Deborah Rambo Sinn has had a successful career as a pianist, educator, and author. She holds a doctorate from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler. She is the author of Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist’s Guide to Musical Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2013). In addition to her teaching in the studio and...
Deborah Rambo Sinn has had a successful career as a pianist, educator, and author. She holds a doctorate from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler. She is the author of Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist’s Guide to Musical Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2013). In addition to her teaching in the studio and online, she serves as the Director of Digital Content and Operations for Clavier Companion Magazine.
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July/August 2018: Editor's Column

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The Debussy Debate With this issue, we celebrate the centennial of Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Pianists and piano teachers hold him in high esteem as one of the great composers, and, as proof, we still teach and perform his works (and dedicate magazine issues to him). His bold experimentation with harmony, breaks from traditional rules, and colorfu...
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June 14

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1835 Birth of Russian composer and pianist Nikolai Grigoryevich Rubinstein in Moscow. Brother of Anton. He died in Paris on March 23, 1881. 
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July/August 2018: First Looks, New Music Reviews

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Six Progressive Sonatinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 36, by Muzio Clementi. Authentic Revised Edition ("With Considerable Improvements"), edited by Arthur Houle. This volume presents Clementi's ubiquitous Op. 36 Sonatinas in "the first and only definitive critical edition based on all the primary sources, with extensive notes on performance practice ...
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June 9

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1912 - Premiere of Igor Stravinsky's four-hand piano version of the score for The Rite of Spring . Soloists were Claude Debussy and Stravinsky!  
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May 18

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1909 Death of Spanish composer and pianist Isaac Albéniz in Cambo-les-Bains, France, just before his 49th birthday. He was born on May 29, 1860.
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, pianist, teacher, and editor, Keith Porter-Snell

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Keith, this column is generally reserved for composers , but you are much more than this as a pianist, composer, teacher, and editor. Which hat do you like best? That's a difficult question. I think of myself first as a pianist, but that's because it's the genesis for everything else I do. Teaching has been an inexhaustible fascination for me since...
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May/June 2018: Editor's Column

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The balance of things Our topic this month, "Consider this: Inclusion, Ideas, and Innovations," invites you to explore this expanding universe of piano pedagogy. For some Clavier Companion readers, you will find yourself admiring those who work with disadvantaged populations. For others, you may find yourself wanting to learn more so that you can i...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, Glenda Austin

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What kind of composer are you?  I would say I am a "fly by the seat of my pants" composer. At least it's been that way for the last several years. It seems I have very little time to just sit down and compose. I teach general music in school, accompany several choirs and vocal lessons at the local University, and play weekly at a Methodist chu...
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March/April 2018: Editor's Column

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I admit it: technology has won a  firm, long-lasting place in my heart.  At present, I own two iPads, an iMac, an  iPhone, a laptop, a music video camera,  and a number of digital pianos. Other  odds and ends of plug-in equipment and  Bluetooth gadgets litter my home and  studio. These are all completely necessary...
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January 31

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1986 Premiere of Joan Tower's Piano Concerto Homage to Beethoven ​ with the  Hudson Valley Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Imre Pallo and Jacquelyn M. Helin as pianist. (photo Noah Sheldon)
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January 28

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  1927 Premiere of Aaron Copland's Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony conducted by Serge Koussevitzky with Copland as soloist.
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January 5

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1931- Birth of Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel in Wiesenburg, Moravia.
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: We are related: a few extra stories from China

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Rambo meets Rocky "We are related!" said the young communist translator assigned to us in Guangzhou. We had been warned that the official translators were there to watch us closely, so I was caught off guard. "How is that?" I asked. "Because you are Rambo, and my American name is Rocky." As unexpected as it was to find Sylvester Stal...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, Lynda Lybeck-Robinson

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I met Lynda on FaceBook about five years ago and life has brought us together in real life many times since. The harmony in her compositions is a refreshingly unexpected departure from much of the pedagogical literature, and my students (young and old) all know who Ms. Lynda is. She mentions " Coal Miner's Lullaby"  from Alaska ...
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Editor's Column: The students we meet

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In this issue, you will meet several teachers who have experienced profound cross-cultural exchanges. Personally, I have delighted in working with students from more than fourteen countries, giving me a framework for identifying with the work of the authors here. However, my takeaway went much further than nodding my head as I recalled my own adven...
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Jan/Feb 2018: First Looks - Apps for teaching

Adult beginner piano students enroll in lessons because playing the piano has been on their bucket list for years. Coupled with their excitement comes a realization, though. They may be "masters" at their current profession, but, when sitting at the keyboard, adults become well aware of what they don't know. It's our job as teachers to help them de...
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Tax-deductible Donations

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If you're planning your end-of-the-year tax-deductible donations, please consider a donation to The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, a 501 (c) (3) organization, or one of its three divisions: the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Clavier Companion magazine, and the New School for Music Study. With your gift, the Ce...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, Christopher Norton

What kind of composer are you?  I've been known as an educational composer since the 1980s, partly because I was a victim of my own success! Arriving in the UK in 1977, I was soon published by Universal Edition – three Christmas publications, including Carol Jazz, a book of late intermediate improvisations on Christmas carols. But it was Micro...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: A conversation with Pamela Mia Paul, pre-screening jurist for the 2017 Cliburn Competition.

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During January and February of 2017, five jurors traveled the world to choose the 30 finalists for the Cliburn competition. The initial screeners, Lydia Artymiw, Anton Nel, and Angela Cheng, read applications and listened to online videos from 290 initial applicants! That team pared the list down to 146. The pre-screening jury, consisting of Dmitri...
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What about that bass?

As piano teachers, we commonly show our students how composers divide pieces into three parts, such as in Sonata or Minuet and Trio forms. What  is often missed is that most music is composed with a vertical division of three as well. We are adept at teaching  students to focus on—and voice—the melodic  content. However, often overlo...
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