The value of music

Piano teachers have great jobs, and I think most of us are thankful that we get to spend our days sharing something we love with our students. It is immensely gratifying to see our students grow as musicians and watch music become an important part of their lives. At times, however, it seems like the rest of the world doesn't see music study in the...
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It's just like riding a bike

That's a phrase we hear and say all the time, but until recently I hadn't put too much thought into what it really means. We say it when we want to imply that a task is natural, instinctive, and easily recalled by our memory - typically our kinesthetic memory. We use it when we want to describe something that ...
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The Editor's Page

 The irresistible dude pictured on the front cover of this issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION is ready for fall lessons to begin!  This could be his first lesson—either his seat hasn't hit the bench yet, or his exuberant playing has taken him momentarily into the air. Maybe he has just finished his first performance of the season, usin...
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Ermine Todd, who appears on the cover of this issue, dreams about playing the piano like his mommy. Preparation for making his dream come true includes moving- dancing?- around the room while he listens to her play such things as the Bach Preludes. The picture on this issue's cover was taken a few hours after one of those experi...
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Joy Carden is a piano teacher who believes that embracing life's surprises makes us able to do things we never dreamed we could do, or even more important, introduces us to things we have yet to even dream about. Like many of us, she taught her first piano lessons when she was still in high school–a neighbor insisted she teach her young twins....
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On the eve of my departure for Princeton to participate in the filming of the new videos, Conversations with Frances Clark, I attended a dinner in Los Angeles honoring the distinguished composer, author, and editor, Willard Palmer, which was hosted by Morton Manus, president of the Alfred Publishing Company . During an evening filled...
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Another new teaching year is upon us, and with it the observance of September as National Piano Month. We are pleased to join in this celebration of the importance of piano study and we are particularly grateful to the National Piano Foundation for permission to use the clever Peanuts cartoon logo you see on this issue's cover. At the bot...
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Springtime is recital time!  Even though recitals are being held all through the year these days, springtime is still a special time for pianists of all ages.  For many students, the recital is the pay-off — the opportunity to show what those long practice sessions have produced.  For others, it is that dreaded time when th...
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