Category Archives: Method Books

In the Technique Box* (part 1)

There are three boxes of technique books sitting on the shelf, organized according to the level: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. These are used books. Stuff that I pull out for students as needed. My beginner and elementary students use the … Continue reading

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A few musings on methods

Given the width and depth of early teaching materials available, I don’t like to stick with one method. New stuff is coming out all the time and I like to explore it. To be able to toss in any supplementary … Continue reading

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The Fun Factor

Thoughts about having fun have been clanking in my head all week. On Monday I heard a presentation that dealt in part with expectations that learning music has to be fun. The eloquent speech was given to our local branch … Continue reading

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Brain Goals

This is your Brain… on Music. ¬†Our studio incentive program for this year is off to a fine (well, slow – my fault) start this year. I have FINALLY got the pages in everyone’s binder. I printed this on 2 … Continue reading

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First Lessons

In 3 hours students arrive. The first 2 are brand new beginners. That first lesson is so important. I’ll never forget Dennis Alexander relating the story of his very first lesson. His teacher told him to come on in, for … Continue reading

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Too. Much. Paper.

Walls are re-painted. Most stuff on the walls has been stashed away. Music has been sorted, culled, and given away. Time to tackle the paper. And ditch the guilt. The plethora of music theory resources – so much of it … Continue reading

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Getting Started in Artistry at the Piano

These are my own unofficial, unsanctioned, unapproved thoughts from my own experiences over the last half-year about getting started teaching Artistry at the Piano. Please don’t blame the method for any deficiencies in my thoughts and presentations! Now that the … Continue reading

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Artistry Update

I am continuing in my exploration of the Artistry at the Piano series. In recent weeks I’ve read some of the Pedagogy Manual (download) and watched one of Mary Gae George’s DVDs (Teaching MUSIC… not notes). I’ve mentioned one student … Continue reading

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Patterns for Piano by Jon George

While searching the Artistry at the Piano website, I saw this book that was also available. Based strictly on the title, I ordered it. It came in the mail; I read through it and immediately ordered 5 more copies. It … Continue reading

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