Scott McBride Smith is Executive Director of the Young Keyboard Artists Association, in which capacity he directs a Sunnier Piano Institute involving some of the nation's tap artist-teachers and students. He is a well-known private teacher in Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University ot Southern California where he was...

Scott McBride Smith is Executive Director of the Young Keyboard Artists Association, in which capacity he directs a Sunnier Piano Institute involving some of the nation's tap artist-teachers and students. He is a well-known private teacher in Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University ot Southern California where he was co-winner of the Outstanding Graduate in Piano award.

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What are the most important aspects of technique to cover in the first years of piano study?

Every week, it seems, we hear of another  case of pianists' hand and arm problems. Well-known concert performers, up-and- coming young artists, promising students ... the list appears endless, and each pianist's affliction sounds more debilitating than the last. Are these injuries more frequent in today's musical world? Firm statistics are not...
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What Do We Mean by Technique, Anyway?

from the series: Let's Get Physical: Technique There was a time when keyboard technique seemed a comparatively simple affair. There's nothing remarkable about it, a gruff J. S. Bach told his friend J. F. Kohler. Hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself. For Bach, as for Mozart, a quiet seat, small motions with curv...
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