Canadian Piano Technicians Guild. Canadian Piano Page.http://www.canadianpianopage.com Accessed 22 September 1999.
Use: Information about pianos and certified technicians. The “Links” or “Search” options are very helpful for private teachers, students, parents, or interested musicians in finding other sites.
Coverage: Detailed information about technicians, organizations, and pianos in Canada. Topics include action regulation, finish care, humidity control, pitch, voicing and good links to other sites on the Internet. No criteria is given for inclusion or exclusion of sites in the Links portion.
Organization: From the home page, one can: connect to the Links portion, access the Technician Guild’s page of any of the Canadian Provinces, give feedback, answer a piano-tuning questionnaire, or search the Canadian Piano Page or the Web. When using the search engine, you must specify the domain to either “this site” or “the web”.
Pros: User-friendly home page.
Cons: Links list is not categorized in any way, but it is annotated.
Use: Provides dates, places, and phone numbers for summer keyboard workshops for piano students, parents and teachers interested in attending.
Coverage: Keyboard workshops and camps all over the United States for the following summer (June-August).
Organization: Alphabetically listed within each state. Each entry includes the date, place, teachers featured, different subjects of the festival (ie. accompanying, repertoire, theory, popular music etc.), suitability for different ages or levels, total cost, and housing availability, and phone numbers for registering and getting more information..
Pros: Fulfills a unique need. Includes very detailed, yet concise information about each workshop.
Use: Unique listing of latest technical advances in keyboards and software, and the latest books and products.
Coverage: New products and happenings of the previous year in pianos (acoustic, digital, Disklaviers etc.), publications, software and electronic equipment.
Organization: Divided into five categories: Pianos; Publications; Software and Electronic Equipment; People, Places, and Events; and Company Addresses. Paragraph format.
Pros: Fairly detailed descriptions of each product named.
Cons: In paragraph format, not an at-a-glance reference tool.
Use: Identifying books, articles, pamphlets, etc specific to the development of the organ in the Berlin and Brandenburg area.
Coverage: Published and archival sources dealing specifically with organ history and development in the Berlin and Brandenburg areas up to the present time.
Organization: Abbreviations for sources listed. Bibliography proper follows. Each entry contains a bibliographical citation as well as a cross reference to the Sources chapter, detailing where the book or article may be found. An afterword is included, addressing the problems encountered with this type of research. An integrated index by author, location, and general information closes the book.
Pros: Source location for each bibliographical entry is noted through cross references.
Use: Identifying books, pamphlets, articles, etc dedicated to the history of the organ in France, facilitating the research of historians and organists.
Coverage: Books and archival sources by French authors dedicated to the history of the organ in France to 1929.
Organization: Three parts. 1) General bibliography, arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names. 2) Sources relative to the inaugurations of great French Organs. 3) Local bibliography, which cites articles and pamphlets that discuss organs in various churches throughout the country. This is organized alphabetically by city.
Cons: Very outdated. No indexes, which greatly hampers the accessibility of some information, such as the organs in specific churches when one is unsure of the city.
Fallows-Hammon, Patricia, comp. Three Hundred Years at the Keyboard: A Piano Sourcebook from Bach to the Moderns–Historical Background, Composers, Styles, Compositions, National Schools. Berkeley, California: Ross Books, 1984. Mus Ref MT 140 .F2 1984
Use: Designed to provide a simple and convenient reference work on the last 300 years of piano activity for students needing to learn about the pieces they study and the historical background of their composition.
Coverage: Contains sections on major composers for the piano, beginning with Bach and continuing through Bartok. Lesser composers are given brief mention in a discussion on national schools of composition. Includes brief discussion of the evolution of piano style, pedagogy, and technique, and lists names of those prominent in teaching and performing both today and in the past.
Organization: Organized chronologically, beginning with Bach and continuing through Bartok. Each major composer has a section devoted to his music. A biographical sketch and a discussion of major stylistic traits is followed by a brief examinations of selected works. Discusses the characteristics and historical context of each work briefly. For each composer, a complete musical work is shown. Begins with an introduction to the evolution of the piano and technique and ends with a short examination of piano pedagogy and performance, listing influential teachers and pianists throughout the history of the piano. Descriptions of major historical periods are found at corresponding points between composers’ sections. Lesser-known composers are discussed very briefly in section listing composers associated with national schools of composition. Includes appendix with suggested 20th-Century piano repertoire (about the upper intermediate level) of lesser composers.
Pros: Good as a reference work for someone at the level of a high-school pianist or younger. May be a book that a piano teacher may want to have on hand as an introduction for younger students to the music they are playing.
Cons: Brief treatments of the music render it inadequate for major study in piano at the college level.
Gillespie, John, and Anna Gillespie. Notable Twentieth-Century Pianists: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, 2 vols. Bio-Critical Sourcebooks on Musical Performance. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995. Mus Ref ML 397 .G45 1995
Uses: A guide to recordings and biographical/career information on twentieth century pianists.
Coverage: International pianists of twentieth century. Selected on the basis of wealth of recordings, reputation, and surveys of musicians.
Organization: Alphabetical by artist, with a general bibliography. Abbreviations guide and Index. Each article contains biographical, stylistic, and pedagogical information, as well as a selected references list and discography.
Pros: Clear organization. Fairly current source for recent pianists. Photos of many of the pianists. In-depth articles.
Cons: Excludes young pianists who are not “notable” yet, and those who don’t make numerous recordings.
Review: Andrew, Paul. Review of Notable Twentieth-Century Pianists, by John and Anna GIllespie. Brio: Journal of the United Kingdom branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres 34 (spring-summer 1997) : 53-4.
Use: Intended to keep the pianist and teacher updated on the most recent publications related to piano.
Coverage: Author attempts to include all material between 1987 and 1998 that relates to the piano including dissertations, these, and books written in English, as well as videos. Excludes journal articles.
Organization: Alphabetical by last name of author. Fifteen subject indices include: Accompanying (chamber music included), Aesthetics, Analysis, Biographies, Construction and Design, Group Piano, History and Criticism, Lists of Piano Music, Ornamentation, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety (Stress and Tension), Performance Technique, Piano Duet, Transcriptions, and Two or More Pianos. Within each index, the authors whose works relate to that topic are arranged alphabetically. Also includes a composer index and list of publishers. Each entry is annotated ranging in length from one to a few paragraphs.
Pros: All entries still in print.
Cons: No alphabetical headings at the top of each page. Limited to books printed in English.
Use: Aids pianists, and teachers in finding books about performing, repertoire, teaching, and background information about composers and their individual works.
Coverage: Works written in English, almost 100 books in print as of 1985, theses and dissertations. Does not include magazines or articles. Deals with the same subjects (with a few additions) as Hinson’s The Piano Teacher’s Source Book. Works cited in the two books are not the same, though there is some overlap. Commentary for the theses and dissertations comes from Master’s Abstracts and Dissertation Abstracts.
Organization: Alphabetical by last name of author. Fifteen subject indices include: Accompanying (chamber music included), Aesthetics, Analysis, Biographies, Construction and Design, Group Piano, History and Criticism, Lists of Piano Music, Ornamentation, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety (Stress and Tension), Performance Technique, Piano Duet, Transcriptions, and Two or More Pianos. Within each index, the authors whose works relate to that topic are arranged alphabetically. Also includes a composer index and list of publishers. Each entry includes bibliographic information, number of pages, and a description of the work.
Pros: Annotated entries. Numerous indices helpful in finding the materials needed
Cons: Requires a lot of flipping back and forth between indices and alphabetical listings. Not arranged by subject.
Hinson, Maurice. The Piano Teacher’s Source Book: An Annotated Bibliography of Books Related to the Piano and Piano Music, 2d ed. Melville, N.Y.: Belwin Mills Pub. Corp., 1980. Mus Ref ML 128 .P3 H55 1980
Use: Aimed to help piano teachers stay abreast of increasing amount of literature in their field of piano teaching. Covers a wide range of information related to piano instruction.
Coverage: Dissertations, theses, and books written in English. Some books were written as early as 1900, but most date from 1960-1980. First edition printed in 1974. Supplement printed in 1976.
Organization: Divided into twelve categories: Accompanying, Aesthetics, Analysis, Biographies, Church music, Class piano, Construction and design, History, Lists of piano music, Ornamentation, Pedagogy, and Performance practices. Organized alphabetically by author within each of the twelve categories. Includes a brief abstract detailing the strengths, weaknesses and organization of the work. Includes author and composer indexes.
Pros: Includes bibliographic information for each entry as well as a list of publishers and their addresses. All entries still in print as of 1980.
Cons: Limited to books printed in English.
Review: Berman, Marsha. Review of The Piano Teacher’s Source Book: An Annotated Bibliography of Books Related to the Piano and Piano Music 2d ed., by Maurice Hinson. American Reference Books Annual 12 (1981) : no. 1042.
Use: Helpful for teachers of elementary to early-advanced piano students in selecting appropriate repertoire from the Twentieth Century.
Coverage: Pieces for elementary to early advanced pianists written between 1900-1970. “Technical Studies” portion does include a few anthologies of various composers from before 1900.
Organization: Divided into three sections: Graded Courses (Elementary and Intermediate), Technical Studies, and Solo Materials (Anthologies, Collections, Sheet Music, Sonatas and Sonatinas). Organized alphabetically by last name of composer within each section and level. Each entry includes the composer, title, publisher, and remarks about the work. Includes a publisher abbreviations list at the end of the book.
Pros: Annotated entries provide pertinent information about strengths of each piece.
Cons: Selective listing of pieces of higher quality.
Use: Identifying books on specific aspects of the organ, including history, construction, composition, acoustics, time periods/genres, etc. Good for preliminary research into secondary sources.
Coverage: Books representing authors from all major Western European countries and North America that discuss organ history, historical styles of organ specifications, the science of acoustics, organ construction, sociological and religious functions of the organ, and the relationship between organs and organ composition from the medieval to the present. Some extracts, reprints, and theses are listed.
Organization: By author’s country. France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States are covered. Within these chapters, books are cited alphabetically by author. Chapters on organ history, organ construction, and two separate indexes(by century and an integrated author, subject, country, and key terms) are also included.
Pros: The books listed are fairly current. Books written centuries ago also included, if of current historical value.
Use: Tools for pianists and teachers in locating printed music and literature on a variety of music subjects.
Coverage: Very extensive up to 1979. Includes solo and chamber works involving piano. References more than 2300 books written in English about the pianistic art. No dissertations, theses, or articles.
Organization: Three parts: Piano Music in Print, Literature on the Pianistic Art, and Piano Reader’s Guide. The first section, Piano Music in Print, is divided into composer and title indices. The composer index is further divided into: Solos Works; One Piano, Four Hands, Two Pianos, Four Hands; Concertos; Other Piano Ensembles, and Special Retrievals. Each section is organized alphabetically as is the title index. The second section, Literature on Piano and the Pianistic Art, is divided into four indices -- an Author Index, (alphabetical), Title Index (alphabetical), Classification Index (arranged alphabetically within ten sub-categories: Notable Pianists and Piano Teachers, Keyboard Instruments, Processes of Learning, The Art of Teaching, Piano Technique, Keyboard Skills, Piano Music, The Art of Performing, Ensemble Playing, and General Interest), and a Sub-Classification Index. In this last index, each of the sub-categories of the previous index are divided into many other subjects and the books are listed under all subject headings to which they relate. Section three is organized alphabetically by last name of author and each entry is annotated. Includes a Publishers Index and a Master Code List.
Cons: Outdated. Small, dense typography. Must use “Guide for Use” and code lists to understand entries.
West Mesa Music Teachers Association. Piano Education Page. http://www.unm.edu/~loritaf/pnoedmn.html. Accessed 27 July, 2001.
Use: One stop resource tool for teachers, students (beginning to advanced), parents, or amateur musicians for finding information about teaching, learning games, answering questions etc.
Coverage: More than six hundred pages of information on piano music education, as well as direct links to hundreds of other music-related sites.
Organization: The “Links” portion is divided into twelve areas: Premiering on the Piano Education Page; Search the Piano Education Page; Learning to Play the Piano; Competition Calender; Just for Kids; Artist/Educator Interview; The Audition Room; The Teaching Studio; Piano Learning Materials and Reviews (annotated bibliographies of selected books); About WMMTA and New Mexico; Links to Other Web Pages; Visit Other WMMTA Music Sites.
Pros: Well-organized. Easy to maneuver around the site. Last updated June 20, 2001.
Cons: Midi file plays when you access the page, with no way of turning it off.