Robert Pace's Teaching Philosophy

Why Multi-Key?: Many years ago as I was just beginning to formulate the basic concepts of the Robert Pace Method of Piano Instruction, I had to make a decision that profoundly affected everything that was to follow. Would my new approach be limited to the key of C major in the initial stages of instruction as was the case with the most popular and widely used piano methods of that time, or would it embrace a variety of keys? Read More

Group Or Private?: As a youngster I had the traditional "private" or individual piano lessons which essentially meant memorizing pieces and developing technical expertise. In my piano lessons wealways seemed to run out of time so that we never did quite get to study the "music fundamentals.” Read More

Productive Practicing: Recently I read an article about a father who started music lessons in order to appreciate what his 11-year-old daughter was experiencing in piano study. Read More

On Sightreading: All of us have seen the frustrating situation in which a student struggles, with sixth level repertoire with a second level reading ability. Read More

Improvisation and Creative Problem-Solving: Over the years I've often asked parents, "what do you want from your child's piano lessons-- or for yourself?”Read More

National Conference On Piano Pedagogy Position Paper: Madison, WI, October 1982: The first part of this paper will touch on questions regarding the place of the arts and music in contemporary society, while the second will present certain key philosophic and pedagogic aspects of the Robert Pace piano materials.Read More

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