METHODS AND PACKAGES
What is included with SensAPitch
SENSAPITCH PRE-SCHOOL METHOD
Four Lesson Books,
Four Audio Tracks,
At Home Teaching Materials,
A SensAPitch Music Bag,
1-year membership to the SensAPitch Perfect Pitch Club
SENSAPITCH ADULT METHOD
One Adult Lesson Book, includes all 12 notes of the scale from C4-B5
A 1-year membership to the SensAPitch Adult Perfect Pitch Club*
*Entitles you to discounts on additional perfect pitch training materials, including additional octaves, chords, inversions, intervals, and sight-singing.
Private Perfect Pitch Tutoring Sessions are also available via skype, and pre-sale customers will have first options on scheduling.
IMPROVEMENT VS PERFECTION
Although we can not guarantee that every student will learn perfect pitch on every note, we do promise your ability to listen to notes will be improved by exposure to our materials. 94.7% of our students were able to hear the difference between three (3) or more notes within three (3) months of starting SensAPitch training at teVelde. That said, there are some people that seem to be completely tone deaf, in these cases improvement can be made, but may not achieve the same level of tonal recognition as other more musically inclined students.
OPEN LETTER: MISSION STATEMENT
I created SensAPitch with the full force of my lifetime of teaching students and teachers as individuals to learn Perfect Absolute Pitch.
I composed a set of teaching songs, and several songbooks, all with multiple goals for introducing complex musical skills in a fun, entertaining, rhythmic, and memorable songs.
I tried new songbooks one at a time on my new students in August, 2021. I first worried I had made them too difficult for “beginners” to learn. I watched in total astonishment as one student after another, from preschoolers to older adults, not only liked them, but LOVED to play them… so much that they learned the fundamental skills included inside of them easily and with joy, giggles and laughter in every video they sent to me.
In my career with teaching the best of “traditional methods”, I used Faber’s Piano Adventures, I was clear that to completely train a new student through at least the end of Level 3B, took approximately 1-2 years per level. Primer, Level 1, Level 2A, Level 2B, Level 3A, and Level 3B. My committed students took about 6 years to get to this point of mastery. It’s the point of emerging competence, where the student becomes a confident musician. They can play intermediate piano scores of their favorite artists, while reading and understanding the details of the theory and the technique to play well.
I worked very hard for 40 years to get students to this point of mastery as quickly and enjoyably as possible, so they wouldn’t quit lessons. I tried everything to keep them engaged and happy, teaching to the student’s interests first, and then modifying the method books just enough that they became palatable for each student’s personality types and learning styles.
It is known that many students have a hard time learning to memorize music unless they practice doing it during the first years of playing. I sought accreditation from the National Guild of Piano Teachers and became a Certified Piano Teacher. I added twice annual adjudications that did a four objective purpose of:
1) Student opportunities to present their hard work to an accredited and objective piano expert,
2) A Requirement of memorizing two pieces, with dynamics and technical skills, presented with confidence,
3) Providing documentation of all of the skills learned during the previous 6 months for college scholarship submissions
4) Gave them tangible rewards for their hard work and tenacity for sticking with lessons
In 8 months, my new students have surpassed the skills demonstrated by my “Piano Adventures” students have shown after 6-8 years in lessons with me! At first I thought it was one or another of my new students, and that they were somehow more exceptional music learners. That worked with the first three children in a row… and then the next adult, and then the next 6… then two students with significant learning challenges like autism and hearing impairment. One after another got to level 3B or higher competence in 6-8 months, regardless of their age or “natural” abilities.
I have always identified it as a “Whole-Brain Music Method”, but it’s more than that. It’s the way a human being was designed to learn to play music. It’s a very simple method to teach, and on the surface of it, looks and feels very easy. The learning disguised underneath is absolutely not easy, but I wouldn’t know it from the smiles on my student’s faces.
This is the way the human brain was designed to learn to play music. Quickly, easily, and completely self-motivated, and individually customizable to meet any student’s needs, whether there is current evidence of talent or not.