Exploring the Tactile Foundations of Sight Playing

One of our highest priorities as piano teachers is to provide a solid foundation for music reading. Students who read well learn music faster, stick with piano lessons longer, and continue to play into adulthood. All teachers know this and emphasize reading skills in the first few years of lessons, and yet, many of our students struggle with s...
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Powerful patterns

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It always makes my day and warms my heart when my students "get it," when they experience an "ah-ha," when understanding dawns, when recognition lights up their eyes. It's the reason I still love teaching music after thirty years.  One of those moments occurred in a recent lesson when sisters Georgie and Carly were working on their duet, Falli...
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Should students count aloud when sight-reading?

Many piano teachers believe that it is imperative to teach students to count aloud when learning a new piece, and they certainly have support in many of the popular teaching methods. However, I have to ask: if counting aloud while playing is so important for developing good rhythm skills, how do trumpet and clarinet players learn to perform in rhyt...
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Four teachers and Facebook: Ideas for improving sight-reading

Earlier in the year, I established a private discussion group on Facebook with four teachers from around the country— Monica Allen, Laura Beauchamp-Williamson, Rebecca Pennington, and Scott Price. Our goal was to have some conversations about music reading which would lead to the sharing of ideas and resources. It is important to know that the...
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Describe your sight-reading library contents and organization

I admit it- I am a "packrat." My natural inclination is to hold on to things because "you never know when they might come in handy someday!" Although I strive for reform from this behavior in my daily life, I continue to collect and save music for students. The fact is that this music can be very useful to my students, often as sight-reading m...
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How Do You Make Your Summer Lessons Different?

Are you looking for some creative ideas for next summer's teaching? Ideas that will motivate your students, refresh your studio, and provide a change of pace from your regular teaching routine? Then read on!  Our writers for this issue include four independent piano teachers as well as parents and students who tell us how they feel about ...
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