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 and 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.

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I model practice with my students. Although the student sees the progress she makes in the lesson with our practice plan, she doesn't follow through at home. How can I help her use our practice plan at home so that she improves during the week? The word I most appreciate in your inquiry is "model." We should all model practice with our students dur...
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Preparing for Sonatinas

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Kelly Havens
So much information in a single hour. Thank you so much, Marvin!
Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:27
Rebekah Hang
Thank you very much for sharing your information with us! it is very helpful and inspiring! I always enjoy Marvin's seminar, they ... Read More
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 18:57
Sarah Roy
Thorough covering of this topic. Thanks, Marvin.
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 17:10
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Bach Inventions: Prepare, Present, Perform

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Linda Jackson
Thank you so much for this year and the wonderful webinars. I chose to wait until my year was over to listen to this final webina... Read More
Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:08
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Thoughts and Strategies for the New Teaching Year

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Sheron White
I loved this seminar. Such an inviting and conversational presentation. Thank you for the reminders, some new things, and the te... Read More
Monday, 14 September 2020 17:57
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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
Mary McCall Majerus
Thank you for well explained concepts in teaching technique and scale fingerings, Marvin. The verbalizing really does help and I ... Read More
Monday, 19 August 2019 21:10
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Octaves

Teaching Foundational Technique: Octaves
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Etudes

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Teaching Foundational Technique: Warm Ups for Teachers

Teaching Foundational Technique: Octaves
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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
HALYNA POPENKO
Thank you so much Marvin, so true !
Monday, 01 April 2019 21:19
Kimberly Wright
Thank you so much! You are so inspiring!
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 11:21
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Arpeggios Part 2

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Teaching Foundational Technique: Arpeggios Part 1

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aintnetty
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
Aarne Kela
I love these videos. Through them, I am having much more success with my students and am developing effective warmups.
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 18:26
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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 schedul...
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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
Carol Kandoll
Hello! I’m absolutely loving your webinars! I’ve been watching the ones on Elizabeth’s website as well. Your teaching style reso... Read More
Saturday, 04 May 2019 14:29
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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

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

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Margaret Buck
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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