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Scales really are a hallmark of piano study.  They help us to understand key signature, improve technique, and develop finger facility.  The biggest challenge in beginning scale playing is the smooth crossing under of the thumb.  A special thanks to Charl Louw for contributions to this post....

Here at The New School for Music Study, we have a leveled system for teaching warmups, as well as a plethora of warm up ideas.  All of our students participate in an annual in-house examination called Piano Progressions.  This helps our students to know and understand a logical progression or warmup...

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...

February 28, 2014

Many teachers are absolute sticklers for proper fingering in triads and inversions. I am one of these teachers. Witnessing an incorrect fingering creates an unreasonable anxiety, quite possibly out of proportion with the fingering infraction. Knowing this about myself, and less selfishly, knowing th...

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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