Students are guided to a strong foundation for musical literacy which allows them to fully express their creativity, skill, and understanding of music. The curriculum I use is Music Moves For Piano, based on the world's best research that shows that we learn music much like we learn our first language.
Students learn to:
- Improvise, play by ear, transpose, and harmonize
- Compose, arrange, read, and write music notation
- Sing and play - accompany singers and instrumentalists
- Perform with comfort and fluency in a variety of social settings
- Play with technical ease and freedom from muscular tension
- Listen to and perform music with understanding - students audiate
- Think about music in the context of a meter and a tonality
- Become independent music thinkers
Beginning students learn rhythm and tonal patterns through singing, chanting and body movement with the teacher, learn songs by rote at the piano from memory and improvise with them.
Transfer students learn how to take their existing repertoire and apply the audiation skills and pattern vocabulary to the performances.
A sequenced tonal and rhythm pattern vocabulary is the foundation for learning how to audiate. Students will learn music faster, perform without anxiety, become better readers, learn how to play by ear, and improvise.
Think how we read or tell a story, not by spelling out each word letter by letter, but with sentences and with context. Students build a vocabulary, like language, of tonal and rhythm patterns; learn to recognize them aurally and in their music, just like words.
- Music learned as an aural art – SOUND to SIGHT
- A proven curriculum that is challenging and fun
- Solo and ensemble repertoire performed with ease
- Students who become independent, literate musicians and remain in lessons for many years
- Internalized learning, resulting in a deep, lasting understanding and love of music
- Improvisation as a fundamental component for learning
- Music taught through singing, chanting, moving and improvising
- Notation understood by applying familiar patterns in context
- Keyboard and improvisation skills that provide a strong background for success in instrumental instruction (band, orchestra)
Music Moves For Piano lessons offer first graders and older a more formal lesson experience, and will help them continue to develop functional, lifelong, musical skills.
The Keyboard Games curriculum for preschoolers or kindergartners will help your child get off to the best start with a solid musical foundation.
Praise for the Music Moves for Piano Series:
The process of native language acquisition is more thoroughly applied here than in any previous piano method. Students learn music as an aural (listening) art and an oral (performing) art.
--Garik Pedersen, DMA, Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Eastern Michigan University
Music Moves for Piano focuses on developing the entire musician – the student’s ability to sing, to move gracefully, to audiate musical substance with understanding, to make a palpable physical connection to music. And it does this in conjunction with a wise, systematic presentation of purely pianistic skills: keyboard knowledge, technique and body awareness, notation, and, initially, attractive folk literature.
--Seymour Fink, Professor Emeritus Binghamton University
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