BUILDING MUSICAL EXPERTISE
Tapping into stored mental musical patterns is the key to understanding what distinguishes expert string players.
After a ten-year research investigation, violist, Dr. Melissa Gerber Knecht found that what distinguishes expert string players from novices is how effectively they tap into stored mental musical patterns. Developing Your Musical Mental Map has important implications for private music teachers who are often only committed to training students in the vast array of separate and specific technical skills for performance and teaching careers. Young advancing string students interested in building skills towards musical expertise, must develop skills in chunking, motor programming and monitoring music patterns simultaneously while using performance of music to lay the foundation for creating a high quality musical mental map.
“Melissa Knecht's new book is top notch for anybody interested in music education. The book is written with the teacher in mind, with practicality as its main focus. It has great ideas on how to teach note reading, ear training, and music theory. I highly recommend this book!"
and String Specialist,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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D E V E L O P I N G Y O U R
MUSICAL MENTAL MAP
A PROGRAM TO BUILD AN AURAL AND SPATIAL SENSE OF THE FINGERBOARD FOR ADVANCING STRING PLAYERS
D R. M E L I S S A K N E C H T
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Students complete excercises from the book using aural cues as part of their lesson assingments.
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At their own pace, students access this site to complete notated exercises from the book using the online audio tracks.
Instructors use the written directions and notated music in the book for one-on-one teaching.
"The book, Developing Your Musical Mental Map, is a truly fantastic addition towards helping students develop essential skills to become well rounded musicians!"
Dr. EMILY ROLKA
President of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota