About the Method - Technique Through Music
My name is Helena Sandler.
I hate to practice, but I love to play music.
I learned to express myself musically by playing only the music I love on the piano. It is also how I developed my teaching method over many years.
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TECHNIQUE THROUGH MUSIC is the method used by J.S.Bach, the famous 18th century composer, to teach his own 20 children. The pieces were compiled into a collection known as the LITTLE NOTE BOOK for ANNA M. BACH. These compositions were suitable for each child's progressive technical and musical needs to become better pianists and musicians.
'Bach's Method' emphasizes learning by finger pattern.
Finger patterns are the building blocks of music.
Some of the finger patterns include scales, arpeggios, broken and solid triads, legato, staccato, melodic line, alberti bass, alternate hands, and more.
All music is created out of various combinations of these and many more technical finger patterns. Getting these finger patterns into muscle (kinesthtic) memory empowers the pianist with the tools to play the piano and express oneself through the 'sound of music'.
Learning these 'tools' by playing wonderful music utilizing these finger patterns is not only much more satisfying and fun, but also a much more productive use of energy and time.
Music is self-expression through sound no matter how competent, old or young you are. So time spent at the piano MUST be joyful, involved, focused, intense, and---------FUN!
A teaching approach that emphasizes drills and exercises leaves any student uninspired and disconnected from the music instead of enthusiastic, satisfied and happy.
Repetitive practicing has its place. . . but not until much much later.
TECHNIQUE THROUGH MUSIC IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!
Technique Through Music Piano Lesson Books present musical compositions from the public domain classical repertoire for the 3 advanced books, and folk songs of many lands set to nursery rhymes, fairy tales, poetry, fables, riddles and the like for the 3 beginner books.
The carefully chosen 5-8 pieces in each section contain the finger pattern required by the student at their level of ability. There is a clear explanation of how to play each finger pattern, music to play, and suggested Additional Examples given for more choices.
This way of learning allows the empowered student to connect with the music emotionally - which is what it's all about:
A perfect example is the Moonlight Sonata of Ludwig van Beethoven which is composed on the finger pattern of broken triads as is the first Prelude of J.S.Bach.
WHY I WROTE THESE BOOKS
After earning my Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University at age 24 in 1964, I was invited to teach piano at McGill and be an examiner. I later moved to Vancouver where I continued teaching privately until 2008, while also performing, accompanying, and being a wife and mother.
When I was in my 40s, a pupil pointed out that she had learned her scales, arpeggios, triads, etc, NOT by dull, tedious drills - but by playing the music that we had chosen together.
THIS WAS MY AHA MOMENT!
I became fully aware of how and what I had been teaching by instinct all these years, and decided to set it down on paper using what I call PATTERN MEMORY - TECHNIQUE THROUGH MUSIC
SO------PLAY the music you love while you develop your TECHNIQUE THROUGH MUSIC and ENJOY!!!!!
Piano Technique Through Music
Piano Lesson Books
Published by - Saterna Music Publishing
Helena Sandler - Owner
Children's Beginner Books
Begin at the Beginning
Now That We've Begun
We Move On
CD with Helena Sandler playing all music in Now That We've Begun,
We Move On, and Elementary Level Technique Through Music
Adult Beginner Book
Technique Through Music Books
Piano Duets for ALL
Christmas Songs for Simplified
Celebration Songs for Piano
Christmas Songs for Instrumental Ensemble with Accompaniment
Piano Arrangement of Organ Passacaglia in C minor by Johann Sebastien Bach
Psalm 23 of Franz Schubert for 4 voices with Hebrew Transliteration by Helena Sandler.
BENEFITS OF USING TECHNIQUE THROUGH MUSIC
Music is self-expression through sound.