Putting It All Together: Repertoire

Martha Appleby is an independent piano teacher who is known for her effective blend of expertise, good humor, and common sense. A weIl-traveled teacher, clinician, judge, and author, she has written Follow Me which is published by Neil A. Kjos Music ...
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How Do You Teach Intuitive Students to Make Decisions About Interpretation?

Like many questions about teaching, the answer to this issue's question is a process; there simply cannot be an answer that stands as fact, or even static opinion. Every time we face this question, usually in the middle of a lesson, the answer is both a culmination of all that we have learned in the past and a beginning-without doubt, the circumsta...
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What Is Good Material to Use With Elementary Transfer Students Who Are Playing Music Far Too Difficult?

There are many reasons why students change teachers. In this mobile society, it is frequently because the student or teacher has moved to another loca tion. But changes can also occur for professional reasons- poor communication between the triangle of teacher/student/parent, lack of interest, a particular need that is not being fulfilled -&nb...
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What Competition Pieces Do You Use With Early-Level Students and Why?

Any question that includes the word "competition" will immediately trigger hot flashes of emotional response among piano teachers. With the additional phrase "early-level students," the heat level rises considerably. The sheer number of competitive events available across the country can be overwhelming for both teachers and students. One teac...
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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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Putting It All Together: Repertoire

Martha Appleby is an author, clinician, and independent piano teacher whose studio is in Charleston, Illinois.  As a clinician and teacher, she is known for her effective blend of expertise, good humor, and common sense. She has recently returned from Brazil where she was Visiting Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the Federal University in Porto ...
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