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Pianist, scholar, and educator, Dr. Leah Claiborne, promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. Dr. Claiborne is the coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. She received her D.M.A. and M.M. degrees at the University of Michigan and her B.M. degree at Manhattan School of Music.

Winter 2022 Pupil Saver: Rippling Spring Waltz by Estelle Ricketts

When one thinks of waltzes in piano repertoire, there is no limit to the variety of composers who have contributed to this delightful genre. It is a dance that is not only fulfilling to perform, often showing different levels of virtuosity in the right hand, but also highly pleasing for audience members. Among the many waltzes that permeate our lit...
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Pupil Saver: Adagio in F Minor by Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Can you imagine performing a piece by a Black composer who was born into slavery? What a piece of history you would have at your fingertips! Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799) was a virtuoso violinist, conductor, and composer. Born in Guadeloupe, his father was a wealthy plantation owner and his mother was enslaved on the plantation. ...
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Winter 2021: Questions and Answers

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 As educators, we hold so much power in the music we choose to teach our students. When we decide which curriculum to use, we are deciding which music is most important in the canon to help our students progress. We also hold power in the music we choose not to use with our students. Pedagogues must use that innate power to decide what is cult...
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Ten Things You Can Do to Diversify Your Studio

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Foreword by Artina McCain I am honored to be the editor for a column that will highlight voices of change in our musical community. If you are looking to be a part of the solution and an ally for diversity in piano education, we strive to help you achieve that goal. In the midst of racial turmoil in America, many piano teachers are wondering w...
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Pinto: Run! Run! from Memories of Childhood

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Burgmuller: Ballade Op. 100 No.15 from 25 Progressive PiecesCatherine Rollin: Prelude in D Flat Major Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement ...
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Piano Music by Black Composers: Music for all Skill Levels with Leah Claiborne (11-04-20)

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Cindy Harris
Thank you so much! I am planning a black composers' recital for my students in the spring, with a special emphasis on Florence P... Read More
Thursday, 05 November 2020 15:55
gkpiano
Is there movement on how to be more inclusive in the mainstream method books (Alfred, Faber, Piano Safari, etc.?)
Thursday, 05 November 2020 23:51
Karin Edwards
Thank you, Dr. Claiborne! So appreciated hearing these pieces, complete, played so sensitively, as well as your teaching points. ... Read More
Tuesday, 12 January 2021 17:34
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