Practical Piano Pedagogy: The Definitive Text for Piano Teachers and Pedagogy Students, Book & CD-ROM

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Practical Piano Pedagogy by Dr. Martha Baker-Jordan is a comprehensive 468-page pedagogy text for ALL piano teachers including those future teachers who are currently enrolled in pedagogy courses in colleges and universities. This definitive pedagogy text will teach readers how to use any teaching materials in a better, more organized, and pedagogically sound way. Included with the textbook is a CD-ROM for Mac or PC, which enables teachers to adapt and personalize more than 40 forms for use in their teaching studios. Informative chapters on the business of piano teaching, learning styles, methods and materials, technology, jazz in the traditional lesson, motivation, and teaching tips make this text indispensable for not only aspiring teachers but also for more experienced ones who desire to improve and enhance their teaching.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757922206
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 795,313
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface III
Introduction IX
Part I In the Beginning: Preparing to Teach
Chapter 1 It Takes 3 or 4 1
Parent, student, and teacher roles and how they relate
Strategies for developing good relationships
Chapter 2 The Piano Studio Environment 9
Pianos, electronic instruments, computers, and other teaching aids
Ideas for creating a motivating and inviting environment
Chapter 3 The Business of Piano Teaching 17
Making it a business, not a hobby
What it takes to be an organized, professional, and efficient teacher
The many materials it takes to have a successful business
Chapter 4 Tuition: Being Paid What You Are Worth 51
Chapter 5 Strategies for Acquiring Students 63
Part II In the Present: Teaching Elementary and Intermediate Students
Chapter 6 How Students Learn 73
A brief introduction to learning theories
Chapter 7 Now You Have Them--What Do You Do? 83
The importance of teaching plans and structured assignments
How to construct effective teaching plans
Chapter 8 Technical Tips for the Right Start 99
It all begins with the hand shape
Chapter 9 Realistic Practice Goals: How to Achieve Them 113
What constitutes realistic and effective practice
Chapter 10 Performance Procedures and Goals 121
Chapter 11 The Transfer Student 127
Repairing the "re-tread"
Chapter 12 Staying in Tune With Learning Styles: Matching Your Teaching to Learners 149
Guest chapter
Chapter 13 Methods and Materials 167
A comprehensive review of leading piano teaching methods and materials
Suggestions for matching materials with students' learning styles
Chapter 14 Technology in Your Studio 207
Guest chapter
Chapter 15 The "Black Hole" of Piano Teaching: Why Does It Exist? 241
The causes and effects of "the black hole" Solutions and remedies
Part III A "Grab Bag" of Ideas for All Levels of Teaching
Chapter 16 Solving Difficult Problems 253
Guest chapter
Chapter 17 Group Teaching 269
Chapter 18 The Classical Teacher's Guide to Incorporating Jazz Techniques into the Piano Lesson 291
Guest chapter
Chapter 19 M. O. (Method of Operation) for Motivation 319
What do you, the teacher, want? Getting it!
Chapter 20 Teaching Articles by Baker-Jordan 349
1. Tips for the Traveling Teacher
2. How to Teach the Dotted Quarter Followed by the Eighth
3. How Do You Integrate Composition and Reading?
4. How Do Your Students Practice to Maintain Contest and Recital Repertoire?
5. Aspects of Teaching Rhythm That Are the Most Difficult for Intern Pedagogy Students
Index 365
Appendix 371
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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    "Practical Piano Pedagogy" What a waste of money!

    Oh brother, where do I begin? This has to be the number one worst paper back book on teaching piano!

    Remember Jack Webb? "Just the facts Ma'am" Well, this author never heard of that statement. This book is filled with nothing less than mumbo-jumbo! In fact, it's filled with what my former college professors said they would not accept for any report or essay: "Fluff!"

    This author is like an old Ninny! She goes on and on and on about how they didn't have a piano in their home, and how her family paid 50 cents a week for lessons, as well as many other "stories" that I suppose she thinks folks want to read. Or, like I said, it's just her way of adding page after page of babbling nonsense just to make this "book" larger.

    I suppose you get my drift by now? I thought so. Perhaps the elderly in nursing homes would enjoy this read because it tells the stupid kinds of stories that old hens like this author like to babble on and on about. However, if you're really looking for a book that teaches you how to teach others the piano, I would sure look for something else! Perhaps I can use the pages from this worthless "book" to get my fireplace going during the winter...

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