What common pitfalls occur in the teaching of rhythmic subdivisions?

from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, Editor My colleague Craig Sale and I have swapped departments this issue by each contributing an article in the other's subject area. Both essays deal with avoiding common teaching pitfalls. It has been stimulating for us to focus on different areas, and we hope that you will fi...
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What are some interesting rhythm challenges found in intermediate-level Scarlatti Sonatas?

The music of Scarlatti appears to be frequently overlooked by many teachers. It is more common to hear intermediate-level pianists playing much more of the music of other Baroque composers such as J.S. Bach. Part of the challenge for us as teachers is simply that there is so much of Scarlatti's music available, it is an overwhelming wealth of ...
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What have I learned being an editor of the Rhythm Department?

I once heard it said that no one learns more at a clinic than the clinician. As strange as that may sound, based on my own experiences, I believe it is true and it applies to more than just workshops. When someone is put in charge of something, an interesting phenomenon occurs - one perceives more and ponders it more deeply. An extra sensitivi...
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How do you get students to really play the rests in their pieces?

Introduction This same question appeared in the Rhythm Department almost nine years ago in the Winter 1997 issue of Keyboard Companion. Three excellent teachers - Linda Poquette, Steven Rosenfeld, and Mary Jane Clarke - presented insightful ideas, and a lot of ground was covered. I invite you to look (again!) at those essays in your library of...
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How do rhythm and tempo interact with each other, and how does this inform your teaching?

As unlikely as it may seem, people like myself who enjoy tinkering with old radios have to deal with a phenomenon that is similar to one that we piano teachers confront. Before the appearance of computer-synthesized and controlled devices, even high priced communications equipment such as shortwave radios and ham radio transceivers gradually d...
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What Special Qualities Do Parents of Children Who Succeed at the Piano Share? Part 2

Barbara Kreader, Editor The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent Barbara Kreader, Editor For this issue, teacher and composer, Bruce Berr continues this column's three part overview of the qualities parents of successful piano students share.  The Interview by Bruce Berr Isabella recently turned six, and she has been studying piano for ...
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What Is "Shakespearean Counting" And How Do You Use It In Your Teaching?

from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, Editor Last year I had the opportunity to review videotapes of teaching that were submitted to Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). The tapes were to be considered for use at one of the Pedagogy Saturday programs that kicked off the MTNA National Conference in Salt Lake C...
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How do you help your students achieve rhythmic continuity in slow pieces without sounding mechanical?

from the series: ​The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm The music must proceed forward at all times, and in an inevitable and seemingly uniform way. My most memorable musical moment at the 2003 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy was during one of the short student recitals that were sprinkled throughout the Conference each day. A teen-aged stu...
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How does teaching in small groups help students' rhythmic development?

from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, Editor It is an often-discussed perception that as we get older, time seems to pass faster and faster. This phenomenon has been observed and written about throughout the ages in many different cultures. I remember my own personal suspicions about this being confirmed when I was ...
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How is Rhythm Enhanced by Solid Technique Skills?

from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, editor The question this issue straddles two departments in the magazine, Rhythm and Technique. It was therefore a natural for the editors of these two departments - Scott McBride Smith and myself- to answer the question. The interplay between these two elements is a practical a...
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How Do You Teach Students to Plan Fingering?

The subject of fingering may be one of the most neglected aspects of reading. I suspect we might all be surprised if we really knew how much fingering affects the student's ability to read. And, we might all be surprised at how many things about fingering we take for granted, sort of in the same way that we assume everyone knows that to the right i...
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