Before passing away in February 2021, Dianne revolutionized the way music is taught by developing Music Unlocked. This story began after 35 years of teaching piano when she found herself discouraged and uninspired. Her discouragement grew when those who “just didn’t get it” left without finding the song she knew they had. Somehow, she was unable to communicate her love for music in a way that would motivate them to press through the discipline of “practice”. She was tired of the mundane routine of teaching the same music over and over again. When new methods came out, her hope for something fresh and inspiring eventually faded away. So, she came to the conclusion that the problem must be her.
Even though Dianne was classically trained, she was always able to play by ear. Never having been exposed to music theory, she found her first theory class in college to be a fascinating discovery. Rather than seeing disconnected, uninteresting facts, she saw the beautiful, awe-inspiring design of music and how it all fit together.
But, the methodical routine of only using method books and supplemental solos, wasn’t conveying the beauty of music the way she knew it to be. However, she didn’t have the tools to take people beyond the written notes into improvisation or expressing themselves freely in a spontaneous song. Consequently, Dianne quit teaching.
A few years later, a piano teacher offered her a job at her growing and thriving piano studio. She asked if Dianne would be willing to be taught her way of teaching. The other teacher used visual pictures that both children and adults easily understood. Dianne's passion for teaching had been reignited!
Music Unlocked evolved out of that pursuit to help students (and teachers) find their "song". Not only was conceptual teaching part of the answer, but discovering the way they learn through profile assessments released the confidence and desire to press through the discipline of practice! See video below.
The Music Unlocked TEACHERS GUIDE enabled teachers to reach every kind of learner with innovative techniques, games and strategies that are fun and easy to learn.
Below are the 4 pillars that express the vision for UNLOCKING THE HEART OF MUSIC.