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An interview with Stephen HoughPianist Stephen Hough has been called a Renaissance Man. In 2009 he was named one of the top twenty living polymaths by The Economist and Intelligent Life magazines. Mark Ainley joins him for an exclusive interview.
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Remembering a Legendary Cincinnati Piano TeacherThis article explores the extraordinary life of pianist and teacher, Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne. She specialized in group and adult teaching, taught over 100 students, and served as pianist for the Cincinnati Symphony in the 1950s.
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Advancing Intermediate StudentsMorelock's masterful teaching is captured in this insightful article that will be valuable to any teacher looking to raise the quality of their intermediate teaching.
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In 2006, I was asked by my publisher to attend a national music education conference to help market my new jazz piano method. Lacking sales experience, I somewhat nervously asked anyone who happened to pass by the exhibit booth, "Are you interested in teaching improvisation to your students?" Since most piano teachers are inherently friendly, I was relieved when most of them agreed to take a polite first look at my books. A few, however, surprised me by reacting indignantly with the likes of, “Why, certainly not!" before proceeding down the aisle (and inevitable extinction) to peruse the latest editions of Fur Elise.
A Balanced Teaching Philosophy
There’s nothing wrong with teaching what we’ve come to call classical music. It develops great technique, increases music appreciation, and develops an awareness of our musical roots.
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