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A Conversation with William Grant Naboré Founder of the Lake Como International Piano Academy

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 The International Piano Academy at Lake Como in Northern Italy is one of the most exclusive and prestigious international piano academies in the world. Founded by William Grant Nabon! and Martha Argerich in 2002, it continues the pedagogical tradition of the International Piano Foundation, which was founded by Theo Lieven in 1993 and dir...
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Unveiling the Enigma: A Tête-â-tête with Marc-André Hamelin

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A native of Montreal who now makes his home in Boston, Marc-Andre Hamelin is noted for his expansive repertoire, virtuosic technique, and thoughtful expression. The 47-year-old pianist studied at the Ecole Vincent-d'Indy in Montreal and Temple University in Philadelphia; his teachers include Yvonne Hubert, Harvey Wedeen, and Russell Sherman. He won...
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Questions & Answers

Question I took a two-semester course in piano pedagogy in college, and I am now teaching professionally. I do not feel that my preparation in lesson planning was adequate. Could you give me some help?  Answer Lesson planning is one of the most important teaching skills we have to learn, and if it was not covered sufficiently in your pedagogy ...
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Culture of caution

Our culture is saturated with slogans, advertising and otherwise, encouraging people to be bold and brave and fearless. No fear.  You go, girl!  Go for it!  Just do it!  Yes you can! Given the sheer volume and intensity of these and other slogans, one would think that we all would have assimilated the message by now and our...
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How do you use technology to facilitate long distance instruction?

How close to your student do you sit during a piano lesson? How close do you sit to your computer screen when using your computer? Imagine that you typically sit about two feet from your computer screen. Further imagine that when you sit at your computer you are talking to someone, face-to-face, on your computer screen, and the other pers...
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How do you teach the more "serious" adult student?

When my adult students tell me they are "not serious" about their piano study, a red flag goes up- "serious" means different things to different people. Although students may be trying to say their final goal is not to be a performer, more often than not they are saying, "I don't have time to practice a lot, but I'm very serious about learning to p...
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How do you assign repertoire to the "overstretched" student who has little time to practice?

In recent conversations with piano teachers, several have expressed some discouragement in their teaching because students frequently come to lessons too exhausted to play, or even think, and have had little time to practice. After reflecting on this, I believe as piano teachers, we are music educators first. Being professional musicians,...
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How do you teach musicality?

We have all heard it from our beginning (and sometimes more advanced) students-that awful, wooden, unmusical playing. What can we do to fix it? If we tell them to crescendo to a certain note and then get softer, they stiffly climb up and down the dynamic ladder, and it sounds even less musical! Can musical playing be taught, or do some st...
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Understanding the jazz language

If you are interested in becoming an orchestrator, there is no better teacher than the music itself. Find an orchestral score and recording of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker: listen, read, and learn! In so doing, you are making a connection between the written page and how it translates into sound. If you want to become a better jazz musician, ...
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"Is a physically gifted student likely to be rhythmically reliable and musically aware?"

Anyone who has taught piano or any other instrument for more than a short time invariably must deal with one of the major challenges facing a music teacher. That is, becoming a good player simultaneously involves diverse kinds of learning: perceptual, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, etc. To make matters even more complex, each student...
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Winds of Change

My last column began with the statement, "We're in the communication business." When I go home after a day spent with the information floodgates wide open between me and everyone I see, I feel I've earned my paycheck. Then there are the days when I'm in the evaluation business, a very different form of communication. College professors officially g...
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