The Toy Piano Is Not a Toy


  • Antonietta Loffredo Istituto Comprensivo Statale Cernobbio Ç€ Italy



Toy Piano, Music Composition, Creativity, Contemporary Classical Music, Pedagogy


This paper describes a two-day composition workshop dedicated to the toy piano held in 2019 at a state middle school with a musical address in Italy. Eight young pupils in the early years of their piano studies took part. The resulting compositions are shown and indicate that the toy piano is a useful means to stimulate creativity in young pupils. A further consideration addressed is that operating in the educational field means expanding the future audience with respect to new musical languages and means of musical expression.In discussing both pedagogicalpractise and composing and performing,the author's aim is tocontribute to the comprehension of the "˜toy piano phenomenon'which in recent years has increasingly seen this instrument take centre stage on the contemporary music scene.


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Biografia do Autor

Antonietta Loffredo, Istituto Comprensivo Statale Cernobbio ǀ Italy

Antonietta Loffredo, pianist, toy pianist and musicologist, is a graduate of the Conservatorio "F.E. Dall'Abaco" in Italy and of the Conservatoire de Musique d'Issy les Moulineaux in France. She has also conducted studies in a teaching and educational context at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of Pavia University at Cremona (Specialisation school for secondary teaching, SSIS) and earned a Master of Music degree in musicology from the University of Milan with a thesis on the toy piano. Her book, The Toy Piano – From the Playroom to the Concert Platform, was published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Bologna, 2019). ORCID:


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Loffredo, A. (2020). The Toy Piano Is Not a Toy. Revista Vórtex, 8(2), 3.



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