TEACHING STRATEGIES
  THE MUSIC SCHOOL, INC.
©2018 The Music School, Inc.
The   greatest   teaching   and   performing   artists   of   our   time   are   the   result   of   hundreds   of   years   worth   of pedagogical   and   technical   development   all   funneling   down   to   our   generation.   We   have   examined   these artists   to   discover   how   the   "geniuses"   do   it,   and   teach   that   model   (which   we   call   the   "Learning Pyramid")   to   our   students.   It   is   modified   to   the   individuality   of   each   student   (every   mind   and   body   is extraordinarily different) enabling them to move on to the next level of our Learning Pyramid.
The Learning Pyramid: Our Model for Interaction The concept of the "Pyramid" is simple: Posture   is   the   foundation   of   all   musical   development   and   without   it   you   cannot   climb   to   the   next   level   of   the pyramid.   Technique   and   Literacy   are   built   upon   this   foundation   and   pave   the   way   to   Expressive   tools   and ultimately Artistry. Without a preceding layer occurring, a succeeding layer is not possible. Did you know?  A   majority   of   the   music   teachers   we   have   met   in   both   the   public   and   private   sector   focus   upon   Literacy   as their   foundation   instead   of   Posture.   As   a   result,   when   their   students   transfer   to   our   school   they   can   read notes but they may hold the instrument incorrectly, play out of tune, or miscount rhythms (or not count at all). With   OUR   Learning   Model,   the   basics   are   instilled   constantly   and   corrected   before   bad   habits   can   form. Studies show that it takes 10 times longer to break a habit than it did to form the habit in the first place. String   students   of   "bowed   and   fretless"   instruments   may   spend   many   months   working   on   the   first   two   levels before   note   reading   is   introduced.   Pianists   begin   note-reading   immediately   because   Posture   and   Technique are so much easier to acquire on a piano. Our   computerized   music   theory   speeds   up   the   process   of   becoming   musically   competent   so   that   focus   can move toward the top of the pyramid and into Expression and Artistry. Our   ultimate   goal   is   to   teach   each   student   to   teach   themselves   so   that   they   no   longer   need   us.   We   utilize many layers of teaching techniques depending on the needs of each student. Positive   reinforcement,   mind-mapping,   visualization,   problem   extinction,   overcoming   stage-fright,   channeling nervous   energy,   developing   your   memory,   speed   learning,   utilizing   "overwhelm"   to   bring   out   virtuosity, developing   creativity,   improvisation,   playing   through   the   mind   of   the   composer,   and   many   other   techniques are combined for maximum effectiveness. We   do   not   simply   teach   music.   We   change   the   way   our   students   think   and   interact   with   the   world   around them in a most positive way, forever. A single idea, if it is right, saves the labor of an infinity of experiences.
TEACHING STRATEGIES
©2018 The Music School, Inc.
The   greatest   teaching   and   performing   artists   of   our   time   are   the result   of   hundreds   of   years   worth   of   pedagogical   and   technical development    all    funneling    down    to    our    generation.    We    have examined   these   artists   to   discover   how   the   "geniuses"   do   it,   and teach   that   model   (which   we   call   the   "Learning   Pyramid")   to   our students.   It   is   modified   to   the   individuality   of   each   student   (every mind    and    body    is    extraordinarily    different)    enabling    them    to move on to the next level of our Learning Pyramid.
The Learning Pyramid: Our Model for Interaction The concept of the "Pyramid" is simple: Posture   is   the   foundation   of   all   musical   development   and   without   it you   cannot   climb   to   the   next   level   of   the   pyramid.   Technique   and Literacy    are    built    upon    this    foundation    and    pave    the    way    to Expressive   tools   and   ultimately   Artistry.   Without   a   preceding   layer occurring, a succeeding layer is not possible. Did you know?  A   majority   of   the   music   teachers   we   have   met   in   both   the   public   and private   sector   focus   upon   Literacy   as   their   foundation   instead   of Posture. As   a   result,   when   their   students   transfer   to   our   school   they can   read   notes   but   they   may   hold   the   instrument   incorrectly,   play out of tune, or miscount rhythms (or not count at all). With   OUR   Learning   Model,   the   basics   are   instilled   constantly   and corrected   before   bad   habits   can   form.   Studies   show   that   it   takes   10 times   longer   to   break   a   habit   than   it   did   to   form   the   habit   in   the   first place. String   students   of   "bowed   and   fretless"   instruments   may   spend many   months   working   on   the   first   two   levels   before   note   reading   is introduced.     Pianists     begin     note-reading     immediately     because Posture and Technique are so much easier to acquire on a piano. Our   computerized   music   theory   speeds   up   the   process   of   becoming musically   competent   so   that   focus   can   move   toward   the   top   of   the pyramid and into Expression and Artistry. Our   ultimate   goal   is   to   teach   each   student   to   teach   themselves   so that   they   no   longer   need   us.   We   utilize   many   layers   of   teaching techniques depending on the needs of each student. Positive     reinforcement,     mind-mapping,     visualization,     problem extinction,    overcoming    stage-fright,    channeling    nervous    energy, developing   your   memory,   speed   learning,   utilizing   "overwhelm"   to bring    out    virtuosity,    developing    creativity,    improvisation,    playing through   the   mind   of   the   composer,   and   many   other   techniques   are combined for maximum effectiveness. We   do   not   simply   teach   music.   We   change   the   way   our   students think   and   interact   with   the   world   around   them   in   a   most   positive way,   forever. A   single   idea,   if   it   is   right,   saves   the   labor   of   an   infinity of experiences.
THE MUSIC SCHOOL,  INC.