Marvin Blickenstaff is known among piano teachers throughout the country for his teaching, lecturing, performing, and publishing. Currently he maintains a private studio in the Philadelphia area and teaches at The New School for Music Study in Princeton. Blickenstaff is the former Board President of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy an...d is on the Executive Planning Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. In 2007 the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum published tributes to Blickenstaff honoring his contribution to piano teaching in America. Also in 2007 he was named Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He was honored in 2009 with MTNA’s highest honor, the MTNA Achievement Award, and was selected in 2013 by the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy for its Lifetime Achievement Award. More

Technique Q & A with Marvin Blickenstaff

To celebrate the full release of the Teaching Foundational Technique series, Marvin Blickenstaff answers additional technique questions from our viewers. How do you build a good hand position and prevent buckled nail joints?  How do you effectively teach scale fingerings hands together? How do you develop hand independence?   Ho...
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Clinton Pratt
I have 2 follow-up questions to the video on building a hand position to prevent collapsed joints: 1. How do you progress from t... Read More
Monday, 15 April 2019 17:21
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Etudes

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Teaching Foundational Technique: Octaves

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Teaching Foundational Technique: Warm Ups for Teachers

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William Westney
I am in total agreement with this - the essentialness of warming up, and how large, physical and free-wheeling good warming up can... Read More
Thursday, 21 March 2019 09:46
hpkp
Thank you so much Marvin, so true !
Monday, 01 April 2019 21:19
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Arpeggios Part 2

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Teaching Foundational Technique: Arpeggios Part 1

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Thank you for sharing with us these very helpful videos.
Wednesday, 06 February 2019 17:31
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Scale Routines

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Jonathan Flowers
Hello, Marvin. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your videos on teaching foundational technique. Thank you for sharing your treas... Read More
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:55
Vivien Herren
Your videos are practical and easy to understand....thank you!
Monday, 14 January 2019 14:16
Linda Jamer
I have enjoyed your videos on teaching scales and arpeggios. Thank you for the many different ideas to make it fun as well as the... Read More
Friday, 15 February 2019 11:44
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Scales, Part 2

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Andrew McMillan
Great stuff and very helpful. I hope there will be similar videos covering arpeggios and dominant 7ths. Regards Andrew
Saturday, 19 January 2019 17:20
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Scales, Part 1

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Teaching Foundational Technique: Chords

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Technical Routines for Busy Teachers

  Did you enjoy this webinar? Please complete our brief survey to help us improve our webinar series and continue to bring you the highest quality resources in piano teaching. Survey Mr. Blickenstaff kindly prepared a handout to accompany this presentation, which includes suggestions for warm ups to fit different amounts of time in your schedu...
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Daniel Tsukamoto
Can you show me how teach my online piano student as to how to properly reach the octaves? Her hands are small and can't reach oct... Read More
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:37
Harry Montoya
Por favor mejoren las tomas de video para mejor ilustración de aspectos como las rotaciones que requiren aproximaciones de cámara ... Read More
Sunday, 14 April 2019 00:43
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Finger Independence

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Teaching Foundational Technique: Major Key Study

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Terrence Butler
This is good . As a piano teacher I’m always looking for different ways to teach foundational principles!
Monday, 12 November 2018 13:33
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Five Finger Patterns

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Clinton Pratt
Brilliant! I love Marvin and the way he explains things so simply but well-thought out to provide students a strong foundation.... Read More
Friday, 09 November 2018 08:33
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Warm-ups

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Daniel Tsukamoto
I think this post is very useful no matter what level the performer or piano student is.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 17:02
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Off to a Great Start – Promoting Success in the New Teaching Year

Did you enjoy this webinar? Please complete our brief survey to help us improve our webinar series and continue to bring you the highest quality resources in piano teaching. Click here to take the survey
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Thank you Marvin. I really enjoyed your clear ideas. Good to have confirmation of what I already do and great to get new ideas to ... Read More
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 20:57
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Teaching Little Ears to Hear

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Margaret Buck
Point for thought...the ears control the fingers. I never structured that thought before, but it is so true. If you know what soun... Read More
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 22:27
Susan Berg
I always love hearing Marvin Blickenstaff! He always has so many wonderful teaching ideas, and communicates his love of teaching a... Read More
Saturday, 05 January 2019 15:45
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Pedagogy 101: Planting the Seeds for Success

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Albert Halls
Marvin your webinar was very helpful and reinforced my teaching, but I am going to add the interval to my teaching.
Monday, 07 May 2018 22:11
antonelaf
This was very helpful! Thank you- Where can I find some similar rote pieces? Thanks again!
Monday, 21 May 2018 13:14
Margaret Buck
Thank you for this interesting video. I loved the idea of the cluster to make various ways of connecting with the keyboard. Also g... Read More
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 22:21
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The many faces of music: Pre-conference keynote address, NCKP 2015

As past president of the Board of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, let me offer each of you a warm welcome to this 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. It is our hope that you will find each session on the program inspirational, challenging, and packed with practical information for use in your teaching.  And now, let ...
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The power of one--a legacy of beautiful music

Back in the 1930s a young Venezuelan pianist wished to further her musical studies , and did exactly what many aspiring musicians from North and South America chose to do in those days: she went to Europe to study. After completing her studies in Paris, she made two life-altering decisions: she returned home to Venezuela, and she became a nun. Sist...
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