Welcome to Music Moves for Piano


by Marilyn Lowe
in cooperation with Edwin E. Gordon

September 16, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marilyn White Lowe, founder and author of Music Moves for Piano.

Marilyn dedicated the last 30 years of her life to music learning theory and the creation of materials to help teach musicianship at the piano. Early on, most time was spent authoring, adapting and publishing a 25 book series based on her own teaching experiences and the MLT from Edwin Gordon.

The last decade was spent coaching teachers how to use, adapt and extend this work. She did all this while continuing to do what she loved, teaching in her own studio.  She helped curate a global network of music educators that continue her passion by passing her whole musician approach onto future generations of not only piano students, but other music educators as well.  

In the most recent years, she worked tirelessly to establish the momentum required to carry these ideas and methods beyond her own lifetime.  She was extremely proud and grateful for all the teachers, friends and colleagues in her life.  It was her final wish that they continue to innovate, motivate and encourage each other in the pursuit of creating lifelong musicians.  

We stand together in offering continued service and support to all. Obituary: http://marilynlowe.com

The Family of Marilyn White Lowe.

Music Moves for Piano is a new piano method for the 21st century that builds on Orff, Kodaly, Suzuki, and Dalcroze and applies Edwin E. Gordon's Music Learning Theory to the teaching of piano. Music Learning Theory is the same as Gordon's 'theories of audiation' and is a sequential learning process that guides students to hear and perform music with understanding. The music learning process, similar to the language learning model, is: 1) listen  2) speak; perform; acquire a rhythm and tonal music vocabulary by singing, chanting, and moving  3) think, improvise, audiate  4) read  5) write.   

This piano method can be used for beginning and transfer students of all ages and levels. The purpose of Music Moves for Piano is to help students learn how to audiate and how to play the piano. This method provides a solid foundation for developing complete music literacy.

Supplemental solo repertoire, first learned by purposeful rote instruction then from notation, is essential for learning with this piano method and for individualizing instruction. Supplemental repertoire should be selected by the teacher to match individual students special needs and levels.

In Music Moves for Piano students learn to:

  • Think about music in the context of a meter and a tonality 
  •  Improvise, play by ear, transpose, and harmonize 
  • Sing and play - accompany singers and instrumentalists
  • Perform with comfort and fluency in a variety of social settings
  • Play with technical ease and freedom from muscular tension 
  • Listen to and perform music with understanding - students audiate
  • Compose, arrange, read, and write music notation
  • Become independent music thinkers

Music Moves for Piano:

  • Is based on Edwin E. Gordon's lifetime research
  • Is versatile and adaptable - appropriate for all ages 
  • Helps students to learn music as an aural art - 'sound before sight'
  • Builds lifetime music skills through movement, chanting, and singing
  • Is creative - students make music from the beginning
  • Develops the entire musician
  • Internalizes improvisation and audiation skills

Praise for the Music Moves for Piano Series

"Marilyn Lowe has brilliantly applied the profound Music Learning Theory of Edwin E. Gordon to create a new approach to piano study that ensures joyfulness, musicality, and an authentic connection to music making. This approach avoids many of the significant pitfalls of standard instruction. Music Moves for Piano focuses on developing the entire musician - the student's ability to sing, to move gracefully, to audiate musical substance with understanding, to make a palpable physical connection to music. And it does this in conjunction with a wise, systematic presentation of purely pianistic skills: keyboard knowledge, technique and body awareness, notation, and, initially, attractive folk literature. The series of books represents a monumental and inspired contribution to piano pedagogy, which will surely become the benchmark by which other methods, before and after, will be measured." 

Seymour Fink, Professor Emeritus Binghampton University
Author of Mastering Piano Technique
Contributor to A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers

 

"In Music Moves for Piano, Marilyn Lowe has given us materials for a new generation of piano instruction, perfectly suited to the 21st-century student. They usher the student into the "language" of music in a way that results in independent music making and musical thinking. The process of native language acquisition is more thoroughly applied here than in any previous piano method. Students learn music as an aural art and an oral art."

Garik Pedersen, DMA
Professor of Piano Pedagogy
Eastern Michigan University


"Marilyn Lowe manages to apply in Music Moves for Piano the essential pedagogical principles of Edwin E. Gordon's Music Learning Theory. Only a master teacher can guide teachers and students in a program created to let the audiation and keyboard skills constantly develop in an integrated way.

Andrea Apostoli
President AIGAM (Italian Gordon Association for Music Learning)
Rome, Italy


"I teach piano lessons along with Music Together, and immediately, after a summer symposium in Michigan, I began using Marilyn Lowe's Music Moves for Piano. Marilyn put this unique method together with the help of Dr. Edwin Gordon, and it dovetails beautifully with the Music Together philosophy.

The backbone of the method, and Music Together, too, is audiation. We in Music Together know what an important piece audiation is to real music learning--putting music into the child before he/she begins to read and write music notation.

When I teach now, it's a seamless transition from Music Together to piano instruction, and I love it. Teaching this way makes so much sense, and it's more flexible in today's society with children overcommitted with activities."

Janice Collett
Music Together Teacher in Nevada

Music Moves for Piano Review. "....Students who closely follow this course should be able to make music independently and think musically. Most children will love the lessons because of all the activities."

Reviewer's Choice by D.P.
Clavier/January 2005

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Tim Topham Interview

About MLT-Piano-based instruction. Click here to view.

LIVESTREAM TEACH FOR GROWTH with Nguyễn Ngân

Music Moves for Piano and Edwin E. Gordon's Music Learning Theory. Click here to view.

Musical U Team

Mind Before Fingers, with Marilyn White Lowe. Click here to view.

MMTA Exclusive

Music Moves for Piano: An Audiation-Based Piano Method here to view.

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