Tag Archives: Theory

Music as medicine

Joy Morin at Color in My Piano posted the following quote today: “Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.” ~Leigh Hunt, English essayist and poet The Lacrymosa from Mozart’s requeim is the perfect medicine for a breaking heart – … Continue reading

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The One-Minute Club

As the year begins to wind down (from my perspective, possibly not from the students’ perspective!), my goal for a number of my 2nd and 3rd year students is to be able to say the letter-names of all the notes … Continue reading

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Doodle Music

Vihart, the Mathemusician, has done another brilliant video about music and math. You could use this to teach melodic contour, symmetry, parallel and contrary motion, stacking 3rds, polyphony….   or you could just watch and enjoy!

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Creative Circles of Fifths

Josh Wells at oddquartet.com has designed a marvellous-looking Circle of Fifths. It will appeal to anyone who has read or seen The Lord of the Rings – or any number of other fantasies.  It will look great on the bulletin board … Continue reading

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Just because I can

I’ve mentioned a few times that I didn’t know how to insert an image of the worksheets that I’ve made myself. Thanks to Joy at Color in my Piano for her suggestions – and to a free downloaded program – … Continue reading

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A Dozen A Day

I grew up seeing these Dozen a Day exercise books (by Edna-Mae Burnam) everywhere. My mom was a piano teacher; I probably used them myself; all my siblings also took lessons so they probably had them as well. I’ve used … Continue reading

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Sound Drama

What if there were no theory exams? What would I, as a theory teacher, do? Exams are only a tool, emphasized Jean Auger-Crowe in her session on teaching SATB as sound drama at the CFMTA Convention. Plan your lessons this … Continue reading

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Colourful Music Theory

One session I attended at the CFMTA Convention was a presentation of a new product designed to make music theory colourful and memorable. The Pianotekneek Notebox is a highly visual and tactile way to teach and re-inforce note names, intervals, … Continue reading

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Keyboard Skills: Improvise, Harmonize, Compose, Transpose

Dr. Martha Baker-Jordan in Practical Piano Pedagogy calls this the “Black Hole” of piano teaching. These are functional keyboard skills that ideally every student should learn, but that many teachers either don’t know how to teach, or choose not to … 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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More Products from Longbow

Longbow Publishing is the source of some very good theory, piano and pedagogy products. Longbow is located in Surrey, British Columbia and the goal of the company is to provide unique and flexible study resources to students, private teachers, universities, retailers … Continue reading

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Modal Miniatures

One of the books featured in Mayfair’s Modal Moods Workshop is a collection of 15 Intermediate/Early Advanced pieces called Modal Miniatures by Eddie Harris. Music in the Medieval and Renaissance times was written in the different modes and quite a few … Continue reading

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