In the vocational music education, conventional piano repertory consists of technical etudes, piano methods and independent piano pieces gathered from various resources. These are usually in classical style and composed in classical harmony. It is important in piano education that music teachers in training perform piano pieces and melodies that they have never heard before, and relatedly, not knowing those melodies may influence current piano teaching process. This is a descriptive study that aims to determine pre-service music teachers’ (i.e., music teachers in training) approaches to usage of popular melodies in piano education. The data was gathered from 25 music teachers in training who study 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University. The semi-structured interview form, which was created by the authors, was applied to 25 music teachers in training and the gathered data was analyzed. Consequently, it is concluded that music teachers in training have the opinion that usage of popular melodies in piano education may be useful for developing technical skills on the piano, motivating towards piano lessons, expanding repertories and gaining prestige as music teachers when they enter upon a career.
Music teaching, Piano education, Piano repertory, Music genres, Popular Melodies
|Author :||H. Ozan DEMİRTAŞ - H. Seval KÖSE|
|Number of pages:||491-500|