Etudes for Piano Teachers: Reflections on the Teacher's Art / Edition 1

Etudes for Piano Teachers: Reflections on the Teacher's Art / Edition 1

by Stewart Gordon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195093224

ISBN-13: 9780195093223

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Just as musical etudes focus on the development of skills and address the technical problems encountered in keyboard literature, the "etudes" in Stewart Gordon's new book also focus on ideas which prepare piano teachers for meeting the problems encountered in piano performing and teaching. This major new collection on the piano teacher's art opens with an

Overview

Just as musical etudes focus on the development of skills and address the technical problems encountered in keyboard literature, the "etudes" in Stewart Gordon's new book also focus on ideas which prepare piano teachers for meeting the problems encountered in piano performing and teaching. This major new collection on the piano teacher's art opens with an assessment of the role of the piano teacher, and goes on to explore various types of students and the challenge each presents: the moderately talented, but ambitious, student; the late beginner; the unusually gifted. Drawing on thirty years of teaching and performing, Gordon then bring fresh ideas to bear on the often-discussed areas of inner-hearing, pulse regulation, improvisation, sight-reading, and collaborative music making. There are sections on performance procedures, memorizing, pedalling, and historical performance practices; a carefully-balanced consideration of the role of the piano student and teacher; and realistic looks at the problems facing the profession today, the dynamics of a performing career, and the stages through which musicians' careers often pass. Designed to open up new avenues of inquiry, to provoke discussion and creative thinking, and to challenge and motivate students, these essays will be vital reading for all serious piano students and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195093223
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Part I.Fundamental Studies
1.Recognition Patterns3
Teaching and Performing3
The Teaching Career7
Teaching and Mentoring11
2.Basic Positions16
Performance Attitude16
The Performance-Career Dream20
The Extremely Gifted Student23
The Latecomer27
3.Neglected Rudiments31
Inner Hearing31
Inner Pulse34
Harmonic Consciousness36
4.Neglected Skills40
Sight Reading40
Collaboration43
Improvisation46
Part II.Virtuoso Studies
5.Extension Exercises53
Scheduling Practice Time53
Strengthening Weak Areas57
Taking Stock60
6.Repeated Notes64
Practice Procedures64
Concentration68
Technical and Musical Growth71
7.Ricordanza (Memory)77
Types of Memorizing77
Memorizing for Performance82
8.Pour les Trois Pedales ...87
The Damper Pedal87
The Sostenuto Pedal93
The Una Corda Pedal94
9.Balancing Act97
Subjectivity versus Objectivity97
Performance Practice102
10.Contemporary Challenge106
A Case for the Defense106
Dealing with the Prosecution109
Part III.Transcendental Studies
11.Mazeppa (The Way We Wear)117
Staying in Shape117
12.Feux Follets122
Charisma122
Knowledge125
Transcendentalism128
13.Eroica: A Call for Activism131
14.Vision140
The Physical140
The Intellectual143
The Emotional146
The Spiritual148
Index151

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