You Can be a Musician: A Defense of Music The Problems with Music Lessons Today and How We Can Fix Them
Hellene Hiner, Nikolai Kurdyumov
Translation and editing by Valery Pinchuk
Illustrations by Nikolai Krutikov
Want to understand the research behind and the development of the program "Soft Way to Mozart"? With its colorful, humorous illustrations, Mrs. Hiner's book will help you see why she considers this computer system the answer to the problems involved in teaching students how to play the piano. Her system guarantees that students will learn more quickly and more effectively than traditional lessons have ever made possible. Read this to see why!
An excerpt from You Can be a Musician: A Defense of Music:
"When I was seven years old, I experienced my very first and most
bitter disappointment. I absolutely loved music. So much so, that I
even dreamed of going to music school and learning to play the piano.
How joyful I was when I found out that Iíd get to go there! With eager
anticipation, I savored the image of my favorite preludes and waltzes
simply flowing out of my fingers. But things didnít turn out so easily
at a . . . Music school turned out to be a total nightmare.
For hours, I was tormented by merciless sheet music, trudging
through the notes as if I were stumbling through dense jungles. My
fingers refused to do what I wished; music wasnít being made. My teacher
didnít notice all of this and commanded that I play with ďexpression
and beauty!Ē Oh, is that all there is to it? Where the heck
was the beauty that she was talking about? How could I hear the music I
was playing when I was just trying to make my fingers hit the right
keys on time? . . . "