Magazine article American Music Teacher

Professional Piano Teaching: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook, Volume 2: Intermediate-Advanced Levels

Magazine article American Music Teacher

Professional Piano Teaching: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook, Volume 2: Intermediate-Advanced Levels

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Professional Piano Teaching: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook, Volume 2: Intermediate-Advanced Levels, by Jeanine M. Jacobson, edited by E. L. Lancaster and Albert Mendoza. Alfred Music, 2015. www.alfred.com; 444 pp., $59.99.

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With her latest book, Professional Piano Teaching: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook--Volume 2: Intermediate-Advanced Levels, Jeanine M. Jacobson has produced a logical and thoughtful companion to the first book in this two-part series. In this second volume, Jacobson explores principles related to teaching intermediate and advanced piano students. The book, edited by E. L. Lancaster and Albert Mendoza, begins with a discussion of the delicate transitioning of students from elementary to intermediate levels and beyond. Following an examination of the concepts and skills encountered throughout the intermediate levels (early- intermediate, intermediate and late-intermediate), Jacobson explores the intricacies of teaching intermediate students with a focus on the teenage student population. Also presented is a brief discussion of considerations for students who are interested in pursuing piano study at the university level.

Chapter Two provides a concise overview of learning theory and its application to piano teaching, followed by subsequent chapters on teaching transfer students, rhythm and reading, technique, intermediate and early-advanced performance and study repertoire, stylistic interpretation, expressive and artistic interpretation and performance, motivation and practice, and memory and performance.

Selecting the right repertoire, at the right level, and at the right time is one of the joys and challenges for teachers. Indeed, careful selection of repertoire is of particular importance for students at the intermediate level. …

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