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Roll over, Mozart: Creative improvisation and composition activities

T he skill of improvisation is often looked upon as the realm of jazz musicians. Many classical musicians would not dream of "riffing" with Beethoven or Mozart melodies. However, incorporating  elements of improvisation and composition in classical pieces can provide students with an active, creative approach for learning repertoire. This "mes...
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Musicnotes.com: Creative arrangements for your students

​ ​The importance of incorporating current music into piano lessons is immeasurable ​—you will be more desirable as a teacher, you will see a spark inside your students that hasn't come out since last Christmas, and you may even have some fun making music come to life with your students. By speaking the language of your students through music that ...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

Cathy Albergo, Associate Professor of Music at William Rainey Harper College, Chicago, Illinois, teaches piano pedagogy, class piano, piano performance, and ensemble. As Director of the Harper Music Academy, she supervises over 300 students of all ages. Co-author of The Intermediate Repertoire Guide , she is active as a clinician, author, adjudicat...
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