Stephen Erickson, NCTM, heads up the piano department at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, where he teaches piano, piano pedagogy, and piano literature. His continuing search for unknown teaching repertoire ultimately led him to discover the life and times of Albert Pieczonka, by way of Pieczonka’s popular audience-pleaser, Ta...rantella in A minor. This in-depth biography of Pieczonka was published in Clavier Companion in 2008. Currently, Mr. Erickson is compiling a comprehensive list of rare audience-pleaser, competition-winning repertoire. More

Instant alto clef fluency

Reading alto clef can be a snap for pianists. In fact, if you can read the grand staff, you already have the skills necessary to read the alto clef fluently. The method to accomplish this is a simple one—it involves some imagery and an application of what you already know. Just envision the alto clef as the exact middle of a grand staff that has be...
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