88 Keys to Mastering the Piano is a unique, graded-level piano method designed to help students learn to play the piano with ease, facility, confidence, and artistry. The journey from the first lesson to the last remains engaging as students discover ways to listen, think, and move so that they may create beautiful sounds at the piano and express all of their emotions through music.
Through creative compositions, videos, mp3 accompaniments, rhythm raps, a Technic Treasure Hunt, ear-training, fun off-the-bench activities, improvisation, rote pieces, and the accompanying Piano Exploration books, students will enjoy the learning process and their music-making as they develop strong skills in theory, sight-reading, ear-training, rhythm, and discover the foundations of a healthy, amazing piano technic.
- Virtual flip book format available (in addition to print version) is a fabulous resource particularly for online teaching and is invaluable for teaching motion and alignment, technic, as well as providing motivation with the engaging instructional videos and mp3 accompaniments.
- Healthy technic: Unique to the series, students will discover a healthy, coordinate piano technic and the secrets of effortless, tension-free playing. From note reading and keyboard theory, to listening and theoretical concepts, the development of an ergonomically correct and subsequently amazing piano technic dictate the progression of all the materials throughout the series. Outdated practices from the 18th and 19th centuries, (which are unfortunately still taught in the 21st century, despite developments in the field of ergonomic motion and injury prevention) are avoided. Instead, the components of an effortless virtuosity at the piano are systematically introduced throughout the course with step-by-step instructions. When these principles of coordinate motion are applied under the supervision of an expert teacher who is trained extensively in the Taubman Approach, students will master the skills necessary for a lifetime of playing the piano with ease, brilliance, and confidence. Click here to learn more about the Taubman Approach and why musicians from around the world --- from concert pianists, to college professors and students, to symphony orchestra players, and piano students of all levels --- seek out and and benefit from instruction with qualified Taubman teachers.
- "Virtuosity at the piano and in life ... for a lifetime." These healthy principles may also be applied to typing and other everyday activities so that students can learn to use their hands in ways that avoid excess tension, fatigue, limitation, and even possible future pain or injury …. in everyday life, not just at the piano.