Sam Holland  holds the Algur H. Meadows Chair and serves as Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of more than 70 critically acclaimed piano method and repertoire collections.

Louise Goss: In Memoriam

Louise Goss: In Memoriam
In April, the world of piano pedagogy lost a legend. In the following pages, friends and colleagues of Louise Goss pay tribute with remembrances and recollections.  In the "old days," all senior piano majors at Oberlin were required to take piano pedagogy. I will never forget the excitement our professor exuded when she presented to us the bra...
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Teaching Tips from Louise Goss

Teaching Tips from Louise Goss
Louise Goss was a superb clinician and speaker. She had great clarity in her thinking about musical learning and an extraordinary vocabulary, but the quality that stood out above all else was her immense practicality. Most of these quotes are excerpts from transcripts of her public lectures delivered to groups of piano teachers.  I often wish ...
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Questions and Answers

​Q:  Recently I've noticed that creativity as a theme for conferences and workshops seems to be coming up more and more. What are your thoughts on creativity in piano lessons for the average student? A: I'm glad you asked because I'm on a mis-sion. First, I believe (no, I know ) that all children are naturally creative—until we teach it out of...
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In lieu of questions in this issue, the author will share recollections of Louise Goss, visionary teacher, author, composer, editor, and friend who passed away this Spring. If you're lucky in life, you may encounter a teacher who changes everything. Louise was one of those teachers for me. The most powerful teaching doesn't go on in the classr...
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Q: How can I learn to use social media to improve and expand my studio business? A: In the last column, I mentioned that if you're not contemplating retirement in the near future, you need an online presence that includes a website, a professional Facebook page, a LinkedIn account, and a Twitter account (at least).  At the Frances Clark Center...
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Q:  ​What does the Teaching Artist movement have to do with me as an independent piano teacher? A: In the last column (November/December 2013), I responded to a question about Teaching Artists. We discussed the underlying value of "engagement before information" and briefly examined two types of activities pioneered by Teaching Artists: Intera...
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Q: Recently I've seen the term "Teaching Artist" appear in stories on education and the arts in my hometown newspaper. What is a Teaching Artist? Is a Teaching Artist different from an Artist Teacher? And should I, as an independent piano teacher, learn more about "teaching artistry?"  A: I'm delighted to see the term "Teaching Artist" get att...
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Alessio Bax Italian Virtuoso

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First Prize winner In the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in 2000, and at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 1997, 31-year-old Italian pianist Alessio Bax has sure-handedly established himself as one of the most accomplished performers in the world. Praised by the international press, his performances have been described as...
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