In this series of 12 short videos, Owen and I enjoy playing music from The Hal Leonard Student Piano Library. Click here for videos. I had the honor of being the lead author of this popular piano method, which has endured for over 20 years. Click here for publications.
In 2016, Hal Leonard Corporation published my book: The Music of Teaching: Learning to Trust Students’ Natural Development.
It focuses on an intangible attribute all teachers need but few consider: perception. This includes the ability to trust both students' natural development and the learning process itself to guide developing pianists down music’s path. Using stories from my 46-year teaching career plus research from the fields of education and psychology, I explore the ways teaching has evolved from the authoritative style of the 1950s to the collaborative design better suited to the students in today's digital world. I also examine the ways independent teachers, free from the outside constraints often imposed on public school educators, can point the way toward educational methods that keep students’ individual learning styles and natural rate of progress as a primary focus and guide them toward independent learning and success.
From the Introduction of the book by Peter Jutras, Professor of Piano, University of Georgia, and Editor-in-Chief, Clavier Companion:
In The Music of Teaching, Barbara Kreader Skalinder provides a unique resource for teachers, one that is rooted in the experience and wisdom of a teacher who has witnessed great change and navigated through it with aplomb•. We see the importance of working in the student’s natural environment, of honoring the student’s natural identity and inherent humanity. We see a pragmatic approach rooted in reality.