First Looks: Apps for Teaching

Paper leaves a trail, and usually the trail leads to the trash can. For that reason, I prefer to avoid paper and ink and offer virtual lesson assignment sheets. All my notes for student lessons are written in Pages, a word processor app similar to Word and available for all iOS devices. The notes are emailed as a PDF (portable document file) after ...
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Piano Teaching Programs Reviewed: eNovative Piano

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Overview: Subscription-based; there are a range of price plans for individual students, individual teachers, and institutions  Technology required—Internet- connected computer, phone, tablet, PDF reader, Adobe Flash  Website—www.enovativepiano.com Customer support includes online tutorial videos  Pros: Excellent pedagogical approach&...
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Piano Teaching Programs Reviewed: Simply Piano

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OVERVIEW:  Three subscription options:  1 Month - $14.99  3 Months - $29.99  1 Year - $89.99  Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch  Requires iOS 9.0 or later and internet connection  Optional: USB midi cable and Apple Camera Connection Kit for use with headphones  Website: www.joytunes.com/simply-pian...
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Playground Sessions

by Kristin Cahill  OVERVIEW: • PRICE AND OPTIONS: -$9.99/month (billed annually); includes $20 in song credits -$17.99 for a single month; includes one free song -$269.99 lifetime membership; includes $40 in song credits  *All subscriptions have full access to Playground software, community features (social media, leader boards), free Boo...
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Piano Marvel

OVERVIEW Price: • Free for level 1 materials. Premium account ($15/month or $99/year) provides full access to all levels.  • Some repertoire must be purchased in addition to the subscription. • The teacher and student both need subscriptions. Students are "linked" to teacher accounts upon subscription.  Technological Requirements: • ...
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Piano Maestro

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Not too long ago (say, way back in the 1990s), if you wanted to learn to play the piano, you basically had two options: you could find a teacher and take traditional lessons, or you could buy a book and try to teach yourself. With the growth of the internet and the arrival of smart mobile devices, those opportunities have expanded considerably.&nbs...
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Twenty-first century trends in computer-assisted ear training

A fine chef is expected to taste a dish and identify the key ingredients and an artist is expected to identify the nuances of color and shade, yet many young and inexperienced musicians do not fully understand or appreciate the need to accurately hear and identify musical details. Ear training is one of the most essential skills that a compete...
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The Sound of the future

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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. The following article is part of that series. In the mid 1900s, electronically produced sounds were only available to an elite group of composers, artists, and recording studios. Today, our students have easy ...
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Screens are the new stages: How mobile devices and computers are changing performance

Screens are the new stages: How mobile devices and computers are changing performance
What a great honor it was to be asked to write an article for this series about the future of piano teaching. I feel that so much has already been stated by a number of my colleagues, and of course I concur that we do not have to fear the future and technological change. As others have noted, adapting your teaching to continual changes in technolog...
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The Future of Piano Teaching - Flipping the Music Studio: Ideas for using YouTube in your Teaching

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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. The following article is part of that series, which will continue in future issues.  At the recent National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, I opened my session by asking if anyone used YouTube. Everyone ...
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Should we fear the future?

Should we fear the future?
"What is the future of piano teaching?" is an important question, but it may tend to strike a bit of fear into each of us. Almost implicit in the question is another, more ominous question: "Will there be a future for piano teaching?" With the prevalence of online courses, YouTube videos, and iPad apps, all geared toward learning to play the piano,...
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Questions and Answers

Q: Would you please discuss the role of technology in piano teaching? How big a role do you think technology should play in weekly lessons? A: We should revisit this question often, since technology changes so fast. And, for one who has built much of his career on efficacious application of technology in music teaching, what I'm about to ...
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Mobile technology is the new normal

Mobile technology is the new normal
​Editor's note: In the November/December 2014 issue, Clavier Companion launched a series of articles addressing the future of piano teaching. The following two articles are part of that series, which will continue in future issues. Think back to an earlier time in your life.  ​Did you turn a small knob to flip through the three major televisio...
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Video: A valuable tool for teachers

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Playing the piano is much like driving a car. When you drive a car, you have a destination in mind, and you focus your attention simultaneously on both the route and the moment-by-moment actions that will bring you to your destination. Along the way, you not only look at the road ahead, but you also acquire an awareness of cars around you, you keep...
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Problem solved! Seeking solutions online. Part 1: Blogs

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As a pedagogy professor, I try to keep my students abreast of the latest publications and teaching approaches, maintain an up-to-date pedagogy library, and offer flexible office hours. So it was a humbling and eye-opening experience recently when a graduate student stopped by my open door and said "I was stuck on what to do with Billy, so I went on...
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Practical tips for video recording your teaching

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What app(s) do you use for recording video on your smartphone or tablet? Stella: On my Android phone and tablet, I usually use the app that comes with the operating system. The various makers of Android devices (Samsung, Motorola, etc.) each provide a video recording app for their devices. Although the app that you get from each manufacturer is dif...
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The future of piano teaching - Technology and the learning process

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.  "The popularity of this new pastime among children has increased rapidly . . . This new invader of the privacy of the home has b...
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The Future of Piano Teaching: Evaluating new teaching tools

The tools for education have changed greatly in recent decades, and they are still evolving. The internet and technologies such as computers, tablets, and smartphones have become ubiquitous, leading to the development of software, apps, and devices that have impacted education or have the potential to do so.  Part of our responsibility as educ...
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The Future of Piano Teaching: Changes and Constants

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Mixed signals. We live in a time of unprecedented change. This thought is one that is expressed frequently these days—you may even find it to be clichéd. We hear it so often that we may not stop to consider what it really means, or if it is even as true as we might believe it to be. In this issue, Clavier Companion begins a series of articles that ...
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Twenty-First Century Pedagogy: A Whole New World Again

Do you have an iPad or some other type of tablet? How about a smartphone? Do you use them in your lessons? A large number of responses would probably be in the affirmative, but how are university pedagogy programs training the next generation of piano teachers to use these and other technologies? Are collegiate piano pedagogues grappling with new w...
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