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Impressionism for intermediates

​Helen Boykin's 1947 impressionistic gem, Seafoam (Schirmer/Hal Leonard), has remained a student favorite for almost seventy years. I've taught this intermediate piece many times, but it is also a solo that profoundly motivated me when I was a young student. The majority of the piece relies on a bold left-hand melody, with the right hand repeating ...
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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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What is your favorite early-level and intermediate-level ensemble music and why?

Since a teacher plus a student equals a minimum of two , the learning process is an ensemble from the beginning. From the very first lessons, we eagerly introduce young students to the wonders of the keyboard by providing a rhythm and harmonic background to the fledgling one- or two-note "performer." To continue this engagement in making music...
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