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

Teaching Foundational Technique: Scales, Part 2

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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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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
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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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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

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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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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
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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.
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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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Independent Study Project

When I taught on the college level, I would frequently assign my freshman and sophomore students a composition to be learned on their own. No help from me. They might listen to recordings and would sometimes play for friends, but the preparation was basically independent study. Junior and senior level students would be assigned one of those indepen...
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Purple Moments

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  ​Plant a Purple Moment in every lesson. Call it what you will – every lesson needs at least one. Perhaps it came in the duet you played with the student. The ritardando and diminuendo in the last two measures left both you and the student momentarily speechless. It might have been with a piece that had been practiced slowly for several weeks...
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Making music come alive

In my early years of teaching I clearly remember commenting about my students' playing to my husband, "All the notes and rhythms are correct, but they don't sound that good. I'm not sure how to help them make the music 'come alive'." I certainly have many more ideas and solutions than I did as a beginning teacher, and have learned a great deal from...
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