American Music Teacher

A bimonthly journal focused on music education. Provides articles, news of the field, information, reviews and regular columns designed to inform, educate and challenge music teachers, and to foster excellence in music programs. For music educators.

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 1, August-September

A Bonnie Tune: A Scherzo for Solo Flute
[mouse] A Bonnie Tune: A Scherzo for Solo Flute, by Samuel Adler. Theodore Presser Company, 2012. www.presser.com; 4 pp., $5.95. Samuel Adler is well known to musicians as a composer and professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music, and...
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A Nourishing Meal
At the MTNA conference in Milwaukee last year, I had dinner with an old friend, Susanne Baker, the founder and director of the Community Music Division at DePaul University in Chicago. As we were catching up, she happened to mention the sightplaying...
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Bach: Inventions for Piano BWV 772-786
[mouse] Bach: Inventions for Piano BWV 772-786, edited by Alfred Kreutz. Schott Music Ltd., 2011. www.halleonard.com; 40 pp., $7.99. Today's tech-savvy students can legally download free pre-copyright scores of Bach's Inventions based on his original...
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Bravura: A Concert Piece for Bass Trombone
[mouse] Bravura: A Concert Piece for Bass Trombone, by Samuel Adler. Theodore Presser Company, 2012. www.presser.com; 3 pp., $5.95. Composed in 2011 for the British trombone virtuoso, Jonathan Warburton, Bravura, Samuel Adler's relatively brief...
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Czerny: Practical Method for Beginners, Opus 599
[mouse] Czerny: Practical Method for Beginners, Opus 599, edited and recorded by Matthew Edwards. G. Schirmer, Inc., 2012. www.halleonard.com; 74 pp., $12.99. Matthew Edwards summarizes the value of Czerny exercises in his introduction to this collection:...
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Developing an Awareness of Core Balance in Music Performance
My family gave me a Nintendo Wii game console and the Wii Fit exercise program and balance board (BB) for Christmas. The Wii Fit program offers a number of different exercise games, designed to help the player become more physically and mentally fit....
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Gabriel Faure: Barcarolles for Solo Piano
Gabriel Faure: Barcarolles for Solo Piano, by Roy Howat. C. F. Peters Corporation/Edition Peters, 2011. www.edition-peters.com; 124 pp., $29.00. Roy Howat has created a detailed edition of the Barcarolles by Gabriel Faure. These pieces are difficult,...
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In Memory of Milton for Solo Violin
In Memory of Milton for Solo Violin, by Samuel Adler. Theodore Presser Company, 2012. www.presser.com; 3 pp., $5.95; Danses Tziganes (Gypsy Dances), Op. 14, for violin and piano, by Tividar Nachez. Wolfhead Music, 2012. www.presser.com; 20 pp., $14.95;...
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It's All Your Business: 52 Ways to Create an Impression
First impressions count. So do second, third and ninth impressions in successful marketing efforts to recruit and retain students. Marketing, branding and professional image are essential ongoing elements of a thriving studio. Marketing, like excellence,...
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I've Got Rhythm I've Got Phrasing: Who Could Ask for Anything More?
Musical collaborations among spouses can lead to many discoveries--some are about the marital relationship itself, while others can be about variations in musical approaches. The Petrella Ensemble was formed in 2001 and we have since spent hundreds...
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Jazz Etude Inspirations: 8 Piano Etudes Inspired by the Masters
[mouse] Jazz Etude Inspirations: 8 Piano Etudes Inspired by the Masters, by Jeremy Siskind. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2011. www.halleonard.com; 32 pp., $8.99. Intermediate/late-intermediate" Jazz Etude Inspirations--8 Piano Etudes Inspired by...
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Jazz Piano Comping: Harmonies, Voicings, and Grooves
[mouse] Jazz Piano Comping: Harmonies, Voicings, and Grooves by Suzanne Davis. Berklee Press, 2012. www.halleonard.com; 74 pp., $19.99. All jazz method books attempt to do the same thing: explain an essentially aural learning process with words....
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Joan Manen: Fantasia-Sonata, Op. A=22, for Guitar
Joan Manen: Fantasia-Sonata, Op. A=22, for guitar, edited by Angelo Gilardino. Berben Publishing House, 2011. www.presser.com; 40 pp., $34.95. Joan Manen (1883-1971) was a Catalan composer (Joan is the Catalan equivalent of Juan), whose output includes...
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Leadership
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers Benjamin D. Caton, NCTM President Box 70661 ETSU Music Department Johnson City, TN 37614 (423) 439-4405 caton@etsu.edu Kenneth J. Christensen, NCTM President-elect 1611 West Koch St., Unit...
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Members of Generation Me Can Do Anything! or Can They?
Last January, NBC's Saturday Night Live included a skit featuring a talk show titled, "You Can Do Anything[" The host described it as, "the only show that celebrates the incredibly high self-esteem of the YouTube generation." The three guests of the...
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Microjazz, Collection 1, Collection 2 and Collection 3
[mouse] Microjazz, Collection 1, Collection 2 and Collection 3, by Christopher Norton. Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.,/Hal Leonard Corporation, 2011. www.halleonard.com; 42, 38 and 58 pp.; $19.95 each. "Microjazz" claims to teach "microjazz,"...
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MTNA National Officers Election
MTNA members will be electing National officers beginning in February 2013. Included here are the nominees as recommended by the MTNA Nominating Committee. The committee nominates two candidates for each position. In accordance with Article VI,...
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Music Masterclasses: From the Ladies' Home Journal, 1890-1919
Between 1890 and 1919, The Ladies' Home Journal was one of the most popular magazines in the United States with millions of readers in urban, suburban and rural settings. (1) The Curtis Publishing Company, which was also responsible for the resurgence...
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NAMM Foundation and White House Join Forces
The NAMM Foundation will support a new initiative lead by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council. The Turnaround Arts initiative,...
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Nashville International Piano Competition Winners Announced
Three students taught by MTNA members have been awarded scholarships in the first Nashville International Piano Competition (NIPC), sponsored by The Steinway Society of Nashville. The competition took place in April at Lipscomb University in Nashville....
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Random Access: Can We Trust Our Studio Materials to the "Cloud"?
One of the big buzzwords in technology for the past year is the word "cloud." Cloud computing will continue to draw interest among consumers as more services are made available at reasonable prices. However, can teachers trust these cloud services...
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Show Time Piano: Rock 'N Roll
[mouse] Show Time Piano: Rock 'n Roll, arranged by Faber and Faber. Faber Piano Adventures, 2012. www.halleonard.com; 24 pp., $5.50. Level 2A; and BigTime Piano: Kids" Songs, arranged by Faber and Faber. Faber Piano Adventures, 2012. www.halleonard.com;...
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The Art of Reflection in Music Learning
My typical high moment in practice is after I've drilled something and I put it back in context and for the first time, it flows together. I really can see what progress I've made, and it feels great. Another high point, more rare, is that floating,...
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The Ballad Collectors of North America: How Gathering Folksongs Transformed Academic Thought and American Identity
[mouse] The Ballad Collectors of North America: How Gathering Folksongs Transformed Academic Thought and American Identity, edited by Scott B. Spencer. Scarecrow Press, 2012. www.rlpgbooks.com; 246 pp., $65.00. The Ballad Collectors of North America...
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The Independent Music Teacher, Book I and II
The Independent Music Teacher, Book I and II, by Janet Soller and Karen Wallace. Alpha Major, 2011. www.alphamajor.com; 33 pp. each; $36 for the set ($18.95 each). These print workbooks are publications in the new Teacher Resource Series of Alpha...
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The Pianist's Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers
[mouse] The Pianist's Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers, edited by Richard Paul Anderson. Scarecrow Press, 2012. www.rlpgbooks.com; 304 pp., $65.00. Richard Paul Anderson presents 19 master piano teacher/performers who are premiere authorities...
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The Worship Piano Method
[mouse] The Worship Piano Method, Level 1, by Wendy Stevens and Teresa Ledford. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2012. www.halleonard.com; 64 pp., $9.99. Beginner. What a wonderful resource for Christian-based piano instruction! Wendy Stevens and Teresa...
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Three Pieces for Oboe and piano/Trois Pieces Pour Hautbois et Piano
[mouse] Trois Pieces pour hautbois et piano (Three pieces for oboe and piano), by Charles-Marie Widor. Wolfhead Music, 2012. www.presser.com; 20 pp., $12.95. Wolfhead Music recently published the set of three pieces for oboe and piano composed by...
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Trust and Transparency
The Board of Directors, Division Director-select, the newly elected Directors-elect, State Presidents and local association leaders along with the staff in Cincinnati comprise the MTNA team. The more effectively and efficiently we work together, the...
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