About the Author
Born in Taiwan, 1938; lived in Japan, 1945-1958; started piano lessons in 1949, then received a BS degree from RPI, Troy, NY (1962), and Ph. D. in Physics from Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (1967), USA. Worked as analytical research scientist, 1967-1998, mainly in electron microscopy and spectroscopy, at the Bell Telephone companies in NJ. This book originated from observations on the piano methods of Mlle. Yvonne Combe, who taught our two daughters; while writing it, I discovered that piano pedagogy had never been researched, documented, and analyzed properly; therefore, this book is my attempt at correcting that deficiency. It is not a definitive finished product: it is just the beginning of a sea change in piano pedagogy.