Craig Sale is Director of the Preparatory and Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, IL, where he also teaches courses in piano pedagogy. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Professional Teaching Certificate from The New School f...or Music Study where he received his pedagogical training from Frances Clark.  More

Introducing students to the music of Schumann

B ecause of the textural , technical, and interpretive demands of music from the Romantic era, students usually do not encounter it until their early intermediate years. Most likely some of the first Romantic compositions a student will study will be by Robert Schumann, whose bicentennial is being celebrated this year. In this issue Sharon Stosur, ...
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When using an intervallic approach, how do you develop faster note recognition? - Expanding on the "blueprint"

If were asked to name the most frequent mistake made by teachers, I would cite the belief that a method or set of materials is complete in and of itself. This belief inevitably leads to some frustration with the materials, and teachers may even abandon the materials to try something else. In reality, every method needs supplements provided by the t...
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How do you integrate composition into your teaching of music reading?

Imagine an elementary school classroom in which students are taught how to read a written language both out loud and to their selves. They have vocabulary drills, spelling tests, reading comprehen sion tests, etc. Yet these same children are never asked to converse or to write down an original thought. Would they be considered literate? If these st...
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