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Title:A survey of elementary piano repertoire: A piano instructor’s resource
Author(s):Gladden, Matthew
Director of Research:Tsitsaros, Christos
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Gunn, Julie
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Nettl, Bruno; Taylor, Stephen
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Piano pedagogy
Elementary piano
Piano teaching
Abstract:This project opens with the premise that some piano instructors are unaware of or don’t have immediate access to elementary literature written by notable composers over the last few centuries. At times, this can lead to a student learning only from methods, resulting in a keyboard education that may lack the diversity of styles and challenges that supplemental pieces can provide. In this document, I will present an overview of important composers who contributed to repertoire at the elementary level. Beginning with Bach and his contemporaries, I will write a short discussion on the background of each composer, provide a few short examples, and discuss the works in question. I will stress the importance of teaching such repertoire to elementary students and argue that this exposure will better equip them as they move on to more advanced styles of playing.
Issue Date:2017-12-08
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Matthew Gladden
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-03-13
Date Deposited:2017-12

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