Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson   -     By: Tricia Tunstall
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Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson

Simon & Schuster / 2008 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.72 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1416540504
ISBN-13: 9781416540502
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Tricia Tunstall is a writer, teacher, and musician. She has taught piano for years in Maplewood, New Jersey, and has also served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Drew University and at Bergen College. She is currently a doctoral candidate in music education at Boston University.

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For readers who possess the mildest interest in reading about music or how the mysterious process of learning to play a musical instrument is transferred from teacher to student, this well-composed narrative will be a joy to read. Those so inclined will undoubtedly revel in Tunstall's elegant prose based on her 15 years as a private music teacher. She offers graceful discussions of tonal music, how the “pull of pop” music has altered the musical environment and why the “astonishingly hardy phenomenon” of the recital endures in our culture. But for those tempted to dismiss this slim volume because they've never had a music lesson or read a score, this too short memoir offers a rare glimpse into a fascinating world. Tunstall cites her students, “the endlessly interesting and varied young people who have sat on my piano bench for six days a week for many years,” as the inspiration for the story. She weaves together her insights into the role music plays in the development of self, why teaching kids how to practice is a “central preoccupation” for piano teachers and what advanced piano students have discovered about themselves. This is a gem that deserves a wide audience. (Apr.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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    What a wonderful book! Tunstall writes with adept ability and wonderful perceptiveness, examining a rare cultural phenomenon that has remained continuous and in demand, through all the shifts of society. I loved reading this book - it was a truly lovely experience. Tunstall's point about piano lessons being the ultimate amateurization of a skill should apply equally to her (hopefully large) audience, who need not be professional or musically expert to enjoy and cherish this book.

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