Where can you find training in adult teaching?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Michelle Conda, Editor As more adults express an interest in piano, there are now more resources to help teachers learn how to work with these groups. In 1965, approximately 22% of adult Americans were seeking out some form of education.1 Most of these learners were preparing for job...
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How do you help an adult student who has ingrained poor technical habits?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Michelle Conda, Editor by The Adult Learning Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Okay, let's face it - I'm not talking about the good habits your adult students have, but the bad habits that form the foundation of so many recreational pianists' technique. W...
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What is the effect of concerto playing on adult students?

I'm sure by now you have noticed that this year's focus in Adult Piano Study has been motivation. Research shows adults are intrinsically motivated - they like to form their own direction of study. My adult students continue to amaze me with the directions they have asked me to take them. Presently they are working on the RACE (Royal American ...
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Are adult piano students willing to self-teach?

When I gave one of my first presentations talking about adult students planning their own parties and studio classes, I was shocked by the audience response. "Adults don't have time to meet as a group!" "My adults are far too busy to take any initiative of their own." "You can't expect so much from adult students." Thank heavens that was many,...
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The Third-Age Piano Class: Challenge, fun, and satisfaction for mature students of the piano

Adult students never cease to amaze me. Just last week two of my adults volunteered to play for a student recital as part of the Southwest Ohio Music Teachers Fall Festival. This would be incredibly nerve-racking to most people, but both have asked to do it again! For years I have been preaching to leave recitals out of adult piano curriculums. I g...
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What keeps me coming back to piano study? The views of two adult students

 "You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment."  -from The Writing Life by Annie Dillard  Mark sent me this quote, which I saved in my "Mark File." Everyone should have a "Mark File" - a collection of thoughts and beliefs that keep you passionate about teaching. Mark also shared with me two videos by ...
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What Do You Do To Promote Learning Outside of The Piano Lessons?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Brenda Dillon, Editor The challenge for our youth-focused industry is to develop both products and programs designed to attract and serve a vastly underserved older market. Because space was available in the Autumn 2004 issue of Keyboard Companion, I was able to include my farewell commen...
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What motivates adults to continue piano lessons?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Brenda Dillon, Editor A walk down memory lane ... It has been said that inside the body of every seventy-year-old is a thirty-five-year-old saying, "What happened to me?" When one of the writers for this issue backed out near the deadline, I suggested to Elvina that I answer this question...
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What is involved in teaching adult piano students enrolled in gerontology and retirement center programs?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Brenda Dillon, Editor I consider it a great honor to be a learning partner with students who are still dreaming rather than regretting. Every time I think about this kind of teaching, the word Joyful immediately comes to mind. However, Joyful is immediately followed by challenging and fru...
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What Are The Questions (and Answers) That Impact Adults' Piano Study?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Brenda Dillon, Editor After reading Barbara Maris' book, Making Music at the Piano: Learning Strategies For Adult Students (Oxford University Press), I was constantly reminded that we crave a "one-stop-shopping" experience. In a sense this is what I found Barbara's book to be. In addition...
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How is Teaching Adults to Read Music Different Than Teaching Children?

from the series: Independence Day: Music Reading Adult beginners seem to challenge everything we think we know about teaching. From the books used to the rate of skill development, adult learners are different from children. One thing we can do to understand our adult learners is to put ourselves in their position by becoming students ourselve...
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Is the willingness and ability to teach adults a moral issue?

Dear readers, please indulge me. I am a first time mother at forty-two years old, and my world will never be the same. Everything I see around me is shaded by my new mother eyes. Just like every mother before me, I want the world to be a better place for my child. I was born in the "baby boom" era. I am used to being comfortable and having all my p...
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It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study

Brenda Dillon is on the faculty of Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas, Project Director for the National Piano Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and is a teacher who loves to help her adult students bridge the gap between wishing and doing.  How Do Yo...
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How Do You Begin an Adult Who Has Had No Previous Music Study?

Increasing numbers of adults taking piano lessons didn't just happen overnight. Teachers have been observing that their percentage of adult students has risen steadily through the past decade. Publishers have responded to this change in the marketplace by publishing a diverse array of materials written specifically for adult beginners.  A rela...
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Why Is Playing the Piano Beneficial for Adults With Arthritis?

We are fortunate to have this question answered by two writers who are extremely knowledgeable about arthritis. Charlotte Frazier is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) who has experience teaching piano to adults with arthritis. Scott Zashin is an MD who stays informed about the most current treatments of arthritis through his position as editor of ...
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How Do You Keep Your Adults From Using The Lesson Times as Therapy Sessions?

If confession is good for the soul, then my soul is about to feel really good. Because I am going to admit to something which may appall most, if not all readers of KEYBOARD COMPANION.  Currently, I teach adults only in groups, but when I was teaching several adult students in private lessons, I actually enjoyed it when one or two of them...
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What Do You Do When Adults Are Determined to Play Repertoire They Can't Possibly Play Well? Part 1: Shift to Alternative Choices

The question for this issue should have a familiar ring to it. It's certainly asked often enough when teachers get together. Are there any adults upwards of thirty alive today who don't want to play Für Elise and the Moonlight Sonata before they are technically ready? I'm convinced that there was something in the water consumed by pregnant women se...
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What Do You Do When Adults Are Determined to Play Repertoire They Can't Possibly Play Well? Part II: Shift to Transcriptions

In the Spring, 1994 issue of Keyboard Companion, Paul Sheftel and Robert Vandall answered the question, What do you do when adults are determined to play repertoire they can't possibly play?, by suggesting alternative choices for your students. In this issue, Fred Kern and Phillip Kevern answer the same question by discussing and suggesting transcr...
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Are Adults Able to Learn to Play the Piano as Readily As Children?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Music Study In addition to giving us specific information about adult learners, Michelle Robison's response to our question addresses the myth that adults quit learning after a certain age. You may have noticed in conversations with many adults that the magic age varies, depending on the age of the p...
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How Do You Handle the Discouraging Plateaus of Adult Piano Study?

Although this question implies that all plateaus are negative, our writers very effectively dispute that contention and give us very positive reasons for plateaus. It is analogous to the age-old question about the glass being half empty or half full. A plateau from one perspective is viewed as no progress or stagn...
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