The primary focus of this particular study will be the psychology behind the development of the early pianist as well as appropriate repertoire for pianists in this primary phase. The writer will focus on the beginner pianist from the age of six to eleven. The primary phase of development is arguably the most important hence the basis it provides. Technical skills, critical listening skills and musicality have to be developed during this phase. The 19th century Russian composer Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young, op. 39 is recognised as appropriate material for children in this primary phase of development. In this study, a background of the pieces will be provided and special attention will be given to technical difficulties of each individual piece. The criteria will be categorised into technical and musical abilities. These abilities will meet the student’s level of development and will ensure technical and musical development. In order to assist the piano teacher during the teaching of these pieces, supporting material such as teaching strategies, fingering suggestions, musical and technical suggestions will be provided. To enhance the quality of teaching the study will provide pedagogical and practical suggestions to help with any potential problems. In essence this study can be used as a guideline for piano teachers who would like to use the Album for the Young, op. 39 as part of their teaching repertoire.
Dissertation (MMus)--University of Pretoria, 2018.