• A Legacy of Excellence

    A Legacy of Excellence

    An interview with John and Nancy Weems


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  • Welcome to our new website

    Welcome to our new website

    This is it! The all-new ClavierCompanion.com features access to thousands of articles on everything piano.


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  • Pedal Uses and their Regulation

    Pedal Uses and their Regulation

    Gourmet care and feeding of the piano pedals by pianist Frederic Chiu


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  • Hélène Grimaud: Reflections in the Water

    Hélène Grimaud: Reflections in the Water

    An exclusive interview by Scott McBride Smith


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Creating space to move from good to great

Creating space to move from good to great

One significant issue for professional piano teachers is that we become distracted by all the new, shiny ideas that we lose sight of our "hedgehog concept," one of the elements that can move our business from good to great. When we fill our time with quick solutions (even if effective), this can crowd out time for more strategic reflection, analysis, and planning which is necessary to help our business become great.

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Piano Method Review: Tales of a Musical Journey

Piano Method Review: Tales of a Musical Journey

Author Irina Gorin writes, "Books 1 and 2 cover the span of the first year of study and will sufficiently prepare the students for classical repertoire." The characters in this fairy tale include King Meter, Fairy Musicalina, Prince Rhythm, and Princess Melody, who all live in the Magical Kingdom of Sounds.

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Moving from Sonatina to Sonata: Bridging the gap with Johann Wilhelm Hässler

Moving from Sonatina to Sonata: Bridging the gap with Johann Wilhelm Hässler

Progressing from late-intermediate level sonatinas by Clementi and Kuhlau to early-advanced level sonatas by Mozart and Haydn can be a challenge for students. The Six Easy Sonatas by Johann Wilhelm Hässler are excellent choices to help make this transition more manageable.

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2018 Directory of Summer Camps and Workshops

2018 Directory of Summer Camps and Workshops

Do you organize or work for a Summer Music Camp or Teacher Workshop? We are delighted to list your program in our annual Directory of Summer Camps and Workshops. With a potential reach of over 30,000 pianists, teachers, and students, your listing will be included in both our print and digital versions of the magazine.

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Unifying techniques in musical compositions

Unifying techniques in musical compositions

Unity in music is achieved when a composer creates musical relationships, thus making the various aspects of the music seem to fit well together. By contrast, variety is attained through the avoidance of such relationships or through the introduction of new material. A work may often prove to be satisfying to the listener when these elements are in judicious balance.

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