As we know at Cleveland Piano Lessons, quality private piano lessons have many advantages. Based on cognitive research in the last decade, people have different learning styles. Some are heavily right brained, some left, and some are bilateral. Also students may learn best by listening or doing or writing or reading. Some are concrete learners while others can deal with the abstract. As an educator, Dr. Arnoff is aware of these differences in learning styles and takes them into consideration when providing private piano lessons in Solon Ohio.
One student came in playing music ‘by ear.’ And his playing was good. But he could not read one note of music. Dr. Arnoff realized that he could not put this student into a usual beginning music series because that would not be motivating to his student. Since all private piano lessons are customized, Dr. Arnoff did several things:
1) worked with the student to write the first four measures of a piece that he was playing ‘by ear’:
2) created a ‘mystery melody’ by writing out the treble clef notes of a popular song and having the student identify it by learning to read the notes;
3) encouraged the student to create the bass clef accompaniment for this song;
4) taught the student the use of the I, IV, and V chords (music theory) to help him develop the accompaniment for this song.