A References Systematization Study in the Methodology of Group Piano Teaching

  • Eduardo Rocha CITAR: Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts, Portuguese Catholic University | Porto
Keywords: Interpretation, technical references, theoretical references, tonal references, group piano teaching.


The references for interpretation at the beginning of musical learning constitute the core of group piano teaching. Its stratification in technical, theoretical and tonal references enables an early, organized and effective approach to learning in which interpretation constitutes an agglutinating element. The systematization of positions at the piano, resulting from the organization of technical references, is central to this article since these are essential to the viability of the execution. The remaining references, theoretical and tonal, which are transversal, complete the theoretical frame discussed here. The proposed methodology, aimed at the 1st and 2nd grades of group piano teaching, it not intended to be unique but one of the methodological possibilities in an increasingly emerging area in Portugal, in which interpretation is the final goal.  

Author Biography

Eduardo Rocha, CITAR: Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts, Portuguese Catholic University | Porto
Eduardo Rocha obtained a Masters degree in Music Teaching at the Portuguese Catholic University. Since 1983, he develops his teaching activity at Centro de Cultura Musical (Portugal) in several areas, among which group piano teaching, in which he was a pioneer in his country. He began research in this area in 1995 and since then investigates, implements and develops methodology in this piano teaching modality.


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