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Check back often for the latest quick-reference tips from the Frances Clark Center's own experts.

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Wednesday, 4/1 @ 11am EDT

Do-It-Yourself: Creating Engaging Online Piano Lesson Videos with Mario Ajero

Thursday, 4/2 @ 11am EDT

Answers for Successful Online Teaching of Elementary Group Lessons with Craig Sale, Sara Ernst, Amy Glennon, Rebecca Pennington, Allison Shinnick, and Angela Triandafillou

Webinar Replays

Replay: Monday, 3/16

Rapid Response for Studio Teachers: Resources to move your teaching online right away, and helpful strategies for the months ahead with Shana Kirk

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Replay: Tuesday, 3/17

Town Hall Discussion: Strategies for Online Collegiate Class Piano with Michelle Conda, Diana Dumlavwalla, Barbara Fast, Andrea McAlister, & Stephen Pierce

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Replay: Wednesday, 3/18

Striving for Excellence in Online Pedagogy: Characteristics of Expert Teachers Using the Video-Conferencing Format with Diana Dumlavwalla

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Replay: Thursday, 3/19

Teaching Elementary Students Online with Sara Ernst, Rebecca Pennington, and the faculty of the New School for Music Study.

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Replay: Friday, 3/20

Teaching Advanced Students Online: with Stella Sick and João Paulo Casarotti



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Replay: Monday 3/23

Teaching Piano Online: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Alejandro Cremaschi and Cody Goetz

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Replay Tuesday, 3/24

Teaching via Video: How to Still be "You" with David Cartledge

Replay: Tuesday, 3/25

Town Hall Discussion: Navigating Mental Health and Resilience with Vanessa Cornett, Jessica Johnson, Noa Kageyama, & Julie Nagel
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Replay: Thursday, 3/26

Town Hall Discussion: Technology Tips with Mario Ajero, João Paolo Casarotti, Shana Kirk, George Litterst, and Stella Sick

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Replay: Friday, 3/27

Town Hall Discussion: Teaching Adults Online with Pamela Pike, Jackie Edwards-Henry, Rebecca Bellelo, Yeeseon Kwon, Timothy DePrey & Chris Madden.

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Replay: Monday, 3/30

Town Hall Discussion: Effective Teaching in Challenging Times and Beyond with Jennifer Snow, Sara Ernst, Andrea McAlister, Pamela Pike, and Craig Sale

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Replay: Tuesday, 3/31

Inclusive AND Online Lessons for Students who are Special Learners with Scott Price

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Helpful Info from Our Archives

Striving for Excellence in Online Piano Pedagogy: Characteristics of Expert Teachers Using the Video-Conferencing Format

​ During a recent tour at the Bell Homestead in my hometown of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, I came across an interesting fact. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell set up a demonstration of his new invention, the telephone. He arranged for friends to play a melodeon and sing over a telephone line in order to show that sound could be transmitted over the t...
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Class Piano and COVID-19

In this unprecedented time of uncertainty around COVID-19, class piano instructors are faced with the daunting task of moving instruction online. Here are some tips from leading class piano teachers on how to make this transition. Organize your students:Assignments may take longer to complete at home. Have reasonable expectations of workload.G...
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Helpful Guidance for Piano Teachers During the COVID Crisis

In the uncertainty and confusion of the COVID-19 crisis, the music community faces unprecedented issues surrounding private and group instruction. As you consider what is best for your studio, we at the Frances Clark Center hope that you find this document helpful in your decision making and communication:Decision Making Helpful resources include t...
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Checking In: Mindful Body Awareness for Pianists

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"You have pneumonia." It shouldn't have been a surprise. A cold reared its ugly head just as the school year started, but I had to push ahead. No daycare the week that classes start? Stay up late to write your syllabi! Feel like you might collapse? Those classes won't teach themselves! Been six weeks since you felt like yourself? It'll clear u...
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Teaching to Video—A New Pedagogical Experience

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Keep Your Cell Phone Out: Technology that Transforms Traditional Practicing and Teaching

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Teaching with Technology: New Tools For the Piano Studio

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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: Online teaching: How I work with my students in Saudi Arabia

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When I moved back to the United States after living in Saudi Arabia for fifteen years, I went from a full teaching studio of over 50 students along with a mentorship program to teaching a smaller number of students online.I had been teaching online students in the United States for several years while living in the middle east and now I was flippin...
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March/April 2018: Editor's Column

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I admit it: technology has won a firm, long-lasting place in my heart. At present, I own two iPads, an iMac, an iPhone, a laptop, a music video camera, and a number of digital pianos. Other odds and ends of plug-in equipment and Bluetooth gadgets litter my home and studio. These are all completely necessary—or at ...
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Flipping piano classes and lessons with rich online video content

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This is the ScreenFlow editing environment. Mario has captured the animated, on-screen keyboard as well as his own hands on a real keyboard. He has additionally added fingerings to the video using the annotation tools of ScreenFlow. Over the past several years, enrollment in my group piano classes at Stephen F. Austin State University has stea...
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Piano Teaching Programs Reviewed: eNovative Piano

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Overview:Subscription-based; there are a range of price plans for individual students, individual teachers, and institutions Technology required—Internet- connected computer, phone, tablet, PDF reader, Adobe Flash Website—www.enovativepiano.com Customer support includes online tutorial videos  Pros:Excellent pedagogical approach ...
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Screens are the new stages: How mobile devices and computers are changing performance

Screens are the new stages: How mobile devices and computers are changing performance
What a great honor it was to be asked to write an article for this series about the future of piano teaching. I feel that so much has already been stated by a number of my colleagues, and of course I concur that we do not have to fear the future and technological change. As others have noted, adapting your teaching to continual changes in technolog...
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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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