Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Simple Isn't Easy

There are two things wrong with starting children on the piano with music of the 18th century:

  • Triads sounded completely different then.  The equal temperament of the modern piano is a distortion of true resonance.  Therefore, though the music can sound fantastic on a modern piano properly handled, it does not "true" as vocal music does.  Children are very sensitive to these things.
  • Contemporary composers have written a lot of really good easy stuff for modern kids.  It doesn't sound like fake Mozart because it isn't fake anything.  All you have to do is look for some:  nobody is hiding it.  There are many things to be said in favor of living in one's time, especially for teachers!