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The Tyranny of Tradition in Piano Teaching

A Critical History of Instruction from Clementi to the Present

Walter Ponce (author)

ISBN: 9781476678320

Publication Date: Oct 2019

Format: Paperback

Reflecting the author's belief that learning piano is both gratifying and exasperating, this book critically examines two centuries of teaching practices and encourages instructors to seek more efficient and inspiring exercises.
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The traditions of piano teaching have remained virtually unchanged for generations, beginning with the influential technique of Muzio Clementi (1752–1832), the first composer-pedagogue of the instrument. His was followed by an explosion of sometimes bizarre teaching systems, perhaps most notably Hanon's "The Virtuoso Pianist"–exacting drills of reinforcement by repetition, often to the disillusionment of beginners. Some 150 years later, these methods–considered absurd or abusive by many students–have evolved and persevered as part of music curricula in higher education. Reflecting the author's belief that learning piano is both gratifying and exasperating, this book critically examines two centuries of teaching practices and encourages instructors to seek more efficient and inspiring exercises.
Pages 240
Dimensions 254 x 178 x 12
Date Published 30 Oct 2019
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Teaching of a specific subject   Western "classical" music   Keyboard instruments   Music reviews & criticism  
Concert pianist and pedagogue, Walter Ponce received his masters and doctor degrees from the Juilliard School. He has performed around the world as soloist with symphony orchestras, in solo recitals, and in collaboration with many renowned artists. He is a distinguished professor emeritus and former director of keyboard studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

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