Pete Jutras, Ph.D., NCTM, is the Editor-in-Chief of Clavier Companion. He is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy Specialist at The Hugh Hodgson School of Music in Athens, GA, where he also serves as Associate Director for Research and Graduate Studies. 

Thoughts on the Tiger Mom debate

To say that Amy Chua has touched a nerve with parents is an understatement akin to saying that Franz Liszt had an influence on piano performance and teaching. Since the publication of her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in January, and the subsequent Wall Street Journal article "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior," a firestorm of discussion and ...
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How can student notebooks be more effective?

When I first started teaching, I was determined not to make my students fill out the dreaded practice log. As a young teacher, I still had fresh memories of my own student days, and times spent scrambling right before a lesson to reconstruct (or perhaps invent?) my practice times for the week. Even as a kid, it seemed like a pointless exercise to m...
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Breakthroughs: The sweetest moments in teaching

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An Interview with William Westney  I have recollections of a day, years ago, in graduate school. Like most days, I was frantically trying to get everything done, self-absorbed in my own personal cloud of pressures and deadlines. Practicing, papers, teaching - there was plenty to do. I may have had a vague notion that there was a guest presenti...
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Teaching artistic phrasing

from the series: Let's Get Physical: Technique Pete Jutras, Editor My wife and I have spent a lot of time lately teaching our young children how to read. I've never taught anyone to read language before, and it has been a fascinating and enlightening experience. One mild surprise was that after all the work on letters, sounds, sound combi...
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How do you teach students to practice memorization?

from the series: The Other Teacher: Home Practice Pete Jutras, Editor Recital performances often present a study in contrasts. How many times have we seen the youngest students march up to the piano and fearlessly play through their piece, while older students seem to exude anxiety and nervousness as they approach the piano with a terrified, h...
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A student's view of the benefits of piano study

When a parent (or child) inevitably asks the questions "why piano lessons?", there are a variety of potential responses. From the purist music for music's sake perspective to the pragmatic and practical account of the many non-musical benefits of music study, there is much to discuss and debate. While my heart always yearns to show everyone th...
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"What's goin' on in there?"

Kids today are involved with lots of activities. Sports, music, special academic clubs, and other fun events keep them busy, busy, busy. In our family we try not to overload our two young boys with too much to do, yet we still find them involved in a variety of lessons and extracurricular events. As we go to these various activities, I'm ...
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