All Keyed Up is an interview podcast in which Ben Kapilow speaks with a wide range of professionals about topics that are pertinent to the field of piano teaching.
Dennis Alexander: Composing Piano Music for Students
Dennis Alexander, one of North America's most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels, discusses composing pedagogical piano music. He discusses his own compositions and offers some thoughts on the field of pedagogical piano music in general, as well as advice for aspiring composers.
Nicola Cantan: Teaching Composition
Nicola Cantan, creator of Vibrant Music Teaching, speaks about teaching composition to piano students. She addresses the topic generally while also highlighting some specific composition resources offered by Vibrant Music Teaching. Topics discussed include the pedagogical benefits of composition, creative vs. non-creative approaches, integrating composition and improvisation with other elements of piano teaching, micro-compositions, long-term sequencing of composition curriculums, and teaching lyric-writing to students of all skill levels.
Leila Viss: Towards a Dynamic Studio
Leila Viss, author of The iPad Piano Studio, editor for the American Music Teacher Magazine, and host of the Key Ideas podcast, discusses some of the characteristic features of dynamic piano studios. Topics discussed include apps, backing tracks, varied repertoire, playing piano in bands, improvisation, the Effective Practice Tracker, and intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation.
Christina Whitlock: Pep Talk
Christina Whitlock, independent studio owner, professor, pianist, adjudicator, and host of the Beyond Measure Podcast, comes on to join in a pep talk for piano teachers. The goal of this episode is to help make piano teachers feel great about the work that they do! Christina discusses some optimistic ways of reframing our thinking around some elements of piano teaching that may pose challenges, and she also discusses some positive elements of piano teaching that may go unnoticed that could perhaps become more of a focus.
Mario Ajero: Using Technology to Go Beyond Note-Reading
Dr. Mario Ajero, internationally recognized authority in incorporating technology in piano pedagogy, speaks about some ways that piano teachers can broaden the focus of their lessons to teach without an over-reliance on note-reading. He also addresses some ways that technology can help to that effect. Topics discussed include learning by video, rote teaching, playing by ear, Piano Maestro, pop music pedagogy, and Home Concert Xtreme.
Scott Price: Piano Teaching and Autism
Dr. Scott Price, internationally renowned expert on music and autism, offers some advice for piano teachers on how to most productively and successfully work with students with autism. Topics discussed include person vs. identity first language, defining autism, avoiding abstractions, lesson planning strategies, technique, and visual learning.
A fun, focused interview show driven by topics music educators are interested in. Give a listen and share with colleagues!
Thoughtful host and great guests!
Ben Kapilow has hit the scene with an impressive lineup of pedagogues and a smooth interviewing style. It’s obvious he does his homework. This podcast is quickly moving up my list of favorites.