The Benefits of Rote Teaching

Dr. Julie Knerr (left) teaches piano at her home studio in Windsor, Connecticut. She holds degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy and enjoys teaching children in private, partner, and group lessons. Katherine Fisher (right) is on the faculty of the Athens Community Music School at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Her responsibilities include teaching private piano lessons as well as coordinating the Piano Safari Program (group lessons) for children who are beginners at the instrument. Together they have authored Piano Safari, a new piano method that integrates intervallic reading and rote teaching to create "a holistic approach combining ears, eyes, and imagination that allows ch

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