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How to be Choosy!

Category: ThePianoMag Blog
Created on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:06

One of the most important jobs a teacher has is repertoire selection. Choosing the right piece for a student can make all the difference. Pick the wrong piece, and you could face weeks of frustration and a lack of motivation. Pick the right piece, and you can give an unmotivated student new energy in their studies.

Unfortunately, repertoire selection is more art than science. (That’s code for “there are no rules, so it’s really easy to screw it up.”) Every new piece you assign a student is always a bit of a gamble, but over the years, I’ve found that there are a few ways to stack the deck in your favor; simply submit the piece to your senses and ask yourself: Does it sound good? Does it feel good? Does it look good? (I suppose you could also ask yourself if a piece smells and tastes good, but that would be weird.)

Does it sound good?

Music is first and foremost for the ears, so a piece has to sound good. This could mean a lot of different things. It could mean the piece needs to be familiar, or fast, or dreamy, or dance-like, or whatever, but it has to appeal to the ears. I always ask myself - is this something I could sing in the shower? Could it get stuck in my head walking down the street? Would I ever pull it off the shelf and play through it for fun?

 

Thirty Thanksgiving Blessings

Category: ThePianoMag Blog
Created on Thursday, 22 November 2012 01:54

In the daily grind of teaching, planning recitals, selecting repertoire, dealing with communication, figuring out policies, and more, it’s helpful to take a step back and remember all the tremendous blessings we experience as independent music teachers. It didn’t take long to come up with a collection of thirty things I’m thankful I get to do as an independent music teacher. I hope you find renewed enthusiasm in your calling as a teacher as you read this list – and perhaps you will want to create your own, as well!

How We Do It: selecting music for review in Clavier Companion

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Created on Friday, 05 October 2012 13:45

Hi to all,

There is so much sheet music, isn’t there? We teachers want to select only the best new (and old) compositions for our students, and it’s so much fun to take the time to visit a dealer and peruse new pedagogical music.

It is difficult, however, to find that time. We at Clavier Companion want to help you. Our goal is for the review section of the magazine to be your go-to source for information on newly released music, both for you and for your students. We cull through hundreds (yes, hundreds—at least!) of new publications every year, selecting those that we think will be of interest to our readership. We then send these selections out to our reviewers for consideration. Our reviewers are afforded discretion to choose items they feel are worthy of attention in the magazine.