Reading List

Below is a list of books and resources.  I hope to gradually write reviews for many of these resources.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get them all done though, so I need your help!  Have you read any of these books?  Do you have other favorite books to add to the list?  Please share in the comments below!

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Piano Pedagogy

Music Pedagogy

Teaching Resources

Early Childhood Music

Piano Technique

For Parents/Students

Music History/Theory


Practice and Performance

Keyboard Literature

The Piano

The Orchestra

Just For Kids

Inspiration, Just For Fun, and More

Have suggestions for books to add to the list?  Leave a comment below!

2 thoughts on “Reading List”

  1. This is an impressive list of books! I have actually read a few and have posted reviews of a couple of them on my blog – The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, and Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life. I loved them both. Others I have but just use for reference. One that I would add is The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin – (also reveiwed on my blog) – it is in part a good, easy -to-read biography of Bach. Another one to add is Am I Too Loud? by Gerald Moore – the memoirs of the great accompanist. I’m re-reading it after I first read it as a university student back in the 80s.

    Your list is inspirational!


  2. Hello Joy!
    I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and really enjoy your posts. I’m an independent piano teacher myself and had my early piano studies in Russia. Studying piano pedagogy in America is still a bit new to me so I am always interested in sharing ideas with other teachers here.

    In my studio I often run into a problem with my students, who by now should be independent enough to learn music on their own, often do not do so until we go over the piece several times. For example, we’ll go over everything during the lesson (time signature, tonality, chords, which hand does what, and if there’s time we go over specific sections etc). However I notice that once they go home and come back the next week it is if though they never even looked at the piece! And we have to do it all over again 😉
    So I wanted to ask you how you deal with situations like that. And also, how do you encourage sigh-reading? When I was a student, I remember my teacher never had to remind us about sigh-reading, music was like reading a new exciting book every day. I remember not practicing what was required and spent hours on sigh-reading new pieces. Most of my kids now are more than capable to do so as well but it’s almost like they are afraid of the new music and wait until I teach it to them first.
    I know it’s a common problem in many studios and I wanted to see your opinion on that.

    Thanks 🙂

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