A New Approach to Music Lessons
I am excited to offer a new approach to music lessons for my students. I have been teaching for years and have struggled with the sheer amount of time it takes for a student to learn to read music well. I have been frustrated with the fact that a good majority of people that were classically trained cannot easily sit down and play a simple song without having music in front of them. It often appears there are two different worlds: Those that can “play by ear” and those that “read music.” I have been looking for a method to merge those two worlds more systematically.
I was so pleased when I came across the Music Moves for Piano curriculum by Marilyn Lowe. My students love it! It is active, lively, collaborative and exciting. Music Moves for Piano is a very unique, nontraditional method that teaches music as an Aural (listening) art first. Reading notation is delayed for a while as we lay down a strong foundation for understanding, hearing, and making music. In the Music Moves approach, we sing songs and tonal patterns. We feel and move to the pulse and meter, and chant rhythm patterns. Reading music notation comes much easier after these elements are internalized. I believe this foundation will help to develop very strong, versatile musicians.
Music Moves for Piano is based on Edwin E. Gordon’s theories of audiation. It draws from the techniques and theories of Orff, Suzuki, Jaques-Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Taubman. Music Moves lessons will give the student the tools they need to create, improvise, play, read, and enjoy music for a lifetime.