Tag Archives: Artistry at the Piano

A few musings on methods

Given the width and depth of early teaching materials available, I don’t like to stick with one method. New stuff is coming out all the time and I like to explore it. To be able to toss in any supplementary … Continue reading

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YOU do the counting.

TTM: Talkative Teacher Mode. *Most teachers feel compelled to speak, as if explaining, defining, reminding, admonishing, outlining, encouraging, and a host of other “ings” were of paramount importance, all the time. It’s as if TTM… was a built-in feature of … Continue reading

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First Lessons

In 3 hours students arrive. The first 2 are brand new beginners. That first lesson is so important. I’ll never forget Dennis Alexander relating the story of his very first lesson. His teacher told him to come on in, for … Continue reading

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Ensemble Recital

Something new I’m working on this year is a full-scale duet and trio recital. I have a venue booked for the end of April and all students are paired up to play duets and/or trios. The students have been learning … Continue reading

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A Year of Blogging

Today this blog is one year old. It’s been way more adventurous than I could have imagined. I started it for two reasons: one, to record some of my impressions of the Artistry at the Piano method – a method … Continue reading

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Contrapuntal Music for Young Students

I’ve been reading Joan Last’s The Young Pianist (first published 1954, Oxford) – not from beginning to end, but in bits and pieces. The chapter on interpretation offers many very good, helpful points about music in general, playing the piano … Continue reading

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Fingering – the solution to most problems

One of my regrets is that I didn’t take the piano pedagogy course during my university studies. It conflicted with a shift that I had working in the library on campus, and I thought the few dollars a week were … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Kevin Coan on Introduction to Music from Artistry at the Piano

The Yahoo Piano Teacher’s Forum is a fabulous place to lurk, and maybe even contribute. I’ve learned loads of things about the standard method books from other teachers there, as well as many other resources (older) that I haven’t ever … Continue reading

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Resources for 3rd and 4th year students

Subtitled: Is Grade 1 harder than it used to be? Part 2 .  See Part 1 here. I find the transition from the method books to grade 1 to be somewhat challenging with some students.  If only they were all … Continue reading

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Getting Started in Artistry at the Piano

These are my own unofficial, unsanctioned, unapproved thoughts from my own experiences over the last half-year about getting started teaching Artistry at the Piano. Please don’t blame the method for any deficiencies in my thoughts and presentations! Now that the … Continue reading

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Keeping the Method Books in their Place

There are an almost overwhelming number of different method books available for teaching the beginning student. Discussion rages in some circles about the pros and cons of each method and its approach to reading; publishers market their own methods with … Continue reading

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Is Grade 1 harder than it used to be?

I’ve been teaching for about 30 years (counting the years I was a student myself) and it seems to me that traditional wisdom held that after 2 years of study a student was ready for grade 1.  This is not … Continue reading

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