Mary Rose incorporates the teaching of music theory into all her private lessons, but has also spent several years teaching music theory in private lessons and classes for the Young Pianists Program at Indiana University. Creating her own syllabus and materials, Mary Rose has enjoyed the challenge of making music theory relevant and fun for pre-college students. Teaching theory in the classroom setting has given her a great appreciation for the many different manifestations of musical talent in all musicians: some thrive playing by ear but have a hard time sight-reading; others have no problem sight-reading and analyzing music, but are not naturally able to identify intervals aurally; at the same time, some fortunate people are born with perfect pitch.
Understanding music theory is essential. The more the pianist knows, the more she can expand her musical potential, not only in developing the ability to play or transpose by ear, but also by aiding in the memorization process and in the interpretation of repertoire.
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