Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Contemporary Child: A set of eleven pieces for the beginning to intermediate pianist
by Gordon, Amy Christine, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 70; 1523318
Abstract (Summary)

This paper analyzes Béla Bartók's For Children as an ideal pedagogical example of introducing contemporary musical concepts to the beginning through intermediate piano students. Contemporary concepts include non-diatonic harmonies, modal tonal centers, surprising harmonic shifts, utilizing the entire range of the piano, and changing meter, including additive meter. This paper also analyzes The Contemporary Child, a set of eleven pieces for the beginner through intermediate pianist. The Contemporary Child uses For Children as its inspiration in finding a way to introduce contemporary musical concepts in a manner that is simultaneously elementary yet engaging.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Herman, Martin
Commitee: Doyle, Alicia, Shockley, Alan
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education
Keywords: Bartok, Bela, Composition, Music pedagogy, Piano
Publication Number: 1523318
ISBN: 9781303208867
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