Welcome to the Joy of Mozart!

This site offers today’s performers and teachers a way to consider Mozart’s interpretation of his music according to his expression markings.  Musicians in Mozart’s time knew his code of expression within these markings, and it is equally important to us today!  Mozart himself talked about how these markings connect us with his music’s “force and meaning.” All musicians can find the full life of Mozart’s music through his expression markings, and share this enlivenment with their students and audiences.

We invite you to explore—in person!—the five types of sounds that Mozart’s expression margins indicate.

See the PRESENTATIONS page for information about the next workshop in January 2019. Come and hear the effects of Mozart’s five types of sound in his music, and learn to produce them, as we celebrate Mozart’s birthday with others around the world!

Begin your online exploration of this ultimately defining aspect of Mozart’s style by reading the ARTICLES, where you will discover how Mozart’s markings direct us to communicate his music through speech patterns—the basis of the classical style.  Find out which markings of expression he used, and what they tell us to play or sing.

Hear these five types of sounds that Mozart’s markings indicate, in the short INTRODUCTORY VIDEOS of excerpts from his piano sonatas.  The Joy of Mozart Performer and Teacher Manual for training to play and teach these types of sounds is SOON TO COME . The JoM Student Method Book will also be available soon, as well as the new COMPOSITIONS in Mozart’s style, including cadenzas for fully enlivened, stylistic performances of Mozart’s concertos!  Join the site to receive updates and announcements of publications and events.

Open the door into Mozart’s music by training and utilizing this magic key that he gave us—his expression markings—for a fuller enjoyment and communication of the force and meaning of his music!


INTRODUCTORY VIDEOS

The following videos offer a taste of what performers and teachers can expect from exploring Mozart’s music according to his markings of expression, and the five types of notes they indicate.  Rather than performances, the videos are short demonstrations of how pieces can be prepared for later performance.

 

Testimonials

Thank you. I learned so much and had a such a great time with you. From fighting a little battle with myself and letting go of my old beliefs in how to play Mozart, I have now become a great speaker for the “new” way. I tell everybody about it.
— A.H.
I’m thrilled that I understood everything [in the workshop]... and learned so much. Thank you!
— M.T.
It was wonderful! I learned so much to help me bring out the beauty of the sounds of Mozart’s music.
— R.J.P.
The cadenzas, embellishments, and lead-ins for the Mozart piano concertos composed by Dr. Mary Robbins are an addition to the literature of such an outstanding quality that they will be a standard for generations to come.
— K.A.B
Thanks for a very informative and enjoyable experience learning about Mozart’s five note types. You have touched on some really important ideas about Mozart’s music.
— M.M.
Dear Mary, Since I learned the Mozart method from you I feel very secure as a teacher. I am enjoying using what you taught me. Also, my students are excited when they hear and understand how much better the music sounds.
— F.N.
Your recital was marvelous. I found your approach to Mozart really refreshing.
— B.M.