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Who was Albert Pieczonka?

from the series: ​Putting It All Together: Repertoire & Performance Nancy Bachus, Editor I do not remember when I first "discovered" the Tarantella in A Minor   of Albert Pieczonka. I do know I have taught it many, many times, and always with great success. I measure "success" in different ways. One measure was that every   stude...
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You consistently have high school students that play extremely difficult repertoire such as Chopin Ballades. How do you prepare them to play this difficult repertoire at such a young age?

I am amazed when I see high school students effortlessly playing advanced repertoire, and I have observed that certain teachers seem to constantly have students at this level. Wondering how this is accomplished, I asked two such teachers, Paul Wirth and Donald Morelock, to share some of their methods. Of course success...
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What repertoire do you use when a student can play with only one hand, and how do you assign it?

from the series: ​Putting It All Together: Repertoire Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor All teachers become skilled in dealing with the unexpected. Most of us have had stud en ts enter the studio with an arm in a sling or cast, or fingers wrapped in heavy bandages. Our creative juices start to flow and we improvise lessons and assignments which bend...
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How do you include music history in the study of repertoire?

​from the series: Putting It All Together: Repertoire Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor My student and I are looking over an edited version of a Bach Two-Part Invention. "Is there anything  here on the page that Bach did n ot write?" I ask. "What about the metronome marking, and the tempo marking? How about these slurs and the staccatos here in the ...
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What are your all-time favorite pieces?

from the series: ​​The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent Barbara Kreader, Editor No matter what the music's style, familiarity breeds interest.... Yet all music doesn't need to be familiar to hook a student's excitement. H ow many times did you teach "Für EIise" this year? Do you know every known arrangement ...
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Do You Use Recordings to Reinforce Your Teaching of Repertoire?

from the series: ​Putting It All Together: Repertoire Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor "Listen carefully." How many times did you use that phrase yesterday in your lessons? Listen...for  what? How? Why? Most of us readily would agree that the hallmarks of artistic playing involve shaping of sound, balance of the texture, and tone color appropr...
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A Fond Farewell (Für Elise)

Marvin Blickenstaff, Editor from the series: Putting It All Together: Repertoire  One of the favorite photos I have hanging in my study is a shot of the original staff of  K eyboard Companion . Pictured there is founding editor Richard Chronister and his dear wife Marjore, Elvina Pearce, Brenda Dillon, Cathy Albergo and husband Frank...
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Helping at Home: A Parent's Point of View

How Do You Buy Supplemental Music For Your Child? ​ Miami, Florida . Kristen Smith, nine, loves to visit music stores with her dad. Peter Smith, a choir member who plays piano by ear, peruses music for appropriate material and sings to Kristen as they shop. Then she decides whether or not to buy. Their collection includes hymns, Christmas...
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How Do You Teach Intuitive Students to Make Decisions About Interpretation?

Like many questions about teaching, the answer to this issue's question is a process; there simply cannot be an answer that stands as fact, or even static opinion. Every time we face this question, usually in the middle of a lesson, the answer is both a culmination of all that we have learned in the past and a beginning -without doubt, the circumst...
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Is the Repertoire You Are Teaching in 1994-95 Different From the Repertoire You Taught in 1984-85?

Change is a highly volatile presence in our daily lives and in our profession. It is evident in our family structure and in all the institutions of our culture. There are significant changes in the way we shop, the foods we eat, the way we do business, and the way we communicate with each other. It is impossible to live in 1995 exactly as we did in...
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What Is Good Material to Use With Elementary Transfer Students Who Are Playing Music Far Too Difficult?

There are many reasons why students change teachers. In this mobile society, it is frequently because the student or teacher has moved to another loca tion. But changes can also occur for professional reasons- poor communication between the triangle of teacher/student/parent, lack of interest, a particular need that is not being fulfilled -&nb...
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How Do You Transfer Students' Understanding of Theory to Their Understanding of Repertoire?

​The color-coordinated, graphic designed, companionable theory books that are packaged with current method books are startling compared to the early workbooks and notespellers. There are many computer theory programs designed to accompany current method books or to be used as a separate course. Theory tests are now required for MTNA auditions and m...
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What Is Your Favorite Recital Repertoire for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-Year Students?

​from the series: Putting It All Together: Repertoire Recital--the very word sends a tremor of anxiety through any piano teacher. Some teachers cleverly disguise this event by giving it another name: Piano Party, Spring Keyboard Festival, or Music for a Sunday Afternoon . Whatever the title, repertoire must be chosen and students must be prepa...
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What is your favorite early-level and intermediate-level ensemble music and why?

Since a teacher plus a student equals a minimum of two , the learning process is an ensemble from the beginning. From the very first lessons, we eagerly introduce young students to the wonders of the keyboard by providing a rhythm and harmonic background to the fledgling one- or two-note "performer." To continue this engagement in making music...
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How do you plan a student's repertoire for the coming school year?

Although few teachers of my acquaintance indulge in a languid state of inactivity during the summer, it is a time when we re-evaluate the progress of our students during the previous school year and determine what changes to make in the fall. September is the teacher's New Year with all the feelings of guilt and resolutions for change and, more imp...
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