Date of Award

12-1-2015

Degree Name

Master of Music

Department

Music

First Advisor

Bell, Cully

Abstract

This document is a pedagogical guide for Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young, Op. 39, which is regarded as valid pedagogical material for teachers interested in incorporating this repertoire into their studios. This document contains brief bibliographical information of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and a concise background of Album for the Young, Op. 39, and then presents a comprehensive pedagogical analysis of each piece, which includes teaching methods, technical approaches and practice suggestions. In addition, this document assigns a level for each piece of this collection. Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young, Op. 39 may be employed by teachers for elementary and intermediate students. This pedagogical guide is written as a reference for the teachers who will enable students to better understand Tchaikovsky’s piano music. Studying this repertoire allows students to be better prepared to study Tchaikovsky’s other more advanced works.

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