music-making built to last!
Pace PIano—Spiraling Learning
√ Learn to use the full keyboard from the start so that they can play, read, hear, transpose, and create a wider range of music throughout their study.
√ Discover how to apply big-picture concepts in many ways, enabling them to teach themselves during between-lesson practice, and to learn on their own after formal instruction concludes.
√ Create their own music as they also learn a diversity of literature, encouraging students to enjoy their creativity and to practice self-direction. Students hone recall plus creative skills, too, when they vary the material they are learning.
GROUP TEACHING—PARTNERS IN LEARNING
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.
—Dr. Robert Pace
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
ADVENTURES WITH ANALYSIS & CRITICAL THINKING
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
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.
Trendy Hit Songs—From the Start!
—Dr. Cynthia Pace