Planning Your Piano Success: A Blueprint for Aspiring Musicians

Planning Your Piano Success: A Blueprint for Aspiring Musicians

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by Stewart Gordon
     
 

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Young pianists pursuing a professional career face a barrage of questions, choices, and challenges. In this book, experienced teacher and performer Stewart Gordon offers a new and practical way to approach them by helping readers to plan strategically and build a secure and successful career from the ground up. For decades, Gordon has guided young pianists through the

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Young pianists pursuing a professional career face a barrage of questions, choices, and challenges. In this book, experienced teacher and performer Stewart Gordon offers a new and practical way to approach them by helping readers to plan strategically and build a secure and successful career from the ground up. For decades, Gordon has guided young pianists through the details of how to prepare musically, navigate their college years, and forge a career that will provide a livelihood. In this guide to beginning that musical career, Gordon has assembled the wisdom of decades of teaching: a fundamental body of information emerging pianists will rely on as they work toward their goals. His advice, focused on both mental and practical work, will enhance both motivation and security. Carefully balancing aspiration with reality and inspiration with organization, Gordon creates a blueprint for transforming dreams into achievement, and illustrates his points with examples drawn from the lives of famous musicians. The book also addresses many practical matters, such as developing keyboard technique, acquiring reading and memorizing skills, building repertoire, and balancing the demands of being a musician with living a full life. This volume is a valuable resource for both young pianists and their parents.

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"Gordon manages to make a complicated subject accessable to a wide readership..." — American Music Teacher

"Planning Your Piano Success is not an exhaustive volume, but it is a terrific resource for budding musicians. It will inspire students to think intensely about making music, and it will encourage them to begin important and thoughtful conversations with their parents and teachers. The book will serve as a guide and a reference, and as an excellent way to begin building the young musician's library."—Clavier Companion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199359141
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/17/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Stewart Gordon is a well-known pianist, teacher, writer, editor, and entrepreneur. His career spans several decades, first as a performer and now as a teacher and mentor to a new generation of pianists. He has created major music competitions, edited the Beethoven piano sonatas, composed for musical theater, and written books on keyboard literature, performance, and teaching.

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Planning Your Piano Success: A Blueprint for Aspiring Musicians 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pm52 More than 1 year ago
This compact book is packed with information for the college student, recent graduate, or musician/teacher.  Stewart Gordon gives suggestions for continuing your education, expanding your repertoire, and exhausting possible career moves.  He imparts words of wisdom taken from his vast experience.  In addition, there is an excellent annotated bibliography of classic and current books.