Celebrating our colleague, Bruce Berr

We are blessed in our profession to have opportunities to interact with the best in our field—the best teachers, colleagues, friends. Such has been the case for teachers across the country with our colleague, Bruce Berr. Bruce had been an Associate Editor with Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion since 1997. Recently, he wrote a regular column ...
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Bruce fought a brave battle between esophageal cancer and prevailed. He also had brain metastasis alongside the kidney. We had bes... Read More
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Digital-Only: Piano Palooza in Cleveland!

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Over 50 young musicians had a fun-filled time at Piano Palooza, a carnival of music games for elementary-level piano students ages 12 and under. Participants visited game stations, collected a "punch" for each game played, then traded a completed card for a prize.Piano Palooza grew out of a smaller event that Avon Lake (OH) teacher Lynette Gray fir...
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May/June 2018: Preludes

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Musical News and Notes News from Clavier Companion! Starting with the September/October 2018 issue, Clavier Companion will feature a number of new and expanded columns—improvisational arts, the business of music, wellness and technology. You will see your favorites—Julie Jaffee Nagel, Bradley Sowash, Wendy Stevens, and Leila Viss—from time to time,...
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Remembering Jane Bastien

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Editor's note: These are longer versions of the articles from the May/June 2018 print version of Clavier Companion. Becoming Friends with Jane by Keith Porter-Snell I met Jane Smisor Bastien in the Spring of 1993, at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and Conference, in Palm Desert, California. Jane was teaching masterclass...
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May/June 2018: Research: Unlocking the Keys to a Musical Mystery

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It has taken more than a year of painstakingly detailed work for Conservator John Watson to get closer to his goal of re-creating a piece of history. The Associate Curator of Musical Instruments for Colonial Williamsburg is fashioning a replica of a harpsichord George Washington purchased in 1793 for his teenage step-granddaughter Eleanor "Nelly" P...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: The Harmony Program celebrates 10 years of service to New York City.

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Celebrating the success of its students and the vital role music plays in shaping communities in the New York City metro area This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Harmony Program, an organization that brings free instrumental music education into under-served communities across New York City and Long Island. Over the past ten years, the Harm...
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Digital-Only Content: Dartington Hall celebrates 70 years!

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Dartington Hall is a creative institution and historical meeting ground for those hungry to explore a new musical landscape, renowned for its compelling and diverse community of performers, composers and thinkers. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the internationally renowned Summer School is at the heart of everything Dartington stands for. The 14...
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Piano Adventures® Receives 2018 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award

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Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber, has been selected as the recipient of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for 2018. The method was selected by members of the Frances Clark Center Board of Directors and ratified by the MTNA Board of Directors at its winter meeting. This annual award was e...
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Thank you, interns!

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Nearly two years ago, the concept for this website was launched, plans made, web designer hired. It has been, and continues to be, a massive project! We could not be as far along as we are with archiving materials if it weren't for the interns who worked long hours to upload content. We are now at over 1,000 articles that are searchable for your te...
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Preludes: Musical News & Notes

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Park, Zhou win 2017 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition Chaeyoung Park and Yun-Chin Zhou earned gold medals at the 2017 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at The Juilliard School. Park, a native of South Korea, previously studied piano with Jack Winerock and Scott McBride Smith.She is currently studying with Robert McDonald at Juilliard, where she is...
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Summer Music Camps 2018—programs for teachers

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Colorado 88 Creative Keys Summer Workshop Denver Bradley Sowash, Leila Viss, and guest faculty help classically trained pianists and teachers play and teach more creatively using innovative teaching techniques and tech-savvy tools. Ages 18-99. 30 participants. July 10-13. Tuition: $150-650. 88creativekeys.com The Well-Balanced Pianist Lakewood An i...
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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 musi...
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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 officially...
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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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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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