Winter 2020 Editor's Letter: The Transformative Power of Music

As pianists and educators, many of us excel at creating meaningful musical opportunities for students and audiences whose backgrounds are similar to our own. But, how might we serve people whose experiences are different from ours, in their own communities, in ways that enable them to participate in personal music making (or "musicking," as Christo...
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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 please...
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May/June 2018: Editor's Column

balance
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 fille...
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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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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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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, usin...
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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 th...
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