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A tour of the redesigned Clavier Companion

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Created on Friday, 15 November 2013 19:36

the piano magazine cover

You may have received the November/December issue of Clavier Companion, and I hope you've been enjoying it. If you haven't seen it yet, I invite you to take a look at the digital edition by visiting our website at www.claviercompanion.com. Better yet, subscribe today so you don't miss another issue!

There are many changes in this new issue, and I wanted to take you through some of them to give you a behind–the–scenes look at what is different. Before I discuss what is new, however, I want to stress that one thing has remained the same: the quality content that is at the core of every issue. While some things have a new look, and there is some new organization, we remain dedicated to bringing you practical, interesting, and informative articles to improve your learning, teaching, and playing. Our mission has not changed, nor will it ever change.

Building Your Website: Your Own Online Virtual Studio

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Created on Friday, 15 February 2013 13:41

Creating and Updating Your Online Persona

We live in a time when it is almost expected that every business have a web site or online storefront to compliment their brick and mortar store.  The same goes for music educators.  Those musicians and private studios that do not have their own website are missing out on getting leads from potential students as well simply making it easier for people to find and request your services.  Think about it a second, when was the last time you actually used a phone book to find something?  The majority of people now go straight to Google or another search engine when they want to research something.  If someone searches for “piano lessons in River City” the only way you will wind up there is if you have a well designed and optimized website in place.  So what do you need to do to not only get your studio online but also make it as fast and user friendly as possible?  Here are some suggestions.


Connecting a MIDI Keyboard with an iPad or Other iOS Device

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Created on Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:23

One of the most exciting things that you can do with an iPad is connect it to a MIDI keyboard and use it with interactive MIDI software. As the co-author of Home Concert Xtreme—a program available for Mac, PC, and iPad—I must confess that I am rather prejudiced in this regard!

In another blog installment, I’ll talk about some of the things that you can do when you connect your MIDI keyboard to an iPad. For now, I’ll focus on the mechanics of connecting the two. And, I’ll broaden the topic to include other iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPod touch.

Although I’ll refer to MIDI keyboards throughout the article, the same information applies to other MIDI devices, such as MIDI drums, MIDI pads, and MIDI tone generators.

(For those unfamiliar with the term, iOS refers to the operating system of mobile computing devices made by Apple. Mobile devices from other manufacturers use other operating systems, such as Android. At the present time, iOS offers software developers the most advanced MIDI support, and few programmers have produced MIDI software for alternative mobile operating systems.)

Do It Yourself! 4 Music Games on a Shoestring Budget

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Created on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:17

Sometimes students need hands-on, interactive ways to reinforce the musical concepts they are learning. If you are looking for games or activities for your students that won’t break your budget, here is a fun way to get started. Everyday thousands of lids for plastic containers of milk and other beverages are thrown away. With the help of your students, you can repurpose them as enjoyable learning tools. 

To create interest and student involvement, begin by collecting a few lids, and set them out them out in view of your students. Explain that you need the students to help you gather enough lids to play some music games. Sending e-mails to parents can also help your collection grow.


Controlling Your Computer from an iPad

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Created on Monday, 22 October 2012 14:20

Although there are many iPad apps that you might use in a classroom, there are probably just as many—if not many more—Mac or PC applications that facilitate your work as an instructor. Many modern classrooms are set up to project the teacher’s Mac or PC screen for the benefit of a class. Projection options include large flat screen monitors, projectors, and touchscreen display boards (such as Smart Board).

As discussed in my previous blog, there are ways in which you can take advantage of the connection between your computer and a large classroom display device to project your iPad’s screen wirelessly for the benefit of the class. This is achieved by using 3rd party software and Apple’s AirPlay technology to show the screen of your iPad (or other iOS device) on your computer screen. When your iPad becomes visible on your computer screen, it simultaneously becomes visible on the large display device that is viewed by your students.

What I am going to discuss today is the reverse of this situation: showing your Mac or PC screen on your iPad.

Mobile Apps for Group Instruction

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Created on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:08

You probably already know that mobile computing devices—such as iPad, Kindle Fire, and other tablets and smart phones—offer a lot of functionality for the educator who teaches either individual lessons or groups of students. At this point in time, there are lots of educational apps available, from metronomes to flash cards, to full-blown MIDI programs.

I am starting this series by discussing mobile apps that can be used in a classroom or other group situations and expect to devote the next several blog installments to this topic. Eventually I’ll move on to individual lessons and public performance.

Which Mobile Device Should I Get for Group Instruction?

In a group situation, you will get the most functionality out of a large tablet. A large tablet has much more screen real estate than a smart phone or an iPod touch. For this reason, the apps are easier to use and tend to be more sophisticated.

Which tablet should you buy?