If You Are...

  • Interested in teaching creative, enthusiastic, and independent musicians

  • Searching for the perfect piano method to bridge early childhood music and formal instruction

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide to using Marilyn Lowe's Music Moves for Piano Keyboard Games Books

Then you are in the right place!

Hi! My name is Krista Jadro, founder of Music Learning Academy, the online space dedicated to training and support for Marilyn Lowe's Music Moves for Piano and audiation-based music instruction.

I have always had a passion for music and teaching. When introduced to Music Learning Theory at University of Delaware in 2002, I quickly recognized the importance of knowing how children learn music in order to provide developmentally appropriate instruction. Over the past 17 years, I experienced teaching audiation-based instruction in a variety of settings, including a school for children and adults with autism, my studio of piano and flute students, early childhood classes, and elementary general music.  I frequently share my expertise with fellow teachers at conferences, workshops and trainings, and professional development courses as a member of the Gordon Institute of Music Learning Piano Faculty. I am the Director of Early Childhood Education at Brookline Music School. There, I oversee a thriving early childhood and Music Moves for Piano program, with seven teachers and nearly 200 students! 

I'm excited to be here to guide and support you as you navigate the wonderful world of Music Moves for Piano.

With Keyboard Games, students will build:

  • Healthy and coordinated technique

  • Keyboard geography awareness using the whole keyboard

  • Audiation skills through keyboard pieces and singing, chanting, and movement activities

The Curriculum

Below is an outline of the topics that will be covered in this course on Marilyn Lowe's Music Moves for Piano Keyboard Games method books.

Chapter 1: Welcome Welcome
Materials
Keyboard Games Overview
Chapter 2: Music Learning Theory Edwin E. Gordon
Music/Language Learning Parallel
Audiation
Whole-Part-Whole
Preparatory Audiation

Introduction to Formal Instruction
Chapter 3: The Lesson Plan The Lesson Plan Template: Activity Time and At the Keyboard
Using the Keyboard Games Songs and Chants
Chapter 4: Rhythm Musicianship: Chants and Patterns
Chapter 5: Pitch Musicianship: Songs and Patterns
Chapter 6: Movement Laban Effort Movements: Flow, Weight, Space, Time
Pulsating Movement: Watch Please
Chapter 7: Improvisation Vocal Improvisation: Rhythm and Pitch
Keyboard Improvisation: Rhythm, Pitch, Mash-ups, Medleys, Arrangements, Compositions, Ensembles, My Story
Chapter 8: Performance Pieces Learning Performance Pieces: Listening to the Audio Files, Away from the Keyboard, At the Keyboard
Keyboard Geography Awareness
Building Healthy Technique

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start?

    Since this is an online course, there is no course start date. You can join anytime! Currently, we are in the "drip content" phase. Course lessons are released every two to three weeks, with more than enough to keep you busy. By the end of summer, we will transition into the full course, where all the material will be available for you to take at your own pace.

  • What is the cost?

    The current price for enrolling in the course is $249 USD.

  • How long do I have access to this course for?

    You have access 24/7 to this course for a lifetime, which means you get all the updates as they are published, as well. Just don't go breaking any rules - such as re-purposing the content, copying the videos, or sharing your login information!

  • Will you be on hand to answer my questions?

    Yes! Upon enrollment, you will be invited to become a member of a private Facebook group for the duration of the pre-enrollment period, that is from now until the complete course launch date this summer. I will be there to answer questions via Facebook posts and live events.

  • What materials do I need?

    You will need 1) Keyboard Games Teacher's Edition, 2) Keyboard Games Student Book A, and 3) Keyboard Games Student Book B.
    These can be purchased from Marilyn Lowe (info@musicmovesforpiano.com) at the following discounted prices (shipping is included for US purchases, there will be additional shipping costs for international):
    Keyboard Games A: $20
    Keyboard Games B: $20
    BUNDLE of Keyboard Games A and B: $36
    Keyboard Games Teacher's Edition: $30
    BUNDLE of all three books: $62