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Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1, I. Allegro

Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1, I. Allegro
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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I loved how you articulate the tricky technical segments and accompany them with simple technical warm-ups in preparation. Very cl... Read More
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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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How do you teach technique to beginning piano students?

How do you teach technique to beginning piano students?
Beginning piano technique: Back to basics "He's just trying it out, so he doesn't need an expert teacher. We'll just go to the most inexpensive teacher we can find until we know he likes it." How many times have we bristled at this kind of statement? We know that the first experience with any new endeavor is the most important, the most lasting. Be...
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Preparation, Presentation, and Reinforcement: Triads and Inversions

  Many teachers are absolute sticklers for proper fingering in triads and inversions. I am one of these teachers. Witnessing an incorrect fingering creates an unreasonable anxiety, quite possibly out of proportion with the fingering infraction. Knowing this about myself, and less selfishly, knowing the importance of establishing "friendly habi...
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Of Robots and Clones

  "Motivating students to practice and developing students who know how to use their practice time wisely is our biggest single challenge as teachers." – Frances Clark It seems quite simple: We teachers give our students excellent practice guidelines, our students practice in precisely the way we have painstakingly communicated via assignment ...
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Grow!

"Teaching is a growth, a natural process. It's the way children grow. No one tells them to be an inch higher, they BECOME an inch higher." – Frances Clark When I was the Admissions Director at the New School for Music Study , I would always let parents know that Frances Clark incorporated principles of educational philosophy into the art of teachin...
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Ease and Excitement

"Never send students home with a piece without capturing their interest and excitement in the piece, and giving them a sense that they can master it easily." – Frances Clark One part of this quote particularly permeated Frances Clark's lectures: "A sense that they can master it easily." If the students feel they "can" and they are also are excited ...
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Parents Observation Week

It feels like school has just begun, but we have already completed our Parents Observation Week here at The New School for Music Study. Parents Observation Week is always held the last week of October. While we do have some parents who regularly sit in on lessons, this is not expected or practiced for most of our students. Our lessons are designed ...
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Nothing More than to Learn: Creating the Environment

"The art of teaching: Creating an environment in which a student wants nothing more than to learn, and having the right materials for the situation." – Frances Clark What comes to mind when you read this quote? Do you begin to form a list of ways that you, as a teacher, can create this environment? Do you feel uncertain as to whether or not you are...
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Nothing to undo

"We must rid ourselves of the notion that in each day of practice, we make fewer mistakes than the day before." – Frances Clark I believe that this idea is directly related to Frances' knowledge of the importance of habit. From William James: "We are copiers of our past selves." Frances often spoke of the first performance of any new piece. If the ...
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Teaching is not telling

This is one of Frances Clark's more "catchy" quotes. It shows off her feisty personality and sense of humor. What did she exactly mean? I believe one scenario might be illuminating: A teacher to the student: "But I told you that last week!" (The student has made that error over several weeks). The teacher might have told the student, but did not te...
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How do you teach the dotted-quarter eighth note rhythm?

In this issue, we address the teaching of a basic, but often challenging, skill—the dotted-quarter eighth note rhythm. We wanted to take a different approach and survey several teachers to assemble a wider collection of ideas for you, the reader, to consider.  Nine teachers of pre-college students submitted their thoughts on teaching this rhyt...
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When using an intervallic approach, how do you develop faster note recognition? - Expanding on the "blueprint"

If were asked to name the most frequent mistake made by teachers, I would cite the belief that a method or set of materials is complete in and of itself. This belief inevitably leads to some frustration with the materials, and teachers may even abandon the materials to try something else. In reality, every method needs supplements provided by the t...
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How do you teach fluent reading on ledger lines between the staves?

In the Spring 2005 issue of K eyboar d Companion, the Music Reading Department addressed the teaching of reading ledger line notes above and below the staves. In this issue, we are focusing on ledger lines between the staves. Although many methods begin reading with these notes surrounding Middle C, this ambiguous land remains a mystery to students...
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