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#14808 - 08/12/03 07:21 AM Books on how to teach intermediate literature
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hi all --

What book(s) would you recommend for teaching literature at the intermediate levels? I am looking for teaching techniques, tips, comments on stylistic interpretations, choosing curriculum, etc. I am already aware of the Hinson and Magrath books that survey the specific pieces of music literature. I'm speaking of books that give pedagogical tips more than books that detail specific pieces and their levels, like the Hinson and Magrath books do.

Thanks! ;\)

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#14809 - 08/12/03 08:24 AM Re: Books on how to teach intermediate literature
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I'd recommend buying the "Handbook for Teachers" for the Celebration Series; even if you do not use this series, MANY standard repertoire pieces are included with excellent suggestions on how to prepare each piece. You'll also get ideas for creative activites.

There is also the "Practice and Performace" books that accompany Alfred's Masterworks Series, but there is a lot of repetition in these books.

Look over M'lou Dietzer's "Study Guides" that accompany each book in her First Impressions series.

Check out "From Mystery to Mastery, Books 1-2" (Alfred ~ Clarfield/Guy). Only 4 pieces per book, but each are standard and you'll get very detailed ideas.

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#14810 - 08/12/03 12:39 PM Re: Books on how to teach intermediate literature
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2 great books for selecting intermediate-level repertoire:

The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching & Performance Literature: An Invaluable Resource of Piano Literature from Baroque through Contemporary Periods for Teachers, Students & Performers by Jane Magrath, Alfred Publishing Co.

Intermediate Piano Repertoire: A Guide for Teaching (4th Edition) by Cathy Albergo & Reid Alexander, Frederick Harris Music.

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#14811 - 08/12/03 01:43 PM Re: Books on how to teach intermediate literature
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Thanks for the input, John & Jala. John, those sound very interesting and promising. I have tried the practice & performance books before, but hadn't thought about the teacher's guide to the Celebration Series. I just may look into those.

Jala, I suppose you missed where I was saying I don't want a guide to selecting repertoire, and am already familiar with the Magrath book. Any other suggestions?

Thanks! ;\)

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#14812 - 08/12/03 02:14 PM Re: Books on how to teach intermediate literature
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Originally posted by songbird:
Thanks for the input, John & Jala. John, those sound very interesting and promising. I have tried the practice & performance books before, but hadn't thought about the teacher's guide to the Celebration Series. I just may look into those.

Jala, I suppose you missed where I was saying I don't want a guide to selecting repertoire, and am already familiar with the Magrath book. Any other suggestions?

Thanks! ;\)


songbird, John made some excellent recommendations. \:\)

However, the Intermediate Piano Repertoire book also deals with the characteristics of the 4 main musical style periods (baroque, classical, romantic & contemporary, suggests pieces & collections that teachers can use to introduce students to these styles (providing a valuable link between elementary method books & intermediate repertoire) & suggestions a gradation or teaching order for each style period. No, it's not a book about how to teach intermediate-level repertoire, but it is a valuble book nonetheless.

Also, IMO, the Magrath book is a "must have" book. I know you're aware of it, but don't know if you own it or if you realize just how good it is.

[ 08-12-2003: Message edited by: Jalapeņa ]

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#14813 - 08/12/03 02:35 PM Re: Books on how to teach intermediate literature
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Jala, I presume that book is orderable through FJH? Do you have the catalog/item#? Can you give me a run-down of the TOC?

I've borrowed the Magrath book from a friend before. I do agree it is helpful. I do plan on buying that book eventually. I already use the Masterwork Classic series and other already graded material (which I know can differ among editors), so I am not as concerned right now about selecting repertoire as I am about how to teach it.

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#14814 - 08/12/03 03:37 PM Re: Books on how to teach intermediate literature
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I would recommend that you buy Mary Gae George's "Seminar B" tape set that deals with the 2nd level of Artistry at the Piano. She will use direct examples from the series, but the pedagogical threads throughout, especially the way to think about technique, are precisely what someone needs to know to teach intermediate literature. I think Jala and Carole have her Seminar A tapes. (Please correct me, gals, if I'm wrong.)

For more information you would need to google her website and then you can email or call her direct with questions. You would need to have the tapes, level 2 of the series, and the time to listen and digest it all.

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#14815 - 08/18/03 08:43 AM Re: Books on how to teach intermediate literature
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The Intermediate Piano Repertoire guide, IBSN 0-88797-716-2, is published by Frederick Harris but distributed in the U.S. by FJH. Since FH & FJH are parting company, I'm not sure if you can still order this book through FJH or not.

SUGGESTED TEACHING ORDER

Baroque Literature:


Easy dances - Bach, Handel, Purcell, Rameau and Couperin
Scarlatti - easier sonatas
Bach - Little Preludes & Fugues
Bach - Two-Part Inventions
Bach - Three-Part Inventions
Bach - Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1

Classical Literature:

Easy dances - Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart
Easy sonatinas - Clementi, Kuhlau, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart
Haydn - early Sonatas/Sonatinas, Hob. XVI:8,9,10
Beethoven - Bagatelles, op. 119, no. 9 in A minor
Mozart - Sonatas, K545, K283
Beethoven - Sonatas, op. 49, nos. 1,2

Romantic Literature:

Gurlitt - easy pieces
Burgmuller - etudes
Schumann - Album for the Young
Tchaikowsky - Album for the Young
Heller - Etudes
Grieg - selected Lyric Pieces
Chopin - easier Preludes and Mazurkas
Mendelssohn - selected Songs Without Words

Music of Debussy:

The Little Shepherd from Children's Corner
Le petit negre
Canope (Preludes, Book 2)
First Arabesque
Valse Romantique
Mazurka
Des pas sur la neige (Preludes, Book 1)

Contemporary Literature:

Bartok - easy pieces
Kabalevsky - easy pieces
Chatman - Amusements, Books 2,3
Persichetti - Parades, op. 57
Khachaturian - Adventures of Ivan, Sonatina (1959)
Satie - Gymnopedies
Dello Joio - Lyric Pieces for the Young
Bartok - Rumanian Folk Dances
Prokofiev - Music for Children, op. 65
Tcherepnin - Bagatelles
Muczynski - Preludes, op. 6
Gershwin - easier song arrangements

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#14816 - 08/18/03 08:45 AM Re: Books on how to teach intermediate literature
Jalapeņa Offline
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The Intermediate Piano Repertoire guide, IBSN 0-88797-716-2, is published by Frederick Harris but distributed in the U.S. by FJH. Since FH & FJH are parting company, I'm not sure if you can still order this book through FJH or not.

SUGGESTED TEACHING ORDER

Baroque Literature:


Easy dances - Bach, Handel, Purcell, Rameau and Couperin
Scarlatti - easier sonatas
Bach - Little Preludes & Fugues
Bach - Two-Part Inventions
Bach - Three-Part Inventions
Bach - Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1

Classical Literature:

Easy dances - Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart
Easy sonatinas - Clementi, Kuhlau, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart
Haydn - early Sonatas/Sonatinas, Hob. XVI:8,9,10
Beethoven - Bagatelles, op. 119, no. 9 in A minor
Mozart - Sonatas, K545, K283
Beethoven - Sonatas, op. 49, nos. 1,2

Romantic Literature:

Gurlitt - easy pieces
Burgmuller - etudes
Schumann - Album for the Young
Tchaikowsky - Album for the Young
Heller - Etudes
Grieg - selected Lyric Pieces
Chopin - easier Preludes and Mazurkas
Mendelssohn - selected Songs Without Words

Music of Debussy:

The Little Shepherd from Children's Corner
Le petit negre
Canope (Preludes, Book 2)
First Arabesque
Valse Romantique
Mazurka
Des pas sur la neige (Preludes, Book 1)

Contemporary Literature:

Bartok - easy pieces
Kabalevsky - easy pieces
Chatman - Amusements, Books 2,3
Persichetti - Parades, op. 57
Khachaturian - Adventures of Ivan, Sonatina (1959)
Satie - Gymnopedies
Dello Joio - Lyric Pieces for the Young
Bartok - Rumanian Folk Dances
Prokofiev - Music for Children, op. 65
Tcherepnin - Bagatelles
Muczynski - Preludes, op. 6
Gershwin - easier song arrangements

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