Reading List

Piano Pedagogy

Etudes for Piano Teachers: Reflections on the Teacher’s Art by Stewart Gordon

For All Piano Teachers by Cora B. Ahrens

Interpretation in Piano Study by Joan Last

Introduction to Music, Part III – Teaching Music … Not Notes by Mary Gae George

More Than Teaching by Earle Moss

Piano Pedagogy: A Practical Approach by Edward J. Parker

Piano Pedagogy: The Definitive Text for Piano Teachers and Pedagogy Students by Dr. Martha Baker-Jordan

That’s a Good Question… How to Teach by Asking Questions by Marienne Uszler REVIEW

The Leschetizky Method by Malwine Brée   REFERENCED

The Piano Teachers Art by Isabelle Yalkovsky Byman REVIEW (partial); REVIEW 2

Principles of Piano Technique and Interpretation by Kendall Taylor EXCERPT

The Soul of the Music by Edwin Gnandt

The Young Pianist: An approach for teachers and students by Joan Last

Time Flies… How to Make the Best Use of Teaching Time by Marienne Uszler REVIEW

With Your Own Two Hands by Seymour Bernstein


Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music by Don Michael Randel


A History of Western Music by Burkholder/Grout/Palisca

After the Golden Age by Kenneth Hamilton

Elementary Training for Musicians by Paul Hindemith

Emotion and Meaning in Music by Leonard B. Meyer

How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and why you should care) by Ross W. Duffin

Musical Structure and Design by Cedric Thorpe Davie

The Enjoyment of Music by Joseph Machlis and Kristine Forney

The Great Pianists (From Mozart to Present) by Harold Schonberg  Post about Mozart; Quote about Beethoven

The Joy of Music by Leonard Bernstein  REVIEW

The Music of Canada by Timothy J. McGee

The Life of Verdi by John Rosselli

The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross

What to Listen for in Beethoven by Robert Harris REVIEW

What to Listen for in Mozart by Robert Harris – mentioned in REVIEW

Practice and Performance

The Art of Practicing by Madeline Bruser

Artistic Pedal Technique by Katherine Faricy

Keyboard Interpretation from the 14th to the 19th Century by Howard Ferguson. See reference to this book.

Ornamentation: A Question & Answer Manual by Valery Lloyd-Watts and Carole L. Bigler  REVIEW

The Interpretation of French Song by Pierre Bernac

The Pianist’s Guide to Pedaling by Joseph Banowetz

PIANO PLAYING With Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann

Practiceopedia: The complete illustrated guide to mastering music’s greatest challengeby Philip Johnston

The Practice Revolution by Philip Johnston  REFERENCED

The Piano Works of Claude Debussy by E. Robert Schmitz


Am I Too Loud? The memoires of a piano accompanist by Gerald Moore REVIEW

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.  Read Miss Luba’s REVIEW; see also Joy Morin’s report here.

Beyond Frontiers by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Joseph Parrott

Chopin’s Funeral by Benita Eisler  REVIEW

Lang Lang: Journey of a Thousand Miles with David Ritz REVIEW

Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life by Robert Spaethling  REVIEW

No Regrets. The Life of Edith Piaf by Carolyn Burke  REVIEW

Piano Lessons: a memoir by Anna Goldsworthy REVIEW

The Cello Suites: J.S.Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for A Baroque Masterpiece by Eric Siblin REVIEW

The Lives of the Great Composers by Harold Schonberg

The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Musicby Steve Lopez

The Virtuosi: Classical Music’s Great Performers from Paganini to Pavarotti by Harold Schonberg  REVIEW


An Equal Music by Vikram Seth  REVIEW

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan  REVIEW

Music & Silence by Rose Tremain

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway


Just Being at the Piano by Mildred Portney Chase

Listen to This by Alex Ross

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

The Genius in All of Us by David Shenk

Parallels and Paradoxes by Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said

The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green with W. Timothy Gallwey

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart   REVIEW

This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin   REVIEW

4 Responses to Reading List

  1. What a great list, LaDona! I have a few of them and really should crack those books open.

    A couple of additions to your list:
    The Art of Practicing by Madeline Bruser
    With Your Own Two Hands by Seymour Bernstein
    This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin
    Levitin also has an informative PBS documentary available on DVD called The Musical Brain

    • Thanks, Rhona-Mae! I’ve tried cracking open the Levitin and keep just putting it down again. Maybe someday… I haven’t heard of the Bruser but will definitely look into them. As for the Bernstein, I kind of wrote him off (probably unfairly) after hearing him give a workshop a number of years back. He had a couple of radical-to-me ideas. I’ll have to get the book and read with a fresh mindset.

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