Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Piano Pedagogy Bibliography: Journals and Magazines
JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES
The American Music Teacher. Cincinnati: Music Teachers National Association. 1951-
Published bimonthly. Available as a benefit to members or by paid subscription to non-members. While the magazine is for teachers of all instruments and voice, there is a great deal of emphasis on piano teaching and performance.
Clavier. Northfield, IL: The Instrumentalist Company. 1962-
Published monthly except June and August. Includes reviews of piano music, teaching music, books, and CDs. Also artist interviews and regular advice columns from piano teachers. The March issue contains an extensive listing of summer piano camps for students and teachers. Also sponsors Piano Explorer, a short magazine for students.
Early Keyboard Journal. Athens, GA: Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society. 1983-
Published annually as a benefit to members of the Southeastern or Midwestern Historical Keyboard Societies. An excellent resource for information on historical instruments and performance practices.
Gramophone. Harrow, Middlesex, UK: General Gramophone Publications. 1943-
Published monthly. Well-regarded periodical covering classical music, with reviews of recordings and performances as well as discographies of recommended recordings. North American edition available which covers the music scene on this continent as well as in Britain and Europe.
International Piano. London: Orpheus Publications Limited. 2001-
Published bimonthly from the United Kingdom. This magazine has a long history under different titles: first The Piano Quarterly Newsletter in 1952, then Piano Quarterly, then Piano & Keyboard. Throughout it all, the magazine has maintained a reputation for serious attention to great pianists, both established and new. Interviews, reviews, and a scholarly yet readable approach that includes the field of pedagogy.
Keyboard. New York: New Bay Media. 1996-
Published monthly. Written with a focus on jazz, rock, and pop. Features articles, reviews, discographies, and interviews.
Keyboard Companion. Kingston, NJ: The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. 1990-
Published quarterly. A practical magazine for piano pedagogy geared toward beginning through late intermediate students. Columns, reviews, and interviews by and with important piano teachers. Reading this magazine is in itself an education in the field of piano pedagogy.
Performing Arts and Entertainment in Canada. Ontario: Avanti Magazines. 1991-
Published quarterly. Covers theater, dance, music, and film in Canada. Reviews and articles, some of piano music and pianists. Also includes information about festivals and concerts.
Pianist Magazine. Bourne, Lincolnshire, UK: Warners Group Publications. 2001-
Published bimonthly from the United Kingdom. While expensive, each magazine comes with at least twelve pages of music and a CD featuring the selections. Artist interviews, composer biographies, piano makers, and a calendar of concerts in the UK and elsewhere. Aimed at amateurs – the magazine, along with the Yamaha Corporation, sponsors an amateur competition – but written at a high level of accomplishment.
Piano Today. Katonah, NY: Keyboard Classics, Inc. 1995-
Published quarterly. Billed as "the magazine you can play," each issue features artist interviews with top names in the fields of jazz, classical, and popular music, as well as "workshop" columns and sheet music. Geared toward amateurs but with artistry in mind. An excellent, affordable resource for both teachers and more advanced students.
Sheet Music Magazine. Paramus, NJ: Sharcor, Inc. 1991-
Published quarterly. Focuses on the songs of great American songwriters such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, as well as more modern "easy listening" favorites. Includes short biographies of composers, but otherwise almost exclusively music. Also features chord symbols for guitarists. A great resource for older adult students.