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Stell K. With Mayron's help and guidance, I have become successful in gaining more students, enlarging my studio, and raising my own confidence and self-esteem. I also have had many teachers contact me and asking all kinds of questions about the piano method. Many of these teachers are now successful in teaching group piano. Madalyn S. It has been the main source of my family's income since , and I still have to pinch myself when I think about how awesome it is that I get to do this! My daughter Melanie began taking lessons from Mayron Cole when Melanie was 11 years old.

I am a pianist and had taught some private piano lessons through the years and I must admit that I was very leery of the whole group piano concept. But because of Mayron Cole's appealing personality, I started Melanie taking piano with her, and loved it. During that period of time, I was a single mother of three.

Mayron began talking with me about becoming a group piano teacher myself. She had begun publishing her music and was teaching other teachers her wonderful piano teaching skills. I knew first-hand that her group piano method worked, so after much thought, research, and prayer, I opened my first group piano studio in September of I began teaching in my home with 18 students that I'd obtained through word-of-mouth. What a beginning! By the fall of and ever year since, I have had a piano studio in my home where I average 65 students per school year.

I now teach five students at a time and I only work 3 hours a day on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I cannot begin to tell you what a blessing this piano method has been in my life. I have even had local public school music teachers call me asking about the piano method because they were so impressed with my students who were in their music classes at school. I know that I have the gift of teaching and truly enjoy encouraging students and seeing them grasp the piano playing concept. In looking at other piano teaching methods on the market, there is nothing to compare with this piano method.

Mayron Cole herself is a musical genius, and for that I am grateful. I consider it a privilege to share in her genius. Jackie W. Two of my students have been accepted for the second year to attend the week long Piano Academy at John Brown University. This is for high school students and they only accept 12 from several states on an audition basis. It's an intense week of practicing piano and learning from top professors of music. It ends with a recital. Another one of my piano students just graduated from Ohio State University with a music major. I have several kids playing for church and also accompanist for the local high school play, and the list could keep going.

One of my top students has started teaching some of the younger students that I don't have space for. I would not teach any other method. It makes so much sense, and the out come is amazing. I have a little 8 year old girl that is ready for 4-A. She has a very supportive mother and has her lesson perfect every week. There are those exceptional children! Vickie W: Thank you so much. I am 64 years old and just learning to play the piano. I have used your method since Day 1.

I think it also helps with treat the arthritis my hands, too. You all do great work, just so you know. Never forget that. Jeanie H. The material is introduced in such a way that is very thorough and easy to follow.

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My students love working and coloring the theory pages as well. Thank you Ms Mayron for making music so enjoyable to learn! Phillda N. I came across your teaching method from the internet. I decided to look among my community here in the Ridgeways area of Nairobi. There is an orphanage nearby and in another area, a program for street boys. I offered my services to these two groups for free so that I get an opportunity to practice your group teaching style.

I have never seen a piano method like yours that engages children so creatively in the early years. They love to be able to color their sheets, they love the games, they love tapping the rhythm exercises and to be able to play ensemble right from the start. The orphans joined our regular lessons when we were almost finished rehearsing for a concert, and I really wanted to include them in, but they hadn't learned enough to put them on the piano with a piece. So we did a tapping rhythm exercise for the audience using tambourines, shakers, a kayamba traditional instrument and a drumstick.

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They enjoyed and the audience enjoyed. Also when the 5 street boys joined we were nearing another concert and so I decided to give them one piece with 5 parts an ensemble and let them play that one together. I held my breath when they started just hoping they would be able to carry it through without too many hitches.

Was I surprised when they started and stopped on the correct notes throughout, and their faces were beaming! I have also noticed that your operettas really bring out the talent in them that they had never yet been able to tap. Colette F. I've been teaching your method since The Fun sheets and rhythm taps are wonderful. Great reinforcement. I appreciate the approach to music concepts which are concise and clear. MC books raise the bar compared to other main methods. I wish I had discovered you in the beginning of my career back in the 70's! Thank you Mayron! Amy R. We have used your method book during these past 5 years, and are seeing some great results with the curriculum.

We are so fortunate to be able to offer group piano as a core class in our school, and this year, I will have around students studying the piano! Thank you. Conner: Mayron, Thank you very much! I love your method and have found that it is the ONLY piano method that effectively and consistently teaches note reading, rhythm and the love of music. My teaching has never been the same since I began using this method 17 years ago. I have so many band director's over the years thank me for how well the students know how to read notes and what great "counters" they are. I always give the credit to Mayron!

Olsen: I love the way this method teaches students to READ music, not just memorize finger numbers and rhythm patterns etc. I feel like this method is excellent in teaching all aspects of music. My students are becoming great sight reading pianist! Tamara S. Cole, Your materials have been a blessing to many an African child that otherwise would never have the opportunity for piano lessons.

Thank you for such wonderful teaching materials. You have a wonderful gift that is a blessing to many. Dee Ann: Dear Mayron, I wanted to tell you that the beginning piano class I started at my school last fall has been so successful that we've added another class of level 2 piano, and there were so many students wanting to take beginning piano, we have a waiting list of 33!

Your materials are great for group piano, and at our Piano Open Houses, we always have students teach one of their parents a song so they will see how challenging it can be as well as rewarding! Thanks again for your help. Eugenia P.

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Once students heard other students participating in a group Ensemble, everyone wanted to join a group. I am doubling some of the parts. Next year we may have a "monster" concert. The students love playing together, learning together, and truly making music together.

They really feel so special. Thanks for making this a wonderful holiday experience! All of my young beginning students start with Pre-Level One and the older ones with the Older Beginner books. I have mostly private students but started a year old music class that is a foundation class of Pre-Level One keyboard geography and rhythm as well as stories, puppets, and movement. Kids love it. Thanks for all the help all these years!

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Karen Bernard was introduced to a new piano method while teaching home-schooled children at a commercial music studio. Bernard was impressed with the students who were instructed in the Mayron Cole Piano Method. There was something special about this method--the students were more proficient at sight-reading, counting rhythms, and keeping a steady beat than most of the privately taught students. There was a high level of energy in the studio, the classes were fast-paced, fun, and informative, and students eagerly practiced their ensemble pieces to play together every week. Having been privately taught as a child, and having taught private piano lessons for years, Bernard decided to further investigate group piano instruction versus traditional private lessons.

Anne Haacke, a Masters Degree candidate in piano pedagogy, had published results of her in-depth analysis and comparison of the 15 most widely used piano instruction methods. She concluded that a group setting is a stronger approach to learning staff note reading, theory concepts, and accurate rhythm counting. After testing all 15 piano curricula on her students, Haacke found the Mayron Cole method to be best for presenting new material and reviewing theory concepts; the material is sequential, so there were no learning gaps between students.

Haacke also pointed out that students of the Mayron Cole method advanced at a faster pace and seemed to be developing a life-long love of playing the piano. The group method differs from other popular methods in that children are taught note reading rather than finger-pattern reading, rote playing, or memorization. According to Mayron Cole, "finger position reading may give quick results, but the child is too often musically illiterate and hits a 'brick wall' without the hand positions.

The research convinced Bernard to pursue training to teach piano in a group environment. Bernard recalled that during her college years, most undergraduate college music majors were required to complete a year or two of a piano minor in a group piano lab before taking private lessons. There were numerous college-level methods available for adult group piano, but few written for children. Mayron Cole decided to write a curriculum for group piano instruction using the latest keyboard technology. After training to teach the Mayron Cole piano method, Dr. Bernard began teaching her first piano group.

She found that when students had friends their own age in a class, they were more motivated to learn, they formed a cohesive group, and had a lower dropout rate. Practice and performance levels were raised due to each student vying for greater correctness on scales and pieces. The method worked best for new beginning students, as privately trained students were not used to keeping beats steady enough to play in an ensemble.

Bernard found that the ensemble experience turned out better band and orchestra students, as well as church musicians. The author of this group method finds it interesting that "often pianists are trained privately, but are expected to accompany choirs on Wednesdays, and play along with church organists on Sundays. Cole believes that part of each pianist's training should be playing piano with other musicians, and following a conductor. She contacted Ms. Cole and found that only two other studios in Georgia currently offered the Mayron Cole group method. Bernard wondered if there were students for whom group lessons would not be a good fit.

She learned that two types of students would do better in private instruction: musical prodigies rare and below-average students. Bernard decided to offer the Mayron Cole piano method in Barrow County, and purchased a new set of Yamaha electric grand pianos for her piano lab. The pianos have full-size, touch-sensitive keys, excellent stereo sound, and are portable for performing recitals and Christmas programs in various locations.

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Anthony P. I am in love with your methods book by the way. The sequencing is wonderful and the attention to note reading is just outstanding! I know how frustrating finger number dependence can be. I've been searching a long time for a method that breaks this habit. Again, thank you so much for everything.

Have a great day! I have 10 digital pianos, and most of my classes have 10 students. This year, I have 93 students taking piano….. Thanks for your great materials. They are thorough, fun, and the kids are really learning. Some students will be starting Level 9 soon! Thank you! Paul P. This is the only one that you can hand to a brand new teacher that has not taken any classes on how to prepare a lesson and have them be successful in the very first lesson.

Any beginning teacher that wants to learn how to be a good piano teacher will learn how by teaching from the Pre-Level One Teacher's Manual. Not only that, but most piano students do not know how to sight read and one of the big reasons is they do not learn how to count. Any teacher that uses this course as written will have students that know how to count!

I learned how to play the piano with it 21 years ago, and today, I am teaching the next generation with this method. So blessed to have this method! Bernie K. Thanks for the many years! Terri P. It takes you step by step through each lesson. Easy to follow and flexible. Helpful teaching tips are included.

Scherer: Mayron, It's been a wonderful journey these many years teaching your curriculum. Bless you! My children are thoroughly enjoying this program. And I love listening to them play the beautiful songs over and over and over again! Sierra L. Cole, I've been a piano teacher for 7 years and have enjoyed the many students and classes I've been able to teach. With your Blast Off Junior books, 3 roll out keyboards, and lots of energetic, willing to learn kids, piano was sure fun in Tanzania! They loved learning rhythms and especially loved the "D is the Doggie" song. Playing piano was a completely new experience for them and I was so excited to be able to bring and share one of my favorite talents.

Now that I'm home from Africa, I can feel grateful knowing they will keep up the piano as I was able to teach the teachers the piano course to now put into their school curriculum. A big thank you for writing such a fun course that excites children all around the world! Vickie L. I just love your method. You were kind enough to take time one day to share with me over the phone how to understand the overtone series. I can arrange music-hymns etc I have no idea what the heck I'm doing..

See: the composition section of Level 9. Anyone who is new to teaching piano has such a wealth of information available from your method, I am sooo happy to have found The Mayron Cole Series. I am very very excited about teaching composing this summer! Thank you, Thank you , Thank you! Susan S. I will be heading into my 15th year of using your curriculum.

I tell all of my parents that ask about it that it is the best out there, "If I had taken the time to write my own curriculum, this is what I would have written! Thank you so much for the Cinderella Operetta! I had so much fun painting scenery and looking forward to seeing it onstage!! The show was wonderful! Over people came to the four performances, and they turned away more than before the shows began due to capacity crowds!

We may do a fifth show next year to assist with the demand. Is that awesome?? It is so neat to watch these kids grow in self confidence and stage presence, I thank you again for the fire you set under me back in You started it all. Jeanie: Mayron, I have 4 classes this year and am so excited! I went from teaching 5 private lessons in 2.

Our spring recital went well last year. Thank you for the support you all have given over time. Love your music! Dorla A: Hello, Mayron. We learned it and performed it all in one week! We renamed it Jackie and the Beanstalk, had 2 cows, and a Con Lady. Thanks for all your hard work!!! Lucia: Hi Mayron, I found your teaching method just by researching the internet and I've got very excited by it.

It's really very interesting and fun, but educational as well. Totally different concept than I grew up with. I live in England but originally from Slovakia, where music lessons were not fun at all. I love it that now I can teach kids and we can all have fun together and they can love their piano lessons. Liz M. I found myself in the position at age 55 of needing to provide for myself and my children. Unfortunately, my full-time job just didn't cover our house payment. Since I needed to keep my full time job, and didn't have the time or confidence to start a studio without help, I found your method to be just the help I needed!

I can't tell you how much I appreciate you and your family!! Thanks for being such a blessing to me and my family and doing what God called you to do! Melissa A. I teach 45 students per week right in the living room and only teach and hour and half to two hours per day! Thank you for such a wonderful program -- all my families love it. Townsend: Mayron: I started today with my group classes. I had one more demo today that ended up having maybe 8 kids show up. We had people coming in off the street rushing home to bring their kids back to try out class.

I had a few come in and join one of my classes that started today as well. Signing up afterwards was like the ticket line at Disney world. This is awesome! I'll be making another order first thing in the morning because I had to add another class! I've been using your method and teaching groups for almost 3 years and it has been fabulous I really wish it would have been presented in my piano pedagogy class years ago. I'd love to see your method get the same 'airtime' as some other methods at the university level. Thanks again!

What a wonderful experience! Up until then I had taught private piano lessons in my living-room. When I came home from Texas I finished my basement so I had a wonderful room to set up my group piano studio. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had such fun and so did my students. In I sold my home and moved to my little house in sunny Arizona. I miss being able to teach group piano. I am now 73 and still love teaching private piano lessons because I learned from you how to make it successful and fun.

This evening I began reminiscing about my visit to Texas and my group piano studio that followed. I am glad to see you are still going strong. I was remembering one little girl who didn't want to take piano lessons but her mother was insistent. I almost declined to take her as a student but her mother struck a bargain with her. She could take the dance class she wanted IF she would also take piano lessons.

She seemed to enjoy class and came prepared. About 4 weeks into the course, her mother called to say, "Guess who's quitting? I must have jumped into the conversation a bit prematurely because the mother said, "Oh, no, she isn't quitting piano, she wants to quit dance. I decided I just want to thank you for helping me to become a better piano teacher.

Also, a big thanks to your dear husband for the business part of a studio. Over the years I know I have made better business decisions because of the principles he taught. Judy W. He started when he was 5 and I have had him for 13 years. He is an amazing student and plays the best of any student I ever had. I will have 2 more seniors next year that will have started in Mayron Cole also. When I have said over the years, that your curriculum is simply the best beginning curriculum, I have students that have proven it.

They can play just about anything you put in front of their face, with a little practice, of course.

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They seem to not be intimidated by anything. Thanks a million -- you make me look good as a teacher and you have helped enable me to keep students through their senior year in record numbers for this studio! This past week we were having our last lesson of the school year and something happened that I just had to share with you…. I was just finishing up a meeting with my fellow teachers as my first class of the day entered the room.

There they were, four of the sweetest little 6 year olds…. I wanted to cry with joy!!! They continued to count and play each and every recital song…. Counting all together as I stood there and watched!! My pride level was through the roof!! They were so proud of themselves! There it was…. Proof positive….. When you see something like that, it just makes all of the hard work so worthwhile! Thanks again Mayron for inspiring me … All The Best!!! I have almost 60 students now in just one summer plus a school year of teaching MC to groups.

It's been a great hit! I had enough students to have my first summer recital yesterday and I've been teaching a long time. My students increased over the summer instead of dropping off. For those private students who stayed around, they've really learned how to work together with the group and I'm so proud of them. I had a mom stop by the studio about 2 months ago to talk with me about whether there was anyway we could help her visually impaired 8 year old daughter find a way to take piano lessons. She must always wear dark glasses, is colorblind, and can only see very large print.

Mom had talked to a couple of other teachers without much success, and wanted to know if there was any way we could help. Mom lit up like a Christmas tree!! The print is a very readable size for her. Mom says that M Gay P. Del Parkinson. Even though I do this each spring, I never teach it the same way twice. We had 7 students and I started on the floor with note cards of 2 quarters and 2 eight notes saying, "Are these the same or different?

Is there any other way to start a class?!!! Then I used the Rabbit Game to reinforce the rhythms and handed out plastic keyboards to do the rhythms on notes. Then we talked about how to teach to the group and not individual lessons and not embarrass a student with the wrong answers but have the class as a whole do the item rhythm clapping in this case after I had primed a "student" to do it incorrectly until he could get it right.

Next I hand out a sheet with Mayron's info on why teach in groups, what kind of child will adapt to groups, and why not to teach in groups only if you don't want to make a decent living! I always hand out a green sheet for money, natch on Finances from Bill's lecture showing how the fictional teacher charges XXX amount, registration fee and collection of tuitions.

We also talk about "You have to look like a business, sound, smell and act like a business. And never apologize for charging a fair fee for a good product. I always warn them that they are representing Boise State's education program and never shortcut teaching well Parkinson doesn't!!! Hope you are all well. Love to all. She was 'blown away' and could not believe that the 7 and 8 year olds in the class could play all the rhythms perfectly including eighth notes and knew where all the keys were on the piano at double speed too! Where have they been all my life? This is just unbelievable that so many people suddenly want to take piano.

Thanks for everything. I have 47 students now. It is the most that I have ever had! I have been using it for over 2 years now. There is truly nothing like this method. I mostly take beginners, but have had transfers come that could not count and were having extreme difficulty reading. They were most of the time in Level 2 of other traditional methods.

Within just a couple weeks of changing them over to the MC method they had greatly improved. One of those students today said, "This book has helped me read and count! Now I can even go back to my other method book and it is a lot easier to read. This has happened many times over the past couple years. It is so exciting to hear them count steady and really read the notes! Parents just are thrilled with the success, but really I can not take full credit. This method is what makes the difference. If you want to teach in groups this is the only method that works!

If you want happy students who practice this works! Parents do not even need to help them. You can not count on most parents to help with their busy schedules, but no worry MC method works anyway! Students go home confident and because of the confidence the students do not mind practicing.

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I have parents saying I wish I would have found you sooner. What a great compliment. Thanks to you for developing such a great method! Lynnette A. Why I love this method: This method is the best for really ingraining note values and counting into kids' heads. It also teaches note reading before finger reading, which is rare to find and SO much better for the kids, especially if you're planning on moving your child ren to other instruments I plan on focusing on string instruments later. I love the large size notes, the theory sheets, the easy-to-count beats under the notes.

Basically all of it. I rave about this method to other moms--generally, you can tell how much musical background a mother has by how excited she gets by a method book that focuses on counting and learning note values! This is perfect for homeschooling parents or parents who wants to teach their own kids at home and are deciding what the best method would be for their kids. Christine B. Highly recommend this series. Ellen B. Young students enjoy the lyrics! Great starter for good musical foundation. Pre-Level 1 is excellent. I have recommended it for twenty years!!

Jill G. It has big notes that are easy to read. The concepts are simple, cut concrete. It is not hand-position based. I love that. Mary E. Alisa C. Thrilled to continue with the MC method. Beverly R. I had some crazy notion of trying another method with one of my students at the beginning of this school year.

It took me about 2 weeks to realize I'd made a mistake and switch back to Mayron's method. Lesson learned! Mitzie G. He loves it as it is easy for him to read and understand the notes. Ligeia: I am teaching a nine year old boy who has learning disabilities. Traditional methods were giving him far too much too quickly. I had discovered that reading rhythm came easily to him.

Your method uses his strong skill, moves at a speed he can handle, and keeps the pages uncluttered which helps him to focus. I know this book is intended for group preschool lessons, but I also believe it can help non-traditional learners as well. Deborah A. Alternating between playing rhythms on the piano and reviewing concepts with games helps the younger children really internalize the information and prepares them well for Level 1.

Nancy D. It works well for ALL of the instruments in our studio: piano, guitar, drums, saxophone. It is the best way to build great rhythm reading skills! Jarae: I love the format of this book for young emerging readers. Easy for them to understand and follow. Madeleine R. Best foundation ever!! Thank you, thank you, Mayron!! This is either my 26th or 27th year of success with these beginning books!! Highly recommend!! Anonymous: I have purchased this for my 6 year old son upon suggestion of his piano instructor.

The book and the accompaniments were of great help to my son. My son loves to practice and sing the songs. This is a great way for a beginner to learn piano. We look forward to the other books as and when my son progress to next level. Natalie M. Marjay G. My students can't wait to discover what the next lesson will bring. The pieces are creative, entertaining and easy to teach. I have been teaching private lessons for more than 15 years and had been looking for a piano curriculum to use for group teaching.

This is so much fun to teach. Thank you so much. Leslie M. Nothing prepares early musicians better than keyboard geography and rhythm skills. Thank you for the easiest teaching method ever! Michal: This book is great! This is the first time I am teaching group piano lessons, and my students are loving it! Robin S. She is 5 years old, eager to learn, and learns quickly. We spent little time on the early exercises and moved on into the songs with notes. I like the activities in the book for reinforcement. Paula E. I very much enjoy using your materials as for the young learner, changing focus and many 'To Do' pages keep the four year old student engaged and moving forward.

This book is very instructive and has lots of repetition. An excellent choice to get younger children off to a good start! Colleen R. Thank you for providing me with the tools to help many young children build a good musical foundation. Eva A. The unique music is especially helpful and the many theory pages are great. Diane S. It leads right into the Level 1! The Pre-1 level has fun pictures and worksheets that students can color and easily complete, even if they cannot read yet.

Students first learn to read the rhythms and count, and then where the notes are on the piano, without worrying about reading a staff yet - this allows them to focus on one or two skills without overwhelming them, especially at this age. Great method. Anonymous: I'm particularly taken with Pre-Level One.

It is perfect for my little boy class of seven year olds. I thought it might be too easy for them, but not at all. The kids are working on Dark Forest this week and one of my students came up to me at church to tell me how well he could play it and how he had been practicing it a lot. I think it is genius to spend more time on pre-reading so kids really internalize rhythm concepts and keyboard geography before they are presented with staff reading.

Stephanie: The teaching methods in this book are very helpful for beginners as well as teachers! I love the all-in-one book system for practice songs, theory, and fun sheets. Monica F. Kids don't get "stuck" in one position with anxiety about moving to another area of the keyboard.

Also, the accompaniments are a great way to establish ensemble playing even in private lessons! Can't say enough good things about this method. Keep up the good work! Stephanie D. Level 1 is so accurate in helping new students learn how to read music. I am so thankful for being introduced to this Music series in It is the Best!!! I like the flexibility it provides in starting with the tapping on star keys only for brand new beginners who have had no previous piano or other instrument, or proceeding to the pieces on C-D-E for those who just need a refresher. I used it both ways this past week with new students and was so happy I have this trusted resource!

Thank you for continuing to make it available! Anonymous: My eight year old is loving this book. It is easy to follow and he is having a great time learning to play the piano! Aleci S. Thanks for making the basic book so masterful for so many! Walter G. Marisol Z. Clyde H. Level 1 was a great beginning. My friend recommended Mayron Cole and I have not been disappointed! The books lead the students through a clear and systematic approach to piano skills and prepare them to be excellent sight readers.

The concepts and notes are reviewed consistently to ensure that the students are truly learning the material before they move on to the next level. I have had a few transfer students who were still not confident in locating notes on the keyboard. I felt they could benefit if I took them back a level in Mayron Cole's books and I have seen immediate success and progress in their note retention and confidence at the keyboard. I look forward to many more years of teaching this method! Michelle H. Pre-reading is presented in such a manner that by the time staff reading comes along the students are SO prepared!

It even seems easy to them at that point. Thank you, Mayron, for developing such a sensible approach! Kate K. My son has only used it a couple of times with his teacher who recommended the book. What I appreciate most about this book is that we are beginning with counting and rhythms. My son is 7 years old and just started lessons this year. We also downloaded the music accompaniment and we are loving it! It allows my son to feel as if he is REALLY playing the piano, even though the focus is on counting and rhythm - which I feel are also very important fundamental skills.

I'm anxious for my daughter who has been playing for a couple years without this series to move into your books - thank you!!! Karla A. Anonymous: I really like this book because of the way Mayron moves forward slowly introducing new notes and notation. And she uses 8th notes and flats right from the beginning. Lots of repetition for students who need extra practice and the notation is large and easy to read.

John: I like this method because theory and sight reading as well as playing by ear can be intermingled. Peter G. Christina B. Very easy to understand! Beachell C: perfect!!!! Mary I. I like having the ability to only give the current weeks lesson to my students. Lauren W. She seems to love it so far. She is also progressing more quickly than I expected.

She's happy to practice and is doing well. The music progresses at a logical pace and the variety of activity sheets allow for repetitive practice in multiple learning styles. Highly recommend. They like the accompaniments and the challenge of playing with an "orchestra". I like that they are more likely to play with a steady beat when keeping up with the accompaniments.

Plus, they're learning to listen to something other than themselves when playing. Tracey M. I love the big notes, and how each note and symbol is presented. It is the best method for teaching piano in the public school setting. I have used many different piano methods and I am having the best results with Mayron Cole Piano Methods. I love the big notes, I love the pace and the theory worksheets.

Excellent for teaching beginning students. Donna G. Everything is taught in a organized, understandable way. My students love the books, too. Emily: I took piano lessons for 10 years as a child, and I still have a lot of my primer books. I am home schooling my two daughters in piano and was trying to use those books, but having trouble. Now that I have purchased this book, I find it a lot easier to teach them!!! It's awesome! Anonymous: My students in the primary grades love these little pieces.

Each piece has a different feel to it, which gives us a chance to talk about musicality. While I sometimes feel that the book progresses rather slowly, I've found that simply having them sight-read pieces with the accompaniment on slow speed gives a good indication of when they are ready to skip to something harder or not.

And while he doesn't see many similarities to those days "the gloves are different, the tape is different, it's all different" , he absolutely loves this program, in large part because of Macaluso, who worked with him at the Rohrer Center in Voorhees. That's what you need. Their trip was largely financed by Parkinson's patient Kevin Murray, whose wife, Susan, started the Livin' La Levodopa foundation in to raise money and awareness. Murray, 59, of Berlin, is also a participant in the program. My balance is better, my range of motion. And it doesn't hurt to sweat a little and punch the bag.

Some stations are harder or more physically taxing than others, but nobody seems reluctant to move to the next one. At one of the stations, they get to don gloves and punch at Macaluso, wearing sparring mitts, who encourages them to come at her harder. Before the program begins, participants go through an orientation and their skills are tested so they can be placed with people with similar levels of the disease, JCC assistant fitness director Jayne Miller-Morgan said.

This particular class features veterans of the program but also a newcomer in Carmel Dorsey, of Moorestown. It's a little bit harder for me because I was totally uncoordinated when I was well. To do this kind of stuff is a little bit on the other side of what I thought I'd do, but I'm willing to try anything.

My kids think it's awesome. Just two weeks ago, she said, Fuchs had a lot of trouble getting his feet over a heavy bag, one of the exercises during the individual activities. On this day, she noticed how high he was able to lift his legs. The session ended with a group huddle and a rallying cry led by Macaluso to "Show Parkinson's what we can do, we're going to kick the heck out of you.