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December 18, 2017

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.

Do you set aside a regular time of...

December 18, 2017

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?


A: For many reasons, I do not  generally...

Editor's Note:

Like many busy teachers, are you catching up with your summer reading, including past issues of Clavier Companion? If so, pianopedagogy.org  would like to provide an additional resource, specifically coordinating with the "New Music Reviews" column. To subscribe to Clavier Co...

November 30, 2015

In the following video, New School for Music Study faculty member Marvin Blickenstaff shares teaching strategies and tips for Catherine Rollin's late elementary piece "Stars and Wind." 

June 25, 2015

Do you remember when you studied Burgmuller’s Arabesque, Op. 100?  This piece can be a real milestone for piano students and is such fun to play!  Marvin Blickenstaff shares the excitement of learning this piece, and his respectful, friendly and effective interactions with the student are worth emul...

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