July 7, 2015

Dr. Michelle Conda is the Head of the Keyboard Division and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Professor of Piano at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied piano...

June 14, 2015

Amy Rose Immerman is one of Cincinnati’s most active and well-known piano teachers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Ohio University. Immerman completed the entire Suzuki teacher training curriculum...

May 20, 2015

Left: Houghton, Samuel G. (1938) The Music Album: a “stamp album” to collect and record your musical experiences and memories. New York: Morrow.

Many apps and programs are developed for the musician and educator. Apps for tablets and laptops, programs for composi...

April 17, 2015

In the past few issues, Clavier Companion has released a series entitled “The Future of Piano Teaching.” While this is an open–ended and complicated topic, it has the opportunity to reveal a myriad of important issues for pianists and educators of different generations...

1. You know you’re a music teacher if it’s totally normal
to play Christmas music in October.


2. You know you’re a music teacher if you more often find yourself
humming Yankee Doodle than Taylor Swift.


3. You know you’re a music teacher if you have to explain to ev...

January 22, 2015

Suggestions for Summer Reading

OK, I admit it—one of my weaknesses is reading. I love to read! Unfortunately, my nose is often buried in a thriller or a novel with twisted plots and subterranean character development, instead of reading books which would enhance my pr...

January 22, 2015

Five Tips for Reducing Tension and Allowing the Music to Flow

Playing a musical instrument can be intimidating, nerve-racking, and stressful. There are so many notes, fingerings, and rhythms to get right, not to mention dynamics, articulation, and phrasing to express....

January 22, 2015

Did you know that...

People who participate in music making:

  • Become more relaxed, feel better, and respond more positively to stress

  • Increase their resistance to disease and enhance their immune system function

  • Experience improved physical and mental heal...

January 22, 2015

This article is dedicated to teachers who want to create a positive learning experience for the everyday students who have no desire to major in music or play in prestigious competitions. These are the students who love to play the piano and will hopefully keep playing...

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