Lia Laor, Paradigm War: Lessons learned from 19th Century Piano Pedagogy. Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2017.
The story of
piano pedagogy in 19th century Europe has yet to be fully told, although it is
of immediate relevance for current music education. Europe at that time was the
hub of unparalleled critical scholarly discourse, which deliberated on theories
of piano pedagogy and the merits of pedagogical music. Impressively, this
discourse was shaped by a wide diversity of contributors who included that
period’s leading composers like Clementi, Czerny, Beethoven, and Schumann, as
well as performers, pedagogues, and music critics, while even addressing
parents and young piano students.
Offering a unique glimpse into the rich primary sources of such interdisciplinary historical dialogue and musical works, Paradigm War: Lessons Learned from 19th Century Piano Pedagogy presents this story from a synoptic multidimensional viewpoint, integrating developmental-musical, as well as psychological-educational and aesthetic, perspectives. Thus, this book provides an intellectual map for critically evaluating these authentic early contributions to the field in terms of the two conflicting methodological paradigms that governed piano pedagogy of the time – mechanism and holism – which had emerged, respectively, from Enlightenment and Romantic philosophies.
Lia Laor is Dean of the Faculty of Education at Levinsky College of Education, Israel.
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