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How Do You Teach Students to Read Patterns Rather Than Note-By-Note?

The idea of reading patterns in music first became important to me when I began teaching young students how to read music. In my formative years I was raised on a note-by-note approach that began at Middle C. It worked for me... at least I thought it did. Today, even though I teach children to read by interval relation...
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Reprise: What Teacher Was Most Influential in Your Teaching Career and Why?

​from the series: Issues and Ideas: Perspectives in Pedagogy Kathleen Murray, editor I first posed this question back in the summer of 2002, and Bruce Berr and Marcia Bosits shared wonderful stories about their most influential teachers.  Martha Hilley and Sam Holland agreed to do the same for this column and I hope you will find their co...
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How does piano study in Japan compare with the American approach?

I first met Toshie Okada and her two daughters, Emi, and Tamami on the rocky mountain path between Ptarmigan and Owl cabins at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. Toshie and I had exchanged excited e-mails about the prospect of her two daughters coming to the United States from Japan to attend the first Junior Seminar Session at the C...
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When Choosing an Elementary Method, What Do You Look For in the Area of Note Reading?

One of our writers says, "Our country must lead the world in proliferation of elementary method books." Some teachers swear by their favorite method and have been teaching it for years. Others try every new method that comes on the market, always looking for something new and different. Some teachers feel that different children require different a...
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What are the essential principles of a student's technique?

Dear reader,  Back in the spring of 1989 Richard Chronister asked me to become the first Associate Editor for Technique of a new publication with a focus on piano study from beginning through intermediate levels. Thus began my association with KEYBOARD COMPANION. I think Richard asked me to a ss i s t him  because he knew of my great inte...
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How Do Your Students Practice a New Piece When You Don't Give Them Any Help?

Most of our lessons involve two processes-teaching and testing. The teaching aspect of the lesson has to do primarily with preparation and presentation. In the area of concept formation, this means getting the student ready to learn something new and then introducing it. In the area of practice, it means getting the student ready for a week of prac...
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How Do You Handle the Discouraging Plateaus of Adult Piano Study?

Alt hough this question implies that all  plateaus are negative, our writers very  effectively dispute that contention and give  us very positive reasons for plateaus. It is  analogous to the age-old question about the  glass being half empty or half full. A plateau  from one perspective is viewed as no  progress ...
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When Does Rhythmic Training Become Training for Interpretation?

When one first reads the question posed for this month's column, an initial reaction is that the question may be a loaded one. Or perhaps the reaction is: "Obviously, from the very beginning." However, the intent of the question is neither to trick the reader nor to state the obvious. Rhythm does, indeed, become one of the major considerations as w...
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How Should I Plan for Retirement?

When we're in our twenties, fresh out of school and getting a career off the ground, we have all the time in the world. When we reach our thirties, many of us are busy balancing a job with family. We're busier than we've ever been, either reaching for the next career plateau or taking a completely new direction. We think that there will never be an...
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How Do You Motivate Your Teenagers?

For the rare student, motivation just   seems to take care of itself, but with  many teens, the problem of motivation can  seem to be beyond the reach of a teacher's  best efforts. Yet, both of the contributors to  this issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION have  had notable success in their work with stu dents  of this age...
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How Do You Teach Fluent Chord Reading?

Countless times, teachers hear something similar to "I don't  want Johnny to be a concert pianist, I just want him to be able  to play hymns . " Usually, we take the time to explain that hymn playing- or any chord reading for both hands togeth e r-r ep r ese nts one  of the hardest kinds of reading any student has t o l ea rn t o do....
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What Important Elements of Jazz Are Appropriate for Early-Level Students?

The wording of this question emerged after long stares at a  blank computer screen - then typing, cutting, typing, pasting,  typing, Thesaurus, cutting and pasting, and repeating the whole  process over again. The question kept raising more questions-what  is Jazz? Is it possible to teach any important elements of this complex&n...
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Joy Carden is a piano teacher who believes that embracing life's surprises makes us able to do things we never dreamed we could do, or even more important, introduces us to things we have yet to even dream about. Like many of us, she taught her first piano lessons when she was still in high school–a neighbor insisted she teach her young twins....
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