Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Piano Pedagogy Bibliography: Repertoire Guides
Brisson, Eric. Pianopedia. http://www.pianopedia.com/index.aspx (accessed July 20,
2008). Searchable database of almost 900 piano works, listed by composers, with links to available editions. Not comprehensive but a useful resource, especially for purchasing information.
Deahl, Lora, Kay Etheridge, Beverly McGahey, and Lea Schmidt-Rogers. Women in Music: Compositions for Intermediate Level. http://www.sandiegomtac.com/women.htm (accessed July 20, 2008).
Not searchable, but simply a listing of compositions, both for solo piano, duets, and ensembles, as well as a link to organ music.
Friskin, James and Irwin Freundlich. Music for the Piano. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1973
Not the bible of piano repertoire that Hinson's A Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire is, but slightly more useful to the average piano teacher. The advantage of this book is that the authors often preface a composer's listing with his easiest works, making this book ideal for transitioning students from teaching pieces into the standard repertoire. The lack of updating does mean that references to editions are out of date.
Hinson, Maurice. Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, 3rd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
The most comprehensive guide to the piano repertoire, and its recent updating means that Hinson was able to recommend specific editions of works, including some pedagogical editions, such as those by Willard Palmer for Alfred Publishing. Still, this book is geared to the performing pianist, and while is indispensable for academic libraries, it may not be so for the teacher's personal library.
Magrath, Jane. The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature. Van Nuys: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1995.
The only book devoted solely to teaching music, and as such deserves a place on piano teachers' shelves. While useful, it has the drawbacks of being uncritical, lacking a thematic guide (almost indispensable for pedagogical works), and is only indexed by composer. Still an important resource nonetheless.
Morhange-Motchane, Marthe. Thematic Guide to Piano Literature, 5 vols. New York: G. Schirmer, 1982. Organized by composer, with themes and graded levels for each movement of a work. Although mainly geared toward advanced repertoire, these volumes do contain some teaching pieces, especially sonatinas.
National Federation of Music Clubs 2008-2010 Festivals Bulletin. National Federation of Music Clubs. Listing of required music for NFMC festivals, grouped according to level. A great source for American music for beginning through advanced players. Available free to member teachers; available for purchase through the organization's website: http://www.nfmc-music.org.
Royal Conservatory of Music. Piano Syllabus, 8th ed. Oakville, Ontario: Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited, 2008.
While this syllabus lists required repertoire for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, it also can serve as a listing of graded repertoire for teachers whose students are not taking the examinations. Divided into levels from preparatory through Associateship Diploma.
Royal Conservatory of Music. Popular Selection List. Oakville, Ontario: Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited, 2007.
Graded list of arrangements of "pop" music for levels three through nine.