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Piano Inspires Podcast: Ann DuHamel

Discovery homeSign up for email updatessubmit a question To celebrate the latest episode of the Piano Inspires Podcast featuring Ann DuHamel, we are sharing an excerpted transcript of her conversation with Pamela Pike. Want to learn more about DuHamel? Check out the latest installment of...

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Summer 2024: Editor’s Letter

Summer 2024; Vol 16, No. 2

Pianists agree that practice is required to learn new music, regardless of age or skill level. However, not all practice is effective. Better learning outcomes result from more consistent and focused practice. Consistency is important because memories deteriorate over time, with substantial memory decay occurring...

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Piano Inspires Podcast Preview: Interview Highlights

Summer 2024; Vol 16, No. 2

Ingrid Clarfield is nationally recognized as a teacher, clinician, pianist, and author. Clarfield is Professor Emerita of Piano and former head of the Piano Division at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where she also directed the College’s Summer Piano Week,...

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Piano Inspires Podcast: Ingrid Clarfield

Discovery homeSign up for email updatessubmit a question To celebrate the latest episode of Piano Inspires Podcast featuring Ingrid Clarfield, we are sharing an excerpted transcript of her conversation with Pamela Pike. Want to learn more about Clarfield? Check out the latest installment of the...

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William Chapman Nyaho: Scholar, Pianist, Advocate

Spring 2024; Vol. 16, No. 1

The contributions of Dr. William Chapman Nyaho to the field of piano performance and pedagogy are numerous and lasting. From the beginning, his life has been filled with music from varied cultures and styles. In turn, he has impacted our musical world with explorations and...

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Spring 2024: Editor’s Letter

Spring 2024; Vol. 16, No. 1

Benefits of peer learning in music settings, where students learn with and from each other, are notable and include development of student autonomy, cooperation skills, motivation, increased inclusivity, and deeper learning.1 Peer learning in music is common in informal music contexts (i.e., outside of the...

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Winter 2024: Editor’s Letter

Winter 2024; Vol. 15, No. 4

The winter months mark the middle of the academic year for many of us. As the hours of daylight and our energy levels diminish, our willpower and ability to persist in learning may fade, also. Students who began the year full of vitality and optimism,...

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Journal of Piano Research: Interview with Pamela Pike and Alejandro Cremaschi

Discovery homeSign up for email updatessubmit a question The Co-Editors-in-Chief of Journal of Piano Research, Dr. Pamela Pike and Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi, recently answered some questions about the new Journal of Piano Research. Find out more about the journal below and go to journalofpianoresearch.org/ to...

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Five Things You Should Know About Teaching Adults in Groups

Discovery homeSign up for email updatessubmit a question In her Summer 2021 article “Teaching Adults in Group-Piano Settings: Facilitating the Musical Process,” Pamela Pike gave practical advice about how to teach adults in group settings. Here are five tips for working with adults in groups...

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Autumn 2023: Editor’s Letter

Two of our responsibilities in piano teaching include setting students up for success through preparatory activities that form the foundation for their new musical learning and providing feedback while that learning is taking place. Feedback occurs during the lesson when students experience new music or...

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SUMMER 2023: Using Summer Break to Explore Piano Skills

Pamela D. Pike Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Director Many musicians use the summer break from teaching and performing to learn new music and prepare for the upcoming academic year at a leisurely pace. Our students, who look forward to a vacation from typical learning and...

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Spring 2023: Editor’s Letter: Why Piano? Why Now? Rekindling the Joy

By Pamela D. Pike Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Director I spend much of my time thinking about what my students need. For my pre-college students, those essentials vary as they grow and progress, but I aim to help them develop technical and musical skills that...

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Autumn 2019: Editor’s Letter

Autumn 2019; Vol. 11, No. 4

Indeed, one of my areas of formal research is understanding how musicians maintain careers across an entire lifespan. It is no surprise that professional musicians engage in a variety of activities each week, including solo and collaborative performances (in secular and sacred settings), teaching (in...

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