Autumn 2019: Pupil Saver: The Peacock by Olive Dungan

Olive Dungan's intermediate solo, The Peacock (a Poem without Words) was first published in 1953. I have found that students today still delight in this musical depiction of a beautiful majestic bird. Olive writes in the score, "The composer trusts that the pianist will create the magnificent and slow walk of the peaco...
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Diversifying Concert Programming: Introducing Works for Solo Piano by Asian Female Composers

As a performing musician, I am always looking for ways to expand my concert repertoire, not only to promote diversity in music programming but also to spark interest in both students and audiences by introducing fresh voices into traditional classical repertoire. In my search for solo piano works, I came across three Asian female composers who have...
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Undiscovered Gems of Canadian Pedagogical Piano Literature: The Works of Violet Archer, Jean Coulthard, and Barbara Pentland

Canadian composers Violet Archer, Jeanne Coulthard, and Barbara Pentland were three amazing women composers representing different parts of Canada: Archer from Quebec, Coulthard from British Columbia, and Pentland from Manitoba. Even though they came from and represent the broad, expansive country of Canada, they did have some commonalities: all th...
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Brazilian Dance Music For Intermediate and Early Advanced Students

Francisca (Chiquinha) Gonzaga is one of the most important Brazilian composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Born in 1847 in Rio de Janeiro, her personal life was considered scandalous for her time. Her father never forgave her for leaving her husband, and she was disowned by her family. She was the first professional woman composer ...
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Elementary and Early-Intermediate Piano Music by Women

Every piece students play creates an opportunity to make an emotional impression on themselves and others. Experiencing a variety of well-chosen literature helps students to further their studies more artistically and joyfully. Teachers often wisely select literature based on students' technical and musical needs. By also considering a possible per...
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The A-B-C’s of Nocturne Repertoire: Alexander Before Chopin

Piano students transitioning from method books to standard intermediate repertoire often yearn to study the beautiful and deservedly popular Chopin Nocturnes. However, these require oft-underestimated musical sensitivity and technical command. Jane Magrath recognizes this in The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performing Literature, statin...
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Chopin: Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69, No. 2

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Pyotr Tchaikovsky, The Sick Doll, op. 39, no. 6Dmitri Kabalevsky, Slow Waltz, op. 39, no. 23Frédéric Chopin, Waltz in A minor, op. post.Edvard Grieg, Waltz, op. 12, no. 2Samuil Maykapar Waltz, op. 28, no. 5 Get Ready: Creative act...
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Christine Bookman
This is excellent! Thank you!
Thursday, 25 March 2021 09:44
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From the Artist Bench with Alejandro Cremaschi (10-14-20)

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CAROL DUBE
Thank you so much, Alejandro, for providing us with this marvelous set of Ginastera's music. You are wonderful with the teaching ... Read More
Thursday, 15 October 2020 13:45
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Composer Conversation with Chee-Hwa Tan (10-28-20)

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aintnetty
I just love your pieces Ms. Tan and am looking forward to introducing them to my students.
Thursday, 12 November 2020 23:20
Chee-Hwa Tan
Thank you for reaching out - that means a lot. I will be doing some videos for teaching artistry using some of my pieces for FCC, ... Read More
Friday, 13 November 2020 12:30
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Piano Music by Black Composers: Music for all Skill Levels with Leah Claiborne (11-04-20)

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Cindy Harris
Thank you so much! I am planning a black composers' recital for my students in the spring, with a special emphasis on Florence P... Read More
Thursday, 05 November 2020 15:55
gkpiano
Is there movement on how to be more inclusive in the mainstream method books (Alfred, Faber, Piano Safari, etc.?)
Thursday, 05 November 2020 23:51
Karin Edwards
Thank you, Dr. Claiborne! So appreciated hearing these pieces, complete, played so sensitively, as well as your teaching points. ... Read More
Tuesday, 12 January 2021 17:34
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From the Artist Bench with Antonio Pompa-Baldi (11-11-20)

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Composer Conversation with Chistopher Norton (11-18-20)

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Town Hall: Latin American Composers with Juan Pablo Andrade, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Angelica Sanchez, Luis Sanchez, and Bernardo Scarambone (2/17/21)

Did you enjoy this webinar? Please complete our brief survey to help us improve our webinar series and continue to bring you the highest quality resources in piano teaching. File Name: TOWNHALL-ON-LATIN-AMERICAN-COMPOSERS_Handout File Size: 84 kb Download File Koonex Koonex letra - YouTube Es una canción de cuna tradicional de México, espero que le...
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Latin American Composers Part II with Ana Maria Orduz, Bernardo Scarambone, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Luis Sanchez (4/14/21)

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Kabalevsky: Running Along, Op. 39, No. 6

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Kabalevsky, A Little Porcupine, op. 89, No. 8Köhler, Melody, op. 190, no. 27Diabelli, Scherzo in C, Op. 149, No. 6 Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deepe...
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Susan Baugh
This was great! Thanks for all your ideas!
Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:42
Janet Kelly
Absolutely wonderful! I meant to give you 5 stars but somehow it only filled up 4.5 stars when I clicked on the last star! So many... Read More
Sunday, 20 October 2019 01:54
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“Hidden Figures” in Piano Pedagogy: Leveling Piano Music by Black Composers

A Call for Representation  In 2016, the movie, Hidden Figures, based on the novel by Margot Lee Shetterly, put a spotlight on African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1960s. This biographical film exposed the significant contributions that Black females made to NASA du...
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Narrativity of Histoires by Jacques Ibert

Jacques François Antoine Marie Ibert was born with the fire of Spanish blood in his veins and claimed Manuel de Falla, the famed Spanish composer, as his cousin. The love of music and art that permeated the Ibert household laid the foundation for his acceptance into the Paris Conservatory in 1910, where he studied harmony under the tutelage of Emil...
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Summer 2019: Pupil Saver: Dramatic Chords and Incomparable Views

Rebecca is in her senior year of high school. She is a lovely person who is a talented artist and is also a good pianist. Rebecca leans probably more toward art than music, thus her playing level has stayed around late intermediate to early advanced. Finding music for her that sounds difficult and appealing is often a challenge. At her most recent ...
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Burgmüller: Ballade, Op.100, No.15

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Burgmüller - ArabesqueRossi - Atacama DesertAtwood - SonatinaKabalevsky – Clowns Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immedia...
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Schumann: A Little Piece, Op.68, No.5

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Berens: Op. 70, No. 8 & No. 23Christopher Norton: Duet for One (from The Microjazz Collection 1) Czerny: Op. 777, No. 3Konrad Kuhner: School of Etudes, No. 1(right before or after) Schumann: Op. 68, No. 3 Get Ready: creative a...
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Hi. A great approach for learning this piece. Note the score image above relates to no 3 ‘Humming Tune’ not no.5 ‘A Little Piece’... Read More
Saturday, 23 January 2021 18:36
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