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Piano Play-Alongs All Levels, Many Styles  

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•The Real Blues •Beginning Jazz •Great American Songwriters •Oldies But Goodies •Say It With Music •Swing Band Dance Hits •Duets to Play and Play With •Get off My Note Get Out of My Way •Grand Staff-Capers •You’re A Grand Old Flag •Easy Christmas Melodies •Seven Favorite Holiday Duets •Bosco and Kitty’s Piano Magic •Piano Plain and Simple



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MUSICAL LITERACY & CREATIVITY

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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.

Spiraling Conceptual Learning

 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 both imaginative and critical thinking.


GROUP TEACHING—PARTNERS IN LEARNING

Students write key signatures

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

Dr. Robert Pace - Concert Photo

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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ADVENTURES WITH ANALYSIS & CRITICAL THINKING

Illusion in Greensleeves—Sleight of Hand Is Afoot!

Here is a musical mystery piano students of any level can enjoy investigating:

Q: Both halves of the Elizabethan tune Greensleeves are identical—except for their first few notes. Why, then, would each half sound distinctly different from the other?

Following are some suggestions for guiding students in the interactive adventure of analyzing and solving this mystery. Through their sleuthing, students will:

  • Discover why changing the context of a musical passage—but not the passage itself—can give the "illusion" of difference.
  • Have an opportunity to try creating their own musical illusions.
  • Find out about a related optical illusion, and some other fascinating musical illusions.
  • Experience in Greensleeves an intriguing example of how more than just notes makes music what it is.

Sleight Of Hand Is Afoot!
—Dr. Cynthia Pace

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Trendy Hit Songs—From the Start!

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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