The structure of teaching piano has not changed much over the last 30 years. There have been many innovative developments along the way, most of which work well for linear thinkers. However, the rapid growth of the homeschool movement, as well as other specialized learning programs, has emphasized the need for curricula that impact ALL learning styles; left and right brain thinking, as well as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.
Our current methods separate music into Lesson, Technique, and Theory books. The direct connection between theory and music is often left obscure, which not only limits the students’ ability to create with what they have learned, but also limits one’s performance potential. After all, what is reading, without comprehension? Though there have been significant improvements in synchronizing the concepts, the relevance of music theory as an integral part of music repertoire has often been neglected.
Below is a visual comparison between integrated and traditional instruction.
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