The most exciting, fun, and innovative piano instruction is now offered in the Twin Cities!
Music Moves For Piano is a piano method for the 21st century that incorporates group learning, ear training, movement and singing activities, sequential keyboard technique, duet and ensemble playing, and improvisation in every lesson.
Music Moves For Piano applies theories of audiation, or Music Learning Theory, in a sequential learning process that guides students how to hear music with understanding.
Extensive research about how the brain perceives and learns music provides answers to the following questions and many more:
- Why can students play difficult repertoire and not be able to play “Happy Birthday” without music?
- Why can some students play cadences fluently, yet be unable to improvise on tonic and dominant chords?
- Why can many adults, after years of study, only play a few pieces that they learned in high school?
- Why are so many adults unable to read unfamiliar music or accompany singers and instrumentalists?
- Why do creating and improvising seem impossible to many adults who can read music?
The answer: These students have not learned how to think musically. They have not learned to ‘audiate’ music. Audiation is essential for developing musicianship. Audiation is to music what thought is to language and visualization is to what we see.
Research has shown that we learn music like we learn language – first by listening, then speaking, then reading and writing. Just like language, music has context – meter and tonality, and is made up of vocabulary – or patterns. Essential to understanding music is audiation – thinking in music.
Students achieve musical literacy through the development of audiation skills and performing skills.
In Music Moves for Piano 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
Music Moves for Piano:
- Is based on research
- Is versatile and adaptable – appropriate for all ages
- Helps students to learn music as an aural art – ‘sound before sight’
- Builds lifetime skills through movement, chanting, and singing
- Is creative – students make music from the beginning
- Develops the entire musician
- Internalizes improvisation and audiation skills
Classes now available! Call 952-846-7452 for location information.
We can come to you! Lessons in your home only require a full-size keyboard or piano and two or more children. Great for families, siblings, friends.