How Do You Motivate Your Teenagers?

For the rare student, motivation just seems to take care of itself, but with many teens, the problem of motivation can seem to be beyond the reach of a teacher's best efforts. Yet, both of the contributors to this issue of KEYBOARD COMPANION have had notable success in their work with students of this age.Despite ...
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How Do You Teach Fluent Chord Reading?

Countless times, teachers hear something similar to "I don't want Johnny to be a concert pianist, I just want him to be able to play hymns." Usually, we take the time to explain that hymn playing-or any chord reading for both hands together-represents one of the hardest kinds of reading any student has to learn to do. Regardless,&nbs...
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What Important Elements of Jazz Are Appropriate for Early-Level Students?

The wording of this question emerged after long stares at a blank computer screen- then typing, cutting, typing, pasting, typing, Thesaurus, cutting and pasting, and repeating the whole process over again. The question kept raising more questions-what is Jazz? Is it possible to teach any important elements of this complex m...
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