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Core Curriculum

Workbook 2
Workbook 2
Musicianship 2
Musicianship 2
Repertoire 2
Repertoire 2
Ensemble 2
Ensemble 2
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Teaching Aids

Transfer students will especially need to review these skills and concepts in Musicianship 1:

  • page 47, How to Learn and Practice Rhythm Readiness Exercises
  • page 50, How to Learn and Practice Keyboard Patterns
  • page54, Study Methods: Learning a New Piece
  • page 55, How to read and Compose Phrase Forms
  • page 60, Dictionary
  • page 61, Posture at the Piano
Flash Cards
Rhythmic Figure Charts
Pitch Charts
Pedagogy Resources

To increase their value, Mary Gae builds her pedagogy DVDs around several levels, which gives you the needed preparation and the subsequent follow-through to enhance your teaching. Thus you will find DVDs listed at more than one level. Use the links to "More Details" to select the most helpful choices for your present interests and circumstances. View the preview that accompanies each detailed description for scenes from each DVD. Remember that these DVDs are not mass produced, and are two to three times as long as many commercial products.They bring you a self-contained course of study carefully written and delivered by Mary Gae and demonstrated with her students in private lessons and classes. Please note that these lesson and classes are not rehearsed. They are LIVE and we love doing them!


The Most Important Lesson

Level: 1, 2, 3, 4; use with all ages and levels of study to demonstrate how to begin any piece, skill or concept. Guarantee: No More Mistakes!

Focus on:

  • Rhythmic security & sensitivity
  • Achieving artistic performance
  • Building secure memory
  • Saving time in subsequent lessons by not having any mistakes to correct
  • Making the first lesson on any undertaking complete and compelling, thus boosting students’ motivation and confidence.

The Most Important Lesson is a pedagogical goldmine for it explores how students need to begin the study of each assignment in order to reap the benefits of the music and their own artistic approach to each assignment. Here is the proof of the pudding that allows students to bring accurate and musical performances (at an appropriate tempo for each of the three weeks in the learning process), thus allowing each lesson to move forward in positive territory while enjoying a sense of keen accomplishment.

Positive Solutions for Teaching Rhythm and Technic

Level: Primer, 1, 2, 3, 4

Focus on:

  • Time-tested solutions for teaching rhythm and technic guaranteed to avoid losing lesson time to correcting errors and omissions.
  • Successful rhythm studies that accomplish accurate fluency and directed motion as well as meter at the beginning lessons on through to polyrhythms at the upper intermediate level
  • Technic studies show the process of building a comfortable, free-flowing piano technic from the first lesson onward. This includes Mary Gae’s successful 13 Study-Steps to Dependably Beautiful Scales that cover three levels of secure preparation and permanent accomplishment (with review!).

Four PDF Study Guides are included on the DVD to print for your own use. These clear, informative instructions are copyrighted and are available as a download for your students to purchase separately at a low price from the Shopping Cart.

Supplementary Music

(a partial list)

Jon George: Patterns for Piano, Artistry Press International; Section 2 (pgs 17-30) Use the concepts and pieces in this book as a built-in composition curriculum.

Jon George: Six Sonatinas, Artistry Press International; each 3 movement Sonatina is preceded by a page of analysis revealing the learning adventures in store for the student. Outstanding preparation for standard Sonatinas.

The Kaleidoscope solos & duets are a long-term selling favorite worldwide!
Jon George: Kaleidoscope Solos, Book Two,; 14 solos.
Jon George: Kaleidoscope Duets, Book Two,; 7 duets.

Jon George: Two at One Piano, Book Two,

Katherine F Beard: Do What I Do, Book 2; The Willis Music Company; 24short canons in Major and parallel (tonic) minor pentachord positions using up to 7 sharps and flats. Both hands are equally developed because of the canon format. These books provide early preparation for part thinking and associated listening, reading, and mental skills. Excellent sight playing material.

Konrad Max Kunz: Two Hundred Short Two-Part Canons, Op. 14; (ELM02009), Vol. 1 & Vol. 2; this venerable collection of brief canons (in all major and minor pentachord positions, using key signatures) develops independence of hands and a keen mind for pattern recognition and manipulation. Essential reading materials for piano students. More advanced students can sight play them with both hands playing octaves!

Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos, Vol. 1; Boosey & Hawkes; #25-36, excellent reading & interpretation studies by a master composer.

Diller-Quaile: Second Solo Book; G. Schirmer, Inc.; includes a mixture of folk songs and early intermediate classical solos.

Frances Clark Library: Contemporary Piano Literature, Book 2,

Jon George: A Day in the Forest,; 12 charming solos

Jon George: Mediaeval Pagaent, Oxford University Press; 8 varied, colorful pieces, including a Miniature Suite, for recital performance. Fresh and delightful.

Arr. by Jon George: Themes from Masterworks, Book 2,; 12 transcriptions from vocal & orchestral repertoire.

Robert D Vandall: Celebrated Lyrical Solos, Book 2-3,; 7 easy to learn solos in Romantic style.

Christine Donkin: Peace Country Hoedown,; spirited and great fun -- a real hoedown!

Christine Donkin: Legends & Lore, . These 11 pieces are for young pianists who wish to slip into the pages of a storybook.

Online Resources

An internationally recognized online resource for skills development, from elementary to intermediate level, effectively and imaginatively presented by Chris Hermanson.

Though many of the early level activities are designed for young students, college students use them as preparation and review for college level theory and listening skills.

If your transfer students at any level can pass the early level tests, they have the needed skills to move on. If not, they need to review until they can. All of your remedial work with them will be enhanced thereby.

Take advantage of these online learning games to ensure that students follow through on skills development during home practice. (This is too often a missing link in students’ study methods. The computer is the perfect tutor, for it identifies success and the need for more work. Students must listen & read quickly & accurately. There are over 400 learning games on this site!)
You guide your students’ listening & reading activities at lessons, but they need guidance at home as well. The MLC is available online 24 hours a day around the world. It is thoroughly organized, including curricula for various courses and state organizations. See for yourself by clicking here.

MEET THE MUSICIANS is an excellent series of DVDs starring Dennis Kobray, an accomplished pianist and actor. He brings alive the music and the composers in most effective and enjoyable ways. Highly recommended for students and their families.