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The recession-resistant studio, Part II

According to follow-up reports from Music Teachers National Association members, the impact  of the economic crisis on piano studios continues to be related to similar criteria reported in January 2009. A survey was prepared and conducted by graduate students Gulimina Mahamuti and Erika Kinser under the guidance of Dr. Robert Weirich and Dr. D...
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Teaching in other cultures

In today's diverse world, piano teachers - even those in the U.S. - increasingly require special insight and compassion to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by working with students fro m a variety of cultures. Government and private industry employees are routinely required to complete diversity training on an annual basis. As the U....
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A survival manual for college teachers

Every year it's the same - a group of my students prepare to leave the hallowed halls of academia and search for the elusive "job." For these students, this is BIG - and not just a little scary. As the "professor," part of my job is to prepare these changelings for what will be one of the most exciting times in their lives. For me, mentoring my stu...
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Starting a studio: What, where, and how?

Teachers sometimes find themselves in the position of establishing or re- establishing a studio. Perhaps they have just graduated from a college or uni- versity with a degree in music; perhaps they have recently moved to a new location; or perhaps they don't feel that their studio is as successful as they wish it to be and would like to rethink the...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

Elizabeth Van Ness teaches music appreciation and enrichment in Los Angeles area public schools. A mother of two daughters, she believes that students benefit when parents work in cooperation with teachers. In addition to teaching, Elizabeth is a writer for computer programs, television, and magazines, including Keyboard Companion's A Parent's Poin...
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