Note by Note

Note by Note

A Celebration of the Piano Lesson

Book - 2008
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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 Noteis 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
ISBN: 9781416540502
Call Number: 786.2 TUNSTALL
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Piano -- Instruction and study
Alternative Title: Note by note


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Feb 08, 2017

This book was read by an adult beginner; me. It took me years to finally fulfill a promise made to my Dad and to share a journey with my Uncle, who plays his Kawai Grand piano like nobody's business. A sheer pleasure to read, a laugh now and then about lessons and teachers. My uncle also read it and said it brought back a lot of memories he thought lost. So much that I loved this book that I bought a copy for my own piano teacher to enjoy. A good piano story.


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