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Elena Cobb urges her classically trained colleagues to teach jazz, too

Elena's pearly words of wisdom "Some say that classically trained teachers cannot teach jazz. I disagree and I'm working tirelessly to promote the idea among my colleagues." Cobb was commissioned to write an article for the Music Teacher magazine UK that has an appetizing text plus a menu of tantalizing musical samples. (The whole spread… Continue reading Elena Cobb urges her classically trained colleagues to teach jazz, too

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Hand-switching and Chopin (making a piano duet out of a solo)

I did a double take watching footage of yesterday's lesson in the El Cerrito Hills. Seeing two arms, one half-sleeved, and the other firmly wrapped in olive green, made me wonder if an alien from Mars had landed squarely at the piano. Upon closer inspection, the camera had played tricks on me, creating an optical… Continue reading Hand-switching and Chopin (making a piano duet out of a solo)