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Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate List

Looking for the best Piano Pedagogy books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Professional Piano Teaching, Vol 1: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook (2016)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListProfessional Piano Teaching offers a practical guide to the art of piano teaching. Volume 1, now available as an updated second edition, is an excellent introduction to the profession of teaching piano. This revised second edition has been expanded to include chapters on teaching adult students and teaching popular, sacred, and other familiar music. Designed to serve as a basic text for a first-semester or lower-division piano pedagogy course, it provides an overview of learning principles and a thorough approach to essential aspects of teaching elementary-level students. Special features include…
Author(s): Jeanine Jacobson, E. L. Lancaster, et al.

2. Professional Piano Teaching, Vol 2: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook (2015)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListThis second volume of Professional Piano Teaching is designed to serve as a basic text for a second-semester or upper-division piano pedagogy course. It provides an overview of learning principles and a thorough approach to essential aspects of teaching intermediate to advanced students. Special features include discussions on how to teach, not just what to teach; numerous musical examples; chapter summaries; and suggested projects for new and experienced teachers. Topics: teaching students beyond the elementary levels * an overview of learning processes and learning theories * teaching transfer students *…
Author(s): Jeanine M. Jacobson, E. L. Lancaster, et al.

3. The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town: Empowering Teachers to Inspire Students (2019)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListImagine happy students who can’t wait to get to their lesson each week; Students who actually practice and love the piano. Imagine happy parents who are so thrilled to see their kids learning that they are happy to pay you and ready to recommend you to their friends and family. Imagine yourself really loving your work. Nobody knows the highs and lows of piano teaching better than 35-year teaching veteran Doreen M. Hall. She knows how unbelievably rewarding the job can be and she also knows the struggles piano teachers face. Keeping a studio running smoothly and having…
Author(s): DOREEN M. HALL

4. Teaching Piano Pedagogy: A Guidebook for Training Effective Teachers (2019)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListProviding essential tools to transform college piano students into professional piano teachers, Courtney Crappell’s Teaching Piano Pedagogy helps teachers develop pedagogy course curricula, design and facilitate practicum-teaching experiences, and guide research projects in piano pedagogy. The book grounds the reader in the history of the domain, investigates course materials, and explores unique methods to introduce students to course concepts and help them put those concepts into practice. To facilitate easy integration into the curriculum, Crappell provides…
Author(s): Courtney Crappell

5. Practical Piano Pedagogy (2009)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListPractical Piano Pedagogy by Dr. Martha Baker-Jordan is a comprehensive 468-page pedagogy text for ALL piano teachers including those future teachers who are currently enrolled in pedagogy courses in colleges and universities. This definitive pedagogy text will teach readers how to use any teaching materials in a better, more organized, and pedagogically sound way. Included with the textbook is a CD-ROM for Mac or PC, which enables teachers to adapt and personalize more than 40 forms for use in their teaching studios. Informative chapters on the business of piano teaching, learning styles, methods and…
Author(s): Martha Baker-Jordan

6. Professional Piano Teaching, Vol 1: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook for Teaching Elementary-Level Students (2006)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListWritten by a teacher with 25 years’ experience as an independent piano teacher and a 20-year tenure at the college level, this textbook is an excellent introduction to the profession of teaching piano. Edited by E. L. Lancaster. Topics include: principles of learning; choosing beginning piano methods; teaching concepts to beginners and elementary students; teaching rhythm, reading, technique and musicality; choosing and presenting repertoire; group teaching; teaching preschoolers; the business aspects of teaching; and the evaluation of teaching. Special features include: discussions on how to…
Author(s): Jeanine M. Jacobson, E. L. Lancaster

7. The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook: Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Teaching Studio (2008)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate List(Educational Piano Library). This handy and thorough guide is designed to help the independent piano teacher in all aspects of running his/her own studio. Whether it be business practices such as payment plans, taxes, and marketing, or teaching tips involving technique, composition, or sight reading, this all-inclusive manual has it all! Topics include: Developing and Maintaining a Professional Studio, Finances, Establishing Lessons, Studio Recitals, Tuition and Payment Plans, Composition and Improvisation, Marketing, Communications with Parents, Make-up Policies, Zoning and…
Author(s): Gigante Klingenstein, Beth

8. Fundamentals of Piano Pedagogy: Fuelling Authentic Student Musicians from the Beginning (SpringerBriefs in Education) (2017)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListHow can piano teachers successfully foster student participation and growth from the outset? How can teachers prepare and sustain their influential work with beginner student musicians? This book presents answers to these questions by making important connections with current music education research, masters of the performance world, music philosophers, and the author’s 30-year career as a piano pedagogy instructor in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. It investigates the multilayered role piano teachers play right from the very beginning – the formative first four to five years during which teachers empower…
Author(s): Merlin B. B. Thompson

9. The Art of Piano Playing (2016)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListNeuhaus taught at the Moscow Conservatory and his pupils included some of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century: Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Nina Svetlanova, Alexei Lubimov and Radu Lupu. His legacy continues today and many teachers around the world regard this book as the most authoritative on the subject of piano playing….
Author(s): Heinrich Neuhaus, K. A. Leibovitch

10. Piano Pedagogy (Routledge Music Bibliographies) (2015)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate ListPiano Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide provides a detailed outline of resources available for research and/or training in piano pedagogy. Like its companion volumes in the Routledge Music Bibliographies series, it serves beginning and advanced students and scholars as a basic guide to current research in the field. The book will includes bibliographies, research guides, encyclopedias,  works from other disciplines that are related to piano pedagogy, current sources spanning all formats, including books, journals, audio and video recordings, and electronic sources….
Author(s): Gilles Comeau

11. The Art of Teaching Piano (2004)

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate List(Yorktown). This is the definitive work on consummate piano teaching. Edited by world-renowned piano pedagogue Denes Agay, this comprehensive volume covers a wide range of musical styles and concepts, coaching processes, and teaching materials. As well as exploring every possible technical aspect of teaching piano, the book contains a great deal of commonsense advice on communicating with pupils, encouraging good behavior, and establishing a genuinely creative teacher/pupil relationship. Twelve distinguished contributing authors cover topics that include instilling performance and…
Author(s): Denes Agay

Best Piano Pedagogy Books: The Ultimate List

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Fundamentals of Piano Pedagogy: Fuelling Authentic Student Musicians from the Beginning

Author(s): Merlin B. Thompson
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153545

Teaching Performance: A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy

Author(s): Jeffrey Swinkin
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1406979

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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