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Schools of Methodology
#1402987 03/24/10 06:52 PM
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Can someone explain the schools of methodology to me? I've been asked "What is your method?" and have no idea what that means. I know my general method of playing/teaching, but I've heard of the Russian method, etc. and am not sure what these are.


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MrsCamels #1403490 03/25/10 12:42 PM
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"What is your method?" is so broad a question. Sometimes, a parent simply wants to know which "method books" I assign because they were displeased with the pace and layout of concepts introduced in the books they used with a former teacher. I think the answer depends on whom is asking the teacher this question: parent or colleague?

As I stated before, parents may be referring to "method books" or more specifically if I teach Suzuki or traditional. IMO, "traditional" is loaded because it usually implies to them that I strictly teach "classical" music (which is not true. I expose my students to a variety of genres.). Some parents ask my method to figure out will their kids learn only Bach, for example, or will they learn some of their favorite pop/Disney/Beatles tunes. Some really knowledgeable parents ask if I teach according to my state piano teachers group's guidelines for festivals/exams. But I digress. Method, as suggested in the OP, can also refer to a specific method- eg. Russian, Suzuki. But, any specific reference to ethnicity, I've only encountered when speaking to colleagues who were specifically trained/certified to teach music according to said culturally specific method.

~mstrongpianist

Last edited by mstrongpianist; 03/25/10 12:46 PM. Reason: Just a thought: this question may be better answered in the Piano Teachers Forum.

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