he Piano Education Page has operated as a "piano
community-supported" site since its inception in 1995. What this means is
that, for the overwhelming majority of that time, we have not run ads on the site, promoted products, accepted donations,
or required membership to support the site financially. Server space
was donated for almost 15 years by public-spirited visitors over the years. Although
I have written, edited and maintained the site since 1995 as an
unpaid public service (see my article, The Piano
Education Page - Ten Years On, for a retrospective on the site's
origins and philosophy), The Piano Education Page would not be the
same without the contributions of articles, interviews and other forms of
assistance by many piano educators and visitors.
The sheer size of PEP (over 1000 pages currently) means that writing,
running and upgrading it regularly has become an almost overwhelming task
for one person, so help is both needed and greatly appreciated.
Many teachers and pianists have things to say that
that others in the piano and piano education
communities will find valuable.
Read on to find out how you can
offer your insights and knowledge to PEP's over 2 million yearly visitors.
You'll reach a large, worldwide audience of people who share your interest in
piano and piano teaching.
to help? Write us with your
ideas and we'll talk!
Can I Write for PEP?
Because of its over 50 awards and honors and large readership within the
piano education community, many people think that their ideas and writings
might not be "good enough" for PEP. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While we try not to duplicate existing articles on the site, just about any
subject related to piano and/or music education is suitable, in principle,
for publication on PEP. Since all content on PEP is edited prior to its
appearance on the site, you don't need to be able to write deathless prose
to contribute your thoughts to PEP. If you can put down your ideas in an
organized fashion, that's really all that's required.
I ask that all authors for PEP
contact me prior to writing for the site, so that we can avoid
duplication of topics and produce the best quality articles. In your e-mail, just give me a general description of
your idea for an article or for how you might want to help. We'll discuss it
by e-mail and decide how to proceed from there. To learn more about how we
write and handle articles for PEP, please see my article,
Information for Piano Education Page Authors.
Our Site Policies document provides more information for
authors about matters such as copyright transfer and other site policies
relevant to authoring.
How Can I Help?
PEP is such a large and varied site that almost any piano or music
education-related topic can find a home on the site. Following is a list of
just some of the ways in which you could help. This list certainly isn't
all-inclusive, but may help give a sense of just how many ways there are to
make a difference on PEP.
- Reviews - PEP's reviews of piano and
music software, teaching and method materials and music are among the
most widely read and appreciated parts of the site. Our reviews must be
written to specific criteria and require
significant time and work to do, but are highly respected and widely
read. So long as the reviewer hasn't formed a preconception of the
product (including current ownership of the product) and doesn't have a bias or appearance thereof
with respect to it,
almost any learning material can be a subject for a review. Reviewing
can be fun and satisfying and the reviewer, typically a piano teacher in
a teaching studio, gets to keep the reviewed materials after the review
is completed, a significant benefit. We can normally
get free copies of the material for review purposes, so the reviewer
need not spend money on the materials in most cases.
Since the reviewer can perform most of the review in the course of
teaching, the time burden is nimimal.
- Tips for Students and Parents - We carry
lots of tips on learning and performing on the piano, but our collection
is, by no means, complete. These appear on two different places on the
site - one set intended primarily for older kids and adults,
and another on our Just for Kids page,
written in a special "kid-friendly" idiom.
- Meet the Composer - If you have an
interest in composer biographies and would like to share that interest
with both kids and teachers of piano, our Meet the Composer interviews
are a great way to do it. The interviews are structured as time and
space travel experiences, in which a group of kids get to go back in
time and meet a famous composer in person. These interviews require
knowledge of the composer's life and the ability to place yourself in
the composer's milieu, so that you can ask questions of the composer
that you can then answer in the voice of the composer - all in a fun and
kid-oriented format. These interviews are a favorite of both kids and
- Teaching Studio - Although we have
numerous articles for teachers in our Teaching Studio section, we would
like to expand it further. If you have experiences or tips you would
like to share with other teachers, this is a great place to do it. Such
articles can involve tips on running a teaching studio business, help
with specific teaching problems, matters of technique, or just about any
other topic of interest to piano teachers.
- Technique Matters - This mini-series of
articles on PEP deals with specific aspects of teaching and learning
piano technique for teachers and intermediate to advanced students. If
you're a university piano professor or active performer on the piano,
this series presents a wonderful opportunity to address the mechanics of
playing piano with a large worldwide audience.
- Listening Focus - With each upgrade, we choose a set of four works
from our over 600 MIDI files in The Audition
Room to play as background music on four pages on the site. This
group of music is chosen to illustrate a musical form (fantasia, etude,
etc.), highlight a particular composer's works (e.g. Chopin nocturnes),
illuminate how a given form has changed over time or in the hands of
various composers, show how various composers handle a given theme (e.g.
falling rain), or compare how various performers interpret a famous work
(e.g. Debussy's prelude, The Engulfed Cathedral). Ideally, with
the right kind of musical and musicological knowledge applied to it,
Listening Focus could carry useful interpretive and historical information. This is an
opportunity for someone with the requisite musicological knowledge and creativity to
bring their own touch to an established part of the site.
- MIDI and MP3 files - The Audition Room,
where we offer free MIDI files for listening, is one of the most visited
parts of the site. We are constantly looking for MIDI and MP3 files of
standard solo piano repertoire to offer free to the over 2 million
people who visit the site every year. Where known, performers of MIDI
sequences and MP3 files are always acknowledged on the pages. If you
have such performances that you have recorded and would like to have
heard by a large audience,
let us know! All we need is your permission to use and offer them.
- Reference - We have a number of
reference pages, which include a musical dictionary, index of musical
forms, and piano resources or various sorts. This area could benefit
from expansion in a number of areas.
- Teaching Aids - Have you devised some teaching aids that you print
from your computer to use with your students? Do you have an educational
presentation that you've done in a presentation graphics program that
you would like to share? If so, consider donating the computer files to
PEP for download by other teachers. Your work will get a large audience
that can give you feedback on its utility.
- Artist/Educator Interviews - Perhaps,
you know a piano educator who has especially interesting experiences and
valuable educational ideas. Perhaps, you're one yourself! We are always
looking for piano educators willing to share their experiences with
PEP's audience of students and teachers. You can
suggest a possible interviewee
to us, or even write the interview questions yourself, if you know the
interviewee well. Please contact us prior to initiating the interview.
- Translation -
The Piano Education Page en Español
offers parts of the English language PEP translated into idiomatic
Spanish. It is widely read around the world by speakers of Spanish. PEP
has become so large that we have fallen behind in keeping PEP-Español
current with the English language site. If you're
someone who can
speak and write idiomatic Spanish well, translation for PEP-Español
is a real need. We could also use help in answering
e-mail from these sites.
- Music and the
Home Computer - This series of articles within PEP attempts to give
the students and teachers an understanding of the ways in which one's
computer can be used to enhance or provide entirely new capabilities for
music learning. Computers have become so powerful and software so
prevalent that there is hardly any aspect of piano or piano education
that hasn't been impacted by the computer. Some topic possibilities
might include composing at home, supplementing piano lessons with the
computer, using the computer to help keep kids interested in lessons,
- What we've missed - Although PEP is
quite comprehensive, I don't pretend that we have covered every possible
topic that we could, or should, have written on. If you've read the site
and identified an area that you think we should add, let us know. If you
can write part of that yourself, so much the better!
Why Should I Help?
The Piano Education Page is unique on the web in many ways. Its
content is original and more comprehensive than any other
non-profit piano education site. It is one of a very few large educational
sites on the web of any sort that doesn't use a paid
staff to write, maintain and run the site. Because it is run as a public service for the piano education
community, its continued survival and growth depends on the support of that
Articles on PEP reach a large group of like-minded people all
over the globe. You won't get paid to write for PEP, any more than any of the
rest of us who work on PEP do, but you'll get the satisfaction of knowing
that you have helped a lot of other people all around the world. Because PEP
is well-known in the piano education community and article authorship is
acknowledged on the site, writing for PEP is a good way to gain some
recognition within the wider piano community. If you're a
pianist, student or piano educator, PEP is your site. Be a part of