Shouldn't technical study be fun? Liszt, etude practice, and attention to detail...

It rests in a corner of a neo-classical style building from the 1920s - a beautiful temple, faced with Indiana limestone. The central court in which it slumbers is full of beautiful things: several pieces of Chihuly art glass, mounted high on the wall; a seventeenth century Claude Lorrain portrait of a young boy; and a Fairfield Porter paintin...
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How Do You Teach Weight-Transfer to Early-Level Students?

from the series: Let's Get Physical: Technique Scott McBride Smith, Editor Who was it that said, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach; those who can't teach, teach gym"? Not a piano teacher, obviously! And probably not a gym teacher, either. It's not necessary to be a world famous concert pianist to be a fine teacher, but it is essential...
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Is there a way to make technical practice fun?

from the series: Let's Get Physical: Technique Scott McBride Smith, Editor A child need not be very clever To learn that, 'Later, dear', means 'Never'.  Ogden Nash, Grandpa is Ashamed He makes a good point, don't you think? Is there ever time for "fun" in a piano lesson, especially when it relates to technique? Fun is a charged word for p...
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How do you help students who say, "I know what I want, but my hands just won't do it!"?

from the series: Let's Get Physical: Technique Scott McBride Smith, Editor Our hands are only a final link in a long chain of events that work together to produce the sounds we want. This might have been one of my shortest Keyboard Companion introductions ever. Yep. Three words. "Gimme a break!" You see, I seldom believe students when they assure m...
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How Do You Teach Good Tone to Early-Level Students?

from the series: Let's Get Physical: Technique I met an old friend while writing my article for this issue of Keyboard Companion. It was great to renew communication after so many years apart - to hear his ideas and be reminded of his wisdom and his warmth. My friend? Robert Schumann. No, I'm not psychic. But I did feel close, again, to the co...
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How is Rhythm Enhanced by Solid Technique Skills?

from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, editor The question this issue straddles two departments in the magazine, Rhythm and Technique. It was therefore a natural for the editors of these two departments - Scott McBride Smith and myself- to answer the question. The interplay between these two elements is a practical a...
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Let's Get Physical: Technique

Scott McBride Smith is Executive Director of the Young Keyboard Artists Association, in which capacity he directs a Summer Piano Institute involving some of the nation's top artist-teachers and students. He is a well-known private teacher in Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California where he was co-wi...
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How Do You Motivate Your Students to Practice Technique?

I am often touched by the sincere desire of music teachers to improve themselves and the lives of their students. It's ironic that so many large international corporations have only recently discovered the virtues of continuous improvement (one of the buzzwords of business in the '90s), for indeed we music teachers have known its benefits all along...
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What Do Students Think About the Technique They Are Practicing?

Kids really do say the darndest things, as they used to say on the Art Linkletter Show, and I knew I was in for a day of darned things as soon as I heard my sister's voice. "Will you baby-sit Robbie for me on Sunday," she asked, "or would you prefer that I go stark raving insane?  Somehow I felt that I was not being offered a real choice,...
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Do You Have a Favorite Technical Regimen for Early-Level Students?

"Have you ever seen a piano teacher as tall as I am?," I asked a 4-year old prospective student at her audition last week. I've learned the wisdom of saying a few calming words to new students when I answer my front door, knowing that my 6'6" height can be intimidating to a small child. This particular little girl looked at me with wide eyes and cl...
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How Do You Teach Your Students to Play Loud in One Hand and Soft in the Other?

One of my earliest experiences as a judge was at a festival held in the Midwest at which the one piece required of all elementary contestants was Kabelevsky's popular Toccatina. To be frank, the performances were not that great. By lunch time on the first day, I felt that it would have been wise to have made up a rubber stamp ahead of time wit...
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What About Piano Study in Australia and the People's Republic of China?

I remember well standing backstage in Kansas City in the 1970s after a recital of the French soprano Régine Crespin and hearing her admonish an over-eager admirer who gushed that her Carmen was the best since the immortal Calve. "Comparisons are odious," Crespin said with grandeur." I wish to be considered unique in all things." But to educato...
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What Competition Pieces Do You Use With Early-Level Students and Why?

Any question that includes the word "competition" will immediately trigger hot flashes of emotional response among piano teachers. With the additional phrase "early-level students," the heat level rises considerably. The sheer number of competitive events available across the country can be overwhelming for both teachers and students. One teac...
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What are the most important aspects of technique to cover in the first years of piano study?

Every week, it seems, we hear of another case of pianists' hand and arm problems. Well-known concert performers, up-and- coming young artists, promising students ... the list appears endless, and each pianist's affliction sounds more debilitating than the last. Are these injuries more frequent in today's musical world? Firm statistics are not ...
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What Do We Mean by Technique, Anyway?

from the series: Let's Get Physical: Technique There was a time when keyboard technique seemed a comparatively simple affair. There's nothing remarkable about it, a gruff J. S. Bach told his friend J. F. Kohler. Hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself. For Bach, as for Mozart, a quiet seat, small motions with curv...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

Cathy Albergo, Associate Professor of Music at William Rainey Harper College, Chicago, Illinois, teaches piano pedagogy, class piano, piano performance, and ensemble. As Director of the Harper Music Academy, she supervises over 300 students of all ages. Co-author of The Intermediate Repertoire Guide, she is active as a clinician, author, adjudicato...
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