What is the significance of playing and identifying chords? From the very first year of study, students learn how to play a triad and probably know how to identify several in root position. HOWEVER, when the chord is in an inversion or spread out over the treble and bass clef, it becomes much more difficult for a student to recognize. I think the best way to prepare students from the beginning is to learn chords and their inversions along with scales. Once the student realizes how the chords works within the scale (key), reading and playing passages start to make sense and are much easier to master.
As a piano/music instructor for almost 20 years, The Piano Lesson is one of the most thorough, versatile, and well-written texts on the market. I love it because I can use it with the very young as well as on the college level with my private and group piano students. The wide scope of material allows […]
I have been teaching for over 30 years and am thrilled with The Piano Lesson! It is so convenient to have several books melded into one. My students like the idea of having fewer books to keep up with and they don’t misplace their binders. The Scale portion of the book is my favorite. The order […]
Dear Elise, I just want to write and tell you how wonderful it was this last semester to have your books for my piano pedagogy class. They are a perfect guideline for aspiring and/or inexperienced teachers who are unsure of the best order of progression in the students’ learning process and how to implement it […]
The Piano Lesson series is truly one of the most superior organizational tools I have ever seen! Every level, from primer through Grade 12, is thoughtfully outlined and includes EVERYTHING a well-rounded musician should know at every step along the way. I’m particularly impressed with the attention given to technical development, theory, vocabulary and basic […]
I have been using The Piano Curriculum Series for 3 years now and am grateful at the success and progress of each of my students. The Piano Curriculum Series organized the lessons for you so all you need to do is follow the curriculum. What I like most is the variety of music elements being taught; […]
Thank you, Elise….you have taken piano lessons and brought them up to the professional level they deserve. I am grateful to you because you have given me the confidence to begin my piano studio again here in Northwest Montana. Ellen Calvi