Martha Appleby is an independent piano teacher who is known for her effective blend of expertise, good humor, and common sense. A wellqraveled teacher, clinician, judge, and author, she has written Follow Me which is published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company. She and her pianist husband David, who has recently retired from Eastern Illinois...

Martha Appleby is an independent piano teacher who is known for her effective blend of expertise, good humor, and common sense. A wellqraveled teacher, clinician, judge, and author, she has written Follow Me which is published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company. She and her pianist husband David, who has recently retired from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, live in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Putting It All Together: Repertoire

Martha Appleby is an independent piano teacher who is known for her effective blend of  expertise, good humor, and common sense. A weIl-traveled teacher,  clinician,  judge, and author, she has written  Follow Me  which  is  published by Neil  A.  Kjos Mu...
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How Do You Teach Intuitive Students to Make Decisions About Interpretation?

Like many questions about teaching, the answer to this issue's question is a process; there simply cannot be an answer that stands as fact, or even static opinion. Every time we face this question, usually in the middle of a lesson, the answer is both a culmination of all that we have learned in the past and a beginning -without doubt, the circumst...
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Is the Repertoire You Are Teaching in 1994-95 Different From the Repertoire You Taught in 1984-85?

Change is a highly volatile presence in our daily lives and in our profession. It is evident in our family structure and in all the institutions of our culture. There are significant changes in the way we shop, the foods we eat, the way we do business, and the way we communicate with each other. It is impossible to live in 1995 exactly as we did in...
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How Important Are Editions for the Earliest Repertoire?

Original manuscripts have evolved from Johann Sebastian Bach, whose hand-written copies (with occasional smudges) contain almost no markings, to Beethoven, who added not only precise dynamic markings and articulation but also included tempo markings from the newly-invented metronome. The highly-detailed scores of Ravel, Bartok, Kabalevsky, and many...
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What Is Good Material to Use With Elementary Transfer Students Who Are Playing Music Far Too Difficult?

There are many reasons why students change teachers. In this mobile society, it is frequently because the student or teacher has moved to another loca tion. But changes can also occur for professional reasons- poor communication between the triangle of teacher/student/parent, lack of interest, a particular need that is not being fulfilled -&nb...
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What is Appropriate at the Early Level for the Gifted Child? Do You Use a Method Book?

I can hear that sigh when some of you read this question. One long-suffering teacher said, "Gifted child? In my studio a student is 'gifted' if the weekly assignment has been practiced!!" Or, as another teacher proudly told me, "I have a gifted student- he can play ALL of the scales." After determining that the student was fourteen years old a...
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How Do You Transfer Students' Understanding of Theory to Their Understanding of Repertoire?

​The color-coordinated, graphic designed, companionable theory books that are packaged with current method books are startling compared to the early workbooks and notespellers. There are many computer theory programs designed to accompany current method books or to be used as a separate course. Theory tests are now required for MTNA auditions and m...
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What Competition Pieces Do You Use With Early-Level Students and Why?

Any question that includes the word "competition" will immediately trigger hot flashes of emotional response among piano teachers. With the additional phrase "early-level students," the heat level rises considerably. The sheer number of competitive events available across the country can be overwhelming for both teachers and students. One teac...
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What Is Your Favorite Recital Repertoire for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-Year Students?

​from the series: Putting It All Together: Repertoire Recital--the very word sends a tremor of anxiety through any piano teacher. Some teachers cleverly disguise this event by giving it another name: Piano Party, Spring Keyboard Festival, or Music for a Sunday Afternoon . Whatever the title, repertoire must be chosen and students must be prepa...
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What Important Elements of Jazz Are Appropriate for Early-Level Students?

The wording of this question emerged after long stares at a  blank computer screen - then typing, cutting, typing, pasting,  typing, Thesaurus, cutting and pasting, and repeating the whole  process over again. The question kept raising more questions-what  is Jazz? Is it possible to teach any important elements of this complex&n...
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What is your favorite early-level and intermediate-level ensemble music and why?

Since a teacher plus a student equals a minimum of two , the learning process is an ensemble from the beginning. From the very first lessons, we eagerly introduce young students to the wonders of the keyboard by providing a rhythm and harmonic background to the fledgling one- or two-note "performer." To continue this engagement in making music...
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How do you plan a student's repertoire for the coming school year?

Although few teachers of my acquaintance indulge in a languid state of inactivity during the summer, it is a time when we re-evaluate the progress of our students during the previous school year and determine what changes to make in the fall. September is the teacher's New Year with all the feelings of guilt and resolutions for change and, more imp...
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Putting It All Together: Repertoire

​ Martha Appleby is an author, cli nician, and independent piano teacher whose studio is in Charleston, Illinois.  As a clinician and teacher, she is known for her effective blend of expertise, good humor, and common sense. She has recently returned from Brazil where she was Visiting Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the Federal University in Por...
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