Unveiling the Enigma: A Tête-â-tête with Marc-André Hamelin

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

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An Interview with William Westney  I have 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 presenti...
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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 next...
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Alessio Bax Italian Virtuoso

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First Prize winner In the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in 2000, and at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 1997, 31-year-old Italian pianist Alessio Bax has sure-handedly established himself as one of the most accomplished performers in the world. Praised by the international press, his performances have been described as...
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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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An Interview with Leon Fleisher, Part Two

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In the Autumn issue of Keyboard 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.  "The&nbs...
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Lang Lang: A life so far

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Anyone who believed that Lang's Lang's fame would only last fifteen minutes would have had to think twice when they saw the audience at New York's Town Hall on October 20, 2008 It sometimes seems that everyone in the world knows about Lang Lang. He was the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics. He performed at 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 Minutes, NPR, and CBS Tonight; features in The New York Times, People, Vanity Fair, and Reader's Digest; blog reminiscences from a childhood neighbor; Grammy Award nominations and an Academy Award nomination for a film documentary about his life; recipient of the Kenn...
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An interview with Dan Coates: "A Place at the Table"

Dan Coates, perhaps the best-known popular music piano arranger in the world with thousands of arrangements to his credit, is noted for his outstanding contemporary arrangements for all skill levels. Lauded for his work by such pop luminaries as Elton John and John Williams, Dan's influence reaches countless teachers, students, and professional per...
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Take two music lessons and call me in the morning

The keynote speaker at the 2005 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy was Karl Bruhn. This dynamic musician gave an exciting address on his work with Recreational Music Making (RMM). Mr. Bruhn has collaborated with Barry Bittman, M.D. - a leading researched in the field of mind-body medicine, who is actively leading a series of research projects...
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Pedagogic Training + Teaching Experience + Compositional talent = Robert Vandall!

As I have taught over the years, I have come to trust and rely on certain composers. I know that these composers write high quality music that my students will enjoy playing. But how do these composers start? Were they successful from the beginning? Did they ever get a rejection slip from a publisher?  One of the best of the long term, "tried ...
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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...
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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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What Special Qualities Do Parents of Children Who Succeed at the Piano Share? Part 2

Barbara Kreader, Editor The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent Barbara Kreader, Editor For this issue, teacher and composer, Bruce Berr continues this column's three part overview of the qualities parents of successful piano students share.  The Interview by Bruce Berr Isabella recently turned six, and she has been studying piano for ...
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What Are The Questions (and Answers) That Impact Adults' Piano Study?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Brenda Dillon, Editor After reading Barbara Maris' book, Making Music at the Piano: Learning Strategies For Adult Students (Oxford University Press), I was constantly reminded that we crave a "one-stop-shopping" experience. In a sense this is what I found Barbara's book to be. In addition...
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