Building pianistic skills and musicianship for a lifetime.
Music Moves for Piano is an innovative new series for the 21st century that builds upon the established music education methods of Orff, Kodaly, Suzuki, and Dalcroze, applying Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory to the teaching of piano.
The lesson format and folk song content of the Music Moves for Piano method include activities to teach audiation (musical thinking) skills. This differs from the traditional approach of coaching pieces and teaching students how to decode the printed page. The concepts and skills that students learn are applied to the teaching of repertoire. Creativity and improvisation activities are a regular part of lessons.
Rote teaching, folk song curriculum, pattern instruction, singing, movement and improvisation activities start you on a path to true musicianship, one that prevents piano lessons from being “a house of corrections.” As your skills develop, you will apply what you are learning to traditional and contemporary piano literature.
Music Moves for Piano is appropriate for all ages.
From the beginning, students learn to use the whole keyboard for playing. They become comfortable and familiar with both black and white keys. Students learn scales, cadences and arpeggios in all keys and tonalities. They listen for, label and play chord changes, and recognise or identify meter, tonality, and patterns in music they hear.
Music notation is approached through audiation rather than by decoding the score.
Music Moves for Piano is a creative, research-based method, and builds skills for a lifetime of musical understanding and enjoyment.
“Marilyn Lowe has brilliantly applied the profound Music Learning Theory of Edwin E. Gordon to create a new approach to piano study that ensures joyfulness, musicality, and an authentic connection to music making. This approach avoids many of the significant pitfalls of standard instruction. 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. The series of books represents a monumental and inspired contribution to piano pedagogy, which will surely become the benchmark by which other methods, before and after, will be measured.”
Seymour Fink, Professor Emeritus Binghampton University
Author of Mastering Piano Technique
Contributor to A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers
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