Hi, I love to teach children as young as 3 years old using my own Brain-Based Piano Method, a Mindful and Comprehensive Approach. My method is fun, engaging, effective and practical. My students learn to understand how music works. They learn from early on the basics of music: ear training, music theory, form, piano technique, reading and writing notes, and more. But more than anything else, I encourage my students to be creative from the very beginning. My method is a complete system for learning the piano that includes books, CDs, rewards, teaching materials and video tutorials accessible online. My goal is that my students learn how to perform with confidence and to create their own music. I want to make sure that they see the connections present in music and that they transfer all that knowledge to other aspects of their lives. To learn more about my method please visit my website named after it. Thanks
Together with Mihai Preda, PhD, I have created the Brain-Based Piano Method, a mindful and comprehensive system to learn how to play the piano that was created with today’s children, parents and teachers in mind.
It incorporates the latest scientific understanding on how we learn. Students of all ages will find a stimulating framework that supports their individual growth and creativity.
The Initiation Level is intended for children 3 and up . The Initiation package is comprised of the Initiation Book, a CD, a sheet with 40 reward badges. Students can access video tutorials online with the songs and activities mentioned in the book. Teacher resources also include a Rhythm Game, Song Puzzle Game and Staff Game.
Children are absorbing new knowledge at an incredibly fast pace. This method provides their growing minds with plenty of material for learning and experimentation.
At the most elementary level, all aspects of musicianship are covered: rhythmic and melodic development, ear training and playing by ear, piano technique, reading and writing.
Following the natural process by which children learn their mother tongue (listen, imitate, speak, read and write), they learn music, first by listening, then by clapping, singing, then by playing on the piano. Reading and writing follow.
The Do-Re-Mi system of note names (the Solfege system) is used for its many advantages: it allows students to make a direct connection between the sounds they hear and sing, and the notes they play.
We paid particular attention to developing the children’s creativity. Students are encouraged to come up with their own rhythms, melodies, to modify and combine the songs they learn in different ways and to create their own arrangements.
The book is organized in 5 chapters. Each chapter has two songs, a technical study and activities that help children learn different skills (rhythm, ear training, theory, reading and writing etc.) Most activities are related to the songs learned. Also included in each chapter is one creativity bonus.
The book is accompanied by video tutorials accessible online, which allow students to review the material learned at their own pace, as often as they like.
Systematic assessments are built into the learning process at every stage. The skills mastered are rewarded with a special badge or stamp.
A Final Test assesses the skills and playing abilities developed so far. Students receive a Diploma and are ready to move on to the Preparatory level.
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I completed all the requirements to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and graduated from a Master of Science in Music Education. I have studied music since I was 12 years old.
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