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Teaching Young Men: advice from a recovering boy

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. Plato

by Scott McBride Smith

I was complaining to a female colleague about one of my adolescent male students: “You know what teenage boys are like,” I whined, but she had little sympathy. 1,252 more words

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At the Piano With...... Diane Durbin

What is your first memory of the piano? 

I think I was about 6 or 7 when I first played a piano. I remember my mother taking my younger sister and me to visit one of our great aunts; there was a ‘piano in the parlour’ – the kind where the music stand appeared out of the lid at the top.  1,497 more words

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What do piano parents really want their child to learn?

“Does the goal of the parent and the piano student match with the skill set of the piano teacher?”

Obviously, every piano student wants to learn to play the piano. 359 more words

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Popcorn: Ideas and Lyrics

I have been made really happy by the response from my students to the first tune in ‘Fun, Games and Party Pieces’: ‘Popcorn’. They love knocking on the piano and clapping, and take to the rhythm immediately with wide grins all round. 297 more words

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The Blessing of Professional Development "Tithing"

Piano teachers are a professional cohort driven by a desire to do good in the world much more than by a desire to do well in business, so it’s no surprise that in the quest to share the love of music in our communities many teachers struggle to come to terms with what it means to be a small business owner. 1,103 more words

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Piano teaching // Batman song and worksheet for piano beginners

Last week, a student was talking about Batman and Joker mid-class, spilling out the actors names like Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson. Ok, he was more obsessed with the villain. 144 more words

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How Many Arpeggios Are There? Really?

My colleague and friend, Samantha Coates, was wondering aloud on Facebook the other day just how many arpeggios there were. Not just 12 major and 12 minor arpeggios, but what if you counted all the inversions and included dominant 7ths and diminished 7ths, and all the permutations of arpeggios there might be? 850 more words

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