Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Piano Pedagogy Bibliography: Internet Sites
Boerner, Steve. "The Mozart Project." http://www.mozartproject.org/index.html (accessed July 22, 2008).
Excellent, more scholarly site. Links to the Mostly Mozart Festival, extensive Mozart biography, bibliography, and listing of works.
Coff, R. "Suzuki Piano Teachers Central." Suzuki Music Academy. http://www.suzuki-piano.com/ (accessed July 22, 2008).
Features listings of Suzuki teachers as well as job listings. Information on the Suzuki method and programs at the Suzuki Music Academy. Discussion forum for teachers and links to Suzuki materials available for purchase.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra. http://www.dsokids.com (accessed July 24, 2008).
Twin sites for teachers and students, with composer links, activities, instrument information, concert programs, and interviews.
Ensminger, Jon. "Piano Pedagogy Plus." http://pedaplus.com/ (accessed July 23, 2008).
Written by an experienced teacher who was previously a colleague of Max Camp, this site has a blog, links to free downloads, reviews, many learning games for students, and an active discussion forum for teachers. Emphasis on technology in piano lessons.
Faber, Nancy, and Randall Faber. "Piano Teaching.Com." Nancy and Randall Faber http://www.pianoteaching.com (July 22, 2008).
Site of the authors of the Piano Adventures (PA) piano method books. While most of the site is devoted to the books themselves, there is a forum for teacher discussions and archives of the PA newsletter with information for teachers of all methods. Also links to sound clips of the PA books and workshops for PA teachers.
"The Frances Clark Center." The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. http://www.francesclarkcenter.org (accessed July 22, 2008).
Brief information about the late Frances Clark, the New School for Music Study established by Clark and Louise Goss, the magazine Keyboard Companion, and information on the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, including PDFs from previous presentations.
"Free Printable Staff Paper." Blank Sheet Music.Net. http://blanksheetmusic.net (accessed July 13, 2008).
The free, customizable staff paper at this site is invaluable for teachers and students alike. The staff arrangement can be adjusted for different clefs, single staves, or a grand staff, and the spacing can be changed to meet the needs of both beginning and older students. Settings can be saved with free registration.
The Glenn Gould Foundation. "Welcome to the Year of Glenn Gould." The Glenn Gould Foundation. http://www.glenngould.ca (accessed July 20, 2008).
"The Year of Glenn Gould," Sept. 2007-08, marks the 75th anniversary of his birth, the 50th anniversary of his performances in the Soviet Union, and the 25th anniversary of his death. Foundation sponsors a magazine and a prize and acts as a gateway site for Gould links.
Hanford, Jan. "The J.S. Bach Home Page." http://jsbach.org/ (accessed July 19, 2008).
A gateway site for J.S. Bach resources. Includes complete works by BWV number, catalog number, instrument, key, title, and year, recommended recordings, and links to other Bach sites. Also has a search engine.
Hudson, Peter. "Piano Tools." http://www.pianotools.com/ (accessed July 23, 2008).
Digital flashcards for note and key naming, as well scale and chord visualization. No frills but a great workout for students.
Lane, William. "Beethoven: The Immortal." Lucare Systems. http://www.lucare.com/immortal/ (accessed July 22, 2008).
Listing of Beethoven's complete works with their dates, including works without opus number. Extensive biographical material and medical information on Beethoven's deafness and his other illnesses.
Lewis, Martha Beth. "Piano Home Page." http://www.marthabeth.com/piano.html (accessed July 22, 2008).
Teacher and piano pedagogy expert. Site covers pedagogy, business practices, and music copyright. Extensive links for parent education and piano care.
Music Teachers National Association. http://www.mtna.org/ (accessed July 23, 2008).
Official website of the organization, contains membership information, links to associated chapters, competition information, a searchable database of American Music Teacher articles, and studio business links. Especially helpful are searchable databases for intermediate chamber music and musician wellness issues.
National Federation of Music Clubs. http://www.nfmc-music.org/ (accessed July 23, 2008).
Official website of the organization, which sponsors music festivals, a national conference, and junior music clubs. Includes festival requirements, forms, and information about the organization.
National Guild of Piano Teachers. "Piano Guild." American College of Musicians. http://pianoguild.com/ (accessed July 23, 2008).
Official website of the organization, with information about their annual auditions and printable enrollment forms. A bare-bones site but provides necessary contact information for teachers.
Piano Technicians Guild. "The Piano Page." http://www.ptg.org/ (accessed July 23, 2008).
Website of the Piano Technicians Guild, with information on finding a Registered Piano Technician, how to care for your piano, how a piano works, the history of pianos, and an incredible amount of other educational material, for technicians, teachers, and students.
The Pianola Institute. http://www.pianola.org (accessed July 24, 2008).
Website of the institute dedicated to study of this particular type of player piano as well as reproducing pianos. Includes a history of the instrument, performers, recordings, and the use of the instrument in contemporary music, along with excerpts from The Pianola Journal. A fascinating study of an important part of the history of the piano.
Rabago, Kathy Winston. 20th Century Intermediate Piano Literature. http://www.kathyrabago.com/pianorep/ (accessed July 20, 2008).
Detailed database of over 150 intermediate piano works searchable by composer, pedagogical level, and technical requirements. Results contain theme, both in score and midi, as well as publisher information, and every possible musical description. Very well done but not updated recently.
Suzuki Association of the Americas. "Suzuki Association of the Americas." http://suzukiassociation.org/ (accessed July 12, 2008).
Official website of the association. Links for teachers including training, job opportunities, and membership benefits. Links for parents to learn more about the method and to find a certified teacher.
Tran, Anh L. "Chopin: The Poet of the Piano." http://www.ourchopin.com (accessed July 19, 2008).
A multi-faceted site, with lists of complete works, including those without opus, links to other Chopin sites, photographs of Chopin manuscripts, and information on great Chopin interpreters.
Wickham, Natalie. "Music Matters Blog." http://musicmattersblog.com (accessed July 22, 2008).
Blog of a very creative, enthusiastic piano teacher. Many games and manipulatives here with photos and instructions, as well as conference notes and piano links throughout the blog posts.
Wilburn, Kenneth. "Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation News and Suzuki Web Sites." Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation. http://core.ecu.edu/hist/wilburnk/SuzukiPianoBasics/ (accessed July 13, 2008).
Web site of Suzuki teachers dedicated to the teachings of Haruko Kataoka and Dr. Suzuki. Archives of the newsletter and list-serve. Also acts as a gateway site for many links to other Suzuki and piano teaching sites.
Zeigler, John M. and Nancy L. Ostromencki. "The Piano Education Page." West Mesa Music Teachers Association. pianoeducation.org (accessed July 22, 2008).
A gateway site with hundreds of links for piano teachers. Features interviews with teachers and performers, composer links for students, reviews of teaching methods and materials, essays on teaching, and discussion forums for teachers and students. Teachers should be aware of the site's copyright policy.