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APPC 2024


Exploring Twentieth-Century Notation And Techniques Through

Larry Sitsky’s Century


Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference 2024 Monash University
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance Performance Theatre
4:35 PM - 5:15 PM


This interactive workshop aims to demystify selected twentieth-century notation and techniques which are often found in advanced repertoire and perceived as intimidating and inaccessible. In response to a scarcity of beginner piano pieces containing twentieth-century notation and techniques, Australian composer, pianist, and pedagogue Larry Sitsky (b. 1934) composed a three-volume set of 155 graded pieces for pianists entitled Century. These short, characterful, and engaging pieces are designed to introduce the young pianist into the world of twentieth-century sounds and colours. This workshop seeks to provide teachers with an overview of the work as well as the tools necessary to teach pieces in Century—some of which are included in the current AMEB and ANZCA syllabuses—by identifying potential challenges in selected pieces and through live demonstrations at the piano.

Hannah Th'ng McDowell
MA (Performing Arts), BMus, LMusA, AMusA

Hannah Th'ng McDowell is a classical pianist, teacher, and researcher with a keen interest in piano pedagogy. She holds a Master of Arts (Performing Arts) and Licentiate Diploma of Music and is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships for both performance and research.

Originally from Perth, where she was sessional lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University), Hannah is now based in Canberra. She is the editor for the second edition of Century, in collaboration with the composer Larry Sitsky and publisher Wirripang. 

purchase century 

Century Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (Second Edition) by Larry Sitsky (ed. Hannah Th'ng)

are now available for purchase at:

Or visit the Wirripang Trade Display at APPC 2024:

Learning and Teaching Building (LTB), Floor 1, Room 1.01

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Century Volume 2 (Second Edition) – Medium Res Cover.png
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Thank you

Thank you for attending and for your support.

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