Monthly Archives: August 2011

Fall Organization: This year’s roster

Last year I had what I called an Unbalanced Studio – a large number of students at either end of the spectrum (Beginners and Advanced).  This year things are slightly more spread out:

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Fall Organization: The Sight Reading Box

It’s been a long, full summer, and it’s not quite over yet. Next week lessons start again, so I’m in the process of organizing music and materials and plans. I shudder when I think of how many years I taught … Continue reading

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Pedalling Beethoven

If you’re like me, you usually ignore the pedal markings in the Beethoven Sonatas and just do what sounds good. Turns out, this is the right way to approach it! Dr. Christine Vanderkooy, Associate Professor of Piano at the University … Continue reading

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Good Intermediate Teaching

This article by Kevin Coan appeared in the Files group of the Yahoo Teachers Group. It’s a very good, comprehensive list of objectives in teaching intermediate students – the weak link in piano teaching, as he says.  Here it is … Continue reading

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Sound Drama

What if there were no theory exams? What would I, as a theory teacher, do? Exams are only a tool, emphasized Jean Auger-Crowe in her session on teaching SATB as sound drama at the CFMTA Convention. Plan your lessons this … Continue reading

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Teaching Adult Students

Susan Griesdale, a Red Leaf Pianoworks composer and author of an excellent Rhythm Practice book, spoke on a topic she knows well at the recent CFMTA Convention. She started piano lessons as an adult herself, and now teaches many adults. In … Continue reading

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TITANIC – A Voyage in Piano Music

We are fascinated with the story of the RMS Titanic – its voyage and its fate. Rebekah Maxner has written and arranged music for Beginner-Elementary students that recount the tale of the Titanic. This is “original music that captures the … Continue reading

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Thomas Yu: A Balancing Act

What if you made an appointment to get some dental implant work done and arrived at the medical practice to the sound of someone practicing piano? If your appointment was with Dr. Thomas Yu, a periodontist in Calgary, AB, (which is, … Continue reading

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