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Protecting passwords in 21st-century style

Do you panic when prompted to enter a password? It's virtually an impossible task to remember every password you create as most websites now require you to make an account and follow a specific set of rules for the username and a "strong" password. A high-tech guru who sensed my frustration with passwords advised me to keep things simple and w...
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Apps for teaching: Tools for triggering creativity with pop music

Why integrate popular or "non-classical" music into piano lessons? Retain students Integrating pop music into your curriculum can meet students "where they are." Encouraging them to learn what's on their Spotify or iTunes playlist may draw them to practicing more, which results in progress. Progress motivates, and will keep them on the bench. Devel...
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Piano teaching programs reviewed: ArtistWorks and Meludia

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ArtistWorks OVERVIEW: Equipment needed : Computer, phone, or tablet  with video recording capability; internet  connection. Mac and Windows are supported. Pricing : Packages are $105 for 3 months, $179 for 6  months, and $279 for 12 months. Video lectures/  lessons, backing tracks, video exchanges and  submissions, and theo...
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Apps for teaching: Acing theory tests without theory books

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Much to my pleasure (and astonishment!), a number of my students signed up to take theory tests at the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) local festival. None of these students owns a theory book. The NFMC Bulletin provides an outline of concepts covered in each test level, as well as practice tests from prior years. From the online bul...
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Lock in theory with iReal Pro

Developing technical skills builds strong players. Working  through technical challenges can be more beneficial when combined with theory concepts and exponentially more engaging when locked into a groove. Fellow Clavier Companion contributor and improvisation specialist Bradley Sowash recommends developing scale playing with backing tracks th...
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Piano teaching programs reviews: Practicia

Overview Price: Free for now. Subscription pricing  will take effect when beta period ends,  date and price to be determined. Technical Requirements: High-speed  internet connections, iPhone or iPad.  Android and desktop versions currently  under development. Website: practicia.com Customer support: Excellent  communic...
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Apps for teaching: Make it stick with Quizlet

Quizlet is an app that generates flash cards. These are not the traditional, last-century, paper flash cards. Once you set up an account, you can create customized sets of virtual flashcards with engaging study modes, and access them on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Most students are familiar with Quizlet because the app is frequently used in ...
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