Carol Wallace Payne, Ph.D., NTCM, is the Director of the Music Preparatory School at Clayton State University near Atlanta, Georgia. She has presented research at the MTNA National Conferences in Milwaukee (2011) and New York (2012), presented sessions at local and state conferences, and has been published in American Music Teacher. Active as a...

Carol Wallace Payne, Ph.D., NTCM, is the Director of the Music Preparatory School at Clayton State University near Atlanta, Georgia. She has presented research at the MTNA National Conferences in Milwaukee (2011) and New York (2012), presented sessions at local and state conferences, and has been published in American Music Teacher. Active as a solo and collaborative pianist, she has recorded four CDs.

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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 rhy...
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