November/December 2018: Winds of Change

In the last two columns I have danced around acknowledging that I have retired from university teaching. Now it seems the right time to retire this column as well. There are many reasons for the decision, and with a new editor at Clavier Companion, I step aside to make room for new ideas and fresh writer...
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March/April 2018: The Winds of Change

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You may have heard that I am retiring from my teaching position. If all goes according to plan, 2017–2018 will be my final year of piano "professordom." It was not an easy decision, but after forty years in the studio, it's time to make room for others. I will still teach, but independently. I recently looked up a...
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Winds of Change: July/August 2017

Pianists are blessed with an incredibly rich, diverse repertoire. I have thought a lot recently about how one chooses a recital program—so much to learn, so little time. Risking too much self-revelation, I will share the experience of my most recent attempt to reach an audience. Much of this column is based on the program notes I wrote for the reci...
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Winds of Change: March/April 2017

Change has been on our minds a lot lately. When I coined the name of this column in 2009, I had no idea how prescient it was (some of these recent changes would have been hard to predict even a year ago). With the future certain only insofar as there will be a future, please allow me some personal ruminations about "modern music" and its role in br...
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Winds of Change

While this column usually focuses on change as it transforms our profession and sometimes flusters its practitioners, I want to think about something that doesn't change: the effect of artistry and its long-lasting impact. These thoughts come to mind as I reminisce about the unexpected effect Phyllis Curtin had on my life. Phyllis was an admired Am...
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Winds of Change

In the heat of this political season, the airwaves are full of talk about systems that don't work, about reform. I recently gave a political speech of sorts at the MTNA national conference, not carried by any of the networks, in which I said that we all needed to be activists. With apologies to those who heard it, I will revisit some of my thoughts...
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Winds of change

Time's passage has been much on my mind of late. The winds of change blow on. We rush toward the future, the way paved by technologies that only get faster and more pervasive. I long for a leeward island, enough out of the wind to consider the things that don't change, or shouldn't. Should piano teachers perform? There is more than one answer. Teac...
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Winds of change

The deadline for this column arrived as the Boston Marathon attack unfolded. For five days we watched madness spread across a city, paralyzing the Athens of America, usurping thought and rationality as horror reigned  supreme. At the same time, I happened to be attending the finals of a high level piano competition. Five gi...
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Winds of Change

​A funny thing happened on the way to writing this column: I started questioning everything about this profession of ours. Even more than I usually do.  In future columns I'll get at more of this, but let's start with the institution we call the piano recital. In fact, we'll begin at the very pinnacle of the art form, the height to which ...
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Winds of Change

​"Hello chatter, my old friend." So wrote ​New York Times​ columnist Maureen Dowd, who in calling attention to the new silent film ​The Artist​ last December 7, 2011, took on much more (all quoted paragraphs below come from her column).  "The sounds of silence are a dim recollection now, like mystery, privacy and paying attentio...
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