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Thinking as You Play: Teaching Piano in Individual and Group Lessons

Thinking as You Play: Teaching Piano in Individual and Group Lessons
Author: Sylvia Coats
ISBN 13: 9780253218155
ISBN 10: 253218152
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2006-02-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 184
List Price: $24.95

Thinking as You Play focuses on how to teach, not what to teach. Sylvia Coats gives piano teachers tools to help students develop creativity and critical thinking, and guidelines for organizing the music taught into a comprehensive curriculum. She suggests effective strategies for questioning and listening to students to help them think independently and improve their practice and performance. She also discusses practical means to develop an awareness of learning modalities and personality types. A unique top-down approach assists with presentations of musical concepts and principles, rather than a bottom-up approach of identifying facts before the reasons are known.

Thinking as You Play is one of the few available resources for the teacher of group piano lessons. Ranging from children's small groups to larger university piano classes, Coats discusses auditioning and grouping students, strategies for maximizing student productivity, and suggestions for involving each student in the learning process.

Meg Gray - American Music Teacher

[...A] wonderful book for the experienced teacher who wants to take his or her teaching to the next level. Graduate pedagogy students or undergraduates... would also benefit greatly from this book." "[T]houghtful and thought-provoking ... stuffed full of information...