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Pedagogy Guides (DVDs)

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!

Mary Gae George invites you into her home and studio to observe the interaction between the subject of music, her students, and her teaching. You will discover that her teaching, based on the Power of Positive Pedagogy and the principle of spiral learning, is supported by thinking-centered activities that show students the power of their own minds and acquaint them with the exciting syntax of the musical language.

Youngsters will more willingly “sit still” to master their playing technic or their reading skills when informed by the exuberance of spontaneous reaction to music’s invitation to self expression. Adults will be encouraged to recognize that their lifelong experience can inform their learning, and that our response to music is forever rooted at a basic level.

An important revitalizing change occurs when we think of teaching resourceful elementary pianists rather than passive elementary students. Developing resourceful student-pianists is a primary goal of the Introduction to Music, the first book in the Artistry at the Piano curriculum. This book is featured in our first pedagogy DVD: Teaching MUSIC…not Notes!. This second DVD film follows five students, ages nine to adult, as they address and cross over the threshold to learning deeply, interpreting creatively, and performing confidently.

These master lessons apply to all levels; this DVD shows why and how interpretation must be included at the elementary level. In Artistry at the Piano, interpretation begins at the beginning of the primer level—at the very first lesson.

In this live lecture recital, Mary Gae covers in depth 9 of the 24 Repertoire 1 solos. The two related books for this DVD contain information and guidance for pedagogy students to purchase separately and use in their close study of this DVD and these informative materials. A wealth of discussion and performance demonstrates the need for the miniatures masterworks Artistry at the Piano presents for teachers and elementary students. After studying these Master Lessons, a productive assignment is to have each pedagogy student in the class prepare a similar presentation from the 15 pieces not included in the DVD or its support materials.

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.

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.