Richard Chronister is executive director of The National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, president and educational director of National Keyboard Arts Associates, and editor of Keyboard Companion magazine. He has been active in developing piano teaching materials and piano teacher training programs for more than thirty years. He is known...

Richard Chronister is executive director of The National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, president and educational director of National Keyboard Arts Associates, and editor of Keyboard Companion magazine. He has been active in developing piano teaching materials and piano teacher training programs for more than thirty years. He is known throughout the music world for his frequen t lecture tours and many contributions to the field of piano pedagogy.

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What Do You Do When the Notes Go Up and Your Students Plays Down?

by Richard Chonister  Every aspect of piano teaching has its share of problems that relate to the question for this issue--those things that seem so natural and easy for us, but are not always so natural and easy for our students. Even though we readily recognize that some things don't really make logical sense, like the relationship of n...
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When Choosing an Elementary Method, What Do You Look For in the Area of Note Reading?

One of our writers says, "Our country must lead the world in proliferation of elementary method books." Some teachers swear by their favorite method and have been teaching it for years. Others try every new method that comes on the market, always looking for something new and different. Some teachers feel that different children require different a...
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What Role Do the Eyes Play in Sightplaying?

Asking what role the eyes play in sightplaying is like asking what role a steady pulse plays in rhythm. The eyes, of course, are central to any consideration of sightplaying . Our respondents, wisely acknowledging that there is much more to fluent sightplaying than eye skills, offer some useful thoughts about this part of the equation; we will deal...
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How Do You Teach Fluent Rhythm Reading?

When piano teachers talk about music reading, we tend to think only of note reading. In fact, the questions we have posed for this department of KEYBOARD COMPANION have concentrated on just that one aspect of reading. Likewise, students seem to give note reading first priority when they sightplay new music. If they can't find the next note quickly ...
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How Do You Teach Fluent Chord Reading?

Countless times, teachers hear something similar to "I don't  want Johnny to be a concert pianist, I just want him to be able  to play hymns . " Usually, we take the time to explain that hymn playing- or any chord reading for both hands togeth e r-r ep r ese nts one  of the hardest kinds of reading any student has t o l ea rn t o do....
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The Editor's Page

Ermine Todd, who appears on the cover of this issue, dreams about playing the piano  like his mommy. Preparation for making his dream come true includes moving- danc ing?- around the room while he listens to her play such things as the Bach Preludes. The  picture on this issue's cover was taken a few hours after one of those exp...
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Joy Carden is a piano teacher who believes that embracing life's surprises makes us able to do things we never dreamed we could do, or even more important, introduces us to things we have yet to even dream about. Like many of us, she taught her first piano lessons when she was still in high school–a neighbor insisted she teach her young twins....
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The Editor's Page

Another new teaching year is upon us, and with it the observance of September as National Piano Month. We are pleased to join in this celebration of the importance  of piano study and we are particularly grateful to the National Piano Foundation for permission to use the clever Peanuts cartoon logo you see on this issue's cover. At the bo...
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