This is the fifth and FINAL part of my interview with Dr. J. Mitzi Kolar! Whew! It's been a journey for sure. Some of the topics we covered in this segment is listed below. I noticed the background music for this part got a bit distracting, so for better audio quality, you can listen to just the audio with the audio player or download the audio file.
In Part 1 we talked about the development of the piano pedagogy field and Dr. Kolar gave some some inside look at the thought process that goes into writing a piano method book. In Part 2 we discussed pedagogical issues in teaching Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin's music. Part 3 talks about difficulties about Rachmaninoff and Kabalevsky's pieces along with different ways to teach rubato, a secret to concert pianist's playing, and why method books include lyrics in their pieces. Part 4 is about how piano students have changed, misconceptions about piano lessons and teachers, and Dr. Kolar's favorite books on repertoire and teaching.
Dr. Kolar also called me after the interview to tell me that she had said Angela Chang instead of Angela Hewitt in this last part of the interview :)
Here are some of the topics we covered in the final part of the interview:
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Dr. Kolar's CD Recommendations:
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