What are your all-time favorite pieces?

from the series: The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent Barbara Kreader, Editor No matter what the music's style, familiarity breedsinterest.... Yet all music doesn't need to be familiarto hook a student's excitement. How many times did you teach "Für EIise" this year? Do you know every known arrangement of "T...
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What Do Students Think About the Technique They Are Practicing?

Kids really do say the darndest things, as they used to say on the Art Linkletter Show, and I knew I was in for a day of darned things as soon as I heard my sister's voice. "Will you baby-sit Robbie for me on Sunday," she asked, "or would you prefer that I go stark raving insane?  Somehow I felt that I was not being offered a real choice,...
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How Do You Practice Rhythm? - A Student Survey

In a recent faculty seminar our resource person was an educator whose research expertise focuses on teaching effectiveness. During the seminar he showed video-tapes of effective classroom procedures and outlined ways in which we could improve our own teaching techniques. He mentioned that, although there is much research on the components...
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What Musical Games Do Students Enjoy Most?

from the series: The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent For this issue, we went directly to the students to ask - What musical games do you enjoy the most? I think you will find their answers interesting, surprising, educational, delightful, and humorous. I only wish that you could see all of the actual slips of paper with the various styl...
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How do you manage the time and commitment for piano study and practice?

In today's world of busy schedules, working parents, and children involved in a wide array of activities outside of school, piano teachers are more and more frequently confronted by the dilemmas of scheduling their students' lessons, of being flexible enough to meet the needs of parents and students, and of requiring adequate practice time for stea...
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The Magic Triangle: Teacher/Student/Parent

How Would You Describe a Good Piano Teacher? If you have ever moved from one city or state to another, you - , have gone through the careful process of finding a new doctor, dentist, aerobics teacher, dance teacher, etc. When you were searching for these new professionals to work with you and your family, you probably had an idea of exactly what ty...
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What do you like - and what do you not like - about practice?

In all previous issues, our Home Practice Department has addressed questions of concern primarily to teachers. In this issue, we are providing a forum for students to express themselves on the subject of practice.  Early last fall, a questionnaire was distributed to fifty students from the studios of seven teachers. These students ranged in ag...
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