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#14964 - 02/14/01 04:50 PM New Piano Ped. Board
Jalapeņo Offline
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A new piano ped. board, http://www.pedaplus.com/ , has reviews of many piano teaching methods, incl. PA & MT, that you might find interesting to read.

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#14965 - 02/14/01 08:35 PM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
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Thanks for the info - I'm always scouring the web for new piano sites. I don't know about everyone else, but visiting other forums always makes me feel very lucky that the Fabers have created this one. Although we've had a few problems as of late, don't you think this forum is the easiest to use? I think it is much better organized and works a lot faster (you don't have to click on each specific post in order to read it.) Truthfully, this is the first forum I ever posted to, so maybe I just got accustomed to how it was set up. Nevertheless, thank you Fabers!

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#14966 - 02/14/01 09:30 PM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Jalapeno:
A new piano ped. board, http://www.pedaplus.com/ , has reviews of many piano teaching methods, incl. PA & MT, that you might find interesting to read.



I checked it out and note that the reviews of both Music Tree and Music Pathways are both reviews of outdated versions of both of those courses. In the case of Music Pathways, they reviewed an edition that hasn't been available since 1983!

I wonder how many other courses they reviewed that weren't current.

I also note that the reviews were done by pedagogy students, not people with years of teaching experience.


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#14967 - 02/15/01 04:29 PM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
Jalapeņo Offline
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ROFLMREO! I thought you'd love those reviews, Arlene!

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#14968 - 02/16/01 11:58 PM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
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I would like to clear up something here. My new website, www.pedaplus.com, is NOT primarily a message board (although I do have a message board as part of the site). The reviews that you are referring to are NOT part of my site, and no such reviews appear on the message board, which has only a few posts so far (almost all related to hymn playing, church music, etc). The reviews you seem to be referring to are on the MWSC site, which are linked from my links page. The most interesting feature of the www.pedaplus.com site as far as I'm concerned are the "Scorch2" (Sibelius software) files (piano and choral) and sacred arrangements (piano and choral). By the way, Scorch2 technology is VERY up-to-date - probably the best and fastest way to view and interact with scores online.
In addition, if you examine the Elementary Piano Literature course syllabus, you will see that the main method books we cover are Alfred, Bastien, Hal Leonard, and Faber Piano Adventures, with some coverage of Frances Clark and other older, but worthy, books. I personally find the Alfred, Hal Leonard, and Faber books to be the best, all with strengths and weaknesses. The magazine article list includes articles mainly from the 90's, with the exception of "The American Beginning Piano Method" articles from Piano Quarterly, which I happen to believe are seminal, important articles. Elementary Piano Lit. is taught every two years, and I update the articles for the course each time it is offered (next time, Spring of 2002).
Do you people really think that the ONLY good method books are the most recent ones?

Finally, I really like this "Piano Club," and wouldn't pretend to be able to compete with the format.

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#14969 - 02/17/01 09:45 AM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
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I was wondering about that, Arlene. I couldn't find any method reviews on Jonathan's site. All I found was a link to reviews done by students at MWSC that are a year old. Were there others I'm missing?
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#14970 - 02/17/01 12:04 PM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
Jalapeņo Offline
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Well, I said that the reviews were on that site because they were linked to it. Sorry if I confused some folks.

I have a question, though. Why put links on your website if you don't agree with the content? On my own website, I only publish links to sites that I am in agreement with.

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#14971 - 02/17/01 12:30 PM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
Jason Offline
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Probably because he intends his site primarily as a resource and not as advocacy.

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Originally posted by Jalapeno:
Well, I said that the reviews were on that site because they were linked to it. Sorry if I confused some folks.

I have a question, though. Why put links on your website if you don't agree with the content? On my own website, I only publish links to sites that I am in agreement with.
_________________________
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)


www.pianoped.com

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#14972 - 02/17/01 01:14 PM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
Arlene Steffen Offline
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Jason: I was indeed to referring to the reviews done by the MWSC students.

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#14973 - 02/17/01 01:32 PM Re: New Piano Ped. Board
Lilla Offline
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Loc: Chicago
ROFLMREO!

What does this mean?

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