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Practical Piano Pedagogy

February 13, 2018


Practical Piano Pedagogy, a summer intensive that began at The New School for Music Study in 2012, was developed with the idea of retaining some central and foundational elements of the New School for Music Study's 50-year teacher training program:


  1. An immersion of pre-college repertoire through confident, expressive, and stylistic performances of this repertoire

  2. The practical, immediate usefulness of teaching observations. While our faculty cannot easily travel to each participants' studio, the ever-evolving video technology now makes it possible for us to view videos from all over the country and beyond.


With the centerpieces of participant performance (in private lessons, informal recitals, and master classes) and individualized feedback on private teaching in place, we prepared engaging, varied, and relevant sessions. When we opened the doors of the New School for Music Study to our first group of wonderful participants in 2012, something magical happened: for 3 days, we all became a bit of a "family." One participant said that it was like having a "slumber party" with her new teacher friends.


As teachers, we determine the success of the lesson baed on whether or not the student leaves the lesson different from how he or she entered. Our past participants have expressed how transformative their experiences have at Practical Piano Pedagogy have been. 


"Well, I am on the mountaintop! Thank you for reinvigorating the magic!"

- Diane Scott


"What an inspirational group of teachers!"

- Kathy Sees


"I learned so very much and look forward to implementing many of those ideas immediately."

- Carol Brownstein


"I got much, much more than I paid for - an excellent value. It was an inspiration."

- Brook Dezio


A final note about Practical Piano Pedagogy: the individualized aspect of this summer intensive means that we honor the differences in our participants' feelings about performance. Some are quite eager to perform in the pre-college literature recitals, others would prefer to listen to their peers. Either way, the exposure to a variety of repertoire will surely give a boost to teachers preparing for beginning the academic year. In fact, the whole summer intensive is designed with the idea that teachers will begin September teaching with a renewed energy, enthusiasm, and toolbox of teaching strategies.


We hope to see you this summer at Practical Piano Pedagogy! Click here for a complete schedule and registration information. 




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This site is created by the faculty of the New School for Music Study, a division of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.

February 13, 2018

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