Bruce Berr has been an independent teacher and university professor of piano and pedagogy for a long time. He is known nationally as a clinician, educational composer and arranger, and author on a wide variety of topics related to teaching, music, and piano. His column on personal observations "ad lib" appears regularly in American...

Bruce Berr has been an independent teacher and university professor of piano and pedagogy for a long time. He is known nationally as a clinician, educational composer and arranger, and author on a wide variety of topics related to teaching, music, and piano. His column on personal observations "ad lib" appears regularly in American Music Teacher magazine, and he has been editor of this department since 1997. 

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How do you teach the rhythm challenges in Debussy's Clair de lune?

In this department over the past thir teen years, many authors and myself   have alluded to two different meanings of the term "rhythm."  Prosaic  rhythm (also called counting rhythm) is the mere timing of events decoded from the printed page using counting or other methods. Poetic rhythm is much broader, encompassing virtually every...
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