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Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson
Contributor(s): Tunstall, Tricia (Author)

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ISBN: 1416540512     ISBN-13: 9781416540519
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
OUR PRICE: $13.59  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2009
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Annotation: A gifted musician, teacher, and writer explores the enduring fascination of the piano lesson, even as everything else about the world of music seems to be changing.
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BISAC Categories:
- Music | Musical Instruments - Piano & Keyboard
- Music | Instruction & Study - General
Dewey: 786.219
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 5.5" W x 8.4" (0.65 lbs) 224 pages
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In this luminous book, Tricia Tunstall explores the enduring fascination of the piano lesson. Even as everything else about the world of music changes, the piano lesson retains its appeal. Drawing on her own lifelong experience as a student and teacher, Tunstall writes about the mysteries and delights of piano teaching and learning. What is it that happens in a piano lesson to make it such a durable ritual? In a world where music is heard more often on the telephone and in the elevator than in the concert hall, why does the piano lesson still have meaning in the lives of children? What does it matter whether one more child learns to play Bach's Minuet in G?

Note by Note is in part a memoir in which Tunstall recalls her own childhood piano teachers and their influence. As she observes, the piano lesson is unlike the experience of being coached on an athletic team or taught in a classroom, in that it is a one-on-one, personal communication. Physically proximate, mutually concentrating on the transfer of a skill that is often arduous, complicated and frustrating, teacher and student occasionally experience breakthroughs-moments of joy when the student has learned something, mastered a musical passage or expressed a feeling through music. The relationship is not only one-way: teaching the piano is a lifelong endeavor of particular intensity and power.

Anyone who has ever studied the piano-or wanted to-will cherish this gem of a book.

 
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