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Making Music at the Piano: Learning Strategies for Adult Students [Paperback]

Barbara English Maris
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Feb. 18 2003
Beginners can make music at the piano and play musically even during the earliest phases of piano study, and this books shows how. Written for early-level adult piano students of any age, the book enables students to play gratifying music while continuing to develop their skills steadily, whether they are working in a private studio or in a piano class environment. Throughout, the book features numerous Concepts to Consider (focusing on conceptual learning) and Activities to Explore (whichbuild on the Concepts and emphasize ways to strengthen the kinesthetic aspects of learning). The author discusses nearly every aspect encountered by the beginner, from appropriate goals and good playing habits to the basics of how people learn and how the piano works. She provides a hands-on explanation of the characteristics of music playing and suggests specific strategies for using practice time effectively and for developing rhythmic security and technical control of sound. For students whoto play as well as practice, this book is the ideal guide.

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Although the book is aimed at adult students, it is also one to run out and buy if you are a professional pianist, teacher of any age group, or the parent of a child who is having lessons Piano This is a book what will recharge and refresh any musician, and encourage the exploration of a new and highly rewarding hobby Piano Maris presents a feast of positive images, designed to encourage optimum performance of mental and physical dexterity Piano

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Adult Piano Students & Teachers April 20 2001
By CLM
Format:Paperback
"Making Music at the Piano: Learning Strategies for Adult Students" is a must-read for any adult who is beginning, resuming, or considering taking piano lessons. It is also important reading for piano teachers. Based on decades of experience as a university piano teacher and performer, Dr. Maris offers numerous tips and insights on the process of learning to play the piano as an adult. The book covers many diverse topics including: characteristics of adult learners, rehearsal strategies, evaluating mistakes, the role of the body in piano playing, and dealing with common pitfalls (e.g., "I sound so awful I don't like to hear myself play"). With warmth and a sense of humor, Dr. Maris convincing makes the case that adult piano students can learn to play sensitively, with musicality, AND have a great deal of fun in the process. Don't miss this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adjunct to Lessons for Adult Learners Nov. 17 2003
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I am an adult beginner and found that this book provided an excellent adjunct to my lessons. I read and re-read many sections as it moved me along the difficulties inherent in learning as an adult. When I practiced (just me and my piano without the encouraging presence of my teacher), this book frequently got me over the "I can't learn this" hurdle. Making Music at the Piano helped me examine my goals, analyze my practice problems, and prepared me for a group class that was my first time playing before others. Most of all, I relied on it to provide the voices of other learners talking about their challenges, successes and tips. I continue to refer to this book and highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adjunct to Lessons for Adult Learners Nov. 17 2003
By Aurelie Shuleshko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am an adult beginner and found that this book provided an excellent adjunct to my lessons. I read and re-read many sections as it moved me along the difficulties inherent in learning as an adult. When I practiced (just me and my piano without the encouraging presence of my teacher), this book frequently got me over the "I can't learn this" hurdle. Making Music at the Piano helped me examine my goals, analyze my practice problems, and prepared me for a group class that was my first time playing before others. Most of all, I relied on it to provide the voices of other learners talking about their challenges, successes and tips. I continue to refer to this book and highly recommend it.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome... all the help to help yourself to make the most of it June 19 2007
By Max Grenkowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Have you ever started something completely new? Maybe you wanted to build your new house; or you wanted to play the piano? In either case -- and because it is new to you -- you need to gather a lot of relevant information, understand the facts (conceptual learning) and utilise a physical skill (kinaesthetic learning) to arrive at your set destination, your goals. "Making Music at the Piano" provides you with most of the relevant information you will need to learn about making music as well as developing learning strategies suitable for the adult learner.

The blurb on the back cover of Barbara English Maris' book is true to its words. Adults require a different learning strategy; adults like you have questions that you either think are too early to discuss with your teacher or you don't dare asking. When I started learning the piano I was wondering why I had my tune down pad at home, and at the studio it fell to pieces. You will find the answer in this book. Is the gym philosophy "No Pain, no Gain" applicable to piano training? Absolutely not, as you will learn in this book. In particular when you begin learning the piano -- at least for me -- I had almost an endless number of questions, such as set-up of the environment, what is loud, what is soft, what to practice, in which order; Which exercises to do, etc. When I started with piano lessons, I did a lot of research; in particular regarding body posture, finger, hand, wrist, and arm movements. Good research produces a lot of good information, but is also overwhelming for starting a new activity or project and can even be an inhibitor to start in an organised fashion. This book will bring a structured approach to your "Making Music at the Piano". I don't know where to start with the highlights in order to promote this book, because there are simply too many.

Barbara English Maris must have seen it all in her teaching career and as a result has produced a very informative piece of work with a holistic approach -- beyond the mere piano playing -- to Making Music at the Piano. Amongst the many sources I have quizzed, this is the book I can strongly recommend to any adult beginning or returning to the piano.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Adult Piano Students & Teachers April 20 2001
By CLM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Making Music at the Piano: Learning Strategies for Adult Students" is a must-read for any adult who is beginning, resuming, or considering taking piano lessons. It is also important reading for piano teachers. Based on decades of experience as a university piano teacher and performer, Dr. Maris offers numerous tips and insights on the process of learning to play the piano as an adult. The book covers many diverse topics including: characteristics of adult learners, rehearsal strategies, evaluating mistakes, the role of the body in piano playing, and dealing with common pitfalls (e.g., "I sound so awful I don't like to hear myself play"). With warmth and a sense of humor, Dr. Maris convincing makes the case that adult piano students can learn to play sensitively, with musicality, AND have a great deal of fun in the process. Don't miss this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful May 8 2013
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I am enjoying this book very much. I am working through it slowly and will try to improve this review after working through more of the book.
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