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What is the Difference Between “Just Learning Piano” and our “Music Talent Development”?

A question we often get asked is why should my child go through a “Music Talent Development Programme” at an early age when he will acquire all the necessary skills when he takes a traditional instrument course at, say, seven years old?
To answer that question we start by saying that we are not opposed to the traditional teaching of music. Moreover, we used it and encouraged it as we adapted it to create a method that can be taught to children from the age of one year.
But we also think that traditional music lessons from the age of seven will not be good enough in 90% of cases, as only a small proportion of children – having been randomly exposed to a disorganized musical environment -will be able to preserve, and develop, their natural music ability after starting so late.
We are here for that reason: to ensure that every child is exposed to an organised and integral music programme that, based in classical education, will give your child the following advantages:

- He will understand the musical language and therefore enjoy music much more.

- He will spend considerably less time studying his music pieces than if he hadn’t been through our training programme.

- He will develop all his musical abilities evenly. Some children demonstrate high melodic skills but may still have a deficient sense of rhythm or pulse. In other cases the opposite occurs.

- He will be able to reproduce melodies previously heard even without sheet musicbecause of the development of a fine relative pitch. In some cases, he will also develop perfect pitch.

- He will be able not only to play the voices of the pieces he performs but also to sing them, making him an ideal candidate for choirs in schools and other organisations.

- He will be able to create music as he will be able to reproduce what is in his mind and, having a good sense of rhythm and musical form, the child will have no problems in making up melodies that, if further musical education is pursued, can evolve into real musical pieces.
We believe that, by relying on traditional music education alone, the risk is that your child may end up as part of the scores of cases affected by what we call “the parrot performance.” That is, the dubious ability to play a piece without understanding it. He may also be affected with defective rhythms and pulse, unable to confidently sing following a part and, even more importantly, deprived of the true enjoyment that the art of music generously provides to able performers and all the people that listen to them.
Our Talent Development Programme succeeds in putting together the greatest benefits provided by a traditional musical education, together with the holistic results of a modern approach, so enabling children, from a very early age, to express and enjoy music by supporting the full development of their innate musical abilities.

Marcello Palace
Director of Stringnote Music Academy

Additional Research by Sylvia Corona