Marguerite Miller, Professor Emeritus at Wichita State University in Kansas, is a popular clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, consultant, and author. Her philosophy-Life Without Music Would Be A Mistake-prompts her continued interest in, dedication to, and involvement with piano pedagogy. She is a clinician for the Alfred Publishing Company and a mem...ber of the Baldwin Arts Foundation Advisory Board. More

Tomorrow Today: Technology

Marguerite Miller, Professor Emeritus at Wichita State University in Kannsas, is a popular clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, consultant, and author. Her philosophy—Life Without Music Would Be A Mistake—prompts her continued interest in, dedication to, and involvement with piano pedagogy. She is a clinician for the Alfred Publishing Company and...
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Does Practice on a Digital Keyboard in the Early Years of Study Prevent a Student From Becoming a Good Pianist? Part II

​In this issue, we continue with four more responses to the question first posed in the Spring 1995 issue regarding the use of digital keyboards for home practice. In keeping with the spirit of KEYBOARD COMPANION, we want to know your response to this question. I urge you to take the time to tell us your thoughts on this subject. We would especiall...
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How Does Technology Enhance Themed Recitals?

Why did I include the word "theme" in 'this issue's question about using technology in recitals? Because I have noticed a very welcome trend away from the traditional, once-a-year, too long, boring recital. Nowadays, many teachers present shorter programs with smaller numbers of students, often using theme-related subjects, to provide more frequent...
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What Is the New Monster Concert?

We are told that Louis Moreau Gottschalk, America's first matinee idol, was the creator of the "piano orchestra" or Monster Concert, which became a genuine institution in 19th-century America. In his memoirs, Gottschalk mentions a number of spectacular occasions when he employed mammoth musical forces. The ultimate was a concert in Havana in which ...
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How Do You Use New Technology in Teaching Improvisation?

​Everyone reading this magazine- teachers, students, parents- is a product of the 20th-century. That means that we are, in varying degrees, modern, progressive, and up-to-date in our attitudes, teaching, and expectations. Or does it? How many of you enjoy improvising? Do you regularly teach or even encourage your students to enjoy the kind of "spon...
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What Is the New Monster Concert? Part II

​Your response to the question,  ​What is the new monster concert? ​, in the Summer, 1994, Keyboard Companion, convinces me that many piano teachers are looking for an alternative to what, too often, has become the annual, long, boring, piano recital. I was also reminded that, as music educators, we should be  ​Arts Advocates ​, whic...
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How Do You Use a Sequencer To Prepare Your Own Practice/Performance Disks?

by Marguerite Miller To fully appreciate some of the technological wonders of today requires some knowledge of or experience with the equipment of the past. For example, my first use of a recording device was in the '50s, when I bought a Webster-Chicago wire recorder. Eager to use it and unbeknown to my students or their parents, I recorded ou...
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What Special Tips Do You Have for Preparing Multi-Keyboard Ensembles

from the series: ​Tomorrow Today: Technology Recycling is a buzzword of the '90s! You will probably agree that our topic for this issue, Multi-Keyboard Ensembles, is a recycled version of the Monster Concert. Earlier in this century, many concert pianists enjoyed this activity as a diversion. It was a way to "let down their hair" and indu...
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How Do You Use the New Technology in Group Teaching?

Although the term group teaching defies  a simple definition or universal application,  most piano teachers today include  some type of group activity in their teach i ng-  from regular weekly or monthly group  l essons to an occasional "practice recital. "  Likewise, every piano teacher uses some  form of technol...
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What technology do you have at home and how do you use it?

    ​During the past decade many students have been exposed to technology-at school, in their piano lessons, at retail stores, arcades, MTV, etc. As a result, many families have purchased some technology for home use. What did they buy, why did they buy it, and how are they using it-that's what we asked students to tell us....
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How does technology enhance your traditional approach to teaching?

Overheard at a piano teachers' gathering: "I'm an old-fashioned, traditional teacher and proud of it. I don't want ANY MACHINES in my studio. Mechanical devices would interfere with my personal, creative approach to teaching."  Considering the source of this comment - a much-admired, highly successful piano teacher - I was forced to think abou...
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Tomorrow Today: Technology

Marguerite Miller, pianist, teacher, author, adjudicator, clinician, and consultant, is Professor Emeritus at Wichita State University where she was Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Head of the Piano Pedagogy/Group Piano Program.  She is a member of the Baldwin Arts Foundation Advisory Board and the Keyboard Teachers VideoConference Committ...
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