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October 3, 2017

I don't do much collecting.  In earlier days I could not throw away a lovely special issue stamp, but that has long since lost its interest. 

However, I do collect two things:

         baseball caps 

         coffee mugs...

November 15, 2016

Back in the 60’s I was stunned by the results of a survey indicating that the majority of students who begin piano study have dropped out after no more than just two years of lessons. Since then, similar surveys reveal that this high dropout rate continues to exist.

Some Reasons for Student Dropouts


March 9, 2016

“Do not think that just because you’ve told a student something that he knows it.” – Frances Clark

Charles Heber Clark (1841-1915) was a widely recognized industrial economist, owner and editor of The Evening Bulletin of Philadelphia, as well as member of the board of directors of the Presser Home fo...

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." 

May 27, 2015

This blog is the second posting for the pedagogy class, “The Teaching-Learning Process and the Piano Teacher.”  Today, I am sharing what I learned about practice.  Frances Clark and Louise Goss recognized that many teachers do not help students establish good practice habits.  Often, instructors jus...

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