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May 28, 2014

“We must be sure they really understand.  If we say ‘do you understand?’ and the student is almost playing correctly, then he DOES understand.  He understands how to ALMOST do it.”
– Frances Clark

As a piano teacher, I can really relate to this week’s quote.  When I work with a student on a pass...

March 19, 2014

On musicianship, technique and practice habits:

“It is important to keep these three areas in balance.  If these areas of what we teach are not developed hand-in-hand, this leads to frustration.”

— Frances Clark

March 14, 2014:  Driving to school this morning, it is eighteen degrees and the ground is s...

March 15, 2014

“Teaching beauty should be our highest priority.”

– Marvin Blickenstaff

I’d like to start this article with a question; a question that was posed to a group of teachers by Marvin Blickenstaff during a recent workshop in Austin, TX.  He asked the attendees of this workshop about our most recent lessons...

January 15, 2014

During my fourteen years as an instructor of piano pedagogy at the collegiate level, one aspect of my work was to observe the teaching of interns enrolled in the course and then follow-up with one-on-one conferences in which the lesson happenings were discussed.

I recall that one of the major issues...

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