Piano pedagogy: a preliminary investigation into the benefits and current adoption of holistic learning programs for beginner students

Daniel, Ryan , and Bowden, Julia (2008) Piano pedagogy: a preliminary investigation into the benefits and current adoption of holistic learning programs for beginner students. In: Proceedings of the XXXth Annual Conference, Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, pp. 100-109. From: Innovation and Tradition: Music Education Research, 3-5 October 2008, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Teaching the beginner piano student can be an exciting yet daunting process. A teacher must decide what skills and techniques the student should develop and how these will be taught. There are countless method books available for teaching the beginner student, yet despite this abundance, there is little written that encourages or provides for a holistic learning program. Most method books focus on one aspect of the learning (e.g. technique or aural skills) or require the teacher to supplement the learning with additional activities. In order to investigate the design and implementation of beginner piano student learning programs, a sample of thirteen piano teachers in a regional city was interviewed. Each teacher was asked to describe a typical lesson for their beginner students, the musical skills they found important, and whether they used a method book to assist the learning. The results demonstrate that all of the teachers use a method book for their beginner students, and while many attempt to provide a holistic program of learning, it is often tokenistic in nature. The skills that teachers believe a beginner student should learn and the structure of their lessons predominantly revolves around the development of technique and note reading skills.

Item ID: 7805
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: music education; pedagogic change; curriculum development
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ISBN: 978-0-9803116-5-5
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2010 23:26
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 30%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance @ 70%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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