Louise L. Goss is a co-founder, along with Frances Clark, of The New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ. She is an author and editor of The Music Tree series and the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students. She is Chair Emerita of the Board of Trustees of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.

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Q. This year I have put all of my private students into repertoire classes. I am surprised and delighted with the students' response and with the difference the classes seem to be making in the students' enjoyment and motivation. However, I have not yet succeeded in helping my students make worthwhile criticisms or valid suggestions about one anoth...
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Q. I think I had a pretty good college pedagogy class, but I am still unsure about what to include in my student's lesson assignments. Could you offer some guidance on this subject? A. Planning the student's lesson assignment is one of the piano teacher's most important responsibilities. A carefully thought-out and well-balanced assignment takes mu...
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Q: I currently have a new beginner who appears to have perfect pitch. While she has her back turned to the piano, I can play any pitch and she can repeat it exactly, without yet knowing key names. In addition, she can play any simple early-elementary piece by ear after one hearing, without any reference to reading. How can I help her overcome ...
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Preparing for Liszt  The Questions & Answers column of Clavier Companion typically deals with issues related to elementary and intermediate level piano instruction. This issue of our magazine is devoted to a celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Franz Liszt. Most of Liszt's compositions are so demanding, both in their musical cha...
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Q. I understand that you believe in swinging, clapping, and tapping as methods for developing rhythmic security in young students. Please suggest the ways in which you use each modality in your own teaching. A. All three methods are invaluable ways in which to develop rhythmic security in young students. All are equally important, but each has its ...
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Question I took a two-semester course in piano pedagogy in college, and I am now teaching professionally. I do not feel that my preparation in lesson planning was adequate. Could you give me some help?  Answer Lesson planning is one of the most important teaching skills we have to learn, and if it was not covered sufficiently in your pedagogy ...
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Question  I have  been reading about the phases of learning: Prepara tion , Presentation, and Generalization. I believe I understand the concept, and am eager to try it in my teaching, but I'm not sure I understand how it works in a practical sense. Could you take one area of learning and outline a way in which I could use it in my teachi...
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Questions How do you begin teaching memory, and approximately when in a student's study do you begin?   Answer I like to begin memorizing within the first few weeks of study and continue it as a regular part of piano lessons from then on. Like every other discovery, memory should first be a secure and pleasant experience before it is given a n...
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