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Date of Award
Department or Program Affiliation
Department of Music
Master of Music (MMus)
Jovanović, Milica Jelača
The aim of this thesis is to provide a survey of technical and postural methods that can be helpful in piano playing. Methodologies discussed include Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, György Sándor’s On Piano Playing: Motion, Sound, and Expression, and Seymour Bernstein’s With Your Own Two Hands. The first chapter of this paper is a discussion of these methods and how they can be helpful to pianists and piano teachers. The second introduces musical examples, including historical and musical information: Mozart’s Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332; Ravel’s Sonatine; and Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16. From a pedagogical standpoint, technical issues that I’ve encountered in my own study of these pieces will be explored, along with the implementation of some of the methods discussed.
piano, music, music education, pedagogy, piano pedagogy
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Piano--Instruction and study; Music--Instruction and study; Piano teachers--Training of; Alexander technique; Feldenkrais method
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Alexander, Avery, "The Well-Coordinated Pianist" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1191.