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February 13, 2018

Practical Piano Pedagogy, a summer intensive that began at The New School for Music Study in 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:

  1. An immersion of pre-college repertoire through c...

December 5, 2017

My 16-year-old daughter recently lamented: "I feel so sick but don't want to miss school." Surprised by this remark, I wondered if she was concerned about her grades suffering. She continued: "Today we're re-enacting the French and Indian War."  Apparently, this re-enactment involved Guerrilla war t...

August 8, 2017

Frances Clark and Louise Goss developed a series of observation forms in the 1980's, and these forms are as relevant today as they were then. This final observation form is a variant of observation form #1.

Questions asked, mostly "YES/NO"

  1. Did the lesson begin and end on time?

  2. Number of piece...

June 19, 2017

In an effort to get back into posting on pianopedagogy.org, I challenged myself to write “a thought a day” about basic pedagogy principles that inform teaching decisions I made this week. Each day, I added a new thought.  This week-long journey took me in unexpected directions, including a bit of re...

August 25, 2015

I’ve been lucky enough to know Elvina Pearce for years. On several occasions, she visited the New School for Music Study for a few days as the pedagogue-in Residence. She observed our teaching, provided insightful feedback, taught our repertoire classes, and presented interactive workshops. Above al...

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