A Teacher's Roundtable on Solutions to Common Practice Problems

from the series: The Other Teacher: Home Practice Elvina Pearce, Editor For our Home Practice column in this issue, we have invited five highly successful teachers to become a roundtable panel and share with us some of their solutions to the most common issues which have to be addressed in their own studios, and which those of us who teac...
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How do you teach students to listen to themselves as they practice?

from the series: The Other Teacher: Home Practice In an interview with Nelita True which appeared in the Home Practice column of the Autumn 2002 issue of Keyboard Companion, she was asked, "What do you consider to be the most important thing you do when practicing?" Her answer was, "Listening!" In the same article, when asked, "What things abo...
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What practice strategies would you assign for the "Fantasy Dance" from Op. 124 by Schumann?

from the series: The Other Teacher: Home Practice Elvina Pearce, Editor Over the years I have always found the "Fantasy Dance" of Schumann ("Phantasietanz," No. 5 from the Album Leaves, Op. 124) to be an excellent teaching piece for the early advanced student. Marked presto, it is brilliant, and dramatic - a wonderful "show-off" piece for...
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How Can We Find Out More About Our Students' Home Practice? Part II

by Elvina Pearce  Evaluating a student's home practice is getting a lot of attention these days. In KEYBOARD COMPANION's most recent issue, we reported on a project at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, that was designed to help their teachers find out more about their students' independent learning skills. At the 1994 meeting...
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What Have You Learned From Your Own Practice That Has Affected What and How You Teach Your Students About Practice?

Most of what I've learned about practice, I've learned from teaching. However, there are a few things that I learned as a student that I still strongly believe in and pass along to my students. Here's part of my "lecture" on practice that occurs during each new student's initial interview:  Students who practice at the same time each day ...
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What Have You Learned From Listening to Your Own Children's Practice?

from the series: The Other Teacher: Home Practice As a piano teacher with no children of my own, I have sometimes wondered how, as a parent, I might have handled music lessons for my child. Would I (should I) have insisted that the child take piano lessons? If so, what role would I have played in this event? Would I (should I) have taught the ...
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Describe Your Own Home Practice. Why Do You Do It?

From the series, The Other Teacher: Home Practice By Elvina Pearce In all previous issues, this department has dealt with student practice. In this issue, we focus on teacher practice. Probably, regular practice on the part of teachers is something all of us find commendable.However, implementing such a good intention is not always as easy as ...
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What is included in your weekly written assignment?

    A teacher can learn a lot about a new student's previous study ~ and practice by simply looking at the former assignment notebook. That's why I always ask a prospective student to bring it along to the pre-enrollment interview along with the music and other materials most recently studied. In some cases, the weekly assignments have be...
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What do you like - and what do you not like - about practice?

In all previous issues, our Home Practice Department has addressed questions of concern primarily to teachers. In this issue, we are providing a forum for students to express themselves on the subject of practice.  Early last fall, a questionnaire was distributed to fifty students from the studios of seven teachers. These students ranged in ag...
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The Other Teacher: Home Practice

Elvina Truman Pearce is nationally recognized as a pianist, teacher, lecturer, author, and composer. She studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and pedagogy with Frances Clark. She is currently an instructor in piano pedagogy and director of the Preparatory Division at Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois. by Elvina Pearce In th...
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