What Do Parents Have to Say About Their Children's Practice?

Last spring, I asked seven teachers to distribute a questionnaire to the parents of five or six of their students. Twenty- seven parents (who, for the most part, retained anonymity) returned the questionnaires. Not all of them answered every question, and the resulting data is by no means "scientific," but for the purposes of this department, ...
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What Suggestions Would You Give Two Students to Ensure Productive Ensemble Practice?

It's probably safe to say that most piano students have most of their ensemble experience playing duets with their teacher. This is a logical introduction into the art of collaborative performance and is both fun and worthwhile musically. However, in this format the teacher continues to "call the shots," so-to-speak, setting the tempo, and mak...
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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...
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How Do You Practice Rhythm? - A Student Survey

In a recent faculty seminar our resource person was an educator whose research expertise focuses on teaching effectiveness. During the seminar he showed video-tapes of effective classroom procedures and outlined ways in which we could improve our own teaching techniques. He mentioned that, although there is much research on the components...
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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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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 the ...
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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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Describe Your Own Home Practice. Why Do You Do It?

From the series, The Other Teacher: Home Practice By Elvina Pearce In all previous issues, this department has dealt with student practice. In this issue, we focus on teacher practice. Probably, regular practice on the part of teachers is something all of us find commendable.However, implementing such a good intention is not always as easy as ...
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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...
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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 stea...
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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, ...
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What Are Your Main Concerns About Your Students' Home Practice? Part II

From the series The Other Teacher: Home Practice by Elvina Pearce with other KEYBOARD COMPANION Associate Editors In the Summer, 1992, issue, the question addressed in our Home Practice Department was, What are your main concerns about your students' home practice? The article began with a list of twenty-four items which were submitted by...
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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...
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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 th...
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