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Burgmüller: Ballade, Op.100, No.15

Burgmüller: Ballade, Op.100, No.15
Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one ​ Burgmüller - Arabesque Rossi - Atacama Desert Atwood - Sonatina Kabalevsky – Clowns Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more im...
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Burgmüller: Ballade, Op. 100 No. 15

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Preparation and Presentation Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one: ​ Burgmüller - Arabesque Rossi - Atacama Desert Atwood - Sonatina Kabalevsky – Clowns Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​ What ...
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How do you teach technique to beginning piano students?

How do you teach technique to beginning piano students?
Beginning piano technique: Back to basics "He's just trying it out, so he doesn't need an expert teacher. We'll just go to the most inexpensive teacher we can find until we know he likes it." How many times have we bristled at this kind of statement? We know that the first experience with any new endeavor is the most important, the most lasting. Be...
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Reinforcing the same concepts a different way

Often, in my teaching, I find that I become bored with a piece or activity before my student does. I am excited to move on to the next new concept, new piece, or new technical skill. I constantly have to remind myself that the student hasn't been teaching piano for many years, they only come once a week to their lesson, and they just haven't experi...
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Preparation, Presentation, and Reinforcement

"Successful teaching at the early levels means three stages: Preparation, Presentation, and Reinforcement " – Marvin Blickenstaff  Below is a list of phrases or activities that might be seen or heard in a lesson. See if you can decide which item belongs in each of these three categories: Preparation, Presentation, and Reinforcement. "Let's sig...
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How Do We Get to the Center?

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." – Plato   In the new issue of Clavier Companion, Pete Jutras wrote a thought-provoking article titled, "Finding the Center." In the article he challenges us to keep the "person" the focus of what ...
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EXPERIENCING Music

"Teaching is not what you say or do. Teaching is what you have the STUDENT experience in your presence." –Sam Holland  What do we want the student to EXPERIENCE in the lesson? I don't have to think about it very long to come to the conclusion that what I want my students to experience through their lesson is good music. Regardless of where the...
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What do you do when you can't find a "purple moment?"

  "Plant a purple moment in every lesson." —Marvin Blickenstaff Marvin Blickenstaff is one of my very favorite people! He is a brilliant teacher and just as brilliant at teaching all the rest of us. Best of all, he is kind, generous, humble, and simply one of the best people you will ever meet. One of the things I appreciate most about Marvin ...
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Musical Growth: A Natural Process

My second child turned one in October. I am always amazed at how much a baby grows and changes throughout the first year. I think back to Christmas last year and he was basically a newborn, sleeping most of the day and not very aware of his surroundings. Only one year later he is nearly running, stealing ornaments off the Christmas tree, eating enj...
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