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

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Just as musical etudes focus on the development of skills and address the technical problems encountered in keyboard literature, the "etudes" in this volume also focus on ideas which prepare piano teachers for meeting the problems encountered in piano performing and teaching.

This collection of essays examines the many challenges involved in piano teaching -- not only the technical tasks of teaching students how to play the instrument, but also the more general challenges of how to inspire and shape students' learning, growth, and personal identity.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Through it all and behind every phrase, the author's enthusiasm for life and abiding belief in the rejuvenating power of art make these disparate topics cohere in a way that ultimately uplifts the reader, especially if that reader is a (frequently demoralized yet idealistic) piano teacher."—American Music Teacher

"Inspiring and challenging...this important book is compelling reading for students, pianists, and teachers at all stages of development. Highly recommended."—EPTA Piano Journal

"Gordon's extensive personal experience as performer, teacher, educator and writer over 30 years or so is clearly shown....Offer[s] the reader...a refreshingly honest, lucidly written and down-to-earth look at the real art of teaching the piano. I urge all those involved in the game (at whatever level) to read it."—Classical Piano

"Excellent recommended reading..."—Hal Mark McDonald, Professor of Music, Three Rivers Community College

" immensely readable and practical book written by a perceptive and honest teacher and musician with a realistic outlook....this is a straightforward, no-nonsense book reflecting considerable knowledge and experience, and offering a fair degree of motivation and challenge to the reader. It makes a welcome addition not only for the experienced teacher who may be interested to see in print various thoughts, problems and solutions already met, but also for younger teachers and students."—RNCM Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195148343
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stewart Gordon is Professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Fundamental Studies
1 Recognition Patterns 3
Teaching and Performing 3
The Teaching Career 7
Teaching and Mentoring 11
2 Basic Positions 16
Performance Attitude 16
The Performance-Career Dream 20
The Extremely Gifted Student 23
The Latecomer 27
3 Neglected Rudiments 31
Inner Hearing 31
Inner Pulse 34
Harmonic Consciousness 36
4 Neglected Skills 40
Sight Reading 40
Collaboration 43
Improvisation 46
Pt. II Virtuoso Studies
6 Extension Exercises 53
Scheduling Practice Time 53
Strengthening Weak Areas 57
Taking Stock 60
6 Repeated Notes 64
Practice Procedures 64
Concentration 68
Technical and Musical Growth 71
7 Ricordanza (Memory) 77
Types of Memorizing 77
Memorizing for Performance 82
8 Pour les Trois Pedales ... 87
The Damper Pedal 87
The Sostenuto Pedal 93
The Una Corda Pedal 94
9 Balancing Act 97
Subjectivity versus Objectivity 97
Performance Practice 102
10 Contemporary Challenge 106
A Cue for the Defense 106
Dealing with the Prosecution 109
Pt. III Transcendental Studies
11 Mazeppa (The Way We Wear) 117
Staying in Shape 117
12 Feux Follets 122
Charisma 122
Knowledge 125
Transcendentalism 128
13 Eroica: A call for Activism 131
14 Vision 140
The Physical 140
The Intellectual 143
The Emotional 146
The Spiritual 148
Index 151
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