Thinking as You Play

Thinking as You Play

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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.... ask questions and build on the studenta#39;s answer to get the student to think about the problem and to explore solutions for himself. The rhythm of musical growth is on a continuum from the start of learning the subject matter to the end of the process. A child sings aquot;Hot Cross Bunsaquot; and plays it by ear on the black keys. ... His exploration of learning how to identify a melody would have been interrupted.

Title:Thinking as You Play
Author:Sylvia Curry Coats
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2006


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