The Tyranny of Tradition in Piano Teaching

A Critical History from Clementi to the Present

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About the Book

The strict traditions of piano teaching have remained entrenched for generations. The dominant influence of Muzio Clementi (1752–1832), the first composer-pedagogue of the instrument, brought about an explosion of autocratic instruction and bizarre teaching systems, exemplified in the mind-numbing drills of Hanon’s “The Virtuoso Pianist.” These practices considered absurd or abusive by many—persist today at all levels of piano education. This book critically examines two centuries of teaching methods and encourages instructors to do away with traditions that disconnect mental and creative skills.

About the Author(s)

Concert pianist and pedagogue Walter Ponce received his doctorate from Juilliard and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Director of Keyboard Studies at UCLA. For many years under the Wilford Division of Columbia Artists Management, he has performed around the world encompassing every genre of the solo and chamber music repertoire.

Bibliographic Details

Walter Ponce
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7832-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3629-0
Imprint: McFarland