Joyce Cameron is nationally certified in piano and piano pedagogy by the Music Teachers National Association. She is best known for her work with KEYBOARD COMPANION, for her published descriptions of the demonstration teaching at .the 1988 and 1990 meetings of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and for coordinating the NCPP Learning...

Joyce Cameron is nationally certified in piano and piano pedagogy by the Music Teachers National Association. She is best known for her work with KEYBOARD COMPANION, for her published descriptions of the demonstration teaching at .the 1988 and 1990 meetings of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and for coordinating the NCPP Learning Theory/Piano Pedagogy Liaison Committee bibliography project. She is currently engaged in a program of studies in research design, statistics, and cognitive psychology.

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From the Inside Out: Motivation

​ Joyce Cameron is nationally certified in piano and piano pedagogy by the Music Teachers National Association. She is best known for her work with KEYBOARD COMPANION, for her published descriptions of the demonstration teaching at the 1988 and 1990 meetings of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and for coordinating the NCPP Learn...
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How Do You Motivate the MTV Lover to Be a Serious Piano Student?

The two contributors to this issue were asked to answer the same question- How do you motivate the MTV lover to be a serious piano student? However, having spent some time with their responses, it seems clear that they have answered two different questions. Thus, before you read what they have written, I invite you to consider the nature of this ki...
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How Do You Balance Your Emphasis on Accuracy and Interpretation?

In the last issue, students and parents responded to the question, What makes piano study a positive experience for you or your child? , and I invited readers to read the comments and to form their own conceptualization of recurrent theme(s). As I searched for common themes, it seemed to me that the major one was that the teachers of these children...
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How Do You Renew Your Enthusiasm for Teaching Each Year?

The feeling engendered by teaching can span the full range of human emotion-stimulating, routine, exciting, boring, satisfying, frustrating, fulfilling, discouraging, and so on. In fact, using the language of today's bumper stickers, these feelings can range from "I " teaching" to "I'd rather be _____," filling in the blank with any activity t...
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How Do You Decide What to Say After Your Student Finishes Playing? Part II

Piano teachers have to make dozens, perhaps hundreds, of decisions during each teaching day. But, have you ever really thought about how you make all of those decisions? Do you just say the first thing that comes to mind? Do you have a particular procedure for deciding? In the Autumn 1993 issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION, Alana and Richard Kennell ...
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How Do You Use Improvisation to Motivate Your Students?

Improvisation, in the sense of the simultaneous composition and performance of music, or in the sense of using available musical materials to fulfill an immediate need, has been a part of keyboard music making for centuries. Yet, many current piano students have not had the opportunity to explore this dimension of music making. ...
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What Makes Piano Study a Positive Experience for You/for Your Child

​ ​by Joyce Cameron with the help of seven students and parents Imagine. You have engaged in some activity for a number of weeks- or months- or years. Now you sit back and think about what you have been doing. How do you go about evaluating your participation in this activity?​ It is likely that you find yourself grouping qualities o...
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Can a Student Have Fun and Learn at the Same Time?

Fun, a simple three letter word which is probably a part of every young child's vocabulary, can be used to communicate two very different kinds of meaning. One meaning is pejorative in nature; the other is associated with the experience of pleasure. The resulting potential for confusion can be seen in the following pairs of sentences:  Do...
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From the Inside Out: Motivation

How Do You Decide What to Say After Your Student Finishes Playing? In any teaching/learning situation, a teacher's behavior is the result of decisions made before, during, and after a particular teaching/learning transaction. The difficulty for piano teachers who would like to improve their teaching is that rarely do we get an opportunity to observ...
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How Do You Motivate Your Teenagers?

For the rare student, motivation just   seems to take care of itself, but with  many teens, the problem of motivation can  seem to be beyond the reach of a teacher's  best efforts. Yet, both of the contributors to  this issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION have  had notable success in their work with stu dents  of this age...
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How do you find the musical messages in a piece of music?

​The task of responding to this question is daunting, especially if one considers that musicians and philosophers have argued about the nature of music, and of musical communication, for centuries. Yet, I do not believe that the task is impossible. Certainly one way to find the musical messages in a piece of music is by careful, theoretical analysi...
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How Do You Encourage a Student's Involvement in the Movement of Music?

Movement in music occurs on many levels. It can be felt in one's body as a conscious - or unconscious - physical response to a vibrant march, a soothing lullaby, or some other sort of music. It can be studied through a consideration of issues related to pulse, rhythm, phrase structure, phrase shape, and musical form. And, in teaching, physical move...
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From the Inside Out: Motivation

Joyce Cameron, Assistant Professor of  Music at Wright State University , Dayton, Ohio, teaches piano performance, piano pedagogy, and functional keyboard skills.  For over 25 years, she has searched for answers to two questions: "How can I help piano students become independent learners?" and "How can I help students cultivate the creati...
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