To explore more content, please use the search bar or return to the homepage.

How Can We Find Out More About Our Students' Home Practice?

Certainly one way we can find out about student practice is to assign a new piece, give the student no help with it, and then hear the the piece after a given amount of time. The results of such an exercise can tell us quite a bit about things such as accuracy (notes, rhythm, symbols), pedaling, musicality, and technique. What this kind of pro...
Continue reading
1
  59 Hits
  0 Comments
59 Hits
0 Comments

What Have You Learned From Your Own Practice That Has Affected What and How You Teach Your Students About Practice?

Most of what I've learned about practice, I've learned from teaching. However, there are a few things that I learned as a student that I still strongly believe in and pass along to my students. Here's part of my "lecture" on practice that occurs during each new student's initial interview:  Students who practice at the same time each day ...
Continue reading
0
  46 Hits
  0 Comments
46 Hits
0 Comments

What Do Students Think About the Technique They Are Practicing?

Kids really do say the darndest things, as they used to say on the Art Linkletter Show , and I knew I was in for a day of darned things as soon as I heard my sister's voice. "Will you baby-sit Robbie for me on Sunday," she asked, "or would you prefer that I go stark raving insane?  Somehow I felt that I was not being offered a real choice...
Continue reading
0
  33 Hits
  0 Comments
33 Hits
0 Comments

How Do You Use a Sequencer To Prepare Your Own Practice/Performance Disks?

by Marguerite Miller To fully appreciate some of the technological wonders of today requires some knowledge of or experience with the equipment of the past. For example, my first use of a recording device was in the '50s, when I bought a Webster-Chicago wire recorder. Eager to use it and unbeknown to my students or their parents, I recorded ou...
Continue reading
0
  24 Hits
  0 Comments
24 Hits
0 Comments

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...
Continue reading
0
  47 Hits
  0 Comments
47 Hits
0 Comments

What Have You Learned From Listening to Your Own Children's Practice?

from the series: The Other Teacher: Home Practice As a piano teacher with no children of my own, I have sometimes wondered how, as a parent, I might have handled music lessons for my child. Would I ( should I) have insisted that the child take piano lessons? If so, what role would I have played in this event? Would I ( should I) have taught th...
Continue reading
0
  23 Hits
  0 Comments
23 Hits
0 Comments

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...
Continue reading
0
  23 Hits
  0 Comments
23 Hits
0 Comments

The Other Teacher: Home Practice

​ Elvina Truman Pearce is nationally recognized as a pianist, teacher, lecturer, author, and composer. She studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and pedagogy with Frances Clark. She is currently an instructor in piano p ed agogy and director of the Preparatory Piano Division at Northwestern Univer si ty, Evanston, Illinois. Describe Your Own Home P...
Continue reading
0
  4 Hits
  0 Comments
4 Hits
0 Comments

What is included in your weekly written assignment

    A teacher can learn a lot about a new student's previous study ~ and practice by simply looking at the former assignment notebook. That's why I always ask a prospective student to bring it along to the pre-enrollment interview along with the music and other materials most recently studied. In some cases, the weekly assignments have be...
Continue reading
0
  44 Hits
  0 Comments
44 Hits
0 Comments

How do you manage the time and commitment for piano study and practice?

​In today's world of busy schedules, working parents, and children involved in a wide array of activities outside of school, piano teachers are more and more frequently confronted by the dilemmas of scheduling their students' lessons, of being flexible enough to meet the needs of parents and students, and of requiring adequate practice time for ste...
Continue reading
0
  39 Hits
  0 Comments
39 Hits
0 Comments

Independence Day: Music Reading

How Do You Teach Your Students Not to Back Up and Start Over? by: Richard Chronister Our question for this issue is not worded very delicately, but none of us has a very delicate feeling when a student-for the 999th time-quits playing a few measures into a piece, looks up at us sheepishly, and says, "May I start over?" The obvious answer might be, ...
Continue reading
0
  1 Hits
  0 Comments
1 Hits
0 Comments

What do you like - and what do you not like - about practice?

In all previous issues, our Home Practice Department has addressed questions of concern primarily to teachers. In this issue, we are providing a forum for students to express themselves on the subject of practice.  Early last fall, a questionnaire was distributed to fifty students from the studios of seven teachers. These students ranged in ag...
Continue reading
0
  32 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
32 Hits
0 Comments

The Other Teacher: Home Practice

Elvina Truman Pearce is nationally recognized as a pianist, teacher, lecturer, author, and composer. She studied piano with Isabelle  Vengerova and pedagogy with Frances Clark. She is currently an instructor in piano pedagogy and director of the Preparatory   Division at Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois. by Elvina Pearce In...
Continue reading
0
  7 Hits
  0 Comments
7 Hits
0 Comments

The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

How Would You Describe a Good Teacher? by Cathy Albergo If y ou have ever moved from one city or state to another, you have gone through the careful process of finding a new doctor, dentist, aerobics teacher, dance teacher, etc. When you were searching for these new professionals to work with you and your family, you probably had an idea of exactly...
Continue reading
0
  5 Hits
  0 Comments
5 Hits
0 Comments

About The Piano Magazine

The Piano Magazine is the leading resource for pianists, piano teachers, and piano enthusiasts. We bring you informative, interesting, and inspiring ideas on all aspects of piano teaching and learning.

Follow us on

Terms of use

Have Questions?

We are happy to help.

Editorial questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Advertising questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subscription questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Technical questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.