There are a number of distinguishing
features that put Succeeding at the Piano®
at the head of the class!
|The innovative approach to reading combines
conventional note reading with intervallic reading making
students stronger readers faster.
|The Lesson Books guide students with specific instruction
for correct technique so they learn healthy habits from
|The elements of musicality are introduced early on
in the Preparatory level, and teachers are reporting
improved listening skills, stronger rhythm, and more
effective practice sessions. The variety of musical
styles presented in original pieces by six leading pedagogical
composers and the great classics, engages students and
introduces them to the wide range of musical expression.
|Succeeding at the Piano® recognizes that
learning is non-linear and creates a pacing system that
encourages natural learning cycles. Succeeding at
the Piano's natural learning cycles move students
through units that fluctuate in difficulty. Athletes
have long known that this type of training is highly
effective, and we see that students are happier and
psychologically healthier when they learn this way.
|Familiarity training is another important pedagogical
approach used in Succeeding at the Piano®.
This pedagogical technique is certainly familiar to
teachers who have attended one of Helen’s workshops
over the years. When students discover knowledge through
experience it creates a lasting impression that is carried
When students play musically, learn excellent technique,
and develop strong reading skills, they progress quickly
and confidently. Helen’s intent was to produce a method
that would serve students and teachers alike and encourage
a lasting love for piano playing. Typical methods have large
drop out rates after the beginning levels. Teachers have
reported very high retention rates between the levels of
Succeeding at the Piano® showing that the students
and teachers are happy and successful!
The correlating Theory and Activity Books make
theory fun with Writing and Playing activities
that reinforce the concepts learned in the Lesson and
Technique Book, Rhythm activities that teach
students to internalize rhythm, and composition activities
in Time to Compose that teach students to compose
their own original compositions. These books are also full
of Ear Training activities!