Incorporating Metacognition into the Group Piano Curriculum

My interest in metacognition grew out of a rather simple and straightforward question (or at least so I thought!) that I posed to a third semester piano class for music majors at my university. My question was this, "What do you do when you look at a piece of music for the first time before you begin to practice it?" It was my h...
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Using video recording to improve your teaching

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Do you remember teaching your very first piano lesson, perhaps facing a "scary" five-year-old boy or girl, not knowing what to do, how to do it, or even where to start? When I teach piano pedagogy to university students, they are often interested in learning how to survive that first terrifying teaching day. While I must help students acquire funda...
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Vision and Transformation

Dear friend and pastor Nina Peck Reeder spoke once about an experience she had as a child: she was very unhappy about needing to wear glasses…they were pink and, in her view, horrible-looking. But then she put the glasses on and was astonished to really see. How beautiful each blade of grass! You might guess that her sermon would go on to explore s...
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Vision

"We need to have a vision of our student as an accomplished learner. Great performance begins with clear vision. Teaching is just the same. We have to have the same vision of our students." – Sam Holland  Ah, the pressure! It is daunting enough to deconstruct quotes by the great Frances Clark… but the also great, living, breathing, Sam Holland...
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How do you counsel a student after a disappointing performance?

Know and understand your student as a person by Phyllis Pieffer  Is there any performer who has not experienced a "disappointing" performance at some point in his or her career? Is there any teacher who has never had students experience a "disappointing" performance? Of course not!  I still remember the sage advice of ...
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How Can We Find Out More About Our Students' Home Practice?

Certainly one way we can find out about student practice is to assign a new piece, give the student no help with it, and then hear the the piece after a given amount of time. The results of such an exercise can tell us quite a bit about things such as accuracy (notes, rhythm, symbols), pedaling, musicality, and technique. What this kind of pro...
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What is included in your weekly written assignment?

    A teacher can learn a lot about a new student's previous study ~ and practice by simply looking at the former assignment notebook. That's why I always ask a prospective student to bring it along to the pre-enrollment interview along with the music and other materials most recently studied. In some cases, the weekly assignments have be...
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