Tag Archives: Piano teaching

Somewhere over the rainbow

In the RCM Grade 9 piano repertoire book – a piano reduction of George Shearing’s arrangement of Harold Arlen’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Every grade 9 student latches onto this piece first. They’ve likely played simplified versions along the way, … Continue reading

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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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Don’t motivate. Inspire.

“I need you to motivate my daughter.” Red flag. Big Red flag. “She won’t practice. And she keeps telling me she won’t.” I accepted the student. I needed the money.  “She’s 13 and more interested in sports than music.” I’m … 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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When to apply for a piano exam

That’s obvious. When the student is ready, right? But is this how we really operate? I know I usually do things backwards. We – teacher/student/parent – decide at the beginning of the year that we’ll plan on doing a particular … Continue reading

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Quick. What comes before A?

No beginners this year, but still enough students who cannot tell me instantly what comes before C. Or after G. Time to haul out the alphabet drill again. Taken from one of Mary Gae George’s  videos, the drill consists simply … Continue reading

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Back to where I started. Kind of.

I didn’t mean to take things this far. It started when a friend sent me a list of top apps – some of which were for teaching music. I wrote about my take on apps and the direction I seem … Continue reading

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Studio Stack-up

And yes, this is a post (and blog) about teaching PIANO. The line-up for the year, with my own definitions for the categories (trying, as always, to fit our Canadian grades into the broader categories used by the publishers): Absolute … Continue reading

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Back to Business

Two more days of this glorious summer laziness – then we hit (press) the keys again. I’m loading up on caffeine and tackling the business at hand. 1. Assignment Sheets/Binders. I’ve tried so many clever sheets – downloading and tweaking … Continue reading

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Clean. Simple. Deep.

We all do it from time to time. Attempt to rein in the stuff of life that has become clutter – physically, spiritually, professionally, emotionally. We need to. On the heels of last week’s comments about apps (and especially after reading … Continue reading

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No apps for me. Here’s why.

It started with Natalie. Her blog, Music Matters, has been around for awhile. What a treasure trove when I discovered it – 5 years ago maybe? I must have bumped up her hits substantially clicking on pretty much every category … Continue reading

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We’ve got it covered

Attending the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, held biennially in Lombard, Illinois, is on my bucket list. I haven’t made it there yet. Sigh. But in the meantime, I (we) can get a bit of a peek at some of … Continue reading

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