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El Cuerpo y el Ritmo: Desarrollando el Ritmo a través del Movimiento Consciente

El movimiento, para los niños, es necesario para el aprendizaje. Los cuerpos jóvenes son receptores sensoriales afinados que recopilan información, son curiosos y ansiosos por explorar el mundo que los rodea.1 El niño pequeño se encuentra en un período de sensibilidad para adquirir conciencia kinestésica...


The Body and the Beat: Developing Rhythm through Mindful Movement

Autumn 2023; Vol. 15, No. 3

Movement, for children, is necessary for learning. Young bodies are fine-tuned sensory receptors collecting information, curious and eager to explore the world around them.1 The young child is in a period of sensitivity for gaining kinesthetic and sensory awareness, along with awareness of their own...

Discovery Blog

A Quick Look at Wellness: What Pianists Should Know

Discovery homeSign up for email updatessubmit a question Special thanks to the NCKP 2023: The Piano Conference Wellness Committee for their contributions to this post. Why is wellness an important topic for pianists today? It is known that few pianists go through life without encountering...


How do you develop a sense of rhythm in your adult students?

Keyboard Companion Autumn 2008; Vol. 19, No. 3

from the series: It’s Never Too Late: Adult Piano Study I just finished teaching a particularly challenging lesson to Jeff. Week after week we struggle with keeping a steady pulse. I know he is just as frustrated as I am, yet he has trouble breaking habits...


Preparing Students for Peak Performance Through Centering Practice

November 2018; Vol. 10, No. 6

Healthy Playing, Healthy Teaching, Vanessa Cornett, Editor Many teachers are unsure of the best way to respond when a student first utters the words, “I feel nervous!” Young students experiencing anxiety for the first time may mistakenly feel that their symptoms should be eliminated entirely. Yet, in order to perform well,...


Winter 2020: Book Review

Winter 2020; Vol. 11, No. 5

With The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance, Vanessa Cornett demonstrates how mindfulness has the potential to change musicians’ lives, fostering a healthier outlook and improved performance—both in the practice room and on stage. Promoting mindfulness as a way to increase attentional focus, emotional...


NCKP 2021 Conference and Preconference Previews

Summer 2021; Vol. 13, No. 2

In our spring 2021 issue we previewed some of the daylong preconference sessions in which attendees of the virtual conference can participate in July. Below, we follow-up on two more exciting preconference days and highlight a new conference track featuring presentations in Spanish and Portuguese, with...


Tips for Healthy Remote Teaching

Summer 2021; Vol. 13, No. 2

While preparing for the 2021 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, members of the Committee on Wellness for the Pianist collaborated to establish wellness tips specifically for teachers. At the beginning of the pandemic, most students and instructors were obliged to cope with the challenge of...

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