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A Wise Piano Teacher's Approach to Difficulties

If you find a piano student difficult, you have just exceeded your capacity to be patient. Have a little meter in your head that tells you when you have become absorbed in your own agenda, and need ..
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Read a Book While You Practice Piano

Moritz Rosenthal, a pupil of the great pianist Franz Liszt, reported that the great master advised reading a book while practicing the piano. The reason for this is that you must be able to detach ..
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How to Strike a Piano Key

The piano is a curious mixture of monochrome (black and white keys) and an abundant array of sonic textures in seemingly endless variety. The piano can whisper, the piano can sing, it can shout or ..
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Tobias Matthay and the Act of Touch at the Piano

The most interesting and simple idea at the piano keyboard comes, in my opinion, from Tobias Matthay, author of the revolutionary book THE ACT OF TOUCH, written in 1903. He was a professor of piano ..
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Piano Speed Limit For Kid's Piano Teachers

Every child has their own internal speed limit for the piano. This is the pace at which they can comfortably learn the piano. It is different for each child. Because one child learns Beethoven's Fur .
(August 19, 2008)
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Why Piano Teachers Should Go Slowly

Many piano teachers forget how difficult it can be for the average child to learn the basic skills of beginning piano. You have to look at it from the child's point of view. Children don't have the ..
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Fun Tools For Piano Teachers

To utilize what we call the “fun" piano method, you'll need certain things wholly unrelated to piano lessons. You'll need quarters. These I use to balance on the back of a child's hand to help .
(August 19, 2008)
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Psychology of Homeschool Piano

I suggest that you try a very child-friendly method, such as Piano by Number, to start your homeschool piano program. Remember that your first objective is to get your child interested in the piano ..
(August 11, 2008)
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The Great Piano Craze of 1910

The piano was such a national craze that by 1910 people were taking twenty lessons and then setting themselves up as master teachers, all for the glory of Music. Such was the desire to impart their ..
(August 11, 2008)
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Why America is Losing the Culture Race

You have an original idea in America that's not a computer widget or an Internet marketing plan, but a painting, an opera, a novel? Sorry, there's no place for you in popular culture, spaces filled, ..
(August 10, 2008)
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Chopin's Singing Piano Tone

In the mid 1800's, piano virtuosi were often distinguished by what they did best. Kalkbrenner was known for his octaves, Liszt for surpassing technique. But Chopin was known for his uncanny knack at .
(August 11, 2008)
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Why Kids Need Freedom to Learn Piano

Piano is inherently difficult for everyone. Yes, it's especially difficult for a six or eight year old to figure out physically how to please the teacher: where do my fingers go, which one, when, ..
(August 11, 2008)
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Why Brahms Must Have Been Fat

There's something about playing classical piano that seems to give you the feeling of what it was like to be the composer. Certainly that's true in an emotional sense, but what about physically? ..
(August 11, 2008)
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What Killed the Golden Age of the Piano

You have to realize how piano-mad the world went for a while. Before 1900, with no radio, television, cars, record players or electricity, what else was there to do but listen to someone play the ..
(August 11, 2008)
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Against Film Music

I've been watching films for perhaps 50 years, and I've watched two and three or four a day, sometimes more in my capacity as composer, musician and publisher. So I've seen a lot of movies and like ..
(August 11, 2008)
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George Sand Killed Chopin

Everyone knows that Chopin was doomed to die from tuberculosis, but that's not what the social set in Paris knew in those days. It was common knowledge that Chopin was in love with novelist George ..
(August 11, 2008)
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Baseball, Kids and Piano

There isn't a kid around who doesn't understand the bases of baseball. Home plate, first base, second, third, and the final mad dash for home plate again. I often compare baseball and piano chords ..
(June 15, 2008)
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Fun Piano Game With a Pair of Dice

Here's a novel way for piano teachers and parents to eliminate some of the drudgery of repeating songs over and over. Take a pair of dice. You can use just one if the child is very young. Let the ..
(June 19, 2008)
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Why Hugo Wolf Went Insane

Hugo Wolf, who lived from 1860 to 1903, is recognized as the greatest composer of songs after Franz Schubert. What few people know is that Wolf was half insane most of his life, and died miserably in .
(June 20, 2008)
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Piano Hands

In the world of pianists, teachers and students, one hears the phrase, “My, you have great piano hands. " What they mean, of course, is that your hands are shaped well for the piano. But what ..
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The Masters Hands

Famous piano composers each had their own peculiar way of grouping notes. This gives us some idea of what their hands must have been like. Franz Liszt must have had extra long and unusually strong ..
(June 20, 2008)
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The Piano Whisperer

There is a certain way that a piano teacher can act that a child will find delightful. This manner will inspire children to try things that they are sure they cannot do at the piano. Much like the ..
(June 26, 2008)
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Root Position Piano Chords

Think of chords as three objects stacked on top of one another. Each object represents a piano key, and thus each chord contains three notes. The notes in chords are not always stacked in the same ..
(June 27, 2008)
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Behavior Patterns in Childrens Piano Lessons

You'll notice, if you've taught piano long enough, that certain children fall into repeating patterns, some of which are not conducive to learning. It may be the time of day that bothers the child. ..
(June 27, 2008)
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The First Step in Childrens Piano

The first thing a child should learn at the piano is the grouping of two and three black keys. It is the spine of visual recognition at the piano. You may have to keep coming back to it, but at first .
(June 29, 2008)
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