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all books on pedagogy are essentially useless. Now
December 16, 2016
As a history of pedagogy, the book is thorough and cites heavily from the sources it discusses. To that extent, while the author's views & opinions are always clear, he leaves it to the reader to critique and judge for themselves. I'd say well over half the book is direct quotations.
As a pedagogical tool to improve piano playing, it is unparalleled. Charles Rosen has (rightly) said that, due to every pianist's hand being different, all books on pedagogy are essentially useless. Now, this one isn't so much a pedagogy book, as a book about pedagogy. By surveying and presenting the most important pedagogical tools in the history of piano, a student is left to their own devices to apply what they learn to their own playing.
I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone with a serious interest in bettering their technique, in teaching the piano, or both.