Helen Smith Tarchalski teaches in her independent studio in Maryland and on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College, and has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate. Her students have been featured performers with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and at...

Helen Smith Tarchalski teaches in her independent studio in Maryland and on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College, and has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate. Her students have been featured performers with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater. She serves as keyboardist for the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra and as a clinician throughout the United States.

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Winter 2020: Keyboard Kids

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Autumn 2019: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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Summer 2019: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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Spring 2019: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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January/February 2019: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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November/December 2018: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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July/August 2018: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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May/June 2018: Keyboard Kids Companion

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March/April 2018: Keyboard Kids Companion

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Jan/Feb 2018: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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Keyboard Kids' Companion: November/December 2017

Famous WorksFür Elise youtu.be/VL6HTVdzxAASymphony No. 3 youtu.be/InxT4S6wQf4"Moonlight" Sonata youtu.be/yuC1Avo4DeISymphony No. 5 youtu.be/FCbkaSFLf-4Symphony No. 9 youtu.be/rOjHhS5MtvA Meet the Composers: Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, on December 6, 1770. His family background was Dutch; the name Beethoven me...
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Keyboard Kids Companion: September/October 2017

Click here to download the solution Antonín DvořákBorn: September 8, 1841, in BohemiaDied: May 1, 1904, in CzechoslovakiaFact: Dvořák made a living composing and teaching at the Prague Conservatory in Czechoslovakia. In 1892, he came to America to work. While in the United States, he wrote the "New World" Symphony. Famous Works​Symphony No. 9,...
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Solution to the September/October Puzzle

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Keyboard Kids' Companion: July/August 2017

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Did you know? There has long been a fascination with the connection between the universe and music.In a theory known as the "Harmony of the Spheres," the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras proposed that the sun, moon, and planets put out their own unique sounds based on their orbits, that their movements can be explained in math, and th...
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Keyboard Kids' Companion: March/April 2017

Practice Project: Hand position reviewGood hand position is important for developing beautiful sound and clean rhythm. It also helps us to avoid using our hands and arms incorrectly, which can cause damage.Leon Fleisher, pianist and teacher at Peabody Conservatory, says that as pianists we should think of ourselves as "athletes of the small muscles...
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Thoroughly learned: Playing by memory and/or using the score

​Try that passage again with your eyes closed." I heard myself today repeating to a student the advice I heard from my own teachers during my student days. This simple practice technique can focus the mind, fine tune the capacity to listen, and expand the imagination. Practicing with eyes closed is one of many benefi ts we reap from memorizing...
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Opus 111: A revelation

No one questions that Beethoven's controversial choices in his work are appreciated as groundbreaking. But nearly anyone would question a choice made by a young pianist to deviate from instructions printed in Urtext scores. As a young student, celebrated pianist and best-selling author Seymour Bernstein made that conscious choice in a passage of Be...
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A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker, part II

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In the September/October issue, awardwinning biographer and former BBC producer Dr. Alan Walker shared discoveries and reflections on the life and work of Franz Liszt. Dr. Walker also discussed the early years of his own career and his evolution as a biographer and a leading Liszt authority. How has Liszt's reception evolved since his death?&n...
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A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker

A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker
More than 20,000 published works exist featuring charismatic trailblazer Franz Liszt. But biographer Alan Walker sets a new standard for Liszt scholarship, as well as musicological research and biographical writing. "The Volumes" (Dr. Walker's reference to his mammoth three-volume Liszt biography) have been honored by the Royal Philharmonic Society...
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Opposing perspectives

Respected as a celebrated concert artist throughout his lifetime, Sergei Rachmaninoff 's compositions were not as universally appreciated until more recent years, and were in fact sharply criticized at times. In this issue, Robert Palmieri provides an illuminating retrospective as he observes Rachmaninoff 's passionate public struggle aga...
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