Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Golden Age of Piano Teaching

It’s fairly well-known in piano teaching circles that Liszt and Clara Schumann made fashionable the practice of performing from memory. Many students have cursed them for this. What’s not so well known is that Beethoven and Chopin – two great … Continue reading

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Charlotte and Jonathan

Here’s another feel-good story from Britain’s Got Talent – an unexpectedly good voice from  someone who is judged by his looks. I’ve just watched it 3 times and teared up each time. This duo deserves the response they got.

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Do You Have the Nerve?

So you want to write a fugue.You got the urge to write a fugue.                                                     … Continue reading

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New on my Bookshelf

Last week I aquired a few more books to add to my collection of Books-Waiting-to-be-Read. I loved The Virtuosi by Harold Schonberg and ordered his The Lives of the Great Composers, and The Great Pianists. He brings history and peope to … Continue reading

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Seasons – by Teresa Richert

Youtube is a fabulous source of many great recordings of many classical works and I encourage my students to look for recordings of their pieces. If I haven’t had the time to search for specific videos, I tell them to … Continue reading

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Beautiful Piano

The Piano Guys continue to produce wonderful videos of creative arrangements of different styles of music. What struck me about this latest video is the gorgeous, rich sound of the Yamaha grand. It’s a beautiful piano, beautifully played. The tune … Continue reading

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Musings about Chopin: The Scherzi

I’m making some progress in my Chopin Sight-Reading project. From the outset, I decided to read through what I already own, and maybe download the odd piece that I don’t own, except for the Polonaises; I seem to have some … Continue reading

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Running: Lessons from the Music Studio

I started running regularly ten years ago. I don’t do marathons or even half-marathons, I don’t belong to any organized group, I run alone, and I’ve never participated in any sort of race or run, for charity or otherwise. I … Continue reading

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Technique Plan

I remember hearing Edward Parker, author of Piano Pedagogy: A Practical Approach, say the following at a workshop a few years ago: “The only thing worse than a bad technique plan is no plan at all.” For the first few … Continue reading

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Double the Nerves

Sometimes my roles of teacher and parent merge in a competition or other public performance or exam situation. Although I’m better at handling this than I was ten years ago, my stomach still ends up in quite the knot.

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Use Whatever Works

Any good teacher will relate new or difficult concepts to something the student already knows – “From the known to the unknown” is the familiar educational maxim. As piano teachers of private one-on-one students, we get to know them well … Continue reading

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50 Piece Challenge – A “Winner”

Everyone who has been in my studio in the last 6 months has seen that Lily is way ahead of the pack in the quest (not the race) to become the first to complete the 50 Piece Challenge. Lily is … Continue reading

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