Tony Caramia is a contributing editor for
Clavier Companion and Professor of Piano at
the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director
of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator
of the Class Piano Program. He is an
internationally renowned performer, clinician,
composer, and author known for his informative
workshops on jazz education and his engaging...

Tony Caramia is a contributing editor for
Clavier Companion and Professor of Piano at
the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director
of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator
of the Class Piano Program. He is an
internationally renowned performer, clinician,
composer, and author known for his informative
workshops on jazz education and his engaging multi-media
recitals highlighting interesting composers and repertoire.

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The imaginative piano teacher: Musings on being more creative in the piano studio

As we start a new year of teaching, I believe that many of us wonder how can I improve and become a better, more efficient, and more productive teacher this year? I know I do, even as I start my 44th year of teaching. Of course, I prepare by consulting past lesson plans and pedagogy syllabi. As I meet new students and welcome back returning on...
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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage

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  In March of 2017, I had a delightful experience that I thought I'd share with you, and as a result, introduce you to some exciting and marvelous music you may wish to explore further. In 1917, women were given the right to vote in New York State. Three years later, on August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote...
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Discovering Dana: A hidden American treasure

This past March, I had a delightful experience that I thought I'd share with you, and, as a result, introduce a fascinating musician, whose music you may wish to explore further. As part of the tenth annual Eastman School of Music Women in Music Festival, I—along with the Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic— performed a marvelous concerto called...
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All’s well that ends well

Jazz pianists face innumerable decisions when playing a song from the American Songbook. Every time we perform a song by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, or Duke Ellington, we address questions about key (we are not obliged to play the tune in its original key); tempo (should it be slow, medium, fast, or free);  rhythmic background (shall we try ...
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An aural journey through "Spring is Here"

​I recently performed a concert celebrating the arrival of spring with a program featuring songs with the word "Spring" in the title.  ​It Might As Well Be Spring, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, You Must Believe in Spring,  ​and  ​Joy Spring ​ proved to be fun to play and provided me with many harmonic and rhythmic opportuni...
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Progressive progressions

​Something wonderful happened to me this year: I was assigned a new student, Chris (not his or her real name), who is a very talented pianist, and who studied with a fine teacher. Chris always arrives at every lesson motivated, eager, and excited, but even more fascinating is Chris' desire to start each lesson with scales! Chris asks me for a key, ...
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I've got a classic case of the blues

The sounds of jazz have always fasci nated classical musicians. In the earliest years of the twentieth cen tury composers such as Debussy, Hindemith, Milhaud, and Stravinsky were all drawn to the infectious rhythms of Ragtime.' As jazz harmonies and forms became more sophisticated, classical composers incorporated more diverse jazzy elements i...
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In the mood for modes

M usicians throughout the centuries have been fascinated by modes, their unique structure and sound, and the opportunity for expressiveness they offer. From folk songs (Scarboroug h F air) to pop music ( El e anor R igby) to jazz (Maide n Uiyage ), we have been intrigued by the mystery their distinctive elements create in our ear. Jazz musicians es...
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Gershwin's Blue Lullaby

from the series: ​​It's Got That Swing: Jazz & Pop Tony Caramia, Editor George Gershwin's rhythms, wonderful melodies, and unmistakable American harmonies continue to fascinate listeners and performers. P orgy  and B ess is a mainstay of opera companies around the world. In a recent search, YouTube offered more than 500 videos of R ha...
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Welcome to our new Jazz/Pop Department

by Pete Jutras, Editor-in-Chief  If your students are anything like the  ones I've had over the years, they love  to play jazz and pop repertoire. As time marches forward, it is evident that the jazz and pop genres will stand as important musical contributions of the 20th century. With that in mind, we have decided to add a regular d...
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