Pathways for Teaching
We all have a “teaching philosophy”, whether we realise it or not. Mine strongly advocates holistic, personalised, life-centred education, and my model of The Three Treasures of Musical Learning is a key component which complements these values.
In this article I will explain what the Three Treasures are, and offer some tips on how reflecting on them can help us develop as effective teachers.
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Sheet Music Review
When I reviewed Hans-Günter Heumann’s Piano Junior series on the launch of the first two levels in January 2017, I was full of praise, concluding:
“My own view is that Piano Junior has in many respects raised the bar, in some ways perhaps even setting a new standard by which piano courses for children will be judged.”
With the launch of the Level 3 books later that year, I wrote in my October 2017 review:
“… all I can hope for now is that the Level 4 publications, due next year, will provide the icing on an already tasty cake!”
Well, Piano Junior 4 is now with us! And so, with interest suitably piqued, let’s have a taste and see whether it is as sweet as hoped …
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Guest post by Karen Marshall
Multi-sensory music teaching is just what it sounds like: using all the senses to teach and learn music. The main senses employed are visual (seeing), auditory (hearing) and kinesthetic (doing).
I would also add in reading and writing (text) as the literate nature of our world shows that many people find this useful, even those with dyslexia.
Multi-sensory music teaching can be seen in some of the most respected approaches to such work throughout the world including those of Dalcroze, Kodály, Suzuki and Orff. It can benefit all learners, including those with specific learning difficulties like dyslexia. In her key book Instrumental Music for Dyslexics: A Teaching Handbook (Whurr, 2002), Sheila Oglethorpe emphasizes this, encouraging people
“to employ as many of the child’s senses as possible in the hope that the stronger senses will compensate for the weaker ones”.
However, multi-sensory teaching shouldn’t be seen as a method to just use with students who have special needs – it has huge benefits for all…
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Swan Kiezebrink is a Suzuki and traditional piano, voice and theory teacher in BC, Canada. Here she shares her piano story …
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Sheet Music Review
Bartók’s seminal collection For Children is, in my view, one of the few absolute essential classics of the piano pedagogy repertoire – a work which has in equal measure both charmed and challenged generations of young pianists, and seems as popular with my students today as ever.
Two new versions of this milestone have appeared in recent months: a single-volume complete edition from Boosey & Hawkes, and a brand new urtext edition from Henle Verlag in partnership with Editio Musica Budapest.
In this review I’m going to present each, with some concluding thoughts on their relative merits, and recommendations of which edition will suit whom.
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