Helping at Home: A Parent's Point of View

How Do You Buy Supplemental Music For Your Child? ​ Miami, Florida . Kristen Smith, nine, loves to visit music stores with her dad. Peter Smith, a choir member who plays piano by ear, peruses music for appropriate material and sings to Kristen as they shop. Then she decides whether or not to buy. Their collection includes hymns, Christmas...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

Elizabeth Van Ness teaches music appreciation and enrichment in Los Angeles area public schools. A mother of two daughters, she believes that students benefit when parents work in cooperation with teachers. In addition to teaching, Elizabeth is a writer for computer programs, television, and magazines, including Keyboard Companion's A Parent's Poin...
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How Can You Give Your Talent Away?

Every student knows, or at least can imagine, the feeling of pride and joy musicians take from giving a performance that is appreciated by others. It's a feeling that's inspiring as well as gratifying. As one teacher writes in her students' assignment books, "To keep your talent, you must give it away!"  Unfortunately, "giving away talent" may...
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How Do You Take Care of Your Piano?

Vancouver, Washington. Martha Sharman's 1922 Steinway living room grand was a wedding present to her husband's grandmother. "She was quite a pianist," remembers Martha. "When she married, her husband took her to New York to the Steinway factory, where she selected the piano and had it shipped home to Galveston, Texas. In her last years she suffered...
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What Are the Signs of Talent?

Many a parent whose child begins piano lessons wonders, "Does my child have any talent?" The question itself seems to spawn several others: How can a parent find an accurate answer? Once answered, what should the parent do with the information? Even more to the point-should the question be asked in the first place? In this issue, we've asked severa...
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How Did You Choose a Summer Music Camp?

Moscow, Russia Dione Biondi Knowles lives in Tacoma, Washington, but she's traveled the world to find a good summer piano program. At 14, she studied at the Ecole Normal de Musique in Paris. Then last year, she moved into a dorm near Red Square to take lessons at the Moscow State Conservatory's program for very well prepared, advanced musicians. As...
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Which Music Computer Programs Do You Use at Home?

Lexington, South Carolina Award-winning piano student Andrew  Capobianco, 8, works with state of the art computer programs  at his teacher's studio, then uses affordable music games software  at home: ''You try to find a quarter note on th e screen. Or you push  down the button for as long as the note is supposed to be . I like ...
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How did you choose the digital keyboard in your home?

​San Jose, California "I like my students to experience all different media," comments Carol Herndon, author/host of Herndon Wood's video-taped theory lessons. So, when Carol spied an inventory close-out ad, she bought four of the seven Yamaha MIDI-controllable keyboards in stock. That evening, Carol proudly showed her students her new purchas...
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