Book of the Month
The Music of Teaching: Learning to Trust Students' Natural Development
By: Barbara Kreader Saklinder
The Music of Teaching focuses on an ephemeral attribute all teachers need but few consider: perception. This includes the ability to trust both students' natural development and the learning process itself to guide developing pianists down music's path. Using stories from her 46-year teaching career plus research from the fields of education and psychology, Barbara Kreader Skalinder explores the ways teaching has evolved from the authoritative style of the 1950s to the collaborative design better suited to the students in today's digital world. The author also examines the ways independent teachers, free from the outside constraints often imposed on public school educators, can point the way toward educational methods that keep students' individual learning styles and natural rate of progress as a primary focus and guide them toward independent learning and success.
Amazon Price: $14.73
Right Before Your Eyes: A Fresh Approach to Interpreting a Piano Score
By: Ruth Price
In engaging and informal language, Ruth Price invites pianists to look for the "magic" in well-known works from both concert and student repertoire. What gives a piece its identity? How can we get inside the composition in order to develop an interpretation? What makes us fall in love with certain passages? Right Before Your Eyes passionately delves into piano music through score study, based on the idea that if we start with our emotional reactions to the music, analysis and interpretation will flow mo
re naturally. It is a valuable guide to score study for students at every level, and a must-have book for every piano teacher.
Amazon Price: $11.42