Striving for Excellence in Online Piano Pedagogy: Characteristics of Expert Teachers Using the Video-Conferencing Format

​ During a recent tour at the Bell Homestead in my hometown of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, I came across an interesting fact. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell set up a demonstration of his new invention, the telephone. He arranged for friends to play a melodeon and sing over a telephone line in order to show that sound could be transmitted over the t...
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Thirty Years of Teaching with Technology: Was it Worth It?

Now that we have entered the third decade of the twenty- first century, I find myself looking back at the previous three decades and wondering: Did technology deliver on its implied promises? With advances in music technology, do piano students learn music faster, enjoy their practice more, and perform with greater confidence? These are import...
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Piano Pedagogy's Towers of Technology

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In many fields, it can be hard to find central figures who aren't men. In the niche of keyboard pedagogy technologies, however, many significant practices and developments were LARGELY pioneered by women. So, for this very special issue of the ​Piano Magazine​, I am honored to celebrate a few of the women who paved the paths that led many of u...
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2019 NCKP Preconference Highlights

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NCKP has eleven subcommittees, comprised of leaders in each of the following subcommittee areas: collaborative performance, collegiate pedagogy teaching, creative music making, inclusive teaching, independent music teachers, music in early childhood, research, students and young professionals, teaching adults, technology, and wellness. Over seventy...
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Illuminations of the Past, Innovations of the Future: Piano Playing and Building in the Twenty-first Century

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The advent and popularization of historical performance practice in recent years has led to some wonderful innovations in piano performance. In many circles, Mozart's original and intimate ideas of phrasing are now readily reinstated and relegitimized over more long-line Romantic approaches; familiarity with Bach's ornamentation and practices of ar...
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Spring 2019 Technology Review: Slack — A Time-Saving App for Collaborative Projects

​Music 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: Slack...
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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 technolo...
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Teaching with Technology: New Tools For the Piano Studio

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Teaching with Technology: New Tools For the Piano Studio

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Libib Cataloging Service: Online Tool for the Pianist and Teacher

Libib1 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&n...
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Go green (screen) and bring the music to life!

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Imagine 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 record...
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May/June 2018 First Looks: Apps for Teaching

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A closer look at SuperScoreA 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 tec...
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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—or at ...
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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 va...
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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 wr...
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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 studentsIntegrating 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.Develop ...
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Piano teaching programs reviewed: ArtistWorks and Meludia

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ArtistWorksOVERVIEW: 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 theory course...
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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 bull...
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Teaching with backing tracks

​Backing 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 tim...
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