Author Archives: Chad

About Chad

Chad is a pianist, composer, piano teacher and blogger with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance. He received the 2005 Nevada Arts Council Fellowship Grant for the composing and performing on his Ostinato CD.

Is Music a Language?

One of my hobbies is debate, especially when it involves a philosophical element. Years ago in an online piano discussion forum, someone declared that music is not a [..]

Music

Flat Tuition Payments For Private Music Lessons

Years ago, a piano teaching colleague and friend of mine gave up teaching piano and switched careers. I could hardly believe this, because whenever we talked on the phone, [..]

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Ten Rejected Topics For Piano Teacher Conferences

Adding Verbal Color to Clementi & Burgmuller Discover the excitement that so many teachers are missing out when they omit profane language from their teaching of late beginning and early intermediate repertoire. [..]

Humor

Hammering: Gaining and Maintaining Control in Dexterous Piano Playing

When students play piano passages that push the student to (or near) their limit of dexterity, every student except the extremely gifted will demonstrate a lack of control. [..]

Practicing

Music Teachers Associations: Stages for Showcasing or Hospitals for Healing?

In 2012, I moved across the country and joined two different music teachers associations. One of these associations held certain education and experience requirements for joining, a foreign [..]

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Why Rubrics Do Not Work For Competitions and Music Festivals

This article explains why rubrics are not appropriate for evaluation of musical performances, despite the success of rubrics in academic evaluations. Read more »

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Piano Scale & Arpeggio Fingering Cards

I wanted my piano students to have a quick and easy reference for all scale and arpeggio fingerings, but I didn’t feel that an entire book should be [..]

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Chad’s YouTube Picks 7-9

Speaking Piano For those readers who do play piano at a high level, surely you’ve had lessons at some point in your life during which your instructor asked [..]

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Thinking Twice About Strict Make-Up Lesson Policies

Many private music teachers have harsh make-up lesson policies or policies that deny make-up lessons altogether, and we are told in journal articles, conference sessions, blogs and teacher forums that this practice is a sign of professionalism. This is not true. Read more »

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We Need More Honesty in Music Advocacy

This article seeks to help the cause of music advocacy by identifying its weakest (and yet most commonly advanced) arguments (citing of secondary benefits, pocketbook bias, and use of anecdotes) and by presenting a more honest way to advocate for music to stay (or grow) in schools. Read more »

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