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New Podcast! Making the Most of Digital Resources with Amy Chaplin PianoPantry.com discusses digital resources available to music teachers

There are so many exceptional resources on the internet for music teachers. So where do you start? When it comes to games, worksheets, printables and teaching ideas, Amy Chaplin of PianoPantry.com is an expert.

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Duet Partner Oct 16, 2022 Inspiration
CM or RCM?

What are the differences between the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) music exam and the California-based Certificate of Merit (CM)? Learn about them both here.

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Yiyi Ku Sep 22, 2018 Methods and Exams
National Piano Guild Auditions – Part I

So what is it about the National Piano Guild Auditions that I like so much? If you are one who does not believe in any type of assessments whatsoever, I hope to convince you that this one is worth doing. Here are some unique qualities about the Guild Auditions that may be different from other types of assessments out there.

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Yiyi Ku Aug 13, 2013 Methods and Exams
Comparing different music testing systems

I feel strongly that we as music teachers need to understand the differences and requirements of various exam/testing systems, before deciding in general that testing is not “healthy” for our students. I would like to give my personal opinion about the different music audition/festival/exam systems I am aware of.

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Yiyi Ku Mar 4, 2011 Methods and Exams
Music exams- what do you think?

It was at the age of seven, when I came to the United Kingdom, that I first encountered the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) music examination system.  “What grade are you?” the other children would ask when I told them that I played the piano. Here’s what I learned about the system.

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Valerie Kampmeier Feb 28, 2011 Methods and Exams