Development Levels


Learning upper level songs playing-based

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Ruth P., North Carolina

Confessions here…with upper level pieces, I have often just used the music for learning them myself before teaching them, since reading is so easy for me. Thanks to Mark Meritt’s ‘words of wisdom’ this summer, I decided that I would try and learn them the SM way…playing based (much harder for me). I’ve found that I can teach them to my students the playing-based way with more integrity now because I, as the teacher, am playing them that way too! It’s empowering…and fun too!

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Anne S., Nebraska

I found that when I started teaching SM and learned songs playing-based, my reading improved because I started noticing patterns and chords.

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Amy L., California

Me too! I’m learning a Chopin Waltz that my mom used to play when I was a kid. I found myself blocking the runs into hand positions and practicing moving from position 1 to position 2 to 3 etx. It was so cool!