Piano Program

(Ages 4 - 9)

Program Description

Music Moves for Piano (MM4P) is a 21st century piano method. It combines the best elements from traditional music education (Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Suzuki) with modern research into both music education (Edwin E. Gordon's Music Learning Theory) and early childhood development.

MM4P is an
audiation-based approach to learning piano. This means our approach is based on the way children acquire language skills:

 

  1. listen

  2. think (audiate) & acquire vocabulary (rhythm & tonal patterns)

  3. speak (sing or play music)

  4. read

  5. write

The focus with MM4P is on developing musical comprehension and the ability to play with both fluency and good technique. For optimal learning, reading music notation is delayed until students are developmentally ready for it.

MM4P classes are fun, engaging, active, and creative! Students will learn to:

 

  • sing in tune, move musically, and play by ear;

 

  • understand music in the context of meter and tonality;

 

  • build an extensive "vocabulary" of rhythm & tonal patterns;

 

  • play with good technique & freedom from muscular tension;

 

  • transpose, harmonize, improvise, arrange, & compose music;

 

  • perform solo or in groups with comfort and musical fluency;

 

  • become independent music thinkers;

 

  • and, when ready, learn to read and write musical notation.


Overall, the program provides a solid foundation in music that will set your child up for success in any future musical endeavor!

Class Description

Classes are 45 minutes long, once per week, and our Spring Session will run for 10 weeks. There will also be opportunities for performing, such as informal performance classes and formal recitals.

MM4P classes are taught in small groups, providing a fun learning environment where children learn together through songs, games, various props, and practical keyboard experience. There are a maximum of 4 students per class.

Tuition & Fees

 

Tuition:  $250

 

Books & Materials:  Included

Registration

We are closed for the summer. Please join our contact list if you would like to be notified when registration opens for the fall.

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"Music Moves for Piano brilliantly applies the profound Music Learning Theory of Dr. Edwin E. Gordon, creating 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.
 
MM4P 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"
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