Building a Strong Foundation

I was considering whether or not I should post a blog during the summer. After thinking about it, I decided to go ahead and write at least one or two blogs.  Even though many teachers are on vacation, some of you may be spending your free time reading and listening to music as I am doing. Before I begin, let me bring you up to date.  Over the past couple of months, I have given a brief but hopefully, interesting summary of classroom instruction for the course, “The Teaching-Learning Process and the Piano Teacher.” Today’s blog is the third posting for this class.


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Owning the Rhythm

“As teachers, what we want is a student who owns the rhythm. He owns it, he doesn’t have to borrow it from the teacher. He can use it whenever needed, in any piece in the whole wide world. He’s got it for life! ” – Frances Clark

After my year as an intern at the New School for Music Study, I was teaching at a school with thin walls.  Without meaning to eavesdrop, I overheard a snippet from an instrumental lesson.  The student performed a rhythm incorrectly, and the teacher said “No, it goes like this.”   The teacher then demonstrated the correct way to play the passage, and the student copied the correct rhythm.

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