To explore more content, please use the search bar or return to the homepage.

Kabalevsky Toccatina, Op. 27, No. 12

Closed captions are available. Just click and toggle the "CC" button in the lower right of the video player.
1
  115 Hits
  0 Comments
115 Hits
0 Comments

Thinking Tempo: teaching students to practice slowly

We are thrilled to share this archival footage of Elvina Pearce in the inaugural episode of our new series,  ​ ​Timeless Teaching Videos ​ ​ ​ ​ . Video from this episode was recorded at a Piano Pedagogy Seminar at the New School for Music Study in year 2000. At The New School for Music Study, founders Frances Clark and Louise Goss create...
Continue reading
1
  234 Hits
  0 Comments
234 Hits
0 Comments

July/August 2018: Preludes

Preludes
The Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund T he Frances Clark Center is thrilled to announce the generous and transformative gift received from renowned teacher Elvina Truman Pearce. This unprecedented legacy gift has been donated by Elvina to advance the mission of the Center through meaningful and high-quality teacher education. Through her generos...
Continue reading
0
  30 Hits
  0 Comments
30 Hits
0 Comments

What are the most important rhythmic skills for the early-level student?

I remember the first time I heard Elvina Pearce talk about piano teaching. I was a doctoral candidate in piano performance and pedagogy at Northwestern University in the mid-1980s, and a special class of master's and doctoral students was assembled so that "Mrs. Pearce" could teach both at the same time. From the very start I was riveted by the pre...
Continue reading
0
  39 Hits
  0 Comments
39 Hits
0 Comments

Introducing students to the music of Schumann

B ecause of the textural , technical, and interpretive demands of music from the Romantic era, students usually do not encounter it until their early intermediate years. Most likely some of the first Romantic compositions a student will study will be by Robert Schumann, whose bicentennial is being celebrated this year. In this issue Sharon Stosur, ...
Continue reading
0
  98 Hits
  0 Comments
98 Hits
0 Comments

What do college piano majors have to say about their piano study and practice?

Since many of our articles focus on what we, as teachers, think about the needs of the pre-college level student, I thought it would be interesting to survey several college students to find out what they have to say, most particularly about their own piano study and practice habits. Via a questionnaire, I interviewed four students: Jessica De...
Continue reading
0
  11 Hits
  0 Comments
11 Hits
0 Comments

A Teacher's Roundtable on Solutions to Common Practice Problems

from the series: ​The Other Teacher: Home Practice Elvina Pearce, Editor For our Home Practice column in this issue, we have invited five highly successful teachers to become a roundtable panel and share with us some of their solutions to the most common issues  which have to be addressed in their own studios, and which those of us who te...
Continue reading
0
  74 Hits
  0 Comments
74 Hits
0 Comments

How do you teach students to listen to themselves as they practice?

from the series: ​The Other Teacher: Home Practice In an interview with Nelita True which appeared in the Home Practice column of the Autumn 2002 issue of K eyboard Companion, she was asked, "What do you consider to be the most important thing you do when practicing?" Her answer was, "Listening!" In the same article, when asked, "What things a...
Continue reading
0
  44 Hits
  0 Comments
44 Hits
0 Comments

What practice strategies would you assign for the "Fantasy Dance" from Op. 124 by Schumann?

from the series: ​The Other Teacher: Home Practice Elvina Pearce, Editor Over the years I have always found the "Fantasy Dance" of Schumann ("Phantasietanz," No. 5 from the  Album L ea ves, Op . 124) to be an excellent teaching piece for the early advanced student. Marked pre s to, it is brilliant, and dramatic - a wonderful "show-off" pi...
Continue reading
0
  26 Hits
  0 Comments
26 Hits
0 Comments

What Practice Steps Would You Assign for the Burgmüller "Ballade" of Op. 100?

from the series: ​​The Other Teacher: Home Practice Elvina Pearce, Editor The Burgmiiller "Ballade" of Op. 100 (see pages 18-19) is usually a favorite with all students who can play it  well. In my studio, we frequently refer to it as the "Beauty and the  Beast" piece, with the "mist er ioso" A sections (mm. 1-22 and 49 to the end) p...
Continue reading
0
  26 Hits
  0 Comments
26 Hits
0 Comments

How Can We Find Out More About Our Students' Home Practice?

Certainly one way we can find out about student practice is to assign a new piece, give the student no help with it, and then hear the the piece after a given amount of time. The results of such an exercise can tell us quite a bit about things such as accuracy (notes, rhythm, symbols), pedaling, musicality, and technique. What this kind of pro...
Continue reading
1
  59 Hits
  0 Comments
59 Hits
0 Comments

What Have You Learned From Your Own Practice That Has Affected What and How You Teach Your Students About Practice?

Most of what I've learned about practice, I've learned from teaching. However, there are a few things that I learned as a student that I still strongly believe in and pass along to my students. Here's part of my "lecture" on practice that occurs during each new student's initial interview:  Students who practice at the same time each day ...
Continue reading
0
  46 Hits
  0 Comments
46 Hits
0 Comments

What Suggestions Do You Give Students for How to Practice Ornaments?

We have all heard student performances of pieces which might  have been quite acceptable except for the stumbles and hesitations  surrounding the execution of ornaments. Perhaps these stu dents  should not have been assigned pieces containing ornaments .  Or, maybe all of the ornaments should have been deleted before the pieces&...
Continue reading
0
  37 Hits
  0 Comments
37 Hits
0 Comments

As a College Teacher, What Would You Like Your Incoming Freshman Students to Know About How to Practice?

AII of us who have been in college music buildings which house practice rooms are aware of the almost continuous sounds of student practice emanating from within. Those who work in this environment must acquire the ability to tune out much of this round-the-clock piano playing in order to fulfill their teaching and/or other professional responsibil...
Continue reading
0
  47 Hits
  0 Comments
47 Hits
0 Comments

The Other Teacher: Home Practice

​ Elvina Truman Pearce is nationally recognized as a pianist, teacher, lecturer, author, and composer. She studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and pedagogy with Frances Clark. She is currently an instructor in piano p ed agogy and director of the Preparatory Piano Division at Northwestern Univer si ty, Evanston, Illinois. Describe Your Own Home P...
Continue reading
0
  5 Hits
  0 Comments
5 Hits
0 Comments

The Other Teacher: Home Practice

Elvina Truman Pearce is nationally recognized as a pianist, teacher, lecturer , author , and compo s er . Sh e studied piano with Isabelle Ven g erova and pedagogy  with  Frances Clark . She  is  currently  an  instructor piano pedagogy and director  of  the Preparatory...
Continue reading
0
  13 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
13 Hits
0 Comments

About The Piano Magazine

The Piano Magazine is the leading resource for pianists, piano teachers, and piano enthusiasts. We bring you informative, interesting, and inspiring ideas on all aspects of piano teaching and learning.

Follow us on

Terms of use

Have Questions?

We are happy to help.

Editorial questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Advertising questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subscription questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Technical questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.