Teaching approaches of expert educators for L.V. Beethoven Piano Sonata “Op. 57 No: 23 Fa Minor Appassionata”

Teaching approaches for L.V. Beethoven Piano Sonata “Op. 57 No: 23 Fa Minör Appassionata”


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One of the most important names in the history of classical music is the Flemish-born German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven. Op.57 No.23 “Appassionato”, composed by the composer, one of the Viennese classics, in the second period of his musical life, which was divided into three, is a magnificent work that takes a different place in piano literature. In this study, it is aimed to reveal the similarities and differences of the teaching approaches towards this sonata with the masterclass study conducted by three expert piano educators who have been trained in different schools and schools with a piano student who received proficiency in art. In line with this purpose, the verbal and nonverbal behaviours of the experts in general, similar, and different aspects in terms of teaching the work, styles-technical etc. approaches, motivation of the student, relieving anxiety and stress, verbal and non-verbal behaviours towards the composer, the piece, the period, the interpretation of the work and the use of time. It was tried to observe their approach towards the subject and other behaviours that they paid attention to during the Masterclass. In the qualitative and descriptive study, the data were collected according to the observation and content analysis technique and analysed according to the qualitative research methods. It is thought that the study is important and original in terms of revealing the different approaches of expert piano educators in teaching the piece, and examining these differences, in terms of contributing to a pianist's thoughts about the piece and enabling them to synthesize, and it will be a source for similar studies.