Calendar collection and In my lunchbox
Jeon, Soo Jung
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This study presents a pedagogical analysis of two of Judith Lang Zaimont’s works, Calendar Collection (1976) and In My Lunchbox (2003). The study outlines technical challenges found in these works and offers teaching suggestions. In doing so, the author hopes to provide intermediate and advanced level piano students and their teachers with more exposure to contemporary styles. Calendar Collection (1976) and In My Lunchbox (2003), by Judith Lang Zaimont (b. 1945), both allow students to explore modern writing styles without the physical or aesthetic obstacles commonly found in contemporary piano works. Moreover, Zaimont’s descriptive music encourages students to use their imaginations in performance. Her life and musical background are discussed in this dissertation, along with an examination of each movement of these two pedagogical compositions. Basic information about each piece is presented, along with an analysis of the primary challenges. Pedagogical suggestions are offered for each work to aid with the teaching process. The author hopes that this study will inspire students and teachers to examine and employ contemporary works by Zaimont and other composers.