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Be careful of sports injuries--for many reasons!

Posted by Connie Vellekoop on September 9, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (42)

Gymnastics and Injuries

This online article discussing the problem of gymnastics and injury is worth taking note of: (Out of my “grandmotherly and piano-teacheristic” concern for my students--especially after a student's mother related to me how she broke her neck in a dismount gone badly wrong at a competition, and was just a fraction of an inch away from being a quadriplegic.)

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The Great Debate--Parental Involvement?!

Posted by Connie Vellekoop on January 19, 2010 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the issues that appears frequently is that of Parental Involvement in the pianistic progress of a student.

    Age of the student is the main factor--the younger the student, the more the parent needs to be involved: Reminding about practice time, making sure it happens, reading the notebook with the student and making sure he/she understands what and how to practice.

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Why Count Out Loud?

Posted by Connie Vellekoop on January 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM Comments comments (1)

:D Ask any piano teacher!  Counting out loud is near and dear to our hearts!  We view it as our favorite form of torture--second only to metronome use!

Just kiddin' of course, but this is exactly what some students seem to see it as.  But let me explain the reasons why I hound, cajole, threaten and bribe students to count out loud:

1. To keep the beat steady

2. To play t...

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