Black Ivory Piano Method Book One
Computer Assisted Instruction.
The Black Ivory Piano Method Book One was developed on a Macintosh SE back in 1991. It's hard to believe that I have been using this method for so long and that it was done on a Mac seventeen years ago! I am also amazed at how many private piano teachers don't use computers to help them teach. I'm sixty-one years old and my computer setup is what keeps me going. All of the music I teach is put into a computer by me or my students. We all learn each new piece using the computer to display the music on a monitor that is set on top of the piano, while it is also being played out of a Midi Keyboard. We have an Apple Laser printer on top of the G3 desktop computer for printing out memos, exercises, scales, music, studio policies, calendars, schedules, and recitals. We keep track of all the students and payments in a custom made HyperCard stack. This is by far the best way to teach beginners.
I use the computer to call parents, keep track of scheduling student lessons for each day of the week, contacting all the members of our local music teachers association, and creating agendas for all the meetings. I am the president of CMTA. I use computers for our local reports to the state. I'm part of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA) Executive Board. When I went back to school(U of A) back in 1989, I went to get a Master of Music degree. But I actually got two degrees. One in Music and on in Macintosh. I had to eat, drink, and sleep computers for three years. What a blessing. When I finished my degree I began teaching myself how to program in the C language. It was definitely a challenge, but in 1997, I received Shareware of the Year Award from MacUser Magazine. I became so proficient in trouble shooting both the hardware and software aspect of the Macintosh compute that I still do Mac computer repair work to this day. This very day in fact. In case you haven't noticed, there are not a lot men making a living off of teaching private piano lessons. In order to make ends meet I tune pianos, paint portraits, fix Macs, and teach private piano, violin, and art lessons. Since I have a studio I have a lot of overhead, so I'm still broke.
By the way, I'm good at all the things I do. I've entered three art shows and won three first places, best of show, people's choice, and a second and third place. That covers all the bases. My private students have won first place in competitions at the highest level. They have won more talent shows than I can remember, including five Miss Sierra Vistas. Plus, there is my Mac Shareware of the Year Award. I point this out to emphasize the fact that my Black Ivory Piano Method Book One is of the same caliber. I don't do mediocre stuff. I don't even do just good stuff. I do excellent stuff. :-) Sometimes I even do superior stuff. My Black Ivory Piano Method Book One is close to superior. The only reason it's not is because I don't have enough money to get it in color print and bound and ready for sale at your local Music Store.
© 2008 by Charles G. Marlowe