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Spring 2019: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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January/February 2019: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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November/December 2018: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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September/October 2018: Keyboard Kids' Companion

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Keyboard Kids' Companion: November/December 2017

Famous Works Für Elise youtu.be/VL6HTVdzxAA Symphony No. 3 youtu.be/InxT4S6wQf4 "Moonlight" Sonata youtu.be/yuC1Avo4DeI Symphony No. 5 youtu.be/FCbkaSFLf-4 Symphony No. 9 youtu.be/rOjHhS5MtvA Meet the Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany , on December 6, 1770. His family background was Dutch; the name Beeth...
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Keyboard Kids' Companion: July/August 2017

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Did you know? There has long been a fascination with the connection between the universe and music.In a theory known as the "Harmony of the Spheres," the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras proposed that the sun, moon, and planets put out their own unique sounds based on their orbits, that their movements can be explained in math, and th...
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A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker, part II

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In the September/October issue, awardwinning biographer and former BBC producer Dr. Alan Walker shared discoveries and reflections on the life and work of Franz Liszt. Dr. Walker also discussed the early years of his own career and his evolution as a biographer and a leading Liszt authority.  How has Liszt's reception evolved since his death?&...
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A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker

A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker
More than 20,000 published works exist featuring charismatic trailblazer Franz Liszt. But biographer Alan Walker sets a new standard for Liszt scholarship, as well as musicological research and biographical writing. "The Volumes" (Dr. Walker's reference to his mammoth three-volume Liszt biography) have been honored by the Royal Philharmonic Society...
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Opposing perspectives

Respected  as a celebrated concert artist throughout his lifetime, Sergei Rachmaninoff 's compositions were not as universally appreciated until more recent years, and were in fact sharply criticized at times. In this issue, Robert Palmieri provides an illuminating  retrospective as he observes Rachmaninoff 's passionate public struggle a...
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An Interview with Nelita True: Part II

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I n the March /A pril issu e, Nelita T rue , one of  th e world's gr eat artist-t ea chers, dis cus sed her childhood and teen years as a piano stu dent and her ev oluti on as a teacher. She also described th e cont ribu tions o f  her major influ e nces : Hel en Titus, L eon Fleisher , F e rnand o  Laires, Nadia  B oulanger,&nb...
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An interview with Nelita True

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Nelita True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall; her New York debut was with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall. Since then, her career has taken her to major cities throughout the world performing, presenting master classes, and serving on the juries for international piano competitions.  The ...
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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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An Interview with Leon Fleisher, Part Two

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In the Autumn issue of K ey board Companion , Leon Fleisher discussed his childhood years, his studies with Artur Schnabel and Karl Ulrich Schnabel, and the early years of his career.  He also discussed the onset of focal dystonia, the diagnosis and management of the condition, and his advice to other pianists for avoiding dystonia.   " T...
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Happy 80th Birthday, Leon Fleisher! Nearly four score of legendary music-making: Part one

from the series:  The Word Around Us: News & Views Appearances on 60 M inutes, N PR , and CBS Toni g ht; features in Th e N ew York   Tim e s, P eople, Vanity Fair, and R ea d e r's Dig est; blog reminiscences from a childhood neighbor; Grammy Award nominations and an Academy Award nomination for a film documentary about his life; rec...
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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 ...
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How do you respond when a student says, "I want to pursue a career in music"?

from the series: ​The World Around Us: News & Views Helen Smith Tarchalski, Editor Inform your students by Helen Smith Tarchalski Many years ago, I read a memorable  article in a publication from my  Alma Mater, Peabody Conservatory, that was written by the Director of Admissions, David Lane. It was an amusing, and at the same ti...
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Views: An interview with the Bastiens

from the series: The World Around Us: News and Views Helen Smith Tarchalski, Editor Introduction The Bastien name and outstanding early-level piano materials are often considered synonymous. With more than 300 books published in 13 languages, the Bastiens' influence on millions of teachers and students, coupled with the entire family's partici...
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Views: How Do You Counsel a Student Who Receives an Adjudication Report that Conflicts with Your Teaching?

from the series:​The World Around Us: News and Views Helen Smith Tarchalski, Editor S erendipity? Just as I prepared for this issue of Keyboard Companion, one of my high school students received an  adjudication report that stopped me in my tracks: "... Although it was an excellent performance I would have liked to hear more focused sound at t...
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Views: How do you help to make your students' lessons more relevant to their lives?

from the series: The World Around Us: News and Views​ Helen Smith Tarchalski, Editor Becoming familiar with our students' favorite movies, books , and activities provides a wealth of context in teaching. I believe that good teaching is comparable to good parenting. I can't think of a better way to capture stu...
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