Bruce Berr is a full-time faculty member of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, as well as an independent piano and pedagogy teacher in Glenview, Illinois, where he works with children as well as other piano teachers. He is known nationally as a clinician, educational composer, and author. His column on personal...

Bruce Berr is a full-time faculty member of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, as well as an independent piano and pedagogy teacher in Glenview, Illinois, where he works with children as well as other piano teachers. He is known nationally as a clinician, educational composer, and author. His column on personal observations, “ad lib,” appears regularly on the back page of American Music Teacher, and he has been an associate editor of this magazine since 1997. His newest music publication is Eight Sound Poems For the Late Intermediate Pianist, from Opus Music. Explore his website at BruceBerr.com.

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How do rhythm and tempo interact with each other, and how does this inform your teaching?

As  unlikely as it may seem, people like myself who enjoy tinkering with old radios have to deal with a phenomenon that is similar to one that we piano teachers confront. Before the appearance of computer-synthesized and controlled devices, even high priced communications equipment such as shortwave radios and ham radio transceivers gradually ...
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What Is "Shakespearean Counting" And How Do You Use It In Your Teaching?

​from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, Editor Last year I had the opportunity to review videotapes of teaching that were submitted to Music Teachers  National Association (MTNA). The tapes were to be considered for use at one of the Pedagogy Saturday programs that kicked off the MTNA National Conference in Salt Lake...
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How do you help your students achieve rhythmic continuity in slow pieces without sounding mechanical?

from the series: ​The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm The music must proceed forward at all times, and in an inevitable and seemingly uniform way. My most memorable musical moment at the 2003 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy was during one of the short student recitals that were sprinkled throughout the Conference each day. A teen-aged stu...
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How does teaching in small groups help students' rhythmic development?

​from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, Editor It is an often-discussed perception that  as we get older, time seems to pass  faster and faster. This phenomenon has been observed and written about throughout the ages in many different cultures. I remember my own personal suspicions about this being confirmed when I w...
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How is Rhythm Enhanced by Solid Technique Skills?

from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, editor The question this issue straddles two departments in the magazine, Rhythm and Technique. It was therefore a natural for the editors of these two departments - Scott McBride Smith and myself- to answer the question. The interplay between these two elements is a prac tical ...
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