How Do You Motivate the MTV Lover to Be a Serious Piano Student?

The two contributors to this issue were asked to answer the same question-How do you motivate the MTV lover to be a serious piano student? However, having spent some time with their responses, it seems clear that they have answered two different questions. Thus, before you read what they have written, I invite you to consider the nature of this kin...
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How Do You Balance Your Emphasis on Accuracy and Interpretation?

In the last issue, students and parents responded to the question, What makes piano study a positive experience for you or your child?, and I invited readers to read the comments and to form their own conceptualization of recurrent theme(s). As I searched for common themes, it seemed to me that the major one was that the teachers of these children ...
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How Do You Decide What to Say After Your Student Finishes Playing? Part II

Piano teachers have to make dozens, perhaps hundreds, of decisions during each teaching day. But, have you ever really thought about how you make all of those decisions? Do you just say the first thing that comes to mind? Do you have a particular procedure for deciding? In the Autumn 1993 issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION, Alana and Richard Kennell ...
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Can a Student Have Fun and Learn at the Same Time?

Fun, a simple three letter word which is probably a part of every young child's vocabulary, can be used to communicate two very different kinds of meaning. One meaning is pejorative in nature; the other is associated with the experience of pleasure. The resulting potential for confusion can be seen in the following pairs of sentences:  Do...
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From the Inside Out: Motivation

How Do You Decide What to Say After Your Student Finishes Playing? In any teaching/learning situation, a teacher's behavior is the result of decisions made before, during, and after a particular teaching/learning transaction. The difficulty for piano teachers who would like to improve their teaching is that rarely do we get an opportunity to observ...
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How do you find the musical messages in a piece of music?

The task of responding to this question is daunting, especially if one considers that musicians and philosophers have argued about the nature of music, and of musical communication, for centuries. Yet, I do not believe that the task is impossible. Certainly one way to find the musical messages in a piece of music is by careful, theoretical analysis...
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What Are Your Main Concerns About Your Students' Home Practice? Part II

From the series The Other Teacher: Home Practice by Elvina Pearce with other KEYBOARD COMPANION Associate Editors In the Summer, 1992, issue, the question addressed in our Home Practice Department was, What are your main concerns about your students' home practice? The article began with a list of twenty-four items which were submitted by...
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How Do You Encourage a Student's Involvement in the Movement of Music?

Movement in music occurs on many levels. It can be felt in one's body as a conscious - or unconscious - physical response to a vibrant march, a soothing lullaby, or some other sort of music. It can be studied through a consideration of issues related to pulse, rhythm, phrase structure, phrase shape, and musical form. And, in teaching, physical move...
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