Author Archives: james boyk

STOP!

So simple it sounds silly: At a random time during practice, STOP! Ask yourself,

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4 Things to Say

If I had only 4 things to say: (1) The sound is the goal: To hear it objectively, record yourself. (2) To interpret a score is to recreate an object from its shadow. (3) A work of art is a machine with an esthetic purpose. (4) We learn what we do, not what we say […]

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Welcoming the Gifted?

Contrary to what many assume, teachers don’t necessarily welcome

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Almost Magic

Occasionally, something happens in teaching that seems a bit like magic, and may lighten the texture of the lesson from

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Texas Comparisons

“You play the Moonlight ver-ry good, young man, very good.” The old man’s New York accent stood out in the Texas crowd that had just given the Beethoven a standing ovation; and his Adam’s apple stood out from his throat as he continued, “I have Horowitz’s record of it. You play it very good, but […]

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Aphorisms 3

All that occurs, occurs through the student. Teach the student who’s in front of you. 


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22nd Century Conservatory

INTEGRATING mind & heart, science & art, intention & performance, technique & musicality, town & gown, rich & poor, culture high & popular.

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The Piano As a Tool

Why is it not fussiness or affectation for a pianist to try to assure that he or she has the finest piano in the finest condition for each

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Half-Pedal

From the Curmudgeon’s glossary of piano technique: Half-pedal: An advanced effect in piano playing. Fictitious.

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Crooked Piano Competitions

“Of course you were first prize, my dear. But the jury were instructed not to award the prizes because we don’t have the money.” This is what one harpsichordist was told by the business manager of a European competition after they didn’t

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