Incorporating Metacognition into the Group Piano Curriculum

My interest in metacognition grew out of a rather simple and straightforward question (or at least so I thought!) that I posed to a third semester piano class for music majors at my university. My question was this, "What do you do when you look at a piece of music for the first time before you begin to practice it?" It was my h...
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The Power of Piano Ensembles: Building Collaboration, Musicianship, and Community

I was raised in Caracas, Venezuela, a prominent musical center in Latin America, and I enjoyed seeing how music activities were common in the daily life of this city's youth. Ensembles, choirs, and orchestras were prevalent, and from very elementary to advanced levels string, wind, and percussion students had the possibility of sharing and learning...
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Class piano connections: A Brazil-U.S. group piano project

Brazil
Collaboration between two foreign countries can be fraught with deadly secrets, dangers, and mysterious politics. Fortunately, in the case of piano classes in Brazil and the United States, these were not the circumstances. In fact, our collaboration fostered creativity and relationships among the students in both countries.  Beginnings When co...
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The gift of music: Teaching piano in a women's correctional institution

The gift of music: Teaching piano in a women's correctional institution
​"Most people take piano lessons as a child, not as a middle-aged woman in prison." These words, spoken by a piano student at the Goodman Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina are true. This truth is a part of the reason why I began a small program for piano study at the prison two years ago. My research while a student at the Univer...
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A moment that makes a difference

A moment that makes a difference
Teaching music to prison inmates is exactly 30.8 miles from my front door in suburbia to the thick metal door of the Warren Correctional Institution, home to 1,400 male inmates. On my scheduled teaching days, I arrive with my contractor badge and clear plastic bag and wait to see what the day will bring. I never know what is or is not goi...
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How do you work on improvisation in your group classes?

Improvisation activities with your group classes can be surprisingly effective. Working with their peers can help encourage and motivate students to try out different ideas and get over any initial hesitation they have about improvising. It is an activity that can engage everyone, and students get to develop their aural skills as they listen to eac...
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How do you teach reading in group lessons?

from the series: ​Independence Day: Music ReadingCraig Sale, Editor Group lessons are able to facilitate the learning of music reading concepts in an efficient, effective manner. A recent Keyboard Companion readership survey showed that roughly half of those responding utilize group instruction in some way - occasional group lessons, week...
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How does teaching in small groups help students' rhythmic development?

​from the series: The Heart of the Matter: Rhythm Bruce Berr, EditorIt is an often-discussed perception that as we get older, time seems to pass faster and faster. This phenomenon has been observed and written about throughout the ages in many different cultures. I remember my own personal suspicions about this being confirmed when I was ...
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What Do You Like About Group Lessons?

​The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent​Group teaching takes special skills. I rediscovered this fact last Fall when I began teaching Music Together, a program for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers. True, I had taught regular third and first grade sometime during the Dark Ages of my 20s, but time passes and memories fade. I distinctl...
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How Do You Use the New Technology in Group Teaching?

Although the term group teaching defies a simple definition or universal application, most piano teachers today include some type of group activity in their teaching- from regular weekly or monthly group lessons to an occasional "practice recital." Likewise, every piano teacher uses some form of technology in teac...
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