Inside the Studio with Arlene Steffen

 Neisha started lessons in August 2016 and she is 9 years old. She completed CA Certificate of Merit Level 2 in February and is working primarily from Keith Snell's Piano Repertoire Level 2. She recently finished Streabbog's Pleasant Morning and Mozart's Minuet in F Major. Current repertoire includes Schumann's Wild Rider and LaTour's Sonatina...
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2019 NCKP Preconference Highlights

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NCKP has eleven subcommittees, comprised of leaders in each of the following subcommittee areas: collaborative performance, collegiate pedagogy teaching, creative music making, inclusive teaching, independent music teachers, music in early childhood, research, students and young professionals, teaching adults, technology, and wellness. Over seventy...
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Lesson Planning: A Teaching Essential?

Road maps and detours by Craig Sale One of my worst nightmares is arriving at the school where I teach to realize I have left that day's lesson plans at home.  On the rare occasions when this has happened, I have managed to conduct a reasonably structured lesson by following the student's last assignment in their notebook. Generally, I remembe...
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How Do You Teach Downbeats?

To teach or not to teach downbeats is really not the question. We all realize that a sense of meter is dependent on the student's feeling of emphasis on the first beat of each measure. Just how one teaches downbeats varies from teacher to teacher, from method to method. Many helpful suggestions for a variety of rhythm activities aimed at feeling th...
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