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Remembering Compositions

Below is an email from a parent. Any advice on strategies I could suggest? This student has been with me for about 6 months. He is in first grade and is moving through Foundation pieces at a just-under-average pace. I have noticed memory is an…

Importance of Improvisation

Visiting a teacher’s lesson recently, Neil Moore was asked by one of the students, to say more about the importance of improvisation. Here’s his response. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgLauBzhxTc Original video posted May 11, 2020

Teaching tip: Preparatory Learning

Teach a very small portion of something without revealing what it’s leading to. This works great with Arrangements, e.g. Soapy Dreams (Dreams #2): I teach just the LH chord shape and ask students to try it in different locations on the piano. Once everyone’s got…

Webinar Series: 06/13/2017 – Piano – Fitting in All the Streams

In this webinar Neil talks about structuring lessons to include all required components of the Core Curriculum. Topics include: Importance of Following the Core Curriculum (00:08) Methodological or Behavioral Basis? (04:45) Circle-in-Square Concept (07:57) Timing of Streams (11:25) Introducing Comp & Improv, Arrangements and Accompaniment…

Webinar Series: 05/16/2017 – Piano – Teaching Special Programs

Neil provides an overview of the background and scope of the Special Programs – one of the 3 required components of the Core Curriculum. Topics include: The Genesis (00:06) Introducing Special Programs (07:53) Fitting it All In (13:07) About Composition & Improvisation (15:35) About Arrangements…

Starting Tune Toolkit

Would you recommend starting Tune Toolkit 1 with these students? Brother/sister, identified gifted ages 11 and 12. Both had traditional lessons prior, and are very switched on. They seem to enjoy composing, and have used arrangement ideas to create pieces. Yet I’m at a point…

Applying playing-based strategies at a generative level

Here’s an idea for applying playing-based strategies at a generative level: After a student composes a song, work together as a class to come up with a way to teach it. This might include making a diagram reference, talking about what specific playing-based tools can…

Improvisation Idea List

Concerning my post below, I’ve been approached to write out a complete list of ideas! I don’t know whether it’s actually possible to cover all ideas since there are no bounds on creativity. However, here is a list of ideas I am aware of. “Comp…

Overwhelmed with All These Streams

How do you guys do this? I spend HOURS and HOURS learning these different streams, and planning them into lessons. I’m just about to start learning Foundation 5 (I have two students right on my tail) and I can now see how wrong I’ve been…

Improvisation as a Calming Tool

Recently at a friend’s place my daughter Niluka, came crying to me holding one hand in the other. A young girl, about six years old, had dropped the piano lid on Niluka’s fingers while she was playing the piano for a few others in the…