The Art of Teaching Piano: The Classic Guide and Reference Book for all Piano Teachers

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(Yorktown). This is the definitive work on consummate piano teaching. Edited by world-renowned piano pedagogue Denes Agay, this comprehensive volume covers a wide range of musical styles and concepts, coaching processes, and teaching materials. As well as exploring every possible technical aspect of teaching piano, the book contains a great deal of commonsense advice on communicating with pupils, encouraging good behavior, and establishing a genuinely creative teacher/pupil relationship. Twelve distinguished contributing authors cover topics that ...
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The Art of Teaching Piano: The classic guide and reference book for all piano teachers

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Overview

(Yorktown). This is the definitive work on consummate piano teaching. Edited by world-renowned piano pedagogue Denes Agay, this comprehensive volume covers a wide range of musical styles and concepts, coaching processes, and teaching materials. As well as exploring every possible technical aspect of teaching piano, the book contains a great deal of commonsense advice on communicating with pupils, encouraging good behavior, and establishing a genuinely creative teacher/pupil relationship. Twelve distinguished contributing authors cover topics that include instilling performance and keyboard skills; teaching both young children and adult beginners; designing teaching programs for handicapped students; giving group piano classes; organizing and presenting recitals; and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825681110
  • Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 519
  • Sales rank: 668,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
I. Essentials of Piano Performance
Elements of Technique 11
Tempo 29
The Metronome 35
Rhythm 39
Teaching Rhythm 45
Dynamics 51
The Riddle of the Phrase 55
Phrasing and Articulation 71
Fingering 75
Pedaling Technique 91
Ornamentation: Theory and Practice 123
II. Theory and Basic Keyboard Skills
Theory: The Elementary Aspects: An Overview and Selected List of Texts 147
Theory: The Basis of Musicianship 157
Scales, Modes, and Related Terms: A Glossary 175
Glossary of Musical Forms and Dance Types 183
The Fundamentals of Music Notation 191
Sight Reading: The Basics, Step by Step 197
Memorization and Performing from Memory 219
Improvisation 227
III. Approaches to Specific Teaching Tasks
The Very Young Beginner 247
The Adult Beginner 253
Group Piano Teaching 265
The Piano Teacher and The Handicapped Student 277
Recitals 301
IV. Survey of Styles and Idioms
Styles in Composition and Performance 311
The Search for Authenticity (The Lost Art of Thoroughbass Playing) 333
Baroque Keyboard Instruments 339
Twentieth-Century Music: an Analysis and Appreciation 343
What Is Jazz? 403
Jazz and the Piano Teacher 417
The Piano Teacher and Popular Music 431
Arrangements: To Teach or Not to Teach Them 441
Chart of Frequently-Used Chords 447
V. Aspects of Pedagogy
The Training of the Piano Teacher 451
Four-Way Piano Teaching: Criticism, Demonstration, Analysis, Inspiration 457
What Are The Elements of a Good Piano Lesson? 463
Rote Playing and Rote Teaching 467
The Tape Recorder: An Indispensible Teaching Aid 481
The Teacher-Student Relationship: Some Common-Sense Suggestions 485
Parental Involvement 487
Appendix I The Master Teachers and Their Pupils 491
Appendix II The Keyboard Composers: A Selected Chronological List 497
General Bibliography 501
Contributor's Bylines 505
Index 509
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