An interview with Seymour Fink, master technician

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"But that's the way my professor showed it to me!" Her eyes were open wide, her voice a wail. I was talking to a young teacher whose student had just played—poorly—in an international festival. In a subsequent masterclass I tried to show her a more efficient, better sounding way to teach her students to play chords. It hadn...
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Spring 2020: Recordings

Tan, a longtime friend and collaborator of George Crumb, introduces Book 1 of Crumb's first large-scale work since his monumental Makrokosmos, composed forty years ago. Based on paintings by a variety of twentieth-century artists, these ten works translate visual art into sound with Crumb's signature extended effects and musical quotations. "Wheatf...
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Screens are the new stages: How mobile devices and computers are changing performance

Screens are the new stages: How mobile devices and computers are changing performance
What a great honor it was to be asked to write an article for this series about the future of piano teaching. I feel that so much has already been stated by a number of my colleagues, and of course I concur that we do not have to fear the future and technological change. As others have noted, adapting your teaching to continual changes in technolog...
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Piano Teaching Programs Reviewed: eNovative Piano

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Overview:Subscription-based; there are a range of price plans for individual students, individual teachers, and institutions Technology required—Internet- connected computer, phone, tablet, PDF reader, Adobe Flash Website—www.enovativepiano.com Customer support includes online tutorial videos  Pros:Excellent pedagogical approach ...
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Flipping piano classes and lessons with rich online video content

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This is the ScreenFlow editing environment. Mario has captured the animated, on-screen keyboard as well as his own hands on a real keyboard. He has additionally added fingerings to the video using the annotation tools of ScreenFlow. Over the past several years, enrollment in my group piano classes at Stephen F. Austin State University has stea...
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The Future of Piano Teaching - Flipping the Music Studio: Ideas for using YouTube in your Teaching

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Editor's note: In the November/December 2014 issue, Clavier Companion launched a series of articles addressing the future of piano teaching. The following article is part of that series, which will continue in future issues. At the recent National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, I opened my session by asking if anyone used YouTube. Everyone r...
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The power of one--a legacy of beautiful music

Back in the 1930s a young Venezuelan pianist wished to further her musical studies, and did exactly what many aspiring musicians from North and South America chose to do in those days: she went to Europe to study. After completing her studies in Paris, she made two life-altering decisions: she returned home to Venezuela, and she became a nun.Sister...
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When our Piano Students Inspire Others: The Socially Conscious Piano Studio

Engaging in acts of kindness and collaboration is a mainstay of healthy living and a profound way to head off feelings of isolation, burnout, and depression. At the age students typically start piano lessons, they are also reaching a developmental stage in which they begin to think outside of themselves. All schools implement statewide curriculum g...
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Community Music Schools as Advocates for Social Justice

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As music educators we know that music serves multiple functions across society. Music helps a community mourn the loss of a friend, it serves as a chant at a sporting event, it gives space for self-expression, it inspires a cause, and so much more. Music is found across all cultures, social strata, and races. It might be hip-hop, rap, orchestral, j...
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These impacts may contain the following: giving a general music learning program in a whitened area school district. We had market... Read More
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Autumn 2019: Recordings

FARRENC: VARIATIONS FOR PIANOBiliana Tzinlikova, pianoPaladino Music PMR 0088[Total Time: 53:02]www.paladino.atThis is a significant new recording of Louise Farrenc's piano works. The program consists of four sets of variations, all written in the 1830s, including Air russe varié (on the composer's own theme), one on the cavatina "Nel veder la...
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January/February 2019: Editor's Page

Celebrating Ten Years of Clavier Companion: Returning to Our Roots and Embracing ChangeIf we do not change, we risk failing to grow and evolve as human beings. The same can be said for organizations and for resources that we depend on for our professional development. At the dawn of the new year, I am pleased...
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How Do You Renew Your Enthusiasm for Teaching Each Year?

The feeling engendered by teaching can span the full range of human emotion-stimulating, routine, exciting, boring, satisfying, frustrating, fulfilling, discouraging, and so on. In fact, using the language of today's bumper stickers, these feelings can range from "I " teaching" to "I'd rather be _____," filling in the blank with any activity t...
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NCKP 2019 PEDx9 Preview: Crossing the Divide: Latitude 49 and the Evolution of Chamber Music

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Blending the finesse of a classical ensemble with the drive and precision of a rock band, members of Latitude 49 come together from across the United States and Canada to bring dynamic performances into venues large and small. Our diversity of experience is our strength: a variety of thought, background, and aptitude enhances what we can create tog...
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Change It Up!: Interleaved Practice–What It Is, Why It Works

What is Interleaved Practice? Repetition is the most time-honored method of learning anything new, be it basketball, math, or piano. Practice! And practice some more. But how do we structure practicing? How musicians or math students organize their practice and study time is not frequently discussed or thought about in great detail. Music...
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This is absolutely fascinating. Looking forward to implementing these ideas. Thank you!
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An Interview with Jane Magrath and E. L. Lancaster

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At the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Jane Magrath and E. L. Lancaster will receive the NCKP Lifetime Achievement Award. Magrath grew up in South Carolina and earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wesleyan College, and a D.M. from Northwestern University. She joined the faculty of the University of Okl...
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Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne: Remembering a legendary Cincinnati piano teacher

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Last year I stumbled upon a short book called Is There a Piano in the House? This book is about the life of Dorothy Payne, well-known teacher and pianist in the Cincinnati area. I was astonished to read about a teacher who specialized in group teaching and adult learning in the 1950s. This extraordinary woman was chosen Woman of the Year by the Cin...
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Beyond the Notes: An interview with Elvina Pearce

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Elvina Pearce studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and pedagogy with Frances Clark. For more than six decades, she has presented recitals, workshops, and master classes in more than forty states as well as in Canada, the Republic of China, and Australia. Highlights of her pianistic career include recitals in Taipei, Taiwan, and Perth, Australia, a...
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An American family’s musical journey through Cuba

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As the iron door into Cuba slowly creaks open, Americans have been eager to learn more about life in this decades-long isolated country. Once a tropical vacation destination for a quarter of a million tourists each year, the country became plagued by political, social, and technological barbed wire for more than five decades. After a 2014 initiativ...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: Music for the intermediate pianist by eight women composers

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Editor's note: This is a companion piece to the January/February 2018 article, "Women of exceptional accomplishment: Eight women composers" by Teresa Rupp, found here.Anyone who thinks there is a lack of piano music by women composers from previous centuries hasn't looked too hard. Take the music of these eight composers as a great example. Mo...
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Gail Smith's Women Composers in History music collection is a mainstay in my studio alongside the Maurice Hinson edition, as are ... Read More
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Parents attending lessons: rewards and challenges

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Why would teachers want to encourage parents to attend lessons? Although some teachers—Suzuki, Yamaha, or preschool, for example—routinely invite parents, not all music teachers find that children or their guardians benefit from a shared experience. The following is an overview of some of the rewards and challenges of parental attendance at lessons...
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