How does piano study in Japan compare with the American approach?

I first met Toshie Okada and her two daughters, Emi, and Tamami on the rocky mountain path between Ptarmigan and Owl cabins at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. Toshie and I had exchanged excited e-mails about the prospect of her two daughters coming to the United States from Japan to attend the first Junior Seminar Session at the C...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

Elizabeth Van Ness teaches music appreciation and enrichment in Los Angeles area public schools. A mother of two daughters, she believes that students benefit when parents work in cooperation with teachers. In addition to teaching, Elizabeth is a writer for computer programs, television, and magazines, including Keyboard Companion's A Parent's Poin...
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How Can You Give Your Talent Away?

Every student knows, or at least can imagine, the feeling of pride and joy musicians take from giving a performance that is appreciated by others. It's a feeling that's inspiring as well as gratifying. As one teacher writes in her students' assignment books, "To keep your talent, you must give it away!"  Unfortunately, "giving away talent" may...
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What Musical Games Do Students Enjoy Most?

from the series: The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent For this issue, we went directly to the students to ask - What musical games do you enjoy the most? I think you will find their answers interesting, surprising, educational, delightful, and humorous. I only wish that you could see all of the actual slips of paper with the various styl...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

Why Do You Have an Ethics Policy for Your Studio? By Cathy Albergo Cathy Albergo, Associate Professor of Music at William Rainey Harper College, Chicago, Illinois, teaches piano pedagogy, class piano, piano performance, and ensemble. As Director of the Harper Music Academy, she supervises over 300 students of all ages. Co-author of The Intermediate...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

How Would You Describe a Good Piano Teacher? If you have ever moved from one city or state to another, you - , have gone through the careful process of finding a new doctor, dentist, aerobics teacher, dance teacher, etc. When you were searching for these new professionals to work with you and your family, you probably had an idea of exactly what ty...
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How Do You Educate Parents and Students About the Importance of Music Study?

Music makes a difference. This simple statement sums up the answer to perhaps the single most important question for music teachers - Why is music study important? In this issue, The Magic Triangle will give you an overview of the importance of music study, provide some suggestions on how to educate parents and students about the importance of...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

How Would You Describe a Good Teacher? by Cathy Albergo If you have ever moved from one city or state to another, you have gone through the careful process of finding a new doctor, dentist, aerobics teacher, dance teacher, etc. When you were searching for these new professionals to work with you and your family, you probably had an idea of exactly ...
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