Every other summer for the past six years, I have had the joy of attending the Practical Piano Pedagogy Seminar at the New School for Music Study. It is three days of listening, participating, learning, discussing, and socializing that I look forward to all year long.
Practical Piano Pedagogy, a summer intensive that began at The New School for Music Studyin 2012, was developed with the idea of retaining some central and foundational elements of the New School for Music Study's 50-year teacher training program:
An immersion of pre-college repertoire through c...
In the spring of 1980, I arrived for my audition at the New School along with my college piano professor, Sister M. Immaculate Severino. We were shown into the school’s “living room” teaching studio where we awaited Frances’ arrival. And what an arrival it was – “Who closed that keyboard cover?!” Fr...
Note from the Editor: Like so many piano teachers, I have enjoyed introducing Dennis Alexander's music to students of a wide variety of levels, from elementary to advanced, children and adults. In this recent conversation, I learned more about his creative process.
A well-known and prolific composer, your compositions appeal to piano teachers and students alike. There is such a variety of level, mood, and style. I would like to know more about your creative process.
Q: Do you set aside a regular time of day to compose?