Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
Guy Duckworth (1923 – 2015): American Pianist, Pedagogue
- Played violin at age 4 ½, began the piano at 7.
- Piano soloist for MGM Studios and Columbia Artists, as well as various radio stations in Los Angeles.
- Received his BA from UCLA in 1951, his Masters in Music from Columbia University in 1953, and his Doctorate in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1969.
- Pioneer of group piano pedagogy. “A student in a group of peers is more likely to express his views and differ with the teacher than a student alone with a teacher. His individuality is more obvious with his peers. He’s more natural. In private teaching a student is less venturesome. He picks up patterns from adults. […] There are more chances for individuality when there are no hard fast rights and wrongs.” – Guy Duckworth [ 2 ]
- Created the doctoral program Piano Performance Literature and Pedagogy: Process of Group Environments at The University of Colorado, Boulder. “I believe the healthiest environment for learning is when enlightened teachers encourage students to teach students.” – Guy Duckworth [ 3 ]
- Considered among one of four pedagogues (among Richard Chronister, Frances Clark, and Robert Pace) who changed piano pedagogy in the 20th century.
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- "Guy Duckworth: Educator, Musician, Pianist." Prabook. Prabook, n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2015.
- "Celebrating the Legacies of Guy Duckwroth and Louis Goss." Keyboard Pedagogy. The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2015.