Melody Music Publishers is a new series of piano method books written by Kathi Kerr, owner/founder of Melody Music Studios since 1989, and piano instructor since 1985. Ms Kerr authors books based on her many years of teaching experience and knowledge on how students think and learn! This is a great series for music teachers to use or for the self learner!
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“I starting teaching in 1985, and quickly realized most method books didn’t teach a student to read notes and rhythm fluently. So in 1989, I wrote my first books, the ‘Rhythm Workbook’ and the ‘Note Reading Workbook’. I used these workbooks along with a method book for over 30 years. But I was still unhappy with the progress students made in their reading skills. Then in the spring of 2017 as I was teaching a student, I came up with the idea of writing a book that included the rhythm and note reading drills, along with enough songs using a set of notes and rhythm, so a student could master the reading skill before moving on to the next level. I imagined it being self paced, where students can play all the songs or, when ready, skip to the next level. Thus my venture began to write this book.”
“In October of 2017, I finished the first edition of ‘Drill It and Kill It-Read Music Like a Pro!’ It’s a 200 page book with 5 chapters for ages 8-adult. Each chapter starts with ‘What You Need To Know’, outlining all the information the student will need for that chapter. It’s a comprehensive book that includes, along with the note reading and rhythm workbooks, technique, practice tips, exercises, scales, special exercises, 20 original songs per chapter, assignment sheets, practice chart, manuscript paper, and Christmas bonus songs at the end of the book arranged for each chapter. The end of each chapter lets the student write their own song using what they learned in that chapter. “
“It’s been exciting to see my own students learn to sight read, even passing songs after playing it for the very first time!”
“My whole approach to teaching students is taking small amount of information at a time, repeating each step until the student masters the information. I once asked an adult beginner student if she enjoyed playing her favorite song or being able to easily read any song. Much to my surprise, she said she preferred being able to master the skill of reading than playing her favorite song.”
“I hope my piano method book series help students learn to read so fluently that he or she can enjoy reading and playing without muddling through the notes! I encourage any comments or feedback from teachers and students. Thank you for your time and adding music in this world!”