Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#1: Professional Piano Teaching (Jeanine M. Jacobson)

on January 23, 2015

We are ending the third week of 2015 and I am just finishing my first book of the year. I definitely have to get some more reading in or things are not going to be pretty!

I chose to begin the year with Professional Piano Teaching: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook for Teaching Elementary-Level Students now that I have returned to the private teaching studio after a long absence. What I found is that I have good natural instincts as a teacher, but that there are always areas that can be improved. Jacobson’s book was extremely well written and organized in a manner that will make it a resource that I will return to over and over. I especially enjoyed the chapters devoted to teaching technique and musicality to beginning students. The practical tips offered in chapter 11, “The Business of Piano Teaching,” were helpful as I plan for studio growth in the future. All in all, the book challenged me to honestly evaluate my teaching and constantly pursue greater levels of excellence. It was definitely a good place to begin the new year.

For a more detailed analysis of Professional Piano Teaching, watch for the review appearing on my professional blog — Collaborations — on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

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