When you think about piano teachers, you automatically think of great composers and pianists from the past. Making a list of those people would be easy and not informative as lists like that are everywhere. What the internet lacks are the lists of piano instructors and teachers that are still alive and that are available to people.
We could also write about contemporary piano teachers whose work costs thousands of dollars for private classes. But no, we will write about people who spread their knowledge about piano to masses. We are talking about bloggers and streamers who are proficient at piano, and they share their knowledge with people who are willing to learn from them.
Notable individuals that teach piano
– Wendy Stevens
Wendy Stevens is the owner of a blog through which she teaches people how to create and compose musical pieces. She also teaches the piano which she prefers over other instruments. She teaches people how to play the piano and write music on it and also she is open to those that want to become better teachers than they are at the moment. Every secret she uses is shared with other people so they may profit from it.
– Graham Fitch
There are many amateur bloggers and when it comes to blogging Graham Fitch is an amateur. But besides that, he is a pianist renowned all around the world and a teacher of the piano as well. It’s a blessing that an individual like him is willing to share his knowledge through blogging as his knowledge and expertise are unparalleled.
Graham Fitch is a very diligent person, and all of his blogs come out on the schedule, never missing the time mark. They are also highly informative, and people can learn a lot from simple tips and tricks that he teaches. Both students and teachers of the piano can learn a lot from Fitch’s blogs.
The history of the modern piano goes back over three hundred years, and during the time the instrument didn’t see many changes that improved it considerably. The original instrument, of which there is one at the display in Metropolitan Museum, is almost identical to the modern pianos. There have been some improvements over time, and they did improve the instrument, but the basics of the piano from the 1700s are still the same.
The instrument started as something else, and harpsichord has a lot of influence on the invention of the piano. Harpsichord could produce several different sounds, and that gave inspiration to people to create a key-based wire instrument that could produce dozens of different sounds. The inventor of the piano as we know it was the Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori, and his first instrument was exhibited in Florence in 1709 where it achieved a major success. The earliest piano of Cristofori that survived was from 1720, and as we mentioned, it is exhibited in Metropolitan Museum.
Traditional and digital pianos in modern age
Technology and innovations are there to improve everything, and musical instruments are not the exception. And we can see those changes in the form of digital pianos. But this doesn’t mean that digitalization is the best option and that it makes an instrument better. It does make it cheaper to create and thus more affordable, but the overall quality of sound may suffer.
A good example of more affordable pianos is a digital piano. An expensive digital instrument will produce sounds that come near the quality of traditional pianos, while those more affordable pieces have a sound that lacks in quality. They are perfect for modern music as it doesn’t require the quality and the range that a traditional piano offers.
Traditional pianos are still around, and the amount of modification of them is close to zero. They provide the real sound of the piano, and many opera pieces use them due to their range of sounds. Orchestra also uses traditional pianos as well as some artists who want an authentic piano sound instead of a digitalized replica.
Liberal arts went through a lot since they were created. They evolved through the time as discoveries shaped them. The public opinion on liberal arts also changes. Some of the arts became more relevant, while others fell behind and this changed as the time passed.
A short overview of liberal arts through history
In the early days of the culture, during the time of the Greek philosophers, liberal arts were held high in regard and a lot of people dedicated their lives to them. This continued until the 19th century with some fluctuations. During that extended period, the needs changed and the society did the same, and liberal arts became a thing of nobles and wealthy families.
Poor people were unable to learn liberal arts due to financial requirements. But all of that changed with wars. Namely first and second World Wars, as the first one established and the second one strengthen the new world order. This so-called order is the mix of the democracy and the capitalism.
Liberal arts in the modern democracy
The age of modern democracy and capitalism is focused on production and private business, and thus there is no place for liberal arts in a system like that. People were given a choice to choose between the STEM and liberal arts, and the majority chose one of the STEM majors. The selection for the people was evident due to the overall job requirements and the advertisement of the STEM branch of the education.
Capitalists needed workers who would work without asking unnecessary questions. Workers who won’t seek new paths in life, and will work as long as the business owner needs them are what they need. Liberal arts teach people how to ask the right questions and where to seek answers. They give them the objective view on a huge-scale, and that wasn’t something a capitalist wants in their workers.
But times change, and liberal arts are in demand once again. The digital age, or digital extension of the capitalism as some call it, requires liberal arts as their workers have to use social networks and other similar software and social arts studies help them in that.
Liberal arts have been under a lot of fire in the last decade or two. Many parents pushed their children toward other paths in education as they presented the better option when it comes to finding a steady source of income. And that was the correct way to advise young people as liberal arts didn’t offer a lot regarding employment.
Times change and the need for various majors changes as well. Degrees that were essential for finding well-paid jobs lose their power, and degrees that were once useless come into demand. This type of change hit liberal arts degrees. They were once worthless, but now companies are looking for people who majored liberal arts as their expertise is becoming essential for success.
Why are liberal arts becoming relevant?
Very few people are asking about the reason behind the demand for people that have majored in liberal arts. This is an important question as it will tell us the extent of the need and whether it will last for a long time or is it just a one-time thing. Individuals with majors in liberal arts are necessary for both the tech industry and politics (on a large scale).
One thing makes people with these degrees stand out, and that is the ability to take an objective look at an issue and tackle it from different angles. While STEM degrees still hold the majority of workplaces in a company, liberal arts come into the play when it comes to new ways to expand the business.
No STEM major teaches students to think critically and to challenge the opinion. They teach people to follow the preset rules and go with the flow. Liberal arts students are taught to think critically and to remove the focus from the job and think about it from a different angle. They can adapt to new situations and changes, and that is what STEM graduates lack.
Companies look for people who are ready and able to tackle large-scale problems that involve people and contradictory opinions, and Liberal arts graduates can take on these issues and come up with solutions that will benefit the company. The skills that allow them to approach an issue from several different and contradictory angles are taught in liberal arts, and that is why they are sought out.