The Classic Guide and Reference Book for All Piano Teachers
Author: Denes Agay
Publisher: Music Sales Amer
Foreword / Denes Agay -- 1. Essentials of Piano Performance. Elements of technique / Denes Agay -- Tempo / Denes Agay -- The metronome / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Rhythm / Denes Agay -- Teaching rhythm / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Dynamics / Denes Agay -- The riddle of the phrase / Denes Agay -- Phrasing and articulation / Denes Agay -- Fingering / Walter Robert -- Pedaling technique / Joseph Banowetz -- Ornamentation: theory and practice / Denes Agay -- 2. Theory and basic keyboard skills. Theory: the elementary aspects: an overview and selected list of texts / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Theory: the basis of musicianship / Rosetta Goodkind -- Scales, modes, and related terms: a glossary / Denes Agay -- Glossary of musical forms and dance types / Denes Agay -- The fundamentals of music notation / Denes Agay -- Sight reading: the basics, step by step / Denes Agay -- Memorization and performing from memory / Denes Agay -- Improvisation / Sylvia Rabinoff -- 3 . Approaches to Specific Teaching Tasks. The very young beginner / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- The adult beginner / Hadassah Sahr -- Group piano teaching / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- The piano teacher and the handicapped student / Anita Louise Steele -- Recitals / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs. 4. Survey of styles and idoms. Styles in composition and performance / Denes Agay -- The search for authenticity (the lost art of thoroughbass playing) / Denes Agay -- Baroque keyboard instruments / Denes Agay -- Twentieth-century music: an analysis and appreciation / Judith Lang Zaimont -- What is jazz? / Stuart Isacoff -- Jazz and the piano teacher / Denes Agay -- The piano teacher and popular music / Denes Agay -- Arrangements: to teach or not to teach them / Denes Agay -- Chart of frequently-used chords / Denes Agay -- 5. Aspects of pedagogy. The training of the piano teacher / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Four-way piano teaching: criticism, demonstration, analysis, inspiration / Walter Robert -- What are the elements of a good piano lesson? / May L. Etts -- Rote playing and rote teaching / Denes Agay -- The tape recorder: an indispensible teaching aid / Ylda Novick -- The teacher-student relationship: some common-sense suggestions / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Parental involvement / Denes Agay -- Appx. 1: The master teachers and their pupils / Denes Agay -- Appx. 2: The keyboard composers : a selected chronological list / Denes Agay.
The teaching of beginning piano students, especially young piano students, takes the utmost skill and expertise. To be successful at this most basic level of instruction, teachers must make music lessons fun and exciting while giving students the sense that learning to play piano is truly achievable. This is no easy task! The Art of Effective Piano Teaching is unlike any book in its field. It combines an eclectic array of tried and true teaching principles with some of the most innovative thinking to come along in years. Novice teachers as well as experienced instructors will glean much from this clear, concise, and accessible text. For additional information, visit effectivepianoteaching.com.
So many of the great pianists and teachers have come out of Poland and Russia (Rubinstein, Anton as well as Arthur, Leschetizky, Paderewski, the Lhevinnes, Gilels, Richter, and others), yet we know little about their methods of learning and teaching. George Kochevitsky in The Art of Piano Playing supplies some important sources of information previously unavailable in the United States. From these sources, tempered by this own thinking, Kochevitsky formulated a scientific approach that can solve most problems of piano playing and teaching. George Kochevitsky graduated in 1930 from Leningrad Conservatory and did post-graduate work at Moscow Conservatory. After coming to the U.S., he taught privately in New York City, gave a number of lectures, and wrote for various music periodicals.
An essential resource for scholars and performers, this study by a world-renowned specialist illuminates the piano music of four major French composers, in comparative and reciprocal context. Howat explores the musical language and artistic ethos of this repertoire, juxtaposing structural analysis with editorial and performing issues. He also relates his four composers historically and stylistically to such predecessors as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, the French harpsichord school, and Russian and Spanish music. Challenging long-held assumptions about performance practice, Howat elucidates the rhythmic vitality and invention inherent in French music. In granting Fauré and Chabrier equal consideration with Debussy and Ravel, he redresses a historic imbalance and reshapes our perceptions of this entire musical tradition. Outstanding historical documentation and analysis are supported by Howat’s direct references to performing traditions shaped by the composers themselves. The book balances accessibility with scholarly and analytic rigor, combining a lifetime’s scholarship with practical experience of teaching and the concert platform
Neuhaus taught at the Moscow Conservatory and his pupils included some of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century: Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Nina Svetlanova, Alexei Lubimov and Radu Lupu. His legacy continues today and many teachers around the world regard this book as the most authoritative on the subject of piano playing.
Professional Piano Teaching offers a practical guide to the art of piano teaching. Volume 1, now available as an updated second edition, is an excellent introduction to the profession of teaching piano. This revised second edition has been expanded to include chapters on teaching adult students and teaching popular, sacred, and other familiar music. Designed to serve as a basic text for a first-semester or lower-division piano pedagogy course, it provides an overview of learning principles and a thorough approach to essential aspects of teaching elementary-level students. Special features include discussions on how to teach, not just what to teach; numerous musical examples; chapter summaries; and suggested projects for new and experienced teachers. Topics: * The Art of Professional Piano Teaching * Principles of Learning * Beginning Methods * Teaching Beginners and Elementary Students * Teaching Rhythm and Reading * Teaching Technique and Musical Sound Development * Elementary Performance and Study Repertoire * Developing Musicality in Elementary Students * Group Teaching * Teaching Preschoolers * Teaching Adults * Teaching Popular, Sacred, and Other Familiar Music * The Business of Piano Teaching * Evaluation of Teaching
A4 trim size - 8.27" x 11.69" (21.006 x 29.693 cm). "The Art of Piano Fingering - Traditional, Advanced, and Innovative" is a new book by virtuoso concert pianist Rami Bar-Niv.The 212-page book was first published in Febuary 2012 and it is the first of its kind and scope in the history of piano playing.The book is intended for anyone who plays the piano, from children to college students, from adult amateur to professional piano teachers and performing pianists. The book teaches how to create your own efficient and injury-free piano fingering, starting with traditional, continuing with advanced, and concluding with innovative fingering.The book offers useful exercises and in addition to fingering issues it also deals with related piano playing techniques, phrasing, and interpretation. The text is illustrated with countless score samples, pictures, and diagrams. Endorsements/Reviews:***"The Art of Piano Fingering by Rami Bar-Niv, fills a tremendous void in the realm of the pianistic world. Published in 2012, it is the first book of its kind in the 303 year history of the piano. Order a copy; you will be immensely grateful you did."Dr. Walden Hughes, Professor of Piano,Northwest Nazarene University.***"Bar-Niv's book is superbly indexed and valuable as a reference source... he also analyzes difficulties, formulates solutions, and even suggests exercises to help us master difficult solutions... Bar-Niv suggests ingenious fingering solutions... Anyone who plays the piano with serious intentions can benefit from reading and studying this book." Lyn Bronson, CA Music Teacher, Summer 2012. ***"This book is truly the first of its kind, and it is perhaps three hundred years overdue. The depth of coverage will surprise even the most accomplished pianists."Jeremy Todd, adult piano student.***"Rami's new book on fingering is a "must have"! I highly recommend it to everyone."Kevin Coan, Moderator of the E-group "Piano-Teachers". ***"I highly second that recommendation.Linda Kennedy, piano teacher." ***"Bar-Niv gives many wonderful fingering tips for students, teachers, and perofrmers.Becky Hughes, MTNA's "American Music Teacher".***"You must not miss this outstanding book on piano fingering. Rami Bar-Niv's comprehensive coverage of the subject belongs in every piano teacher's library. Reward yourself with this gem. We have waited 300 years for this book on piano fingering so read this review and then order it promptly. You will not only be richly rewarded with a resource you will refer to frequently but also take great pleasure in reading its clear, intriguing text. Highly recommended. Though this is the first known book devoted to this essential aspect ofachieving beautiful, artistic, comfortable study and performance, it sets a high standard with its clear, comprehensive coverage of the subject. Do not hesitate to purchase this book for you will use it often to find a storehouse of solutions to keyboard puzzles.The Art of Fingering is an adventure into the resources of the human hand as well as how toteach these explorations inventively and thoroughly from the elementary to the advancedlevels. The piano has been with us for three centuries now, making this first book that isdevoted to fingering a most valuable and much needed resource."Mary Gae George, NCTM,Co-author of Artistry at the Piano.
An essential resource for scholars and performers, this study by a world-renowned specialist illuminates the piano music of four major French composers, in comparative and reciprocal context. Howat explores the musical language and ethos of this repertoire, juxtaposing structural analysis with editorial and performing issues. He also relates his four composers historically and stylistically to such predecessors as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, the French harpsichord school, and Russian and Spanish music. Challenging long-held assumptions about performance practice, Howat elucidates the rhythmic vitality and invention inherent in French music. In granting Faure and Chabrier equal consideration with Debussy and Ravel, he redresses a historic imbalance and reshapes our perceptions of this entire musical tradition. Outstanding historical documentation and analysis are supported by Howat's direct references to performing traditions shaped by the composers themselves. The book balances accessibility with scholarly and analytic rigour, combining a lifetime's scholarship with practical experience of teaching and the concert platform. 'An important work, surely destined for classic status ... Howat never preaches. He teaches. Most importantly of all, he makes you think.' Jeremy Siepmann, 'Classical Music' 'This is a book that should be snapped up by all pianists. I can only restate my real pleasure in the book and recommend it to others for its richness and range.' John York, 'Piano' 'This book is permeated by Howat's own 'Art de jouer le piano', and it also evinces his art of writerly communication. Throughout, it is suffused with directness, common sense and his gentle, sometimes ironic, very Gallic humour. If you decide to acquire a copy you will savour it for years to come.' Stephen Pruslin, 'International Record Review' '... for all the powers of scholarship and analysis modestly displayed, the perspective is that of a supremely intelligent player.' Andrew Thomson, 'Musical Times' Roy Howat is a concert pianist, scholar, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. He lives in London and Paris and holds the position of Keyboard Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
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 major new collection on the piano teacher's art opens with an assessment of the role of the piano teacher, and goes on to explore various types of students and the challenge each presents: the moderately talented, but ambitious, student; the late beginner; the unusually gifted. Drawing on thirty years of teaching and performing, Gordon then bring fresh ideas to bear on the often-discussed areas of inner-hearing, pulse regulation, improvisation, sight-reading, and collaborative music making. There are sections on performance procedures, memorizing, pedalling, and historical performance practices; a carefully-balanced consideration of the role of the piano student and teacher; and realistic looks at 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.