Book Review: Teaching Piano Pedagogy: A Guidebook for Training Effective Teachers

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In the introduction to his revolutionary Teaching Piano Pedagogy: A Guidebook for Training Effective Teachers, Courtney Crappell states that the "book is not about teaching piano; it is a book about how pedagogy students become teachers."1 Why revolutionary? Despite the current availability of many other pedagogy textbooks, none of them really addr...
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January/February 2019: Questions and Answers

Q: What professional development opportunities are available online? Are any of these offered by the Frances Clark Center? A: Your biggest challenge is not finding opportunities for professional development but selecting the opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to you. All resources are not created equal and you should be as selectiv...
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July/August 2018: Questions and Answers

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For this issue, Sam Holland invited Jennifer Snow, Executive Director of the Frances Clark Center, to answer the following questions:  What is the value of professional development for piano teachers? Why is it important? Central to inspired teaching is inspired learning. Engaged teachers are eternal learners searching for new strategies, idea...
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Summer Music Camps 2018—programs for teachers

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Colorado 88 Creative Keys Summer Workshop Denver Bradley Sowash, Leila Viss, and guest faculty help classically trained pianists and teachers play and teach more creatively using innovative teaching techniques and tech-savvy tools. Ages 18-99. 30 participants. July 10-13. Tuition: $150-650. 88creativekeys.com The Well-Balanced Pianist Lakewood An i...
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Questions and Answers

Q: Piano teachers have more resources available to them than ever before. With all of the blogs, list-serves, and social media available free of charge, and low-cost online conferences proliferating, why should I expend the time, energy, and money to attend a live conference such as the MTNA National Conference or the National Conference on Keyboar...
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What aspects of teaching rhythm are the most difficult for your intern teachers?"

Yes, you may remember seeing this same topic previously in this Department—twice! When pedagogy teachers are confronted with this question (either artificially by us in this magazine, or in reality in their classrooms by the inherent complexity of helping other people learn how to teach effectively), crucial facets of teaching that are important to...
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Where can you find training in adult teaching?

from the series: It's Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study Michelle Conda, Editor As more adults express an interest in piano, there are now more resources to help teachers learn how to work with these groups. In 1965, approximately 22% of adult Americans were seeking out some form of education.1 Most of these learners were preparing for job...
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How did your pedagogy degree best prepare you for your current teaching situation? How could it have prepared you better?

When pedagogy professors get together, they often compare notes on the content and structure of their courses. But what do the students think? How do they and their learned professors know that they are getting the information and experiences that will truly prepare them to be successful piano teachers? I have asked three former pedagogy ...
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