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How Do You Prepare Students for the Reading Traps in a Piece?

Whenever we hear a new piece of teaching music that attracts our attention, and think of exactly the student who will enjoy playing it, we are apt to wonder if it has one or more of those traps that have cost us countless, precious minutes in the middle of a lesson. What really counts, if it truly is a great piece of music, is our attitude toward t...
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How Do You Teach Students to Read Who Already Play by Ear?

​from the series: Independence Day: Music Reading We've all heard, countless times, "Would you play it for me?" after a student has spent a week with a new piece without satisfactory success. If we know the student well, our response will be based on knowing why this request has been made. If we know that our performance can be the motivation ...
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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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Do you use summer lessons for special reading activities?

Both writers for this issue's Music Reading Department take the view that summer is special for piano students. A good case can be made for discontinuing the regular curriculum and making sure that summer study is something that makes the coming autumn a thing to look forward to rather than a thing to dread.  I think that one of the most ...
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Independence Day: Music Reading

Where Should Reading Come in the Beginner's Curriculum? by Richard Chronister   The best way to teach piano students to read will probably always be a hotly debated item, and we will continue to explore that subject in this department of KEYBOARD COMPANION. Another controversial subject in this area is the one we deal with in this issue — when...
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