In the Spring of 2015, Clavier Companion sponsored its eighth annual Collegiate Writing Contest, inviting college students from around the world to submit 1,500 word essays on a pedagogical topic of their choice. The esteemed panel of judges was comprised of Mario Ajero, Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, and Kathryn Sherman. We extend our congratulations to Haley Myers, whose winning essay is in the January/February 2016 issue. We are pleased to publish two runner-up essays, “Survival of the fittest: A reevaluation of traditional scale and arpeggio fingerings,” by Michael Clark, and “Eureka! Cultivating musical insight and facilitating secure music memory in elementary piano students,” by Huiyun Liang, here on our website. We extend our congratulations to all of the entrants in a very strong field.
Collegiate students are the teachers of tomorrow and the future leaders of our profession. Clavier Companion is proud to provide them with an outlet for their ideas, and we will again sponsor this contest in 2016. The entry deadline for the 2016 contest will be June 1st, 2016, and complete rules and regulations can be found here.