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Celebrating the legacies of Guy Duckworth and Louise Goss

by Gail Berenson, Sylvia Coats, Ivan Frazier, Judith Jain, and Rebecca Shockley   Dr. Guy Duckworth, a pioneer of group piano pedagogy, died January 27, 2015, at the age of 91. He created and directed the unique graduate programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder—MM and DMA degrees in Process of Group Environments: Piano Performanc...
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A Legacy

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Hello. My name is Tracy Grandy, a faculty member at The New School for Music Study. I would like to offer a brief history of The New School for those who do not know the full story. I also want to include information about the Clark piano method and describe teaching techniques that are used at the school. When I joined the faculty in 1999, I assum...
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Q. This year I have put all of my private students into repertoire classes. I am surprised and delighted with the students' response and with the difference the classes seem to be making in the students' enjoyment and motivation. However, I have not yet succeeded in helping my students make worthwhile criticisms or valid suggestions about one anoth...
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Q. I think I had a pretty good college pedagogy class, but I am still unsure about what to include in my student's lesson assignments. Could you offer some guidance on this subject? A. Planning the student's lesson assignment is one of the piano teacher's most important responsibilities. A carefully thought-out and well-balanced assignment takes mu...
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Q: I currently have a new beginner who appears to have perfect pitch. While she has her back turned to the piano, I can play any pitch and she can repeat it exactly, without yet knowing key names. In addition, she can play any simple early-elementary piece by ear after one hearing, without any reference to reading. How can I help her overcome ...
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Preparing for Liszt  The Questions & Answers column of Clavier Companion typically deals with issues related to elementary and intermediate level piano instruction. This issue of our magazine is devoted to a celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Franz Liszt. Most of Liszt's compositions are so demanding, both in their musical cha...
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Q. I understand that you believe in swinging, clapping, and tapping as methods for developing rhythmic security in young students. Please suggest the ways in which you use each modality in your own teaching. A. All three methods are invaluable ways in which to develop rhythmic security in young students. All are equally important, but each has its ...
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Question I took a two-semester course in piano pedagogy in college, and I am now teaching professionally. I do not feel that my preparation in lesson planning was adequate. Could you give me some help?  Answer Lesson planning is one of the most important teaching skills we have to learn, and if it was not covered sufficiently in your pedagogy ...
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Question  I have  been reading about the phases of learning: Prepara tion , Presentation, and Generalization. I believe I understand the concept, and am eager to try it in my teaching, but I'm not sure I understand how it works in a practical sense. Could you take one area of learning and outline a way in which I could use it in my teachi...
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Does Practice on a Digital Keyboard in the Early Years of Study Prevent a Student From Becoming a Good Pianist? Part II

​In this issue, we continue with four more responses to the question first posed in the Spring 1995 issue regarding the use of digital keyboards for home practice. In keeping with the spirit of KEYBOARD COMPANION, we want to know your response to this question. I urge you to take the time to tell us your thoughts on this subject. We would especiall...
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The Editor's Page

​O n the eve of my departure for Princeton to participate in the filming of the new videos,  Co n v e rsations with Frances Clark, I attended a dinner in Los Angeles honoring the  distinguished composer, author, and editor, Willard Palmer, which was hosted by Morton Manus, president of the Alfred Publishing Company . During an evenin...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

Cathy Albergo, Associate Professor of Music at William Rainey Harper College, Chicago, Illinois, teaches piano pedagogy, class piano, piano performance, and ensemble. As Director of the Harper Music Academy, she supervises over 300 students of all ages. Co-author of The Intermediate Repertoire Guide , she is active as a clinician, author, adjudicat...
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