Book Review: Master Classes with Menahem Pressler by William Brown

William Brown has once again made a valuable contribution to the piano world, thanks to his thorough research on the life and teachings of his mentor. Brown's efforts produced so much material when he wrote Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Teaching, that he had enough remaining to compile a second book, Master Classes with Menahem Pressler....
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​​Too much of a good thing: The dangers of over-demonstrating in a piano lesson

The Piano Lesson.1871, George Goodwin Kilburne
The scope of teaching tools at the disposal of any music instructor is often as rich as the music they teach. Since the earliest days of education, there has been an ongoing evolution of what teaching is, how learning happens, what role the teacher plays in a pupil's education, and what teaching methods produce the highest degree of learning. A pri...
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January 28

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1915 - Premiere of Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in a minor. Gabriel Wilaume, violin; Louis Feuillard, cello and Alfredo Casella, piano; in Paris.  For a wonderful recording of the Beaux Arts Trio playing this marvelous work, click on the link below.
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Always give your maximum: A conversation with Menahem Pressler

Menahem Pressler -  photo by Marco Borggreve. Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management.
Menahem Pressler, best known as the pianist of the unparalleled Beaux Arts Trio for more than fifty years and a revered Distinguished Professor at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music for even longer, continues a daunting schedule of performing and teaching. At age ninety-two, he shows no signs of slowing down, as plans for the future and the...
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