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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 K eyboa rd Com panion. 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 th...
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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 wi...
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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 educa...
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As a College Teacher, What Would You Like Your Incoming Freshman Students to Know About How to Practice?

AII of us who have been in college music buildings which house practice rooms are aware of the almost continuous sounds of student practice emanating from within. Those who work in this environment must acquire the ability to tune out much of this round-the-clock piano playing in order to fulfill their teaching and/or other professional responsibil...
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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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What are the essential principles of a student's technique?

Dear reader,  Back in the spring of 1989 Richard Chronister asked me to become the first Associate Editor for Technique of a new publication with a focus on piano study from beginning through intermediate levels. Thus began my association with KEYBOARD COMPANION. I think Richard asked me to a ss i s t him  because he knew of my great inte...
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What are the problems of the thumb and how do you solve them?

Teaching students about the thumb is as important as it is difficult. If the thumb is angled too high, the wrist sticks up. If the thumb joints bend inward, reach is compromised. If the thumb is not used properly in scales and arpeggios, either speed or articulation suffers. Yet, despite all these potential calamities, the thumb is often overl...
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When and how do you introduce the damper pedal?

​All teachers of beginning students have asked this question at one time or another. Students love to use the pedal. Unfortunately, they often love it a little too much. And pedal habits, like all other habits, are difficult to change once they are learned. It is vital, therefore, to introduce correct pedal technique early on. Three highly successf...
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Let's Get Physical: Technique

Steven H. Roberson teaches Piano Pedagogy at Butler University in Indianapolis where he is acting chairman of the Music Education Department. The author of more than twenty-five articles on piano teaching in leading national and international music journals, he has spoken at major music conferences on both sides of the Atlantic and is presiden...
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