Monthly Archives: April 2011

Not sure if I should laugh or cry…

I found a copy of The Piano Teachers Art by Isabelle Yalkovsky Byman in a thrift store a few weeks ago. Maybe the missing apostrophe in the title should have alerted me to something,

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Awesome Sight Reading

It’s been one of those interesting weeks when a bunch of things just come together. Monday, after being astounded that a student in her 4th year couldn’t tell me what rit. meant, I created a blank GLOSSARY to be filled in … Continue reading

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Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy

Last week I posted a bit about this book by an Australian pianist/teacher/author, which is a memoir of lessons with Eleanore Sivan, a Russian émigré. Like Lang Lang’s Journey of a Thousand Miles, this is a memoir written by someone far … Continue reading

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More Products from Longbow

Longbow Publishing is the source of some very good theory, piano and pedagogy products. Longbow is located in Surrey, British Columbia and the goal of the company is to provide unique and flexible study resources to students, private teachers, universities, retailers … Continue reading

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Music History Books

The study of music history is part of our Examination systems. The formal exams start at the Grade 9 Practical level, although obviously students need to be educated in this area, if only in bits and pieces, much earlier. The … Continue reading

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Guest Post on Practicing: by Mark Ahenda

The benefits of practicing So my sister was complaining about practicing scales today at the dinner table. I didn’t blame her, I did it too back when I was still taking lessons. No student will ever like doing scales, and … Continue reading

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A Simple Incentive Program

While I’m not a fan of incentive programs on principle, THEY WORK! I came up with a very simple program a couple of years ago. Here’s how it works: There is a space on the assignment sheet where I “evaluate” the … Continue reading

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Modal Miniatures

One of the books featured in Mayfair’s Modal Moods Workshop is a collection of 15 Intermediate/Early Advanced pieces called Modal Miniatures by Eddie Harris. Music in the Medieval and Renaissance times was written in the different modes and quite a few … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Sharing

I’m half-way through a book called Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy, an Australian pianist and author. The book is a memoir of her lessons with Eleanora Sivan, a Russian émigré. I’ll write a review of the book when I’m done, but for … Continue reading

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My Top 5 List for students

I’m giving my young students – the ones not doing exams - MY TOP 5 LIST – a list to be filled out by end of this month. I saw excitement in some eyes as soon as I handed it out … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Examinations – Part 2

The Royal Conservatory of Music, which has been a Canadian institution for over 100 years, has made its way into the U.S. and other countries. The most recent “brand name” – the Achievement Program –  of the American version of … Continue reading

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My New Hat

Benefits of belonging to a Music Teachers’ organization I started my duties as secretary of our local Registered Music Teachers branch this week. I’ve been a member for quite a few years, but have never been involved at an executive … Continue reading

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