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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...

June 5, 2014

“Our job is to understand the motivation that already exists in each student and then find ways to expand it beyond where it already is.  Our job is not to replace his motivation with our own.”

– Richard Chronister

As piano teachers, we have likely all dealt with motivation issues.  I know I have.  So...

February 1, 2014

“Motivating students to practice and developing students who know how to use their practice time wisely is our biggest single challenge as teachers.”
 – Frances Clark

It seems quite simple:  We teachers give our students excellent practice guidelines, our students practice in precisely the way we hav...

January 24, 2014

Plant a ‘purple moment’ in every lesson.

Call it what you will – every lesson needs at least one.

Perhaps it came in the duet you played with the student.  The ritardando and diminuendo in the last two measures left both you and the student momentarily speechless.  It might have been with a piece that...

November 20, 2013

“Never send students home with a piece without capturing their interest and excitement in the piece, and giving them a sense that they can master it easily.”

– Frances Clark

One part of this quote particularly permeated Frances Clark’s lectures:  “A sense that they can master it easily.”  If the stude...

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