and while humanizing the composers— was key to
their gaining an interest in classical music. After
experiencing our play, for example, Bach is not an
old, boring church musician, but a living, breathing
person with joys and sorrows that are expressed in
We believe hearing education
should be the most important goal of music teaching.
Children can be taught to appreciate music by
exposure to music just as adults can better
appreciate literature by reading Shakespeare. The
way to understanding is through listening to,
hearing, perceiving, thinking, and understanding.
Our "First Piano Theatre" is the first step to
understanding Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.
And it really works!
Children Will Learn and Experience
The aim of our four piano theatre
plays is to help children learn about music without
realizing they are learning. We introduce children
to the most basic concepts of classical
music—major-minor, modulation, forte, piano,
allegro, adagio, staccato, legato, and the change of
Through our four plays—“No Bach
Without Laughter”; “Wolfgang and the Music Dwarf”;
“Ludwig and the Lost Coin”; and “Franzl and the
Emperor”—children discover the “founding fathers” of
classical music—Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and
Our plays are
based on the real lives of these composers, with
only slight alterations.
Recommendation for Performances
you limit your audience to no more than 120
children. In order to appreciate the music, children
must be able to hear it clearly, see it being
performed, and have an opportunity to interact.
Further children have to be prepared for the play.
Therefore we played mainly in schools.
We’re excited to offer one of our
plays for a low rate of $30,000. It is possible
licencing including 200 school performations for a
special rate of $250.000. For more information,
see our internet page
www.klaviertheatersanta.de/English or please contact
With best regards
Bärbel Ganster and Balint Santa
“First Piano Theatre”
Untere Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel, Germany
Tf: 0049 7083 527 163
P.S. I think, I am the best
music-teacher in the world. I do not request you to
believe me. I only kindly ask you to prove me, that
I am not right. Thank you: Balint Santa
Bach Without Laughter”
Piano Theatre", Untere Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel
527 163, Klaviertheater@web.de
We prepare our audiences with some light warmups
to prepare them to focus mentally and physically.
This helps improve circulation and clear the
Anna Magdalena is very sad. Sebastian Bach, her
husband, is in jail. And their daughter, Christiane,
has died. She writes a letter to her husband and
takes it to the jailor. Sebastian will hopefully
receive this sorrowful message.
Sebastian comes home from the
jail. But where is his family? Only his favorite
chicken is sitting on the piano. His beloved wife,
Anna Magdalena, must be out with the youngest
daughter, Christiane, teaching her to walk.
Confused faces! What happens next? Sebastian does
not know that his daughter has died! But he must
have felt it. In the jail he composed a very
sorrowful piece of music: “Have Mercy, Oh My God.”
He begins to play the mournful piece.
While Sebastian plays his new song, his wife
enters the room and puts her hands on his eyes. She
is excited and pleased that Sebastian has been
released from jail, but dreads telling him about
But there is new hope! The
Bachs will get a fresh start in a new village, where
the duke will throw them a peasant feast. Sebastian
has been asked to compose a cantata for the peasants
that they can sing. The whole school takes part in
this feast and the children are invited to sing
along. They also learn how to bow to a good duke.
Singing by heart, understanding and playing the
meaning of the words at the same time, is a complex
activity. But as you can see, the children can do
The children sing, dance, and play music like at
a real peasant feast! Their joy can’t be stopped.
They also have to find a dance partner while they
sing. They learn to show and enjoy their feelings.
Teachers also dance and sing. After the third
repetition the whole gym is exhausted, but the
children have learned a Bach aria. How many other
students can claim that?
Three children from the
audience: Mieke, a girl, who likes dancing; the
vicar, who calls the parish to order; and the duke,
who waves graciously to the whole community! If the
duke waves graciously, everybody bows to him. If the
vicar calls the parish to order, everybody lowers
their head. If Mieke dances with Anna Magdalena,
everybody is allowed to dance.
Bergstr. 32, 75335 Dobel (Germany) Tf: 0049 7083 527
163 Email: Klaviertheater@web.de
teens and adults
(but also for adults)
$ 3000 / program
concerts of "First Piano Theatre" are based on the
can enjoy an
abstract musical theme/text, if we make it
understandable for them,
if we help them
to be acquainted with the everyday problems and
personality of the composer and the historical
circumstances, the musical work was made,
recognise parallels to their own life,
if they do not
realize that they are attending to a teaching
if they are
interactively involved in the education/learning
On the basis of these
perceptions we prepared the following teen-ager
Music and painting
Portraits, painted by Ludwig van Beethoven
The marketing director Beethoven
The painting „The family Mozart“ (by della
Croce??) and the Sonata KV 300k
The European history and the tritonus
The frame in painting (the alone standing
cedar painted by Csontváry Koszka Tivadar) and
the frame in the music of Mozart as a mirror of
the society of the 18th century and the Bill of
Music and words by Franz Schubert
Music and words by Cervantes (Don Quijote,
second book chapter V) and by L. van Beethoven
(Sonata f sharp major OP 78)
For performing these teen-ager
concerts you need a native speaker pianist or piano
teacher and an electric piano with the sounds of
harpsichord, organ and piano. We suggest to
play/perform these concerts in schools for not less
and not much more than 50-60 pupils, aged 14-18. The
public should be classified by age: 14-15, 16-17 and
18 or older. For each group we suggest a different
performing-style. The explanation should be spoken
with humor and understanding for the young
The complete program is
available for a licencing prize of $ 18.000 and a
flat for two persons for 4 weeks. For teaching the
performing style on the basis of our experiences we
are at your disposal for four weeks, we teach the
students 4 days a week, each day two times 3 hours.
You determine the number of students.
We played this program in
schools for the prize of $ 350. 90% of the students
have never heared a Beethoven Sonata before.
information please contact us!
for your interest
Balint Santa and Bärbel Ganster, Untere Bergstr.
32, 75335 Dobel (Germany)
0049 7083 527 163, Klaviertheater@web.de
Tradition is not the ashes of the past! It is the
fire of the future. (Gustav Mahler)
Please excuse my bad English!
example please read the short description of one of
The frame in painting (the
alone standing cedar painted by the Hungarian
painter Csontváry) and the frame in the music of
Mozart as a mirror of the society of the 18th
century and the Bill of Rights
Csontváry painted his
picture the "alone standing cedar" by drawing first
a frame. Later he had to realize that there was no
room for the boughs. They had to be squeezed inside
the frame. Museum directors suggested him, to paint
the tree again without the frame, to have room for
the boughs. And anyway, the museum is responsible
for making frames of gilden wood. Historians said
later, this painting is a self-portrait: The tree is
the painter and the "frame" is the society.
Csontváry was locked in the frame of the society. He
starved. Nobody understood his picture in his
Mozart lived in three
social "frames": the wig -on the orders of the
emperor (empress), the fear of the Last Judgement
and the society that did not appreciate his music.
Like Csontváry, also Mozart
was locked in a "frame". His piano sonatas are the
same self portraits as the alone standing cedar. In
these piano works he told us his secret thoughts.
These thoughts were the ideas of the Bill of Rights.
The teenager concert (also
for adults) has the pedogogical aim to let public
hear, that "understanding encreases the joy through
the arts". As a music teacher I would say: only
understanding makes possible the real joy through
all arts. And also Mozart's music. The generally
accepted opinion, Mozart composed a beautiful music,
that will be played by the angels in the heaven, is
The teenager concert is in
the first line a hearing education. We make it
audible and understandable, that Mozart was the
first composer in the human musical history, who
described various affects with tunes in a unique
way. And this in a social circumstance, in which the
population will be directed by only one affect: the
The unique way in the
description of affects is: He changes the affects
each 20-30 seconds, he let us hear several feelings
at the same time, he simulates, denies and represses
feelings, he cheats and lies. But he forces us to
feel with him. He is locked in the frame sonata and
he succeeds to behave himself as if he were in
freedom. As a pedagog I wish young people be
acquainted with the sound and the mentality of
Mozart. Because his music is the implementation of
the Bill of Rights in captivity inside the frames.
Mozart's message is: no political might is able to
prevent us to be happy. As the Bill of rights it
promises. His genious is, he takes care that we are
happy, after we leave the concert. Mozarts music
takes the same place in the human arts as the David
of Micheangelo. A small person becomes great, has no
fear and wins. A milestone in the human history.
Mozart is a milestone in
the human history. He will never come back.