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Webinar Registration: Concept Preparation

Join The Frances Clark Center on Wednesday, February 13, at 11am for the next Teacher Education Webinar! Register now ​ Concept Preparation: The Missing Link This webinar will explore one of Frances Clark's most important teaching principles - students must be prepared for all new concepts before they are presented. This is easily applied to all te...
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Webinar Registration: Colors in Debussy Preludes with Spencer Myer

Join The Frances Clark Center on Wednesday, January 16, at 11am   for the first Teacher Education Webinar of 2019! Register now Colors in Debussy Preludes: A practical how-to exploration of painting with sound Claude Debussy was a master of utilizing the vast color palette of the piano to create vivid pictures in sound. The composer left littl...
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Teaching with Technology: New Tools For the Piano Studio

Did you enjoy this webinar? Please complete our brief survey to help us improve our webinar series and continue to bring you the highest quality resources in piano teaching. ​CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY Dr. McAlister's powerpoint presentation
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This is what diversity sounds like

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Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21

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Preparation and Presentation  Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one. ​ Kohler: Etude in F Major, op. 190, no. 27 Diabelli: Vivace in C Major, op. 125, no. 7 any pieces that involve playing a LH broken-chord accompaniment against a lyrical RH melody, in either 3/4 or 3/8 Creative activities to explore...
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Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1, I. Allegro

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Preparation and Presentation  Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one: ​ Lynn Freeman Olson – Beginning Sonatinas Nancy Faber - Classic Sonatina in C Major Dennis Alexander - Simply Sonatinas Theodore Latour - Sonatina No. 1 in C Major Thomas Attwood - Sonatina in G Major Creative activities to explore...
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Burgmüller: Ballade, Op. 100 No. 15

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Preparation and Presentation Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one: ​ Burgmüller - Arabesque Rossi - Atacama Desert Atwood - Sonatina Kabalevsky – Clowns Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​ What ...
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Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39

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Preparation and Presentation Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one: ​ Beethoven - Ecossaise in G Major, WoO 23 Niamath - Playful Puppy Niamath - Penguins Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​ Learn...
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Celebrating our colleague, Bruce Berr

We are blessed in our profession to have opportunities to interact with the best in our field—the best teachers, colleagues, friends. Such has been the case for teachers across the country with our colleague, Bruce Berr. Bruce had been an Associate Editor with Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion since 1997. Recently, he wrote a regular column ...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, pianist, teacher, and editor, Keith Porter-Snell

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Keith, this column is generally reserved for composers , but you are much more than this as a pianist, composer, teacher, and editor. Which hat do you like best? That's a difficult question. I think of myself first as a pianist, but that's because it's the genesis for everything else I do. Teaching has been an inexhaustible fascination for me since...
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Digital-Only: Piano Palooza in Cleveland!

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Over 50 young musicians had a fun-filled time at Piano Palooza, a carnival of music games for elementary-level piano students ages 12 and under. Participants visited game stations, collected a "punch" for each game played, then traded a completed card for a prize. Piano Palooza grew out of a smaller event that Avon Lake (OH) teacher Lynette Gray fi...
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100 Days of Practice?

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Our student, Maria Willertz, recently stood on the stage of Steinway Hall in Cincinnati proudly displaying her certificate for having practiced 100 days in a row, an accomplishment we achieved together by providing a positive environment in which to practice, conveying clear expectations of how to practice, and evoking encouragement to help keep he...
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Remembering Jane Bastien

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Editor's note: These are longer versions of the articles from the May/June 2018 print version of Clavier Companion. Becoming Friends with Jane by Keith Porter-Snell I met Jane Smisor Bastien in the Spring of 1993, at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and Conference , in Palm Desert, California. Jane was teaching masterclas...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: The Harmony Program celebrates 10 years of service to New York City.

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Celebrating the success of its students and the vital role music plays in shaping communities in the New York City metro area This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Harmony Program, an organization that brings free instrumental music education into under-served communities across New York City and Long Island. Over the past ten years, the Harm...
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Digital-Only Content: Dartington Hall celebrates 70 years!

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Dartington Hall is a creative institution and historical meeting ground for those hungry to explore a new musical landscape, renowned for its compelling and diverse community of performers, composers and thinkers. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the internationally renowned Summer School is at the heart of everything Dartington stands for. The 14...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, Glenda Austin

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What kind of composer are you?  I would say I am a "fly by the seat of my pants" composer. At least it's been that way for the last several years. It seems I have very little time to just sit down and compose. I teach general music in school, accompany several choirs and vocal lessons at the local University, and play weekly at a Methodist chu...
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Bea's Keys: Tips for teachers

Beatrice N. Carney passed away on January 28 at the age of 99 (her obituary can be found at the end of this article). Her accepted publication for Clavier Companion  ​was written when she was 97 years old, submitted when she was 98. Her daughter wrote, informing the editors of her passing. It is our privilege to honor Bea's memo...
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I was a friend of Bea's for many years. She was the most creative, energetic, entertaining person to be around. I learned more abo... Read More
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very smart tips and she looks like an amazing person.
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A world of music - guide to the seven cover story articles for Jan/Feb 2018

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In less than forty-eight hours, it is possible to move between almost any two points on the globe. A hundred years ago, many of these journeys might have taken weeks or months. In addition to the incredible ease of physical travel, in the last ten years we have developed the ability to connect with anyone on the planet in a matter of seconds. Video...
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Lessons with (from) Kenya

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It started with a simple question. On an otherwise normal fall day a few years ago, I was introduced to Bilha Ayieko, a music teacher from Kenya who was visiting the University of Georgia. 1 Bilha came into my office and provided a little background about her music program at an Moi Girls' School, an all-girls' high school. 2 She was a vocalist by ...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: We are related: a few extra stories from China

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Rambo meets Rocky "We are related!" said the young communist translator assigned to us in Guangzhou. We had been warned that the official translators were there to watch us closely, so I was caught off guard. "How is that?" I asked. "Because you are Rambo, and my American name is Rocky." As unexpected as it was to find Sylvester Stal...
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