The Young Pianist: An Approach for Teachers and Students

The Young Pianist: An Approach for Teachers and Students

The Young Pianist: An Approach for Teachers and Students

The Young Pianist: An Approach for Teachers and Students

Synopsis

This book is concerned primarily with the first few years of piano playing. It is intended to serve as a guide to those gaining their first experience of teaching and also contains suggestions which may be helpful to teachers of longer standing.

Excerpt

This book is primarily concerned with the first few years of piano-playing. It contains no complicated or advanced theories, and nothing that cannot easily be understood by all who read it. It is intended to serve as a guide to young students, or teachers gaining their first experience of teaching, and also contains suggestions which may be helpful to teachers of longer standing.

My first aim is to make the young pianist into an 'artist in miniature', and even the earliest lessons can be directed towards this ideal. Thus, Part III, 'From Student to Artist', may be said to embody the main theme of the book, with Parts I and II as essential towards its fulfilment.

There is a degree of attainment which, though it is only relative, can be reached in every grade, from the lowest to the highest. The performance of the very simplest music can be stamped with the hall-mark of the embryonic artist, and give real pleasure, both to performer and listener.

It is of the greatest importance not to try to go too fast. Simple mmic played beautifully is more satisfying than difficult music played badly. There are no easy ways and short cuts to real piano-playing and, if one has any hope for the young pianist's future, one must set a high standard from the start.

The teacher of the beginner carries a big responsibility and should be as highly trained as the teacher of the more advanced pupil; but academic qualifications are not enough. The successful teacher sets out to understand the limitations of each pupil and approach every one as an individual. This understanding, allied to an untiring patience and a sense of humour, are the human qualifications required.

This book, then, contains suggestions which should help the teacher towards these ideals. The very earliest stages are dealt with in minutest detail, because they are the founda-

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