July/August 2018: Editor's Column

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The Debussy Debate With this issue, we celebrate the centennial of Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Pianists and piano teachers hold him in high esteem as one of the great composers, and, as proof, we still teach and perform his works (and dedicate magazine issues to him). His bold experimentation with harmony, breaks from traditional rules, and colorfu...
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A question of focus

"What is the future of piano pedagogy?" An astute teacher asked me this in the last session at the end of a three-day conference. It stopped me in my tracks. What an excellent question-one I have even asked of others. But now, in front of a very intelligent and experienced group of pianists, it was my turn to grapple with an answer. And grapple I d...
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What is our role in teaching music as culture?

from the series: The World Around Us: News & Views Helen Smith Tarchalski, Editor  Because I am a dedicated music educator like you, my studio probably resembles yours - all of my students are eager to practice, their parents' idea of a family outing is attending a classical music concert, and television and video games are not w...
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How Do You Motivate the MTV Lover to Be a Serious Piano Student?

The two contributors to this issue were asked to answer the same question-How do you motivate the MTV lover to be a serious piano student? However, having spent some time with their responses, it seems clear that they have answered two different questions. Thus, before you read what they have written, I invite you to consider the nature of this kin...
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