Writing a great critique

The written critique is the single most important responsibility of an MMTA judge. It provides the student with a tangible record of the audition and it may affect and influence the student's development for years to come.   A great critique is nurturing A great critique is always respectful and kind. Set a positive tone by including positive ...
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To judge and be judged

Teachers should always strive to provide positive and successful music experiences for their students. Within the walls of the teaching studio, it is much easier to create these experiences—the environment and people involved are familiar, and the teacher has more control of outcomes. However, this is not the case when students leave the studi...
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Developing sound expectations: Does the sound match the picture?

How do we develop a student's sense of musical awareness in performance? So often the wonderfully phrased and dynamically diverse musical performance in a lesson becomes a lifeless memory of its former glory when presented in public. How do we help our students develop the ability to maintain this musicality when performing for their families and f...
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First Looks: Apps for Teaching

Paper leaves a trail, and usually the trail leads to the trash can. For that reason, I prefer to avoid paper and ink and offer virtual lesson assignment sheets. All my notes for student lessons are written in Pages, a word processor app similar to Word and available for all iOS devices. The notes are emailed as a PDF (portable document file) after ...
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Questions and Answers

Q. This year I have put all of my private students into repertoire classes. I am surprised and delighted with the students' response and with the difference the classes seem to be making in the students' enjoyment and motivation. However, I have not yet succeeded in helping my students make worthwhile criticisms or valid suggestions about one anoth...
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What matters more: talent or effort?

Recently I saw a cartoon that showed two smiling parents watching their child as he brushed his teeth. A banner was posted over the top of the bathroom mirror that said, "Congratulations on brushing your teeth!" One parent was looking adoringly at the child, hands clasped, while the other stated, "I just feel like we're setting him up to be disappo...
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Praise for nothing means nothing

My six-year-old granddaughter plays soccer in a league where the coaches and parents refuse to keep score, because they want the children to "feel good about them- selves and their performance." One afternoon my husband made the mistake of cheering on Corinne's team as it made a goal. Within earshot of our granddaughter, the coach took him aside an...
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Views: How Do You Counsel a Student Who Receives an Adjudication Report that Conflicts with Your Teaching?

from the series:The World Around Us: News and Views Helen Smith Tarchalski, Editor Serendipity? Just as I prepared for this issue of Keyboard Companion, one of my high school students received an adjudication report that stopped me in my tracks: "... Although it was an excellent performance I would have liked to hear more focused sound at time...
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How Do You Decide What to Say After Your Student Finishes Playing? Part II

Piano teachers have to make dozens, perhaps hundreds, of decisions during each teaching day. But, have you ever really thought about how you make all of those decisions? Do you just say the first thing that comes to mind? Do you have a particular procedure for deciding? In the Autumn 1993 issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION, Alana and Richard Kennell ...
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Are Progress Reports Helpful in Magic Triangle Communications?

Dear Reader, It has been an education, a challenge, and a pleasure to be the Associate Editor of the Magic Triangle Department since the first issue of Keyboard Companion in the spring of 1990. I have enjoyed the opportunity to communicate with our readers and to investigate the many issues involving the Magic Triangle. Now, as the time has come fo...
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From the Inside Out: Motivation

How Do You Decide What to Say After Your Student Finishes Playing? In any teaching/learning situation, a teacher's behavior is the result of decisions made before, during, and after a particular teaching/learning transaction. The difficulty for piano teachers who would like to improve their teaching is that rarely do we get an opportunity to observ...
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