The August 2004 artist/educator:
ENTREVISTA A ROBERT PACE
SOBRE O ENSINO DE PIANO EM GRUPO
Dr. Robert Pace, Piano Educator, Author, Chatham, NY USARobert Pace, born in Kansas, began his formal piano studies at the age of six. By eight, he and his sister, 3 1/2 years his elder, were giving recitals. Later, the two young artists had their own weekly radio program. Robert won his first statecontest at twelve continuing as state winner for the next four years. At fifteen, he won first rating in National Competition and continued successfully for the next three years. He met the famous piano team, Josef and Rosina Lhevinne, in Denver Colorado and was accepted as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. During World War II he served for nearly three yearsin the combat infantry in Europe. After the war, he returned to Juilliard to finish his degree and also become a member of their piano faculty. In 1948, he began Masters Degree studies at Teachers College, Columbia University and received his Doctorate in 1951. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Music Education and head of Piano Instruction at Teachers College in 1952, and later becamechairman of the Music Department in 1969. During these years, Dr. Robert Pace--composer, concert pianist, lecturer, and music educator--brought new concepts to piano pedagogy. His desire to enable all students to achieve their musical potential by becoming musically literate and independent had a major impact on keyboard pedagogy, being the subject of numerous radio and television programs. His pianoinstruction books have been translated into seven languages. Dr. Pace was Piano Editor of The Music Journal, National Piano Chairman of the Music Educators National Conference, and Educational Director of the National Piano Foundation until 1977, at which time he became Executive Director of the International Piano Teaching Foundation. He served on the original four-member committee appointed byPresident John F. Kennedy to make a study of music in the United States. Robert Pace always displayed unusually diverse personal and professional interest ranging from classroom music projects to concert performances and active farming to worldwide seminars. To expedite his travel to and from seminars throughout this country he earned his pilots license with both instrument and multi-engine ratings.With his wife Helen (also a Juilliard graduate) the two participated in a variety of professional activities ranging from joint concerts to the creation and preparation of new keyboard materials. Although he is officially Professor Emeritus at Teachers College, he continues in an advisory capacity with doctoral students and to offer special courses in Keyboard Pedagogy. |
How did you find your wayinto music?
To answer the question, "how did I find my way into music," I can't actually remember when I wasn't "in music." My earliest recollections were my enjoyment in going to a beautiful and very ornate Story and Clark pump organ in my Grandmother and Grandfather's living room. (I still have it today!) I remember that, as a three year old, I would pull out the various stops and befascinated by the different sounds that I could get. In a corner of the same room was a "state-of-the-art," wind-up Victrola, complete with numerous records of the best voices in opera and a variety of both Sousa marches and the "pop songs" of the day. Also, I recall my mother's playing piano solos on our very large upright. Although her major instrument was clarinet, as a self-taught pianist, shemanaged to play a fairly wide variety of keyboard repertoire. Perhaps my main enjoyment was "helping" her by crawling under the piano and holding the sustaining pedal down to hear the big build-up of sound.
Piano lessons began for me at age six when my sister, who was three and a half years older than I, started her violin lessons. I was soon drafted to play her accompaniments and by the time I...
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