OLIVIA ELLIS, DMA, NCTM, is Associate Professor of Music at Bryan College where she teaches piano, pedagogy, music theory, and piano ensemble. She is active in MTNA and recently served on the National Certification Commission. Dr. Ellis is a member of the Chiara Piano Duo and also enjoys sharing teaching tips on her blog at...
OLIVIA ELLIS, DMA, NCTM, is Associate Professor of Music at Bryan College where she teaches piano, pedagogy, music theory, and piano ensemble. She is active in MTNA and recently served on the National Certification Commission. Dr. Ellis is a member of the Chiara Piano Duo and also enjoys sharing teaching tips on her blog at creativepianoteacher.com. She holds a DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma.
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Pupil Saver: "Scherzo" from Four Fleeting Pieces, Op. 15 by Clara Wieck Schumann

Are you interested in teaching piano music by Clara Wieck Schumann to your students but don't know where to start? While Schumann's music is becoming more known and popular, it is typically her advanced works that are performed. She often wrote pieces for her own concerts—therefore, fast passagework, thick textures, an...

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Capers: Portraits in Jazz: No. 3 “Sweet Mister Jelly Roll” and No. 7 “Billie’s Song”

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Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Selections by Martha Mier from Jazz, Rags & Blues (many levels)"Chromatic Rag" by Margaret Goldston from The Virtuoso Performer Book One"Feelin' Moody" by Wesley Schaum from Jazz Styles Level Four Get Ready: creative activitie...

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The problems of Mozart’s concerti: Helping students find appropriate cadenzas

In the Spring of 2012, Clavier Companion sponsored its fifth annual Collegiate Writing Contest. College students at any level from any country in the world were invited to submit 1,500 word essays on a pedagogical topic of their choice. The grand prize was publication of the winning essay in Clavier Companion. The esteemed panel of j...

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