Piano Study Guides

Study Guides by Peter Coraggio All guides include analysis and suggestions for interpretation.

All prices include international postage via U.S. priority airmail.

Preludes Book II by Claude Debussy

$35 postpaid

Study Guides written in collaboration with Joseph Bloch:

The Nocturnes of Frederic Chopin

$35 postpaid

Lieder ohne Worte and Variations Serieuses, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn

$35 postpaid

The Impromptus and Moments musicaux for Piano, Franz Schubert

$35 postpaid

The Keyboard Sonatas of Franz Joseph Haydn

$35 postpaid

Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood) Opus 15 by Robert Schumann

$35 postpaid

Note: These study guides are also published in Japanese by the Zen-On Publishing Company, Tokyo, Japan.

Joseph Bloch

American pianist Joseph Bloch (1917-2009) was recognized throughout the world as a rare scholar-performer. He earned the respect and admiration of countless esteemed pianists and prominent teachers in numerous performances in major recital halls, universities, music schools, and for organizations in many countries.

Joseph Bloch, a pianist trained as a musicologist, was an extraordinary pianist and a personable lecturer with an encyclopedic knowledge of piano literature and style that he expounded with admirable lucidity and directness. He was on the faculty of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City from 1948 to 1996, teaching the widely acclaimed Piano Literature courses. In these master performance classes, keyboard music of five centuries was performed, analyzed and discussed. For five decades virtually every Juilliard pianist passed through Mr. Bloch's classroom. At the time of his death he was a Professor Emeritus of the Juilliard School.

He contributed numerous scholarly articles in prominent music magazines and texts. Virgil Thomson wrote of Joseph Bloch: "His intelligence makes him expert at solving the riddle of what a piece is about." In recognition of his numerous achievements, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree at The Juilliard School's 99th commencement.


Comments from Master Pianists/Teachers about the Art of Piano Performance Illustrated Series

Jeffrey Biegel, Professor, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
"The illustrated materials as an adjunct to learning about music are an important and stimulating part of musical education. I highly value and recommend these to all teachers and their dedicated students."

Joseph Bloch, Professor Emeritus, The Juilliard School
"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. A happy combination of good pedagogy and delightful entertainment. "

Martin Canin, The Juilliard School
"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."

Reginald Gerig, Professor Emeritus, Wheaton College and author of Famous Pianists & Their Technique
"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!"

Dr. Scott McBride Smith, President of the International Institute for Young Musicians
"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."

Robin McCabe, Professor and Director, School of Music, University of Washington
"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."

Aiko Onishi, Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University in California
"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."

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