- Published on Friday, 15 November 2013 19:36
- Written by Pete Jutras
You may have received the November/December issue of Clavier Companion, and I hope you've been enjoying it. If you haven't seen it yet, I invite you to take a look at the digital edition by visiting our website at www.claviercompanion.com. Better yet, subscribe today so you don't miss another issue!
There are many changes in this new issue, and I wanted to take you through some of them to give you a behind–the–scenes look at what is different. Before I discuss what is new, however, I want to stress that one thing has remained the same: the quality content that is at the core of every issue. While some things have a new look, and there is some new organization, we remain dedicated to bringing you practical, interesting, and informative articles to improve your learning, teaching, and playing. Our mission has not changed, nor will it ever change.
Logo and Cover
The first thing you'll notice is the new logo on the cover. We wanted to give this an updated look, and we also wanted more clearly communicate our identity to readers who may be unfamiliar with Clavier Companion. We've added the tagline “The Piano Magazine” to clearly establish who we are and what the magazine is about. We've also added more text to the cover to highlight interesting articles and allow you to immediately see what’s inside.
Opening the magazine
The next thing you'll see is a larger, more spacious table of contents, along with a redesigned masthead. In addition to being more attractive, we hope this helps you find articles and information quickly and easily.
You'll still see insightful columns at the front of the magazine from writers such as Barbara Kreader and Robert Weirich. These columns have been joined by a new section, Preludes, which will present short and entertaining items of interest from our musical world.
The essence of Clavier Companion, going back to the days of Keyboard Companion, has always been found in its departments, which traditionally covered specific topics relating to piano playing and teaching. While these departments were always useful, the limited range of topics often made it difficult to cover ideas that didn’t fit into one of the prescribed categories.
The practical content found in these departments will remain at the heart of the magazine, but it has been repackaged into three broader and more flexible sections. The first section, Learning & Teaching, will cover the basics of HOW we learn to play the piano and how we teach it to others. Repertoire will deal with the many aspects of WHAT we play and assign to our students. Perspectives will generate a broad range of IDEAS and discussions on areas such as business, psychology, technology, and other topics relevant to teaching and playing the piano. These new sections will allow us to better cover the broad range of issues relating to piano playing and teaching in our rapidly changing world, well still allowing us to cover the basics as we have in the past.
You will still find reviews of books, music, products, apps, and other piano-related materials, as well as our Keyboard Kids' Companion and the traditional back-page column Questions & Answers, now written by Sam Holland.
Throughout the magazine, you will see new headers, colors, and fonts. In addition to giving the magazine a more contemporary look, these are designed to open up space on the page, and, in the words of our designer, “air out” the magazine and give it a lighter, more welcoming approach.
An important note
As the first issue appeared, we received many comments from readers about the gray font. Unfortunately, this shade of gray did appear much lighter in the finished product than we anticipated. We have already changed this for the next issue, and you can expect to see a darker, easier to read version of our new font.
We greatly appreciate hearing your comments and concerns. (Praise is OK too!) Your ideas and input provided much of the impetus behind the redesign, and we will continue to listen to you in an effort to provide the best possible product. Please let us know how we are doing, and what we can improve. This has always been your magazine, and it will continue to remain so as we move forward.
In the meantime, happy reading!
Pete Jutras, the Editor-in-Chief of Clavier Companion, is Associate Professor of Piano and the Piano Pedagogy Specialist at the University of Georgia in Athens. His writings have been published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, American Music Teacher, and Keyboard Companion magazine, and he is a frequent presenter at conferences across the country and around the world.