Fostering collaboration: Elementary and intermediate works for pianist and narrator

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By default, being a pianist can feel like a lonely musical pursuit. Students frequently take private lessons, practice alone, perform solo repertoire, and only occasionally play duets with a teacher, family member, or friend. It is not until after many years of private study that students are finally encouraged to collaborate with other student mus...
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¿Por qué no?

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Upon completing my master's degree, I considered various ideas as to where and how to continue my education. Although pursuing a doctoral degree is essential for musicians who wish to achieve careers in academia, the time commitment and financial investment did not feel right for me at that point. During my years in undergraduate and graduate schoo...
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Preludes: Musical News & Notes

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Park, Zhou win 2017 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition Chaeyoung Park and Yun-Chin Zhou earned gold medals at the 2017 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at The Juilliard School.Park, a native of South Korea, previously studied piano with Jack Winerock and Scott McBride Smith.She is currently studying with Robert McDonald at Juilliard, where she is ...
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Winds of Change

While this column usually focuses on change as it transforms our profession and sometimes flusters its practitioners, I want to think about something that doesn't change: the effect of artistry and its long-lasting impact.These thoughts come to mind as I reminisce about the unexpected effect Phyllis Curtin had on my life. Phyllis was an admired Ame...
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Piano Duets: Facilitating Musical and Collaborative Skills

Sharing the stage with a duet partner can be an invigorating and exciting experience. Making music together is rewarding and provides our students with an opportunity to multiply the musical energy created on stage, creating bigger sounds and thicker textures. The process of working with a partner allows our students to deepen their musical skills ...
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Art song and pedaling

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I love art songs, and I've recently returned to practicing art song accompaniments on the piano. It's been good for me; I get to practice music I like without the usual piano exercises or repertoire. Moreover, I get to rethink, reconsider, and reaffirm my philosophy regarding piano playing—especially as it pertains to the accompaniment of song. Alt...
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Italian language rhythm as facilitator in the piano/vocal collaboration

​The problems in ensemble facilitation that occur between pianists and singers in the collaborative setting have engendered a number of humorous, and more often vitriolic, exchanges between the two instrumental disciplines. Is there a single pianist or singer who has not, at one time, heard (or hurled) such comments as "That singer can't count!" "T...
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