Preparing Students for Peak Performance Through Centering Practice

Healthy Playing, Healthy Teaching, Vanessa Cornett, EditorMany teachers are unsure of the best way to respond when a student first utters the words, "I feel nervous!" Young students experiencing anxiety for the first time may mistakenly feel that their symptoms should be eliminated entirely. Yet, in order to perform we...
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More Than Notes: Teaching Musicality Through Movement

What is musicality? Who has it and can it be taught? According to noted music educator and researcher Edwin Gordon, "Everyone has some level of music aptitude, is musical, and can learn to listen to and perform music with some degree of success."1 However, most people do not reach their full musical pote...
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Purple Days

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Yesterday, Andrew came into his lesson scowling. He stomped her to the piano bench, sat down, and crossed his arms in front of his chest, still scowling. I first met five-year-old Andrew when he was a baby, sitting on his dad's lap during his older brother's piano lessons. During all of his eight months of piano lessons, I have never seen him ...
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My hardest lesson ever

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"Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!" by — J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneWe music teachers teach with our hearts as well as our hands. Our students come away from their lessons with more than just instruction, and we welcome them gladly into our studios and our affections. It'...
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A legacy of excellence: An interview with John and Nancy Weems

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Through their teaching, John and Nancy Weems have instilled in their students a love for music and a commitment to artistic pianism. In addition to a long-standing record of top awards in local, district, and state Texas Music Teachers Association competitions, John has taught winners of the National MTNA Baldwin Junior Achievement Award, the Natio...
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Coping with cross-rhythms

One of the most frequent problems I have encountered with students in my teaching, examining, and adjudicating is their approach to cross-rhythms. Yet, a lack of confidence—even fear—can easily be overcome by informed analysis and practical application.I therefore encourage students to accompany me through the following stages. My examples come exc...
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The teaching of Enrique Granados

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In addition to being a great composer, Enrique Granados was also a dedicated and innovative teacher whose pedagogical approach has been explored only recently. Many of his ideas were not published during his lifetime, but rather entered into his diaries, passed on to his pupils verbally, and annotated on scores. Many of his pedagogical works were, ...
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Beyond the Notes: An interview with Elvina Pearce

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Elvina Pearce studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and pedagogy with Frances Clark. For more than six decades, she has presented recitals, workshops, and master classes in more than forty states as well as in Canada, the Republic of China, and Australia. Highlights of her pianistic career include recitals in Taipei, Taiwan, and Perth, Australia, a...
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Teach like TED

Since its beginnings in 1984, TED Talks have spread to every corner of the world. The acronym TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. This workshop is modeled on the popular book Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo. Gallo divides his book into three main parts: Emotional, Novel, and Memorable, each with three sub-headings. I use his headin...
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How do you know when a student is ready to perform a piece?

​​​One of my studio recitals just ended. As I write this, I am eating a leftover brownie and may snarf down a couple more. Would wine be better? Probably, but it is only four in the afternoon. The recital went well. For one thing, everyone showed up. This doesn't always happen. For another, no one was wearing a sports uniform. While I am ...
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Teaching Tips from Louise Goss

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Louise Goss was a superb clinician and speaker. She had great clarity in her thinking about musical learning and an extraordinary vocabulary, but the quality that stood out above all else was her immense practicality. Most of these quotes are excerpts from transcripts of her public lectures delivered to groups of piano teachers. I often wish I...
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Gretchaninoff's musical gems

My teacher Eugene List once commented, "The piano literature is so vast, that at any level pianists can find beautiful music they are able to play." As a teacher, it is so easy to teach the same pieces over and over and not explore what is available today. Yeeseon Kwon has extensively studied the music of the Russian composer Alexander Gretchaninof...
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Teaching Music in a Virtual World

​On this overly-warm Autumn afternoon, I am attempting to teach a Net-Gener1 how to play Bill Boyd's "Swing-a-Ling." How do I know eight-year-old Panagiotis is a Net-Gener? Because he stuffs his iPod and earbuds into his pocket, carefully places his iPhone on the music rack, and begins to fidget the minute I put the music in front of...
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How do you find the musical messages in a piece of music?

​The task of responding to this question is daunting, especially if one considers that musicians and philosophers have argued about the nature of music, and of musical communication, for centuries. Yet, I do not believe that the task is impossible.Certainly one way to find the musical messages in a piece of music is by careful, theoretical analysis...
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The Editor's Page

​On the eve of my departure for Princeton to participate in the filming of the new videos, Conversations with Frances Clark, I attended a dinner in Los Angeles honoring the distinguished composer, author, and editor, Willard Palmer, which was hosted by Morton Manus, president of the Alfred Publishing Company . During an evening fille...
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