One of my students announced several years ago that she didn’t want to do her theory work anymore. Of course I didn’t listen to her, as I knew it would help her sight read, memorize and understand her pieces. Not long after, as we worked on memorizing her Clementi Sonatina, she accused me of tricking her into using her theory!
The MTNA Teacher Profile Project #2 (Analyze Four Teaching Pieces) helps teachers understand and appreciate the value of teaching theory concepts in the piano lesson. It’s a practical approach to ensure our students understand the music they are playing. For each of the four pieces, teachers are asked what might be explored with a student to aid in the learning of each. For the purpose of this article I chose Clementi’s Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 3, I. Spiritoso and have given possible outline ideas the teacher would expand upon for each question.