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Spring 2019: Editor's Page

Performance Practice I began subscribing to Clavier within the first month of my undergraduate studies; it was required reading in my studio, but it became essential reading as I developed my piano skills. I initiated my Keyboard Companion subscription once I moved to the United States for graduate studies and became m...
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January/February 2019: Editor's Page

Celebrating Ten Years of Clavier Companion : Returning to Our Roots and Embracing Change If 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 pleas...
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November/December 2018: Editor's Page

Celebrating American Music In this issue, we celebrate American music by taking a closer look at two composers. One whose name and music is familiar throughout the world; the other remains largely unknown even to professional musicians in her home country. In  Celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100 , you'll hav...
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May/June 2018: Editor's Column

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The balance of things Our topic this month, "Consider this: Inclusion, Ideas, and Innovations," invites you to explore this expanding universe of piano pedagogy. For some Clavier Companion readers, you will find yourself admiring those who work with disadvantaged populations. For others, you may find yourself wanting to learn more so that you can i...
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Thank you

This Editor's column will be my last for Clavier Companion . After eleven years at the helm of this magazine and its predecessor, Keyboard Companion , I have decided to step aside. Eleven years is a long time, and I have enjoyed every moment of this wonderful ride. When I accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief in 2005, it was an exciting time fil...
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Yoda eats mushroom pizza

It's the last lesson before the recital. Garrett, age five, is playing "Graduation March," the final piece in Time to Begin from The Music Tree . The B section is made up entirely of half notes and whole notes. The good news? Garrett's rhythm is perfect; a huge improvement over last week, when all of the long notes were being cut short and the acco...
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Who will save the guitar?

In recent years, there's been a lot of discussion about the state of the piano teaching industry. We know that piano sales have declined dramatically, but has there been a decline in the number of people studying piano? In the absence of thorough data, we can only look to anecdotal evidence, which seems to be highly variable. I hear from teachers w...
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I failed to plan

I try not to use clichés in this column, but lately I've been reminded of the ubiquitous quote, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." As commonplace as this saying is, it holds great truth. Some say this proverb dates back to Benjamin Franklin, though it is likely a paraphrase of his—Franklin used the word "prepare" in place of "plan." Over the la...
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Another world

I recently had the privilege of attending the Winter meeting of the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, California. This is one of the two biggest music industry trade shows in the world, and it was quite a spectacle. The Anaheim Convention Center covers fifty-three acres, and NAMM occupied every inch. Imagine a main exhibit...
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I saw Mozart in Motown

You may think that I'm losing my mind—that my elevator no longer stops at all of the floors (and you may be right), but I just saw Mozart in Motown. I wasn't in Detroit, and there wasn't any time travel involved. Indulge me for a moment, and I'll try to explain. It was late afternoon, another beautiful day in northeast Georgia. The sun was starting...
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Editor's page: In order

For most of our daily activities, there is an order to things. This order is usually logical and almost always functional. Taking an "out of order" approach to a routine task may render it impossible, meaningless, or absurd. Putting our shoes on before our socks, backing the car out before opening the garage door, brushing our teeth right before ea...
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The Editor's Page

 The irresistible dude pictured on the front cover of this issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION is ready for fall lessons to begin!  This could be his first lesson—either his  seat hasn't hit the bench yet, or his exuberant playing has taken him momentarily into the  air. Maybe he has just finished his first performance of the season, us...
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The Editor's Page

Springtime is recital time!  Even though recitals are being held all through  the year these days, springtime is still a special time for pianists of all ages.  For many students, the recital is the pay-off — the opportunity to show what those long practice sessions have produced.  For others, it is that dreaded time when t...
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