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. 3, December

Anderson & Roe Are Coming to Disneyland[R]
The 2013 MTNA National Conference promises to be a stimulating, high-energy time of learning, sharing and growing as teachers, artists and colleagues. We are excited to have the electrifying young piano duo of Anderson & Roe coming to present an...
A Performer's Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music
A Performer's Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music, second edition, edited by Stewart Carter and revised and expanded by Jeffery KitePowell. Indiana University Press, 2012. www.iupress.indiana.edu; 540 pp., $49.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A Performer's...
Beethoven: Klaviersonate Nr. 21 C-Dur Opus 53
Beethoven: Klaviersonate Nr. 21 C-dur Opus 53, edited by Norbert Gertsch and Murray Perahia. G. Henle Verlag, 2012. www.halleonard.com; 42 pp., $11.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A new edition of Beethoven's popular Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major,...
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 21 Bozeman, MT 59715...
Dancing on the Keys: 5 Late Intermediate Piano Solos in Dance Styles, Book 3
Dancing on the Keys: 5 Late Intermediate Piano Solos in Dance Styles, Book 3, by Catherine Rollin. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 2012. www.alfred.com; 24 pp., $6.99. Late-intermediate. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Rollins main strength as a composer...
First Impressions: Acing Prospective Student Interviews
During our time as college music students, we expend the majority of our energy becoming excellent musicians and refining effective teaching techniques. Since we were so busy with these tasks, it was easy to forget that we also needed to hone our business...
Four Seasonal Pieces for Organ
Four Seasonal Pieces for Organ, by Wilbur Held. Morning Star Music Publishers, 2012. www.morningstarmusic.com; 15 pp., $11.00. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Wilbur Held is a friend of many a church organist with his many accessible pieces using familiar...
From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers
From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers, by Cornelia Watkins and Laurie Scott. Oxford University Press, 2012. www.oup.com/us; 320 pp., $24.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sensing that a disconnection exists between music...
Improvisation for Classical Musicians: Strategies for Creativity and Expression
Improvisation for Classical Musicians: Strategies for Creativity and Expression, by Eugene Friesen with Wendy M. Friesen. Berklee Press, 2012. www.halleonard.com; 132 pp., $24.99. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This informative and instructive book on...
It's All Your Business: Marketing to the Millennials
There's a well-known marketing adage that a business should know who its target consumer is. What does that mean for a piano studio? Our education focuses on developing a knowledge of (and ability to teach) repertoire, technique, musicianship skills,...
Jazz Standards for Students, Books 1-3
Jazz Standards for Students, Books 1-3, arranged by Sharon Aaronson. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 2012. www.alfred.com; 24 and 32 pp. each, $6.99 and $7.99. Late-elementary, early-intermediate and intermediate. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jazz Standards...
MTNA/2013 National Conference: Disneyland[R] Hotel at the Disneyland[R] Resort * Anaheim, California
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The 2013 MTNA National Conference will be a "magical" one at the Disneyland[R] Hotel at the Disneyland[R] Resort in Anaheim, California, March 9--13. Acclaimed piano duo Anderson & Roe and the Ahn Trio will headline the...
Musical Forces: Motion, Metaphor, and Meaning in Music
Musical Forces: Motion, Metaphor, and Meaning in Music, by Steve Larson. Indiana University Press, 2012. www.iupress.indiana.edu; 330 pp., $49.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Steve Larson poses two questions at the outset of Musical Forces: "Why do...
Music Teachers National Association Bylaws: Adopted March 2001
ARTICLE I. NAME The name of the corporation is MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, INC., hereafter referred to as MTNA or the Association. ARTICLE II. PURPOSE The purpose for which this corporation is organized and operated is exclusively...
Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing
Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing, by Neal Peres Da Costa. Oxford University Press, Inc., 2012. www.oup.com/us; 384 pp., $45.00. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The topic of performance practice, for all stylistic periods...
Pedagogy Saturday: This Year's Pedagogy Saturday Has Something for Everyone. Five Tracks Will Offer an Array of Topics Sure to Be of Interest to All Teachers
Attendees are encouraged to mix and match the sessions to maximize their preconference experience. Advanced Piano/Teaching Artistry Who should attend this track? This track is actually two tracks. It's for pianists who themselves have small...
Random Access: Does the Technology-Equipped Studio Have to Look like the Backroom of an Electronics Store?
There was a day when the ideal teaching studio was neat and tidy. Typically, there was a piano or two, a metronome, bookshelves of neatly organized music, a couple of music stands, a telephone and a desk with drawers where all the little stuff could...
Rick Beyer Shares the Greatest Stories Never Told: The MTNA 2013 National Conference Keynote Speaker Opens Up to AMT
Rick Beyer is a successful author, an award winning documentary producer and an accomplished professional speaker. With a take on history that is both humorous and illuminating, he has appeared on CNN, The Discovery Channel, NPR and Fox News. His newest...
Thanksgiving Is Thanksliving
Over the river and through the wood, To grandfather's house we go; The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through the white and drifted SNOW. One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. Early in my piano study, I would wake up before my parents...
The Art of Piano Fingering, Traditional, Advanced and Innovative
The Art of Piano Fingering, Traditional, Advanced and Innovative (e-book), by Rami Bar-Niv. AndreA, 2012. pianofingering.tripod.com; 212 pp., $30.00. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Art of Piano Fingering: Traditional, Advanced and Innovative, by...
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education, edited by Wayne D. Bowman and Ana Lucia Frega. Oxford University Press, 2012. www.oup.com/us; 544 pp., $150.00. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education...
The Transfer Teacher
A university colleague and I had a memorable discussion years ago when we were sharing impressions about the musical development of the upperclassmen pianists. It was clear that some utilized what they had learned in earlier music theory classes to...