Music: Down With Scales

Few youngsters have heard of Tobias Matthay, but many have cause to thank him. Lank, long-jawed, white-maned "Uncle Tobs" is the man who took the drudgery out of piano lessons. He now lives in the English countryside, nearing 84. In Manhattan last week 50 teacher-members of the American Matthay Association met to discuss Matthay-style teaching.

Dame Myra Hess, Duo-Pianists Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson, Manhattan's Ray Lev are among Uncle Tobs's famed virtuosos. To plain people, the chief point of the elaborately philosophical Matthay principle (Matthayites hate the word method) is: no dry, mechanical finger drilling. Matthay-trained teachers are still a distinct...

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