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. 60, No. 2, October-November

A Commitment to Continuing Education
The months of October and November could be called "state conference" months in MTNA. More than half of our state affiliates hold their state conferences during these two months of the year. Although programming varies widely among the individual states,...
Adding Chamber Music to the Piano Studio
Children who are serious about soccer, ballet or marching band all spend long hours practicing and rarely complain about it. Why? Because they practice in a group--with other children who become their friends. Camaraderie turns the work into fun. ...
It's All Your Business: The Check Is in the Mail
A new teaching year is under way. Months ago, you updated your studio policy, decided what to charge and communicated with parents. Yet, here it is October and not all parents have paid ... An Ounce Of Prevention You can prevent misunderstandings...
Marketing Music Lessons Successfully on the Web
During this past July, the Old Spice brand launched an Internet advertising campaign that caught the attention of marketing specialists worldwide. The campaign built on the popular television commercials featuring the "Old Spice Guy"--an arguably perfect...
Musical Spoons, Neil A. Kjos Company
Musical Spoons, Neil A. Kjos Company. www.kjos.com; $6.95 each. Level 1. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Musical Spoons" is a fun, action-packed card game that can be a useful addition to any music lesson. Published by the Neil A. Kjos Company, these...
Musition 4
Musition 4, Sibelius Software, $149; Auralia 4, Sibelius Software, $149; and (mouse logo) Sibelius 6 Education Edition, Sibelius Software, $299, Sibelius 6 Professional Edition, $499. www.sibelius.com. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Musition 4 is a significant...
Partnerships in Pedagogy: Community Schools of Music and You
Imagine three different scenarios. A high school student is interested in studying composition, but her teacher doesn't feel comfortable teaching the subject area. A college faculty member would like his pedagogy class to observe and work with a pre-college...
Repertoire Choices: For the Intermediate-Level Pianist
PIANO TEACHERS looking for teaching repertoire from the romantic era primarily teach Robert Schumann's Op. 68 and Tchaikovsky's Album for the Young, Op. 39. Around the time of Schumann, and due in large part to the success of his character pieces,...
Six Tips to Avoid Becoming the Teacher You Always Dreaded
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the first day of teaching one of her piano pedagogy classes at the University of Southern California, Marienne Uszler asked students to describe their early piano study. For some it was a positive experience, and for others,...
What's New in Pedagogy Research
Have you ever told a female student to "dress appropriately" for a recital, competition or jury, only to see her wobble onto the stage wearing an alarmingly small scrap of cloth and stilettos? Does it really matter what she wears as long as she plays...
When Quantity Is Quality
My busiest semester as a master's degree student was the one with a symphony analysis course. During the first week, Professor Blumenfeld lectured, and we just listened. He reviewed forms such as sonata-allegro, rondo and variations. Then, while we...