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Joan Grauman, AAA HistorianAs the organization’s historian, I have been writing historical articles on events that led up to the creation of the AAA and were important for the AAA. This includes some of its influential members, as well as special events throughout the decades, and more.

Preface by Rita Barnea, Editor USA News

June 2018. This is the 6th article in the series by AAA Historian Joan Grauman (picture right) in cooperation with the USA News, to help promote the 80th AAA Anniversary Celebration. An article is planned each month containing a segment of the history of the AAA, from its creation on March 9th, 1938 through to 2018. Thank you very much to Joan Grauman for these articles.

Joan Grauman, AAA Historian

Accordion instruction, 2018,
Timeless Articles on Accordion Instruction

by Joan Grauman

As I read through the old Accordion World Magazines (and I love to read these!), it always amazes me how some things have changed dramatically over the past 80 years while others stay very much the same.

The masters of the accordion in the early years wrote excellent articles monthly on various topics such as stage fright, sight-reading, national and local events, and accordion instruction

For my June "Accordion USA" article honoring the AAA’s 80th anniversary, I will share with you four very well-written and still relevant articles on accordion instruction.

Charles Magnante, Joe Biviano, Paul Miners (1937-38 Accordion World Magazines) and Tony Dannon (1962 AAA Annual Journal) each shared fascinating, informative ideas that I feel all who teach or plan to teach should read – and enjoy!

Joe Biviano1. "Constant Is the Word for Study" by Joe Biviano – Accordion World, December 1937

Charles Magnante2. "Background for Success – Teaching" by Charles Magnante – Accordion World, March 1938

Paul Miners3. "Making Scales Interesting" by Paul Miners – Accordion World, June 1938

Tony Dannon4. "Jazz on the Accordion – How Do I Learn to Play Jazz?" by Tony Dannon – AAA Journal, 1962

I hope you will keep checking the AAA website: for more of these historic articles that I will be posting over the next few months in the “History” section of the website.

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