Our previous Forum Q&A post was about Christmas gifts for piano students. We received a LOT of responses — thank you! I will definitely be consulting that post again next year when Christmas rolls around! Our new Forum Q&A is a topic suggested by a reader. She says: “My New Years resolution in my studio [...]
Australian composer Daniel McFarlane has composed a number of student-level repertoire books which are available on his website. Daniel was kind enough to send me digital copies of his books so I could review them here. In appearance, all of Daniel’s books have easy-to-read scores with no illustrations. The titles of each piece are in [...]
Greetings! Today I have two important announcements: I have finished all the requirements for my Master’s degree! HOORAY! =D Today we have a new GIVEAWAY! Here are the details: Andrea & Trevor Dow from yesterday’s interview have kindly agreed to sponsor a giveaway of Episode 1 of The Adventures of Fearless Fortissimo! This pdf is [...]
Today I have a fabulous interview for you, from a husband & wife team who runs a 350-student music school in Canada! Meet Andrea & Trevor Dow. Andrea & Trevor run a blog at teachpianotoday.com The website for their music school, Wildflower Music Studio, can be viewed here. Their latest project has been to write [...]
I forgot to put up the week’s new Forum Q&A post yesterday, so here it is a day late! Sorry about that…I think the term paper for my music history class is draining all my brain cells. =D It was so fun to read the variety of approaches teachers use when it comes to summer [...]
Ready for another installment of a Forum Q&A? Okay! A couple of weeks ago we discussed what to do when a student performance “bombs.” This week, we’ll return to the topic of recitals and talk about assigning repertoire: When assignment recital repertoire to students, do you generally assign something challenging since they have a lot [...]
Christmas is on the way, whether you are ready or not! My students are already starting to ask about Christmas music, so I’m doing some digging on the web to find places to print easy Christmas arrangements for free. Read this post to check out the list I’ve compiled.
This post features an interview with Dror Perl, composer of the “Red,” “Purple,” and “Blue” book that were reviewed in a previous post.
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A few weeks ago, I received a friendly email from composer Dror Perl asking if I’d be willing to write a review of his music books. I, of course, said yes, and so Dror sent me complimentary copies of the Red and Purple books. Here is my full review of his wonderful books!
Summary Title: Returning to the Piano: A Refresher Book for Adults (click to view on Amazon) Composer/Arranger: Wendy Stevens Publisher: Hal Leonard Number of Pages: 96 Level: Elementary – Early Intermediate (pieces are in order of difficulty). Other Information: Includes a CD. Review As the title suggests, this book is intended for adult piano students [...]
The first look at a new piece is crucial. As accomplished pianists/teachers, we automatically know to scan the piece to check the time signature, key signature, texture, composer, title, etc. before playing through a piece. Of course, we were trained to go through those steps before sightreading through a piece. Before having students sightread, what do [...]
Read about what readers posted concerning their thoughts about various piano methods, and also check out the list of questions to ask yourself when evaluating piano methods to use with your students. This post serves as the summary of the July 2010 Monthly Forum topic: Discussing Method Books.