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Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department or Program Affiliation

Department of Music

Degree Name

Master of Music (MMus)



First Advisor

Jovanović, Milica Jelača

Second Advisor

Gilliam, Jeffrey

Third Advisor

Dudenbostel, Ryan


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

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Piano--Instruction and study; Music--Instruction and study; Piano teachers--Training of; Alexander technique; Feldenkrais method




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