Summer Music Camps 2018—programs for students

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Colorado Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs.  Focuses on chamber music and solo repertoire in a mentoring environment. Curriculum includes conditioning, regular hikes, and leadership training. Enjoy interdisciplinary classes in art/photography/creative writing. Ages 11-21, 25-40 participants. June 1...
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Recent Research: Nov/Dec 2017

Music with the mind Neuroscientists have created the world's first musical instrument which can be played using only thoughts. The hands-free device may help rehabilitate those who are unable to play an instrument because of stroke, spinal cord injury, or ALS. 1 The instrument, called an Encephalophone, detects and translates brain signals into mus...
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News & Notes Nov/Dec 2017: Falling pianos and Extreme Minimalism

Falling pianos At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the annual "Piano Drop" has been a celebrated event for more than forty years. According to Steve Annear of The Boston Globe , "It's a celebration that not only rallies the community together to participate in something unusually destructive… but also marks the last day they can officiall...
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Editorial changes at Clavier Companion

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The Frances Clark Center is pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of Dr. Pete Jutras. Dr. Jutras is stepping down from his role as Editor-in-Chief after serving for eleven years in that capacity. Jutras, who is Professor of Piano and Associate Director at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA, serv...
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Recent Research: September/October 2017

The rhythm of grammar Neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Music Cognition Lab have identified a correlation between good rhythm skills and a strong grasp of grammar in school-aged children. According to the lab's director Dr. Reyna Gordon, rhythmic patterns and sentence structures are similar in that they both unfold over time...
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In Memoriam: Edward Francis

Edward Francis, a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend, passed away on July 6, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. He was a tireless educator, teaching at several schools around southern California, maintaining a full-time private studio, and organizing and helping out with many not-for-profit musical organizations. He treated every student he t...
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Welcome to our new website!

Clavier Companion and the Frances Clark Center are thrilled to launch this exciting new site, which will be the definitive resource for ideas and inspiration on the piano and piano teaching. We have listened to your feedback and spent nearly two years conceptualizing and building the site.   Every article…. For the past three decades, the hall...
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This is one of the most exciting things to happen in the field of piano pedagogy! What an amazing new internet resource for teach... Read More
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News and notes: July/August 2017

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Building pianos in Rwanda Kigali Keys is working to build the first piano in Rwanda. If successful, this group of three entrepreneurs will become the first piano manufacturer in Africa in nearly thirty years, and the only piano manufacturer to exist outside the country of South Africa. Pianos are difficult to obtain in Rwanda, and challenging to ma...
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Recent research: July/August 2017

Musicians react faster A new study suggests that professional musicians react more quickly than non-musicians when exposed to audio, tactile, and a combination of audio-tactile stimulations. According to researchers at the Université de Montréal, "These results suggest for the first time that long-term musical training reduces simple non-musical au...
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Letters to the Editor: May/June 2017

Dear Editor, My wife is a retired piano teacher and has been a long-time subscriber to your magazine and its precursors. As a music lover, I like to read it too and appreciate it very much. But I must object to your foray into identity politics ("Walk a mile in your neighbor's shoes," Jan/Feb 2017). From a practical point of view, what is a piano t...
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News and Notes: March/April 2017

Preventing overuse injuries Unlike acute injuries, which occur after a single traumatic event, overuse injuries manifest over time as a result of repetitive motion. Like athletes, pianists are at risk for overuse injuries in the hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder muscles and tendons. Additionally, music teachers often need to work with students who hav...
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Powerful patterns

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It always makes my day and warms my heart when my students "get it," when they experience an "ah-ha," when understanding dawns, when recognition lights up their eyes. It's the reason I still love teaching music after thirty years.  One of those moments occurred in a recent lesson when sisters Georgie and Carly were working on their duet, Falli...
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Problem solved! Seeking solutions online. Part 1: Blogs

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As a pedagogy professor, I try to keep my students abreast of the latest publications and teaching approaches, maintain an up-to-date pedagogy library, and offer flexible office hours. So it was a humbling and eye-opening experience recently when a graduate student stopped by my open door and said "I was stuck on what to do with Billy, so I went on...
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2014 Clavier Companion Collegiate Writing Contest

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In the Spring of 2014, Clavier Companion sponsored its seventh annual Collegiate Writing Contest, inviting college students from around the world to submit 1,500 word essays on a pedagogical topic of their choice. The esteemed panel of judges was comprised of Linda Christensen, Andrea McAlister, and Lesley Sisterhen McAllister. We extend our congra...
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