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.
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.
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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?
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.