Cultural diversity in piano repertoire

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Title: Cultural diversity in piano repertoire
Author: Yao, Ying
Abstract: One of the most important tasks for a piano teacher is to select pieces in students’ favor . A good repertoire can help piano students maintain their interests and succeed in lessons and recitals . Piano pieces from different cultures supply us not only with a rich source of characteristics , tune , melodies , rhythms and stories , but also provide us profound and creative insights into life . All of these serve to improve students’ technical and musical skills , and to foster their personal development . Piano work from other parts of the world would open a window for students , who could touch the world of different cultures , life , languages and musical styles directly under their fingertips . Exotic piano work can arouse students’ curiosity , enjoyment , and empathetic awareness of cultural differences and similarities . In addition , pieces from exotic cultures also add flavors and appeal to student’s piano recitals . The purposes of this project are (1 ) to arouse students’ interest so that they are willing to learn pieces from different cultures ; (2 ) to explore technique and musical elements of different cultures that can benefit both teaching and performance and (3 ) to identify traits that can make a particular “international” piece succeed as A . a pedagogical work . B . a flavorful sample of the culture .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /14598
Date: 2004-10


Cultural diversity in piano repertoire. Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /14598 .

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