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Spring 2019 Technology Review: Slack — A Time-Saving App for Collaborative Projects

​M usic teachers who collaborate with other equally busy musicians, must find creative ways around full schedules and unusual working  hours. Email, text message, and social media platforms are cumbersome when communicating about team teaching, shared events, and group organizations. Consider a new tool to facilitate shared correspondence: Sla...
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Spring 2019: Questions and Answers

​ Q: I've read that robots and artificial intelligence will eliminate 50 million jobs in the US within the next few years. Are the robots coming for OUR jobs—even in the arts? Even in music and teaching? A: The source of the statistic you cite is  a 2018 McKinsey report that explores the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and related techn...
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Teaching with Technology: New Tools For the Piano Studio

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. ​CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY Dr. McAlister's powerpoint presentation
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Teaching with Technology: New Tools For the Piano Studio

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. ​CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY Dr. McAlister's Powerpoint Presentation   Download PDF File Here
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Libib Cataloging Service: Online Tool for the Pianist and Teacher

Libib 1  is a cloud cataloguing website and mobile app that helps to organize personal or small libraries of books, movies, music, or games. To use the service, one must create an account. Then, that library information will be stored in the cloud, where it can be synchronized between mobile devices...
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Go green (screen) and bring the music to life!

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I magine your student performing inside the  Sydney Opera House, at the top of Mount Fuji, or  even on the rings of Saturn. Seem impossible? It's not! Using green screen technology, you can  transport your students to any place or time without  leaving your home studio. All you need is some green  material, bright lights, a...
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May/June 2018 First Looks: Apps for Teaching

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A closer look at SuperScore A unique liquid display? Embedded performances? Interactive features for learning and performing? An amazing library of scores? Is it possible that all of these features are found in one free app? Yes, in an app called SuperScore. To say that George Litterst, developer of SuperScore, is a pioneer in the world of music te...
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March/April 2018: Editor's Column

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I admit it: technology has won a  firm, long-lasting place in my heart.  At present, I own two iPads, an iMac, an  iPhone, a laptop, a music video camera,  and a number of digital pianos. Other  odds and ends of plug-in equipment and  Bluetooth gadgets litter my home and  studio. These are all completely necessary...
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March/April 2018: First Looks: Apps for teaching

Looking for fresh ways to prepare students for an upcoming theory test? Need a new method to reinforce and build student confidence in any music-related topic? Consider using Heads Up or Kahoot.  Heads up  Ellen DeGeneres introduced Heads Up for her show years ago, as it makes a terrific family game for holiday fun. The app comes with a v...
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Jan/Feb 2018: First Looks - Apps for teaching

Adult beginner piano students enroll in lessons because playing the piano has been on their bucket list for years. Coupled with their excitement comes a realization, though. They may be "masters" at their current profession, but, when sitting at the keyboard, adults become well aware of what they don't know. It's our job as teachers to help them de...
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Protecting passwords in 21st-century style

Do you panic when prompted to enter a password? It's virtually an impossible task to remember every password you create as most websites now require you to make an account and follow a specific set of rules for the username and a "strong" password. A high-tech guru who sensed my frustration with passwords advised me to keep things simple and w...
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Apps for teaching: Tools for triggering creativity with pop music

Why integrate popular or "non-classical" music into piano lessons? Retain students Integrating pop music into your curriculum can meet students "where they are." Encouraging them to learn what's on their Spotify or iTunes playlist may draw them to practicing more, which results in progress. Progress motivates, and will keep them on the bench. Devel...
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Piano teaching programs reviewed: ArtistWorks and Meludia

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ArtistWorks OVERVIEW: Equipment needed : Computer, phone, or tablet  with video recording capability; internet  connection. Mac and Windows are supported. Pricing : Packages are $105 for 3 months, $179 for 6  months, and $279 for 12 months. Video lectures/  lessons, backing tracks, video exchanges and  submissions, and theo...
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Apps for teaching: Acing theory tests without theory books

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Much to my pleasure (and astonishment!), a number of my students signed up to take theory tests at the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) local festival. None of these students owns a theory book. The NFMC Bulletin provides an outline of concepts covered in each test level, as well as practice tests from prior years. From the online bul...
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Teaching with backing tracks

​ B acking tracks (pre-recorded or  automated instrumental accompaniments) are inherently motivational. Why? Because playing with a snazzy drum groove is simply more compelling than practicing with a metronome. Here are suggestions for integrating backing tracks into your curriculum to enhance technique, timing, and creativity—all at the same ...
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Fear not the Machine: How Technology can Expand the Role of the Teacher

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Editor's note: In the November/December 2014 issue, Clavier Companion launched a series of articles addressing the future of piano teaching. This article is part of that series, which will continue in future issues. Susan, a teenage piano student, loved the music of pop star Katy Perry. Susan was especially fond of the song "Dark Horse," which...
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YouTube piano tutorials: The Art of Teaching and Lypur

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OVERVIEW Price: Free YouTube channels devoted to music education and beginning piano instruction Systems: Available on the web or through the iOS and Android YouTube apps Equipment: Any internet-connected device Website: youtube.com The Art of Teaching https://goo.gl/yLW5DA Lypur https://goo.gl/yJaubq   PROS: The Art of Teaching: Succinct, exp...
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Collabara: A multifunctional program

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Overview Price: Free for instructors; varying student subscription tiers ranging from $3–$10 per student per month Systems: Available on the web or through iOS and Android apps Equipment: Need internet-connected device with a built-in microphone and camera Website: collabramusic.com   Pros: • Streamlined, easy-to-navigate interface • Multiple ...
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Lock in theory with iReal Pro

Developing technical skills builds strong players. Working  through technical challenges can be more beneficial when combined with theory concepts and exponentially more engaging when locked into a groove. Fellow Clavier Companion contributor and improvisation specialist Bradley Sowash recommends developing scale playing with backing tracks th...
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Practicing with backing tracks

Most young musicians learn to play their instruments with peers in a student orchestra, concert band, or group class. Student pianists, on the other hand, because they typically practice and perform alone for many years may miss out on learning essential ensemble skills such as: Steady beat—keeping a steady pulse and avoiding pauses to fix notes; L...
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