Inside the Studio with Spencer Myer

In this lesson, we explore ways for Maddox to make his motion more fluid in Chopin's Etude Op. 10, no. 10. He is stressed about the right hand, so we first address body positioning to increase ease of motion, and then we proceed to examine how to rethink groupings in the left hand to make leaps more fluid. Music Featured: Frédéric Chopin - Etude in...
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Inside the Studio with João Paulo Casarotti

Rilley is a five-year-old piano student in her first semester of piano lessons. We are using the Piano Safari Book 1 and are working on both rote and reading pieces (mostly with intervals of 2nds and 3rd). We used the Flashnote Derby app in order to introduce new notes as well as to reinforce notes she has already learned. In this clip, I introduce...
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TEACHING MUSIC ONLINE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

LEARNING BEFORE 2020 While teaching online is a new adventure for many professional musicians, it is an extension of distance education that began in the United States in the nineteenth century and was subsequently developed in Europe, Canada, and Australia.1 Often, these were courses offered through extensio...
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Physical Health and Wellness Considerations For Online Teaching

The need to shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way music instructors interact with their students. Most teachers now rely on various technologies to facilitate remote instruction for lessons and group classes. While this shift is essential to slow the spread of infectious disease, the sudden move to online instru...
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Supporting Our Students Who Are At Risk

I run music programs that serve the underserved. Specifically, through OpporTUNEity® Music, I lead community-based music programs that engage undergraduate music students through the design and delivery of curriculum and instruction to children living in poverty. As a program that relies heavily on institutional resources in higher education to par...
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INCLUSIVE AND ONLINE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE SPECIAL LEARNERS

Like most of you, I am currently working from home. At the time of this writing, our city is under a stay-at- home order, and our public schools, colleges, and universities are closed. Like most of you, I have moved all my teaching online including my teaching of students who are special learners. I am missing my students terribly, and worry t...
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Teaching Advanced Students in Uncertain Times

Over the course of a few days in mid-March, the University of Colorado (CU),as many schools, quickly and suddenly transitioned to distance learning.All students who were able were asked to move home. All face-to-face engagements, including classes, private lessons, and committee meetings would move online. In short order, piano teachers everyw...
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The Benefits of Teaching Advanced Students Remotely

A New Reality It has been remarkable to see our community of piano teachers come together to share resources and provide support to one another during this pandemic. We had to transition to online teaching very quickly—overnight for some—and mobilize what technology we had on hand to create makeshift virtual studios. I think it is safe to say that ...
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Teaching Group Classes Remotely

Group classes are a vital form of interaction in the time of COVID-19.Now more than ever before, students cherish opportunities to see familiar faces, interact with peers, and make music with others. Online group classes can operate in much the same fashion as in-person classes with careful planning and creativity. A detailed lesson plan is importa...
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Smiling Faces and Adapted Approaches in Online Lessons with Children

My recent lessons with elementary and intermediate students have been filled with music making and sweet moments of personal connection. I enjoyed a student's smile with a first lost tooth, another's excitement in showing off her scales with both hands, and exclamations of "I love this piece!" and "That's Treble G!" While these experience...
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STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE PIANO PEDAGOGY: CHARACTERISTICS OF EXPERT TEACHERS USING THE VIDEO-CONFERENCING FORMAT

During a recent tour at the Bell Homestead in my home- town of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, I came across an interesting fact. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell set up a demonstration of his new invention, the telephone. He arranged for friends to play a melodeon and sing over a telephone line in order to show that sound could be transmitted ...
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The New Normal of Piano Teaching

All of us have spent the last several weeks adapting to the reality of a world where the COVID-19 pandemic has acutely changed nearly every part of our lives. For many piano teachers, it has been a time of sink-or-swim adaptation. Our teaching spaces...
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Keeping a Studio Running Effectively

On a Wednesday afternoon last month, one of my colleagues and I stood in the hallway of my studio between our lessons, and he asked me "What are we going to do about lessons if the schools close because of the virus?" I shrugged it off, thinking surely it would not get to that point. Well that changed quickly, as we realized universities and s...
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LESSONS from TEACHERS in CHINA

Introduction by Jerry Wong Years from now I suspect we will all have our own stories to tell of how we were affected by COVID-19. From my own perspective, colleagues in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan were the first to share updates of school closings and a new culture of all online, all the time. The situation took on a different reso...
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Quick Teaching Tips: Using Efficient Language in Online Lessons

 Learn the basics of using efficient language in online lessons with examples provided. Presented by Esther Hayter.
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Quick Teaching Tips: Easy Video Lighting

 Learn how to make sure your videos have good lighting-- no special equipment needed! Presented by Trevor Thornton.
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Quick Teaching Tips - The Basics of Using Zoom

Learn the basics of downloading Zoom, creating an account, scheduling meetings, and screensharing. Presented by Anna Beth Rucker.
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Striving for Excellence in Online Piano Pedagogy: Characteristics of Expert Teachers Using the Video-Conferencing Format

During a recent tour at the Bell Homestead in my hometown of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, I came across an interesting fact. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell set up a demonstration of his new invention, the telephone. He arranged for friends to play a melodeon and sing over a telephone line in order to show that sound could be transmitted over the tel...
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Class Piano and COVID-19

In this unprecedented time of uncertainty around COVID-19, class piano instructors are faced with the daunting task of moving instruction online. Here are some tips from leading class piano teachers on how to make this transition.  Organize your students: Assignments may take longer to complete at home. Have reasonable expectations of workload...
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Helpful Guidance for Piano Teachers During the COVID Crisis

In the uncertainty and confusion of the COVID-19 crisis, the music community faces unprecedented issues surrounding private and group instruction. As you consider what is best for your studio, we at the Frances Clark Center hope that you find this document helpful in your decision making and communication: Decision Making Helpful resources include ...
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Rozalie Levant
Is any lecture or Town Hall from the previous week available for watching during the following week?
Sunday, 22 March 2020 15:23
ashinnick
Yes, Rozalie, all of last week's replays are now available. Please scroll through the webinar display at the top of the page on ht... Read More
Monday, 23 March 2020 21:50
Anita Powell
Just want to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Taught my first online lessons this week and I survived! And, so did my students... Read More
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:58
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