Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education

Teaching Performance: A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy

Authors: Swinkin, Jeffrey

  • First full-fledged philosophical theory of performance pedagogy
  • Grounds pedagogy in the disciplines of music theory and analysis, music philosophy, and historical musicology 
  • Narrows the gap between the speculative bias of studies in philosophy of music and the empirical bias of most studies in music education
  • While addressing specifically pianistic issues, the ideas presented apply to the pedagogy of any instrument
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How can the studio teacher teach a lesson so as to instill refined artistic sensibilities, ones often thought to elude language? How can the applied lesson be a form of aesthetic education? How can teaching performance be an artistic endeavor in its own right? These are some of the questions Teaching Performance attempts to answer, drawing on the author's several decades of experience as a studio teacher and music scholar.

The architects of absolute music (Hanslick, Schopenhauer, and others) held that it is precisely because instrumental music lacks language and thus any overt connection to the non-musical world that it is able to expose essential elements of that world. More particularly, for these philosophers, it is the density of musical structure—the intricate interplay among purely musical elements—that allows music to capture the essences behind appearances. By analogy, the author contends that the more structurally intricate and aesthetically nuanced a pedagogical system is, the greater its ability to illuminate music and facilitate musical skills. The author terms this phenomenon relational autonomy. Eight chapters unfold a piano-pedagogical system pivoting on the principle of relational autonomy. In grounding piano pedagogy in the aesthetics of absolute music, each domain works on the other. On the one hand, Romantic aesthetics affords pedagogy a source of artistic value in its own right. On the other hand, pedagogy concretizes Romantic aesthetics, deflating its transcendental pretentions and showing the dichotomy of absolute/utilitarian to be specious.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Swinkin, Jeffrey

    Pages 1-19

  • Musical Autonomy and Musical Meaning: A Historical Overview

    Swinkin, Jeffrey

    Pages 23-52

  • The Performer’s Role

    Swinkin, Jeffrey

    Pages 53-83

  • The Parameters of Performance

    Swinkin, Jeffrey

    Pages 87-123

  • Fingering: Historical Versus Modern Approaches

    Swinkin, Jeffrey

    Pages 125-152

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Due: November 4, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35933-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teaching Performance: A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-12514-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-12514-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-12513-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35933-5
Series ISSN
2214-9759
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 229
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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