In the above article, Dr. Judy Willis explains some key methods that if used will increase our learning potential and help us retain knowledge, even something like learning to play the piano.
Any learning to play piano program that includes some if not all of these methods listed in the above link would be the best course for learning how to learn to play piano.
Here are a few that Dr. Judy Willis includes:
Stability and Familiarity, and low stress
When the information that is coming into the brain is stable and familiar, a person can relax and feel at peace. Through stability and familiarity, prior knowledge is stimulated and brought up. This creates a non-threatening environment where minimal stress is felt.
The amygdala in the brain is the emotional part. When low stress is felt by the amygdala, information is more likely to be sent to the reflective part of the brain, bringing meaning to what has been inputted. However, if stress if felt, then the opposite occurs sending the information to the reactive part of our brain. The reactive part of our brain is where we feel the need to fight or flight in different situations.
Our Reading Keyboard Music was designed specifically to teach piano lessons in a non-threatening and low stress way. Every lesson is simple concepts built upon one another. You can learn each lesson at your own pace as well. Our Learning to Play program consists of only 4 DVD’s and a workbook so as to not overwhelm you with a slew of items. However,other supplementary materials are available if desired.
Suspenseful pauses in teaching
This method can produce curiosity and captivate a learner.
Dr. Merilee Webb’s unique teaching method on how to play the piano has been captivating learners of all ages. Many parents have found that their children’s as well as their own attention spans are lengthened because of Dr. Webb’s creative teaching skills.
Humor, Fun, Surprise, Advertising, Color, and Costumes
These methods can bring meaning to the information quickly. When a student experiences a positive emotional state, such as humor, a student remembers the information better. In fact, a recent study has shown that humor creates emotional and physical benefits that enable students to learn better.
As shown above, Dr. Merilee Webb’s teaching style is naturally fun, humorous, surprising, and quite entertaining. When this teaching style is combined with her extensive knowledge for teaching individuals to read and play music, “magic” occurs. Individuals experience success right from the beginning and are interested in continuing to improve.
You can teach yourself to play piano through our program!
Physical Activity and Attentive Focus
When students are able to use their bodies through pantomime, dramatizations, performances, and presentations, dopamine is released. This dopamine tells the brain that the information in pleasurable and worth learning. In addition, students do better at focusing on the information when they have to do something with it.
Many times throughout the 4 DVD’s, students are encouraged to perform what they are learning for the entire class. Merilee not only encourages the students on the DVD’s but also encourages individuals at home to practice and perform what they are learning.
She also loves to receive performances of students that are learning at home.
Personally Meaningful information is presented
Children pay attention to information that has meaning to them.
Reading Keyboard’s music program was designed to create early success so that individuals become excited and want to learn more. The information that students are learning quickly becomes meaningful to them because they are experiencing success right from the beginning.
Teachers who create an environment where students are encouraged to risk and participate tend to have a greater retention rate in their students. Students are not so afraid to make mistakes in these types of environments.
Fear of making mistakes can stifle anyone when attempting to learn a new skill. Dr. Merilee’s optimistic approach to learning to read and play music diffuses all fear in students. She encourages risk and acknowledges each student for their courage.
When an array of these types of methods are used in learning new information such as how to play the piano, success increases.
It leaves the student feeling satisfied and a desire to persevere until their goals of learning the piano are met.
By the end of sixteen weeks, students are able to read most piano sheet music. With practice, students can learn to how to play piano for any music they desire.
These well researched teaching methods are incorporated into Reading Keyboard Music making this program one of the best approaches on how to learn to play piano.