Clavier Companion is my favorite magazine ever, hands down. Each magazine features a great variety of articles about pianists, piano teaching, new resources, the latest trends, and much more. I have been a subscriber for a couple of years and I love receiving the issues in the mail!
The November/December issue of Clavier Companion introduced a fresh new look and design.
Clavier Companion contains the same great content as always, but the structure of the magazine has been reorganized. The heart of the magazine is now organized into three main sections:
- Learning & Teaching — covers the basics of HOW we learn to play the piano and how we teach it to others.
- Repertoire — deals with the many aspects of WHAT we play and assign students. The folks at Clavier Companions created this dedicated section in response to reader surveys requesting more articles focusing on repertoire and how to teach it.
- Perspectives — will generate a broad range of IDEAS and discussions on areas such as business, psychology, technology, and other topics relevant to teaching and playing the piano.
There are some new sub-sections, too. The new “Preludes” section is filled with short articles and fun tidbits. In this particular issue, the “Features” section includes an article about a well-known artist (Evgeny Kissin) and an article about a great pedagogue from the past or present (Madame Olga Samaroff).
The “First Looks” section includes reviews of new sheet music, CDs, and DVDs as well as a brand new column called “Apps for Teaching” written by Leila Viss of the 88PianoKeys blog. I love reading the reviews in Clavier Companion to learn about the latest releases from major publishers.
You will still find the Keyboard Kids’ Companion section near the end and the traditional back-page column Questions & Answers, now written by Sam Holland.
Clavier Companion is a bi-monthly magazine that offers two subscription options: (1) print subscriptions (which includes free digital subscriptions) or (2) digital-only subscriptions. The digital subscription can be read on your computer through your internet browser or through the Clavier Companion app on your iDevice.
A Clavier Companion subscription is the perfect thing to put on your Christmas wishlist! If you are brand new to Clavier Companion, be sure to visit their website and ask for a free copy of their current issue.
The folks behind Clavier Companion have kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway. Leave a comment on this blog post to enter (tell me about your favorite books/magazines/resources for reading about piano teaching!). FIVE lucky winners will be randomly chosen to receive a digital-only subscription to the magazine. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.