Gordon Harvey

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Teaching Advanced Students

There was a subject brought up during the last conference call with Kerry about not taking on advanced students. Up until then, I had it in my mind that I could pretty much teach whomever I like advanced or not because after all, everyone starts…

Checking Development Student Playlist

Playlist Time in a Development Student Lesson – I have five students at these levels. By this time they are old hands at pruning, choosing what’s in, whats’ out, making sure they have their one hour of playing materiel etc. My question is to what…

When to Introduce Outside Pieces

When Neil says, “. . . once a student has ventured far enough into the syllabus, we routinely begin dealing with the full array of pieces from any typical classical repertoire, Moonlight Sonata included”, does “far enough into the syllabus” mean once students are somewhat…

Olympic Songs

Chariots of Fire seems to be a theme song at the Olympics and not too difficult. It is a good time to introduce this piece to students while it is popular. Has anyone heard any other theme songs at the Olympics? I wonder if you…

When Students Want to Learn Other Music

What is the best way to handle when students request or bring in other music? I think this might have been a topic a while back! A girl brought in a pop song the other day and asked if she could learn it! I’ve never…

Father to Son Leger Lines

Question about “Father to Son” in Development Level 16, that is not addressed in the teacher recording. My students and I have a hard time reading the music because it is difficult to see where the staff ends and the leger lines begin. Has anyone…