Finding Quality Repertoire for Younger Performers

November 3, 2014

mister a music place

2011Symposium_1_2One of my values as a music teacher is to use quality repertoire no matter the age or level of the students I am teaching. This can be challenging, especially for the least advanced students. There is a wealth of “educational” music published, some of it of very high quality. Even so, there is more literature for advanced students that is of high quality, probably because there are more composers who choose to right for more accomplished musicians. Be that as it may, I don’t think our younger students should have to wait years before they can “get to the good stuff.” Sometimes, in order to make quality music accessible to younger students, I edit advanced music down. I don’t mean I spend a lot of time writing out parts, or preparing manuscripts. No, instead, I judiciously select parts from the score that my students can handle and omit other…

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