My words to my students. I don’t want to eat up lesson time scrolling through the offerings of Youtube. A bad performance can sometimes be as good a lesson as a good performance. We may or may not discuss the student has found at the next lesson.
It’s been tough to find recordings for much of the elementary and intermediate teaching repertoire. Until now.
Dr. Alan Huckleberry and Dr. Jason Sifford at the University of Iowa have been recording and uploading fine performances of the standard teaching rep. Everything from Czerny, Bartok, Schumann, Debussy, and Bach to composers such as Dennis Alexander and Jennifer Linn who are writing and publishing today. The playlist is already impressive and growing by 100 videos a week. The goal is 9000 compositions in the coming years.
These are professionals making the recordings, not students. Not intimidatingly talented 6-year-olds. They are respectful, musical performances of good music.
*Suggestions for use:
- select several videos, send links to students/parents, and allow them to listen and pick one at home.
- learn new repertoire yourself – just by browsing
- with the demise of so many print music stores, you can listen before ordering something online
- use as a good example of a stylistically correct interpretation. It can serve as a departure point for making the piece more personal.
The University of Iowas Piano Pedagogy Project is a free Youtube subscription. Just click and subscribe and start searching.
One of my favourite teaching pieces – Freddie the Frog by fellow Canadian and fellow blogger Anne Crosby:
*Suggestions from an interview with Dr. Huckleberry and Dr. Sifford in the November/December 2012 issue of Clavier Companion.
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