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Price: Little Melody in E-flat

Price: Little Melody in E-flat
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Florence Price: #5 from 6 Pieces for PianoWilliam Gillock: "Soaring in E-flat major" from Lyric PreludesEdward MacDowell: To A Wild Rose, op. 51, no. 1Enrique Granados: Dedication, op. 1, no. 1Artina McCain: any of the African Ame...
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Joplin: The Easy Winners

Joplin: The Easy Winners
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Elite Syncopations, Scott JoplinHot Potato Rag, Martha Mier"Sweet Mister Jelly Roll" from Portraits in Jazz, Valerie CapersAny piece that uses A-flat-major chords/scales Get Ready: creative activities to explore before the first e...
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Burleigh: From the Southland

Burleigh: From the Southland
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Edward MacDowell: To a Wild Rose, Op. 51, No. 1Scott Joplin: The Entertainer or the Maple Leaf RagClaude Debussy: The Little ShepherdFrédéric Chopin: Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No.4 Get Ready: creative activities to explore ...
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Szymanowska: Minuet No. 1 from Six Minuets for Piano

Szymanowska: Minuet No. 1 from Six Minuets for Piano
Video 1: Teaching Demonstration Video 2: Performance Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one J.S. Bach: Short Prelude in C Major, BWV 939M. Clementi: Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 3C. Czerny: The School of Velocity, Op. 299, No. 3 and 4F. Schubert: Landler in A Minor...
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Winter 2022: Cécile Chaminade’s Album des Enfants: A Treasure Trove of Intermediate-Level Teaching Pieces

It is unfortunate that Cécile Chaminade's piano music has been swept under the proverbial carpet. She, among other female composers, provided a wealth of compositions for the budding pianist. Her music is pedagogically sound, musical, technically appropriate, and frankly, quite inviting in sound and style. Her compositional output for the piano num...
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Winter 2022: Teaching Contemporary Piano Techniques to Intermediate Piano Students with Alexina Louie's Star Light, Star Bright

Introducing intermediate piano students to twentieth-and twenty-first-century compositional techniques and styles is essential, especially as we move from Gen Z students to those in Generation Alpha (born in the early 2010s). In Star Light, Star Bright (1995),1 both generations will find an established, musically rich collection of nine pedagogical...
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Winter 2022: Practicing Alongside Our Intermediate Students

Practice may be readily defined by our elementary students as "playing the piano at home" and by intermediate students as "time spent learning my music." Advanced musicians acquire a nuanced definition of practice, which may include concepts like warming up, deep listening and analysis, artistic exploration, cultivating technical freedom, and rehea...
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Winter 2022: Editor's Letter: Intermediate Students: Mind the Gap

Arguably, facilitating student learning and performance during the intermediate-level years is where many teachers spend most of their teaching hours. Intermediate piano music takes years to work through and as the music becomes more demanding, these years coincide with activities that compete for students' attention. For some, the intermediate yea...
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Practicing Piano through the Early Stages with Sara Ernst (12/08/2021)

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Teaching Demonstration with Marvin Blickenstaff (NCKP Rebroadcast) (11/12/2021)

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Schumann: Mazurka, Op 6, No. 3

Schumann-Mazurka
Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Le Sommeil de l'Enfant (Berceuse), Op. 35 by Teresa Carreño Prelude Op. 29, No. 6 by Frederic Chopin Abschied von Rom by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Humming Song Op. 68, No. 3 by Robert Schumann Mazurka Op. 39, No...
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Beethoven: Sonatina in G Major

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Students should be playing the earliest selections of original piano works.Sonatinas by Lynes, Attwood, Latour, and other selections in any level 1 and 2 Sonatina books.Method book pieces introducing Alberti bass (approx. level 3)...
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Evelyn Lee
Great preparation comments. I appreciate it. several comments: 1. you played this piece very matter of fact. I see it as an expres... Read More
Friday, 11 December 2020 17:45
Suzanne Newcomb
Thank you, Evelyn, for your comments and questions. I see this as an expressive piece, too, but it is also an early Classical-era ... Read More
Friday, 11 December 2020 19:15
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Brazilian Dance Music For Intermediate and Early Advanced Students

Francisca (Chiquinha) Gonzaga is one of the most important Brazilian composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Born in 1847 in Rio de Janeiro, her personal life was considered scandalous for her time. Her father never forgave her for leaving her husband, and she was disowned by her family. She was the first professional woman composer ...
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Young Pianists Power-Up: Building Knowledge and Skill through Warm-ups with Dr. Sara Ernst (03-03-21)

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Janet Tschida
Thanks so much for this webinar, Sara!!!
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Steps to Parnassus: Preparing Students to Play Advanced Masterworks

All learning of complex knowledge and sophisticated skills must be approached by first learning more limited and simplified versions of what students are eventually needing to master. The nature of the simplifications—the substance and magnitude of each task, the sequence in which the tasks are presented, the speed of ...
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First Debussy piano pieces with pedagogical advice

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Claude Debussy was a person of great restraint and even considered elusive by some. He was not concerned with the technical issues of a pianist, and yet was highly attentive to the quality of a pianissimo and its relationship to softer or louder levels of sound. We know his playing generally did not reach a forceful fortissimo. He cared less about ...
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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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Better together: Chamber music for all levels

Miki Sawada with her students
What pieces do you remember performing as a young pianist? Were they solo pieces? As pianists, we are lucky to have at our fingertips a seemingly infinite body of solo masterworks. To be able to sit down at an instrument and create music alone is a joyful privilege. It naturally follows that much of traditional piano pedagogy centers around the gre...
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Pupil Saver: Unique; reflective music

Finding interesting late-intermediate literature can be a challenge. In addition to teaching the repertoire standards, I always look for something a bit more out-of- the box, quite often a contemporary composition. I find that the contemporary music of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee fits my needs perfectly, and her two sets of preludes provide a wea...
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The challenges and joys of intermediate teaching

Intermediate Students are Different from Elementary and Advanced Students Intermediate-level piano students present unique and greater challenges than do students at other levels and ages. Elementary-level students are constantly learning new concepts and skills. Their curiosity and imaginations are aroused. They are amazed by their abilities ...
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