MICHAEL CLARK is Adjunct Instructor of Piano at Lone Star College and the founder of Piano Tricks (https://pianotricks.net). He holds a DMA from Rice University and teaches students of all ages in his Houston-based private studio. Clark has performed and presented in 11 states including at conferences hosted by Harvard University, MTNA, and the...
MICHAEL CLARK is Adjunct Instructor of Piano at Lone Star College and the founder of Piano Tricks (https://pianotricks.net). He holds a DMA from Rice University and teaches students of all ages in his Houston-based private studio. Clark has performed and presented in 11 states including at conferences hosted by Harvard University, MTNA, and the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. His pedagogical writing is published in Piano Magazine and the MTNA e–Journal.
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Bacewicz: II. March from Children's Suite

Bacewicz-March

Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos No. 131: FourthsSergei Prokofiev: March, Op. 65, No. 10 Get Ready: creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate su...

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Autumn 2021: Play the Octaves with Two Hands: Chopin's and Liszt's Redistributions in Their Own Works

The practice of playing one or more notes with a different hand than prescribed by the composer, commonly known as "redistribution," is used widely by pianists today, though the practice has its critics. Some pianists contend that redistribution violates the composer's intent and should be avoided. Other performers, especially&n...

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Quick Teaching Tips: Uploading Videos to YouTube

Learn the basics of uploading videos to YouTube. Presented by Michael Clark.

Quick Teaching Tips: Uploading Videos to Google Drive

Learn the basics of uploading videos to Google Drive. Presented by Michael Clark. 

Quick Teaching Tips: Uploading a Video from Your Phone

 Learn the basics of uploading videos from your phone. Presented by Michael Clark.

Quick Teaching Tips: Uploading to Dropbox

 Learn the basics of uploading videos to Dropbox. Presented by Michael Clark.

Survival of the fittest: A reevaluation of traditional scale and arpeggio fingerings

Fingering holds a foundational place in fine piano technique. In the words of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, "More is lost through poor fingering than can be replaced by all conceivable artistry and good taste."1 For many pianists, traditional fingerings for scales and arpeggios are chiseled in stone. Codified in C.P.E. Bach's Essay on the Tr...

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