Tag Archives: Piano pedagogy

Don’t leave it to chance

I’m big on intervallic note-reading. Once the students get started, they’re away. But they need to get started. And sometimes restart mid-stream. At some point they need the ability to identify cold any given note on the grand staff. And … Continue reading

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Top Ten Technical Tools

… for first-year piano students. One more list to make me feel completely inadequate.* This is from a workshop by the indomitable Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield that I attended almost 20 years ago. I get depressed when I realize how many of … Continue reading

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Zero to (grade) 6 in 34 (months)

Three years minus two months. From no knowledge of the keyboard to the successful completion of Grade 6. August, 2010 – a call from a mom looking for a history teacher for her 15-year-old daughter, who was working on grade … Continue reading

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Tweak … tweak … tweak

Record store owner and employees upon seeing a recording artist enter their store: “What did you tell her about the shop for?” I ask the others. “I didn’t know it was classified information,” says Barry. “I mean, I know we … Continue reading

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Connections

This started as a blog intended for other piano teachers. Then expanded to include just as many followers who are music-lovers but in different professions. The connections across the globe still astound me. Along the way I’ve made a couple of … Continue reading

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An ethical and practical choice. It defines us.

“Talent is the result of highly motivated, focused, relentless practice, expertly guided by a master, over a long period of time. Given sufficient amount of excellent practice, innate talent becomes indistinguishable from acquired talent… “The notion that talent has a … 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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Grab me by the throat

You have two bars to make me want to listen to this piece. The performance is in six weeks. You know the piece. The details – voicing, shaping, structure, pedal – have all been worked out. Now it’s time to … Continue reading

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Top 5 Posts of 2012

The posts that got the most views in the past year. It’s so tempting to revise some based on changes I’ve made since, but I’ll let it it go… 5. Student Binders. Posted in September, 2011, but an attraction as another … Continue reading

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Memory Issues

I don’t get it. Are some students destined to never be able to perform from memory? No matter how hard I work with some they just can’t do it. I’ve pulled out all the stops – worked on all 5 memory … Continue reading

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Chromatic Scale Fingerings

Students love them. The chromatic scales. Once they get that 1-3-1-3 fingering going they can whip up and down the piano playing every single note at an uncontrollable, unstoppable speed. It’s even more fun doing them hands together in contrary … Continue reading

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In Defence of the Live Teacher

There are any number of studio music teachers who are embracing the technology to teach online, via Skype or a Youtube subscription series, and probably more ways that I don’t know about. I do applaud those who are seeking to … Continue reading

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