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Louise Goss: In Memoriam

Louise Goss: In Memoriam
In April, the world of piano pedagogy lost a legend. In the following pages, friends and colleagues of Louise Goss pay tribute with remembrances and recollections.  In the "old days," all senior piano majors at Oberlin were required to take piano pedagogy. I will never forget the excitement our professor exuded when she presented to us the bra...
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An Interview with Dennis Alexander

An Interview with Dennis Alexander
Last summer, my son Andrew learned a Dennis Alexander composition entitled "Full Moon Rising" (from Simply Sensational , Book 1 ).Like many students playing many Dennis Alexander pieces before him, he was completely enthralled by the sound of the piece. As a teacher (and in this case a parent), I reaped the invaluable benefits of having an intrinsi...
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A musical voice: An interview with Yuja Wang

A musical voice: An interview with Yuja Wang
A​t age twenty-five, Yuja Wang has already compiled a list of accomplishments that could define a full career. A Gilmore Artist and recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Prize, she has released four recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and performed recitals to critical acclaim across the globe. She has appeared as a soloist with many of the world's pr...
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An interview with Gary Graffman

An interview with Gary Graffman
​Editor's Note: This article is the first in an intermittent series of articles dedicated to profiling the teaching ideas and methods of various pedagogues. Gary Graffman is a perfect choice for the first entry in this series, as he is not only one of the most effective and influential pedagogues of recent decades, but he was also a student of Horo...
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An interview with Christine Barden

An interview with Christine Barden
An internationally recognized authority and leading music educator on early childhood music, Christine H. Barden is a coauthor of Alfred's Music for Little Mozarts preschool piano method, along with Gayle Kowalchyk and E.L. Lancaster. A graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in piano performance, she also spent four years studying...
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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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Donald Waxman: An American Classic

Are all piano composers dead?" my student asked. The question seemed a bit ironic since we had just finished working on a folk song that was arranged for the piano by me. Last time I checked,  I wasn't dead. But I understood what  she meant. It does sometimes seem that piano teachers spend an inordinate amount of time working on the music...
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A Conversation with William Grant Naboré Founder of the Lake Como International Piano Academy

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 The  International Piano Academy at Lake Como in Northern Italy is one of the most exclusive and prestigious international piano academies in the world. Founded by William Grant Nabon ! and Martha Argerich in 2002, it continues the pedagogical tradition of the International Piano Foundation, which was founded by Theo Lieven in 1993 and d...
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Unveiling the Enigma: A Tête-â-tête with Marc-André Hamelin

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A native o f Montreal who now makes his home in Boston, Marc-Andre Hamelin is noted for his expan sive repertoire, virtuosic technique, and thoughtful expression. The 47-year-old pianist studied at the Ecole Vincent-d'Indy in Montreal and Temple University in Philadel phia ; his teachers include Yvonne Hubert, Harvey Wedeen, and Russell Sherman. He...
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Breakthroughs: The sweetest moments in teaching

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An Interview with William Westney  I h ave recollections of a day, years ago, in graduate school. Like most days, I was frantically trying to get everything done, self-absorbed in my own personal cloud of pressures and deadlines. Practicing, papers, teaching - there was plenty to do. I may have had a vague notion that there was a guest present...
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Reflections on a remarkable career

An Interview with James Lyke  When  I attended Jim Lyke's piano pedagogy classes in 1990 at the University of Illinois his reputation  as a leader in the field of group piano and pedagogy was well established, but I somehow didn't quite understand and appreciate the importance of this energetic, restless man. Always focused on the ne...
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Eugénie Rocherolle - An American Treasure

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"One of the fundamental problems," says Eugenie Rocherolle, "is the fact that music in America is viewed merely as an extracurricular activity. We teachers need to reframe it in the public mind as a noble subject which develops character and skill through self-discipline and artistic relations with other people." A composer since childhood, Eugenie...
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