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MUSICAL LITERACY & CREATIVITYBig-Picture Concepts

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The renowned Pace Piano Method teaches piano music in relation to theory, technique, and creativity. This comprehensive approach (preschool music through adult keyboard levels) gives students invaluable tools for lifelong independent learning, creativity, and musical enjoyment.

Big-Picture Concepts empower students to learn on their own as they also learn from their teacher.

 Student-Scripted Activities engage attention and build confidence.

 A Rich Soundscape opens the way to many kinds of music, appealing to many different tastes.

 Mastery Through Creative Practice adds interest and encourages high-level thought-processes.


GROUP TEACHING—PARTNERS IN LEARNING

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Dr. Robert Pace: It took something totally unrelated to music learning to give me a new perspective on this area of my teaching [group instruction].  It began one afternoon when a mother stopped at the studio door to ask if her daughter could stay through the next lesson so that both students could ride home together with the second mother. 

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SPOTLIGHT ON TECHNIQUE: MOMENTS OF TRUTH

Most people have heard a musical performance at some time that was literally perfect, with each note in its place, and every nuance beautifully expressed.  The feelings of pleasure and satisfaction on such occasions defy description.  Hopefully, on occasion, we have also felt the same way about a performance of our own, whether it was just for ourselves or for others.  These are "moments of truth" where everything depends on your fingers actually doing what you want them to do.  When everything goes right, the inner reward is indescribable, and provides the ultimate answer to “why music?
 
—Dr. Robert Pace, Keyboard Technique and Effective Psychomotor Skills 
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DEVELOPING ANALYTIC SKILLS & CRITICAL THINKING

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Q: How many two-part compositions do most of us know, where the sections sound different but, note-for-note, are almost identical? 

A: Few, probably—which is why the well-known tune Greensleeves, with its structurally like but divergent sounding A and B sections, offers students a unique—and fun—critical-thinking opportunity.

  • Here, students can investigate the mystery of why we might hear “new” music from “old” repeated notes. They can discover how the “illusion” of new music can result from putting the same musical passage into two different contexts, thereby creating new musical relationships. 
  • When students explore Greensleeves’ often unrecognized sleight of hand they gain a broader understanding of the idea that far more than notes makes a piece of music what it is.

Following are some suggestions for presenting Greensleeves’ “hidden secret” as an intriguing and lively musical adventure for students…

 —Dr. Cynthia Pace

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TRENDY HIT SONGS - FROM THE START
Most teen and adult beginners come to the first lesson with a large, ready-made “listening repertoire” of music that they like and hear often. Giving students simple tools for playing some of this music right away adds enjoyment and provides a good point of reference for upcoming learning.

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