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Teaching Foundational Technique: Finger Independence

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Teaching Foundational Technique: Major Key Study

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Terrence Butler
This is good . As a piano teacher I’m always looking for different ways to teach foundational principles!
Monday, 12 November 2018 13:33
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Five Finger Patterns

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Clinton Pratt
Brilliant! I love Marvin and the way he explains things so simply but well-thought out to provide students a strong foundation.... Read More
Friday, 09 November 2018 08:33
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Teaching Foundational Technique: Warm-ups

Teaching Foundational Technique: Warm-ups
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Daniel Tsukamoto
I think this post is very useful no matter what level the performer or piano student is.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 17:02
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Off to a Great Start – Promoting Success in the New Teaching Year

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Margaret Buck
Thank you Marvin. I really enjoyed your clear ideas. Good to have confirmation of what I already do and great to get new ideas to ... Read More
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 20:57
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Teaching Little Ears to Hear

Teaching Little Ears to Hear
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Margaret Buck
Point for thought...the ears control the fingers. I never structured that thought before, but it is so true. If you know what soun... Read More
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 22:27
Susan Berg
I always love hearing Marvin Blickenstaff! He always has so many wonderful teaching ideas, and communicates his love of teaching a... Read More
Saturday, 05 January 2019 15:45
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Pedagogy 101: Planting the Seeds for Success

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Albert Halls
Marvin your webinar was very helpful and reinforced my teaching, but I am going to add the interval to my teaching.
Monday, 07 May 2018 22:11
Clavier Companion
This was very helpful! Thank you- Where can I find some similar rote pieces? Thanks again!
Monday, 21 May 2018 13:14
Margaret Buck
Thank you for this interesting video. I loved the idea of the cluster to make various ways of connecting with the keyboard. Also g... Read More
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 22:21
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The many faces of music: Pre-conference keynote address, NCKP 2015

As past president of the Board of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, let me offer each of you a warm welcome to this 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. It is our hope that you will find each session on the program inspirational, challenging, and packed with practical information for use in your teaching.  And now, let ...
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Preparation, Presentation, and Reinforcement: Triads and Inversions

  Many teachers are absolute sticklers for proper fingering in triads and inversions. I am one of these teachers. Witnessing an incorrect fingering creates an unreasonable anxiety, quite possibly out of proportion with the fingering infraction. Knowing this about myself, and less selfishly, knowing the importance of establishing "friendly habi...
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Independent Study Project

When I taught on the college level, I would frequently assign my freshman and sophomore students a composition to be learned on their own. No help from me. They might listen to recordings and would sometimes play for friends, but the preparation was basically independent study. Junior and senior level students would be assigned one of those indepen...
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Purple Moments

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  ​Plant a Purple Moment in every lesson. Call it what you will – every lesson needs at least one. Perhaps it came in the duet you played with the student. The ritardando and diminuendo in the last two measures left both you and the student momentarily speechless. It might have been with a piece that had been practiced slowly for several weeks...
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What do you do when you can't find a "purple moment?"

  "Plant a purple moment in every lesson." —Marvin Blickenstaff Marvin Blickenstaff is one of my very favorite people! He is a brilliant teacher and just as brilliant at teaching all the rest of us. Best of all, he is kind, generous, humble, and simply one of the best people you will ever meet. One of the things I appreciate most about Marvin ...
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Healthy technique for beginning students

Technique is such a broad term— thousands of pianists with different physical approaches to the instrument play well and (hopefully!) without injuries. But often when we discuss injury-free techniques, we are talking about advanced pianists playing extremely demanding repertoire. Very few of us, however, will ever teach students at this level —a gr...
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Making music come alive

In my early years of teaching I clearly remember commenting about my students' playing to my husband, "All the notes and rhythms are correct, but they don't sound that good. I'm not sure how to help them make the music 'come alive'." I certainly have many more ideas and solutions than I did as a beginning teacher, and have learned a great deal from...
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While sorting through years of Clavier and Clavier Companion Magazines, I found Marvin Blickenstaff's article from July 2012 calle... Read More
Monday, 01 April 2019 20:54
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Teaching artistic phrasing

from the series: Let's Get Physical: Technique Pete Jutras, Editor My wife and I have spent a lot of time lately teaching our young children how to read. I've never  taught anyone to read language before, and it has been a fascinating and enlightening experience. One mild surprise was that after all the work on letters, sounds, sound comb...
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What repertoire do you use when a student can play with only one hand, and how do you assign it?

from the series: ​Putting It All Together: Repertoire Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor All teachers become skilled in dealing with the unexpected. Most of us have had stud en ts enter the studio with an arm in a sling or cast, or fingers wrapped in heavy bandages. Our creative juices start to flow and we improvise lessons and assignments which bend...
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How do you include music history in the study of repertoire?

​from the series: Putting It All Together: Repertoire Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor My student and I are looking over an edited version of a Bach Two-Part Invention. "Is there anything  here on the page that Bach did n ot write?" I ask. "What about the metronome marking, and the tempo marking? How about these slurs and the staccatos here in the ...
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Do You Use Recordings to Reinforce Your Teaching of Repertoire?

from the series: ​Putting It All Together: Repertoire Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor "Listen carefully." How many times did you use that phrase yesterday in your lessons? Listen...for  what? How? Why? Most of us readily would agree that the hallmarks of artistic playing involve shaping of sound, balance of the texture, and tone color appropr...
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A Fond Farewell (Für Elise)

Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor from the series: Putting It All Together: Repertoire  One of the favorite photos I have hanging in my study is a shot of the original staff of  K eyboard Companion . Pictured there is founding editor Richard Chronister and his dear wife Marjore, Elvina Pearce, Brenda Dillon, Cathy Albergo and husband Frank...
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How Do You Teach Cut Time (Alla Breve)?

In the Winter 1994 issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION, several writers responded to a question on teaching downbeats. As if in unison, those teachers gave suggestions for feeling large groups of beats, the sense of moving from one down beat to the next instead of from one pulse to the next pulse.  We swing, conduct with sweeping circles of the arms (...
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