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

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This is a collection of essays reflecting on the piano teacher's art and the many challenges involved in piano teaching and performance. The topics range from the role of the piano teacher in contemporary society to basic skills such as inner hearing, improvisation, and sight-reading. Filled with useful practical advice as well as more philosophical artistic guidance, these essays are designed to provoke thoughtful reaction and act as catalysts for creative thinking.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 144.8 x 216.2 x 18.8mm | 343.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195093224
  • 9780195093223
  • 1,672,326

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an 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. * John Gough, RNCM Magazine, Spring '96 * an immensely readable and practical book written by a perceptive and honest teacher and musician wth 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. * John Gough, Music Matters, Newsletter Issue 29 Spring 1996 * Gordon's extensive personal experience as performer, teacher, educator and writer over 30 years or so is clearly shown ... 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 * Tim Stein, Classical Music *show more

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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 Stewart Gordon's new book also focus on ideas which prepare piano teachers for meeting the problems encountered in piano performing and teaching. This collection of essays, many of which first appeared in the "New Davidites" series in American Music Teacher, 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, and how to offer career guidance. Drawing on thirty years of teaching and performing experience, Gordon provides a carefully-balanced exploration of the role of the piano student and teacher as well as a realistic view of 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.show more

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