Steve Betts is Dean of Humanities and Education at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and a managing editor for Clavier Companion. He is a contributing author to The Frances Clark Library for Piano Students and has presented research at state and national conferences.

A legacy of excellence: An interview with John and Nancy Weems

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Through their teaching, John and Nancy Weems have instilled in their students a love for music and a commitment to artistic pianism. In addition to a long-standing record of top awards in local, district, and state Texas Music Teachers Association competitions, John has taught winners of the National MTNA Baldwin Junior Achievement Award, the Natio...
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Summer Piano Study: Ideas and Inspirations

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While routine can be valid and effective for piano students and teachers, sometimes a break from the usual can be refreshing. After nine months of the school-year schedule, the summer months provide an ideal time for the exploration of new approaches. The benefits of summer study include the freedom to try a different format for your teaching—if yo...
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An Interview with Randall and Nancy Faber

Whether they reach an elementary student using  ​Piano Adventures ​, five- or six-year-old playing a composition from  ​My First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner ​, or a teacher gleaning information from one of their workshops, Randall and Nancy Faber influence piano students and teachers around the world.  ​ Randall ...
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Time-saving tips for teachers

Music teachers have always been busy people. Many of us juggle more than one job—teaching, performing, church work—in addition to the personal aspects of our lives. How do we maintain control of our schedules, environments, and commitments as we help bring the joy of learning music to our students? This article will explore both foundational princi...
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