In today’s podcast we’re exploring MLT (Music Learning Theory) and how it applies to piano teaching, with Marilyn Lowe.
Marilyn Lowe searched for a long time for a piano method she loved. When she heard about Music Learning Theory it seemed to fill in a lot of the blanks…The only problem was there were no piano books based on Dr. Gordon’s ideas, so she had to write her own!
Using the principles of Music Learning Theory, Marilyn devised her books Music Moves for Piano.
Students in her method learn rhythmic and melodic patterns first. They use these patterns to improvise, arrange, and learn pieces by rote, before being introduced to the notation. This is similar to the way we learn language, and core to the Music Learning Theory approach.
Marilyn has a fantastic insight into MLT and how to create well-rounded musicians. Take a listen to find out how she how and why she teaches this way.
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In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Why Dr. Gordon’s ideas appealed to Marilyn
- How the pattern vocabulary is built up gradually in Music Moves for Piano
- Why improvising in these patterns is such an important step in the process
- The benefits of the MLT approach for students
- How Music Learning Theory differs from Kodály, Orff and Dalcroze
- How a typical Music Moves for Piano lesson might look
- Why Marilyn prefers a moveable do solfa system
Items mentioned in this podcast:
- Music Moves for Piano Website
- Music Moves for Piano Books
- CD of rhythmic and tonal patterns
- Music Moves for Piano Facebook page
- The Gordon Institute for Music Learning
- TTTV045:Using Orff to Teach Rhythm
- TTTV028: Dalcroze Eurythmics
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What appeals to you most about the MLT approach?
Did you connect with the idea of teaching music the way we learn language?
Does the idea of teaching a vocabulary of patterns before teaching reading make sense to you?