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September 13, 2014

 “We as teachers are not running a house of corrections.”

– Frances Clark

Natalie Gibson’s excellent article has really caused me to re-evaluate how I address corrections in the studio.  (Read that article here before reading this post!)  I do tend to spend time working with the student in the lesson...

August 10, 2014

In order to gain something, there are times when you have to let go of something. The question is, why is it so hard to let go? I think that, simply, it is because we are holding on tight.

Piano teachers are an interesting group. We see students in a largely one-on-one setting, and for most of these...

July 15, 2014

I don’t think I fully realized that my idea of an “ideal class video” consists of controlled, quiet children listening intently.  This isn’t that kind of video.  My colleague, Emily Lau, videotaped portions of what seemed like a pretty challenging class.  Sometimes, when life gives you “rowdy,” you...

July 2, 2014

I have an intermediate student who has a very good ear for music but tends to let her ear “mindlessly” guide her fingers while playing.  This results in mistakes and sloppy work.  How can she learn to fully focus her mind on the music and use her ear to aid her mind?

This is a very interesting q...

June 17, 2014

Readers are invited to pose questions and the faculty of the New School for Music Study will collaborate to come up with the best response that we can.  Questions may be submitted by writing to aglennon@nsmspiano.org.  This week’s question is answered by Amy Glennon.

How do you approach teaching youn...

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