Illustrated Books

The Art of Piano Performance

The high art of piano pedagogy has never seen the like of these five comic books, capturing the essence of fine teaching as distilled through the experience of master teacher Peter Coraggio.

A Few Comments about the Art of Piano Performance Series

"Bravo for the imaginative series, The Art of Piano Performance! Underlying the attractive, whimsical sketches is a solid basis of informed scholarship and pedagogical know-how. Teachers and students should be delighted."
- Joseph Bloch, Professor Emeritus, The Juilliard School

"The books are fantastic! It was hard for me to put them down. Musical Styles is an amazing book! It is filled with a wealth of information and yet it is so much fun to read. Both young and old can thoroughly enjoy this book and learn a great deal from it."
- Aiko Onishi, Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University in California

"The books are delightful. The material is presented in a wonderfully light-hearted yet totally accurate manner. These volumes would make a charming gift for any young pianist."
- Martin Canin, The Juilliard School

"Coraggio's Musical Style is a wonderful example of a top-notch artist performer and master piano teacher bringing his beloved subject matter to life in a vivid, engrossing manner - yet with a certain lightness of touch. His crystal-clear and authentic explanations, along with Murakami's fascinating comic art, bring the historical keyboard performance world to life. Musical Style is a gem of creativity that should inspire pianists on every level of advancement. A remarkable work!"
- Reginald Gerig, Professor Emeritus, Wheaton College and author of Famous Pianists & Their Technique.

"Peter Coraggio's Illustrated Introduction to the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Era is a charming and disarming volume which students and teachers should both enjoy. The chapters are witty and compelling in how they 'humanize' famous composers and stylistic idioms. This is enormously creative pedagogy and I recommend it highly."
- Robin McCabe, Professor and Director, School of Music, University of Washington

"He manages to communicate lofty concepts in the language of the learner, and with tremendous good humor."
- Nicholas Zumbro, Professor, University of Arizona at Tucson

"I keep copies of all Peter Coraggio's illustrated books in my studio waiting room. My students love them so much so I've had to reorder another set. The originals are in shreds! It's not easy to explain complex pedagogical subjects in language comprehensible to a young reader, but Coraggio has done it. The cartoon illustrations are a delight."
- Dr. Scott McBride Smith, President of the International Institute for Young Musicians