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

By Stewart Gordon

Simply as musical etudes specialise in the improvement of abilities and tackle the technical difficulties encountered in keyboard literature, the "etudes" in Stewart Gordon's new ebook additionally specialise in principles which arrange piano academics for assembly the issues encountered in piano acting and educating. This significant new assortment at the piano teacher's paintings opens with an overview of the function of the piano instructor, and is going directly to discover a variety of sorts of scholars and the problem each one provides: the reasonably gifted, yet formidable, pupil; the overdue newbie; the surprisingly talented. Drawing on thirty years of educating and appearing, Gordon then convey clean principles to undergo at the often-discussed components of inner-hearing, pulse rules, improvisation, sight-reading, and collaborative tune making. There are sections on functionality systems, memorizing, pedalling, and ancient functionality practices; a carefully-balanced attention of the function of the piano scholar and instructor; and sensible seems on the difficulties dealing with the occupation this day, the dynamics of a appearing profession, and the phases by which musicians' careers usually move. Designed to open up new avenues of inquiry, to impress dialogue and inventive considering, and to problem and inspire scholars, those essays should be very important interpreting for all critical piano scholars and academics.

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Should we discourage professional aspiration altogether, given the unanswered questions about the future of our art in our cultural hierarchy? Let us begin to study our position by remembering that the process of attaining adulthood in all aspects of life is to some degree a process of aligning the complexities and reality of adult living with the relatively simple visions of childhood. This alignment may temper the enthusiasm of the child's dream, but hopefully maturity will bring about recognition of new values (in addition to new difficulties) and the envisioning of new goals to replace the simple ones of the child.

Level 2 came next, and so forth. I learned thus to read as I had learned to play the instrument in the first place. But this time, with technique to play the material obviously not a factor to claim my attention, I was able to fill in the skills I needed to become a good reader, skills not as natural to me as some but ones which I developed. I was a good sight reader — of very easy material, to be sure — but the music making was neither substandard nor did it admit undo lack of control in the name of reading facility.

18 Fundamental Studies What is even more damaging is that -without early training in this aspect of the art, the young musician can never hope to achieve that psychological state where playing is a comfortable means of personal expression, a direct line of communication to those who listen. Rather, music making is relegated to a special occasion, attended by nerves and the wish to get through the ordeal somehow. " Several habits, established early, could add up to a more healthy pattern. A regular review of repertoire material at lessons should be undertaken — a time-consuming effort, to be sure, but profitable in untold ways.

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