Michael Clark, NCTM, is pianist and teacher at Music Academy of Houston. He is currently pursuing a DMA in performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His primary teachers include Robert Roux, Nancy Weems, and Jennifer Hayghe, and he studied pedagogy with John Weems and Courtney Crappell. Recent projects include a publication in... the MTNA e-Journal and poster presentations at the MTNA National Conference and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Clark earned his MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and his BM in Piano Performance at Ithaca College. More

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...
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