How do you use technology to facilitate long distance instruction?

How close to your student do you sit during a piano lesson? How close do you sit to your computer screen when using your computer?Imagine that you typically sit about two feet from your computer screen. Further imagine that when you sit at your computer you are talking to someone, face-to-face, on your computer screen, and the other perso...
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Publishing your movie: DVDs and Internet

In my first two articles you learned how to record and edit video. By this point in the series I hope you are excited about how easy and affordable it is to create movies of student recitals and lessons in your piano studio. So far, all the movies you created have remained "trapped" in your camera or your computer. In this article you will learn ho...
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How do you use recording technology in your studio?

Do you remember the glorious days of cassette tapes? For a substantial period of time - from the late 1960s to the end of the century - it seemed like everyone had one or more cassette players. Best of all, a teacher or student could purchase an inexpensive cassette player that also had a recording feature.For music teachers, cassettes marked the b...
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How do you build, organize, and manage your website?

from the series: ​Tomorrow Today: TechnologyGeorge Litterst, EditorA professional website is the essential doormat for the 21st-century piano studio. It is a location where prospective students can learn about you and what you offer, a tool for communicating with your students, and a venue for sharing your students' performances with the ...
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How do you use technology in your summer teaching?

from the series: ​Tomorrow Today: TechnologyGeorge Litterst, EditorSummer time is special. Family schedules lose the routine that is imposed by the school calendar, students float in and out of town, and everyone is in a different frame of mind. The circumstances that surround summer teaching challenge us to keep our students excited abou...
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How do you use technology in the study of advanced literature?

Working with advanced students is challenging for many reasons, not the least of which is the issue of time management. As the students become more advanced, they tend. outwork simultaneously on both longer pieces and a greater number of pieces. For this reason, lessons must take very efficient use of the available time. The last thing th...
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Three generations of teachers on teaching with technology

I still remember my first two piano students. The time was the early 1970s. I was a junior at Vassar College, and my piano tcacher thought that it would be a good idea for me to do some teaching. Accordingly, I ended up with a couple of students from the community. One was 7 and the other was 70. At that time, I had no formal trainin...
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What have you done to improve your personal technology skills?

Back in the early 1990s, I had the opportunity to assist a number of teachers as they made their first computer purchase. In each case, the teacher was taking a big step and spending a lot of money in the process.I can remember nearly every one of those teachers telling me that they wanted to choose their computer wisely, because it was the only on...
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How do you use multimedia in your concerts and student recitals?

​Multimedia is nothing more than the combination of two or more modalities of communication. Combine images with text, motion video with music, or ballet with sound effects, and you have created a multimedia piece.Unlike traditional recorded music, the live concert experience has always had a visual component to it. As members of the audience,...
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How did you get started with technology in your studio?

from the series: Tomorrow Today: TechnologyGeorge Litterst, EditorTeacher or technologist? Most teachers using technology are teachers and musicians first, and users of technology second. It can be both impressive and intimidating to observe a teacher who has used technology for many years. Some of these teachers may have one or more computers...
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How Do You Use Technology in Student Recitals and Competitions?

from the series: ​Tomorrow Today: Technology George Litterst, EditorLast January, I spent several days in the middle of the month listening to the screening auditions of the 2nd Internal Piano-e-Competition. The auditions were held at Sundin Hall at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. They were attended by a distinguished jury and mu...
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How do you recover the costs of your technology-related equipment?

​from the series: Tomorrow Today: Technology George Litterst, EditorEquipping a traditional piano teaching studio is not an inexpensive proposition for at least one big reason: the cost of the piano. A good quality new upright can cost several thousand dollars. Large new grands can cost tens of thousands of dollars. These costs can double or tripIe...
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How Do You Use Technology to Teach Composition?

​from the series: Tomorrow Today: Technology George Litterst, Editor Current technologies offer students and professionals a clear connection between the notation of a composition and the resulting sound of the piece. I first became excited about composition in high school. My early attempts were very simple and naive, but the results wer...
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Communications technology and the piano teaching profession

Recent advances in communications technology have radically changed the process of information exchange in this century. Telegraph and telephone facilitated almost instantaneous communication across countries and between continents. Radio brought information and communication to remote areas, war zones, and occupied territories where communications...
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Tomorrow Today: Technology

Marguerite Miller, Professor Emeritus at Wichita State University in Kannsas, is a popular clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, consultant, and author. Her philosophy—Life Without Music Would Be A Mistake—prompts her continued interest in, dedication to, and involvement with piano pedagogy. She is a clinician for the Alfred Publishing Company and...
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Does Practice on a Digital Keyboard in the Early Years of Study Prevent a Student From Becoming a Good Pianist? Part II

​In this issue, we continue with four more responses to the question first posed in the Spring 1995 issue regarding the use of digital keyboards for home practice. In keeping with the spirit of KEYBOARD COMPANION, we want to know your response to this question. I urge you to take the time to tell us your thoughts on this subject. We would especiall...
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How Does Technology Enhance Themed Recitals?

Why did I include the word "theme" in 'this issue's question about using technology in recitals? Because I have noticed a very welcome trend away from the traditional, once-a-year, too long, boring recital. Nowadays, many teachers present shorter programs with smaller numbers of students, often using theme-related subjects, to provide more frequent...
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Which Music Computer Programs Do You Use at Home?

Lexington, South Carolina Award-winning piano student Andrew Capobianco, 8, works with state of the art computer programs at his teacher's studio, then uses affordable music games software at home: ''You try to find a quarter note on the screen. Or you push down the button for as long as the note is supposed to be. I like 'USA:&...
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What Is the New Monster Concert?

We are told that Louis Moreau Gottschalk, America's first matinee idol, was the creator of the "piano orchestra" or Monster Concert, which became a genuine institution in 19th-century America. In his memoirs, Gottschalk mentions a number of spectacular occasions when he employed mammoth musical forces. The ultimate was a concert in Havana in which ...
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How Do You Use New Technology in Teaching Improvisation?

​Everyone reading this magazine- teachers, students, parents- is a product of the 20th-century. That means that we are, in varying degrees, modern, progressive, and up-to-date in our attitudes, teaching, and expectations. Or does it? How many of you enjoy improvising? Do you regularly teach or even encourage your students to enjoy the kind of "spon...
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