Success In Piano Teaching (1956)
Title: “Success In Piano Teaching”
Author: JULIA BROUGHTON
Publisher: VANTAGE PRESS • NEW YORK
Year of Publication: 1956
LOC Catalog Entry: http://lccn.loc.gov/56005816
Copyright Status: Public Domain in the United States and countries following the rule of the shorter term
“Sometimes it seems to me that I am one of the most fortu¬nate persons in the world. Throughout the years, it has been my privilege to do the things I enjoy most: play the organ in churches, teach piano, and train piano teachers.
One of my hopes in assembling the material in this book is that teachers who are not always free to attend refresher courses may be able to get some new ideas from it, and that some of them will find renewed inspiration in it.
After some teaching experience in Little Falls, New York, where I began my career, I was invited to St. Louis, Missouri, to be “model teacher” for the Art Publication Society, demon¬strating various ways of teaching the Progressive Series of Piano Lessons. The first year, I taught theory and piano to a group of thirty children at a studio on the comer of Taylor and Olive Streets. We held open house at all times. For the next three years I conducted normal classes for teachers.
I also taught, after I was graduated from the College of Fine Arts, Syracuse University, in the summer sessions at Cornell University, at the West Chester Normal School, the Department of Music Education at New York University (for fourteen years), and later the St. Louis Institute of Music. Since high school days I have been organist in churches in New York, New Jersey, and Missouri, at one time or another.
Although my work in educational institutions was always pleasant and fruitful, I have enjoyed my profession as an inde¬pendent teacher even more. I was able to build successful classes in Little Falls, New York City, and more recently in St. Louis. While living in New York City, I had the great privilege of serving as president of the Piano Teachers’ Congress of New York (1945-1948).
Having also done considerable research work during all these years, I decided to collect my ideas about teaching and pass them along to others. In arranging the material, I have included in Part I the chapters that more directly relate to teaching methods and the handling of pupils, liberally illus-trated with incidents drawn from my own experience. Part II discusses certain extracurricular activities, and a few things about music in general, that have some bearing on piano teaching yet are somewhat outside the instructional contact between teacher and pupil. Finally, in the Appendix, I have gathered a number of anecdotes, some autobiographical and some told me by friends, which, although largely concerned with the teaching of music, fall outside the scope of the for-malized chapters. I have also included in this section a number of quotations from authoritative sources that teachers may find of use as “eyecatchers” in their printed recital programs.
I hope readers of this book will experience some part of the satisfaction I have felt in writing it. After a long teaching career, I still find each lesson a thrilling and challenging affair. Surely, there can be as much “art” in teaching as in playing. Carlyle wrote: “Give me the man who sings at his work.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1 The Teacher’s Qualifications 11
2 Advertising Your Profession 15
3 Class Piano Teaching 19
4 Discipline 24
5 Practice 28
6 ”Do I Have to Practice Scales?” 33
7 The Two Bugbears— Counting and Fingering 36
8 Playing from Memory 41
9 Sight Reading and Playing 45
10 Pedaling 51
11 Technic 53
12 Interpretation 56
13 Ensemble Playing 58
14 The Adult Beginner 61
15 Rewards and Incentives 63
16 Recitals 66
17 Miscellaneous Teaching Hints 70
18 Self-Analysis for Teachers 79
19 The Parents and the Music Teacher 83
20 Missed Lessons 89
21 The Public School and the Piano Teacher …. 91
22 Do Clothes Matter? 94
23 Let Us Have Good Amateurs! 96
24 Creative Music 98
25 Is Music Worth While? 100
Anecdotes in Several Keys 105
Quotations for Recital Programs 117
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