Finding A Creative State of Mind

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Last month I wrapped up my first year of chairing the inaugural Creative Pianist Track at NCKP 2015, the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy under the auspices of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.

It was an honor to work alongside master improvisation teachers Bradley Sowash and Forrest Kinney and the patriarch of piano pedagogy, Dr. Samuel Holland. Their wisdom and insight continually influence my philosophy and approach to teaching.

Bradley Sowash
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Forrest Kinney

The session that I presented on Friday afternoon was entitled “Finding Time to be Creative.”  My presentation offered ideas on how to find TIME to BE CREATIVE, but ultimately it morphed into the importance of FINDING a CREATIVE STATE of MIND.

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Software Updates – Improvements Behind the Curtains

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No member facing changes made this week. The following are changes made by the programming team to further strengthen the software:

  • Released a major security improvement upgrade.
  • Issued patches for 30 minor improvements and updates reported by the Quality & Assurance Team and members.

Let us know if you have any questions by emailing support – support@musicteachershelper.com. Have a great week!

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One Week and Counting!

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In one week from today we’ll be having our September Surprise! to kickoff a new year of piano lessons! In addition to getting all the finishing touches put on our practice incentive theme for the year – Jungle Expedition – I’ve also been collecting student repertoire and resources for group classes throughout the year. It’s motivating for me to spend time playing through a lot of great music, and it’s fun trying to figure out just which ones to use for each student that I hope will capture their imagination and inspire them to work hard!

Here’s a snapshot of some of the great music and resources we’ll be using this year! I’m especially excited about a unique find that I came across at our state music teachers conference this summer – 4 Afro-Caribbean Songs for 5 Right Hands at 1 Piano. This should be a fun way to work on rhythm in an ensemble setting! I’ll keep you posted (and hopefully share some videos! (Read more…)

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Giveaway of C2 Practice Incentive Theme Studio Decor

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If you are looking for a fun, simple to implement, practice incentive theme for your studio that emphasizes character and competence then you’ve come to the right place!

C2: Igniting the Power Within! is the theme we used in our studio last year and I have all of our studio decor, plus a handful of extra student worksheets that I am giving away to one special Music Matters Blog reader! Just leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing to win this package of materials for your studio! I’ll draw a random number winner at noon (CST) this Friday, September 4.

 

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Command Central Binder–Manage Your Studio

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By Robin Steinweg

Blest be the binder that ties… together the details of my teaching. My Command Central Binder is one of three I’ll keep close this year. They’ll be colorful (because color makes me happy). They’ll be hardy (because I’m hard on them). They’ll be well organized (because I’m order-challenged).

The other two binders will be featured in future posts.

My Command Central binder is the one I need daily. (Read more…)

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Free Notation Software Deal & Giveaway

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To celebrate the 500,000th download of FORTE 6 Notation Software (a WINDOWS operating system software), starting right now (exclusively for MMB readers) until September 14th, you can download FORTE 6 Basic for free! (a $24 value) FORTE 6 Basic free download page

If you’re not familiar with FORTE check out their website! I’ve never used it, but from watching their introductory video it appears very user friendly and quite similar to Finale, a notation software I used to use.

Also, Music Matters Blog has been given the opportunity to giveaway to its readers 1 FORTE 6 Premium license (FORTE Premium a $200+ value!), so let me know in the comments if you’re interested in being entered and you might just win!

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Blog Maintenance

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We are gearing up for our much-anticipated September Surprise here at the studio, our family’s journey into Classical Conversations for this next year of homeschooling, and a few other projects in the works as well. Definitely a busy time of year!

There is also some back end maintenance that we need to do on Music Matters Blog, so the site will be down for a few days at the end of this week. We should be back up and running next week, though! Watch for a giveaway to launch the new teaching year!

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New Repertoire for Back to School

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It is back-to-school time again! At the last MTNA National Conference, I discovered three new repertoire series that I will be using in my studio.

00-44560Five-Star Solos by Dennis Alexander

There are three books in this series, from Early Elementary to Late Elementary levels. Dennis Alexander needs no introduction! I already use many of his original compositions in my studio, from Early Intermediate to Early Advanced levels, so I was very glad to come across this new series. Now my beginning students can experience the magic of his creative genius. There are 11 original solos in each book, all with optional duet accompaniments. They contain a variety of styles, tempos, and moods – from ballads, waltzes, Latin pieces, contemporary sounds, and “showstoppers” that are sure to inspire students and impress parents. The optional duet accompaniments are fresh and contemporary-sounding, and technically accessible by teachers, parents, or older siblings. (Read more…)

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Pianist Gloria Cheng Entices Hollywood Greats to Explore the Piano

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When I boarded the flight from Stockholm to Los Angeles on February 19, 2015, I knew that renowned, Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng had been working on a unique project since 2010. After receiving a set of contrasting character pieces from Bruce Broughton named ¨Five Pieces¨ as a gift for her that year, Ms. Cheng invited five more of the most prominent film composers of today to write new music for solo piano. Her aim was to inspire each of the composers to branch out from his usual “Hollywood film magic” and pen something intimate, personal and private. The project, including a film screening had its premiere at the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena on February 20, 2015.

The project – Montage

Gloria Cheng at the piano with John Williams, Randy Newman and Don Davis (photo by lefterisphoto.com)

Gloria Cheng at the piano with John Williams, Randy Newman and Don Davis
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The works in the project MONTAGE – Great Film Composers and the Piano, were originally premiered in the Piano Spheres concert series in Los Angeles. Harmonia Mundi recor (Read more…)

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What Did the Young Horowitz Sound Like?

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In March of 1924, Vladimir Horowitz was a 20-year-old pianist ready to storm the gates of heaven with his soon-to-be-famous combination of bravura technique and passionate emotion. Alexander Samoilovich Petrokovsky was already an established music critic when their paths crossed in the capital of Soviet Georgia, Tiflis, which is now known as Tbilisi.

Petrokovsky, himself from Tiflis, was awed by what he saw. He sang Horowitz’s praises as a superstar, poet and deep thinker. He was mesmerized by the performance of Liszt’s monumental Sonata in B-Minor and charmed by the encore, “La Campanella,” by the same composer. Petrokovsky was effusive in his praise, if not outright worshipful. He wasn’t the only one either. An unnamed music critic published a review in a Leningrad paper during the same time period. The critic called Horowitz’s Chopin “… delicate with an astounding variety of timbre …” and noted that “His finger dexter (Read more…)

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Software Updates – Quality Control Updates and the Beginning of Interface Updates.

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Software Updates – Quality Control Updates and Slight Color Changes

This week we made minor updates for a couple dozen issues reported by customers and the MTH Quality Control team, and continued to improve the codebase for better security and stability.

You may have also noticed that some colors within the application are slightly updated as we begin to modernize the interface of the software in very small steps.

We hope you had an enjoyable summer, and look forward to working with you this coming year!

 

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6 Elements of Good Scheduling

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Your musical knowledge, teaching ability, and marketing skills all play central roles in allowing you the opportunity to teach music. Without them, there would be no students, and no personal reward in working with them.

However, scheduling is the center of making a teaching business function smoothly.  Whether you work with kids or adults, everybody these days has full schedules — work, family, school, sports, and more.  Below are six elements to consider when thinking about scheduling lessons and classes in your studio.

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