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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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Thoughts on Practice*

A few thoughts on practicing from an article in the Wall Street Journal – an article that applies practice as musicians and athletes know it to other areas. Italicized comments are my own thoughts. “Practice lets us execute a task … Continue reading

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Artistry Update

I am continuing in my exploration of the Artistry at the Piano series. In recent weeks I’ve read some of the Pedagogy Manual (download) and watched one of Mary Gae George’s DVDs (Teaching MUSIC… not notes). I’ve mentioned one student … Continue reading

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Canadian Source for Artistry Books

Before Christmas I placed a few orders for Artistry at the Piano materials directly from the Artistry online ordering service. I had no problems, but had to wait a couple of weeks and once had to pay duty. There is … Continue reading

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Patterns for Piano by Jon George

While searching the Artistry at the Piano website, I saw this book that was also available. Based strictly on the title, I ordered it. It came in the mail; I read through it and immediately ordered 5 more copies. It … Continue reading

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No Time for Theory

One of the disadvantages of our Canadian exam system (more about that in an upcoming post) is that because Theory is not required until Grade 5, it is easy to not make it a priority in the early years.

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Rhythm Drills – with Feeling

I’ve been giving my students rhythm drills on a fairly regular basis for years already.  A big Thank You to Wendy Stevens at ComposeCreate.com for posting so many on her website (Teacher Resources), as well as to Jennifer Fink at … Continue reading

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Artistry at the Piano

I’ve begun a bit of teaching from the Artistry at the Piano method by Jon George and Mary Gae George.  Mid-year I’m not going to disrupt what my students are doing, but I have a few students who would benefit … Continue reading

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