How do you recover the costs of your technology-related equipment?

​from the series: Tomorrow Today: Technology George Litterst, EditorEquipping a traditional piano teaching studio is not an inexpensive proposition for at least one big reason: the cost of the piano. A good quality new upright can cost several thousand dollars. Large new grands can cost tens of thousands of dollars. These costs can double or tripIe...
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How Do You Use Technology to Teach Composition?

​from the series: Tomorrow Today: Technology George Litterst, Editor Current technologies offer students and professionals a clear connection between the notation of a composition and the resulting sound of the piece. I first became excited about composition in high school. My early attempts were very simple and naive, but the results wer...
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Communications technology and the piano teaching profession

Recent advances in communications technology have radically changed the process of information exchange in this century. Telegraph and telephone facilitated almost instantaneous communication across countries and between continents. Radio brought information and communication to remote areas, war zones, and occupied territories where communications...
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Tomorrow Today: Technology

Marguerite Miller, Professor Emeritus at Wichita State University in Kannsas, is a popular clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, consultant, and author. Her philosophy—Life Without Music Would Be A Mistake—prompts her continued interest in, dedication to, and involvement with piano pedagogy. She is a clinician for the Alfred Publishing Company and...
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Does Practice on a Digital Keyboard in the Early Years of Study Prevent a Student From Becoming a Good Pianist? Part II

​In this issue, we continue with four more responses to the question first posed in the Spring 1995 issue regarding the use of digital keyboards for home practice. In keeping with the spirit of KEYBOARD COMPANION, we want to know your response to this question. I urge you to take the time to tell us your thoughts on this subject. We would especiall...
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How Does Technology Enhance Themed Recitals?

Why did I include the word "theme" in 'this issue's question about using technology in recitals? Because I have noticed a very welcome trend away from the traditional, once-a-year, too long, boring recital. Nowadays, many teachers present shorter programs with smaller numbers of students, often using theme-related subjects, to provide more frequent...
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Which Music Computer Programs Do You Use at Home?

Lexington, South Carolina Award-winning piano student Andrew Capobianco, 8, works with state of the art computer programs at his teacher's studio, then uses affordable music games software at home: ''You try to find a quarter note on the screen. Or you push down the button for as long as the note is supposed to be. I like 'USA:&...
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What Is the New Monster Concert?

We are told that Louis Moreau Gottschalk, America's first matinee idol, was the creator of the "piano orchestra" or Monster Concert, which became a genuine institution in 19th-century America. In his memoirs, Gottschalk mentions a number of spectacular occasions when he employed mammoth musical forces. The ultimate was a concert in Havana in which ...
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How Do You Use New Technology in Teaching Improvisation?

​Everyone reading this magazine- teachers, students, parents- is a product of the 20th-century. That means that we are, in varying degrees, modern, progressive, and up-to-date in our attitudes, teaching, and expectations. Or does it? How many of you enjoy improvising? Do you regularly teach or even encourage your students to enjoy the kind of "spon...
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What Is the New Monster Concert? Part II

​Your response to the question, ​What is the new monster concert?​, in the Summer, 1994, Keyboard Companion, convinces me that many piano teachers are looking for an alternative to what, too often, has become the annual, long, boring, piano recital. I was also reminded that, as music educators, we should be ​Arts Advocates​, which ne...
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What Special Tips Do You Have for Preparing Multi-Keyboard Ensembles

from the series: ​Tomorrow Today: TechnologyRecycling is a buzzword of the '90s! You will probably agree that our topic for this issue, Multi-Keyboard Ensembles, is a recycled version of the Monster Concert. Earlier in this century, many concert pianists enjoyed this activity as a diversion. It was a way to "let down their hair" and indul...
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How Do You Use the New Technology in Group Teaching?

Although the term group teaching defies a simple definition or universal application, most piano teachers today include some type of group activity in their teaching- from regular weekly or monthly group lessons to an occasional "practice recital." Likewise, every piano teacher uses some form of technology in teac...
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What technology do you have at home and how do you use it?

    ​During the past decade many students have been exposed to technology-at school, in their piano lessons, at retail stores, arcades, MTV, etc. As a result, many families have purchased some technology for home use. What did they buy, why did they buy it, and how are they using it-that's what we asked students to tell us....
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The Editor's Page

Joy Carden is a piano teacher who believes that embracing life's surprises makes us able to do things we never dreamed we could do, or even more important, introduces us to things we have yet to even dream about. Like many of us, she taught her first piano lessons when she was still in high school–a neighbor insisted she teach her young twins....
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How does technology enhance your traditional approach to teaching?

Overheard at a piano teachers' gathering: "I'm an old-fashioned, traditional teacher and proud of it. I don't want ANY MACHINES in my studio. Mechanical devices would interfere with my personal, creative approach to teaching." Considering the source of this comment - a much-admired, highly successful piano teacher - I was forced to think about...
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Tomorrow Today: Technology

Marguerite Miller, pianist, teacher, author, adjudicator, clinician, and consultant, is Professor Emeritus at Wichita State University where she was Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Head of the Piano Pedagogy/Group Piano Program.  She is a member of the Baldwin Arts Foundation Advisory Board and the Keyboard Teachers VideoConference Committ...
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