Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers
This is Part 2 of a response that began in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Clavier Companion.  Q. This is the time of year when high school students are considering college and preparing for auditions. As a music administrator, do you have any suggestions for me and/or my students that would help us make good decisions? Make music alone and with oth...
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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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How Do You Help Your Music Major Students Choose a College?

Once in a while a student comes along that is head and shoulders (wrists and fingers?) above the rest of your studio. Let's call her "Karen Keys." Now Karen is a junior in high school, taking the PSAT exam, and listening to her home room teacher talk about applying to colleges and selecting a major. One day, Karen asks you, "What would it be like, ...
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As a College Teacher, What Would You Like Your Incoming Freshman Students to Know About How to Practice?

AII of us who have been in college music buildings which house practice rooms are aware of the almost continuous sounds of student practice emanating from within. Those who work in this environment must acquire the ability to tune out much of this round-the-clock piano playing in order to fulfill their teaching and/or other professional responsibil...
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