In this issue...
An interview with Ingrid ClarfieldA glimpse into her background, passions, philosophies, and practical experience as one of the most successful piano teachers in America.
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Technology and the Learning ProcessThe ways in which we learn and form memories haven’t changed over the years. We still need information to be presented in manageable quantities and consistently duplicated in order for it to be stored in long-term memory. What has changed, however, is the amount of stimuli with which we are presented daily. Click to read more.
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2015 Directory of Summer Camps and InstitutesWe are excited to present the much anticipated 2015 listing of summer programs for piano students and teachers.
Should students count aloud when sight-reading?Many piano teachers believe that it is imperative to teach students to count aloud when learning a new piece, and they certainly have support in many of the popular teaching methods. However, I have to ask: if counting aloud while playing is so important for developing good rhythm skills, how do trumpet and clarinet players learn to perform in rhythm?
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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.
Clavier Companion is proud to sponsor this exciting contest showcasing the talent of tomorrow's teachers!
Grand Prize: Publication in a forthcoming issue of Clavier Companion.
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Writers are free to choose any topic relating to the field of piano pedagogy and write a 1,500 word article. Submissions must be received by June 1st, 2015.
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