Level 1 Piano Pedagogy Course

This level explores effective ways to teach the foundations of technique and musical artistry to beginner students, starting from the initial contact with prospective clients, through first lessons and beyond. Emphasis is on developing proper articulations, beautiful tone production, and exploring ways to fully engage the student in the creation of music. While designed with beginners in mind, skills and strategies learned apply to all levels of piano instruction.

One Payment

  • 20 prerecorded sessions 
  • 10 live Q&A sessions on Zoom
  • Supplemental Articles and Handouts (downloadable PDFs)
  • Access for 12 months from your start date
Start anytime! You will have 12 months to complete the course.
 

EXTENDED ACCESS to session videos for this level may be purchased after completion of the course.

Monthly Payment

  • 2 pre recorded sessions per month 
  • 1 live Q & A session per month via Zoom, followed by a peer-led chat with group members for support and teaching ideas(recording available)
  • Interactive private Facebook Group for members, including assignment feedback 
  • Supplemental articles and handouts (downloadable PDFs)
  • Level 1 course contents available for a full year
  • Once level is completed, access to the Alumni Group for continued support and learning. (The Alumni Group is peer-led and does not involve the participation of Irina Gorin)

2 Extra Months free: July & August 2023

Start anytime! You will have 12 months to complete the course.
 

EXTENDED ACCESS to session videos for this level may be purchased after completion of the course.

Intensive Monthly

  • 4 pre recorded sessions per month 
  • 1 live Q & A session per month via Zoom, followed by a peer-led chat with group members for support and teaching ideas(recording available)
  • Interactive private Facebook Group for members, including assignment feedback 
  • Supplemental articles and handouts (downloadable PDFs)
  • Level 1 course contents available for a full year
  • Once level is completed, access to the Alumni Group for continued support and learning. (The Alumni Group is peer-led and does not involve the participation of Irina Gorin)

2 Extra Months free: July & August 2023

Start anytime! You will have 12 months to complete the course.
 

EXTENDED ACCESS to session videos for this level may be purchased after completion of the course.

Course Content

Level 1: Tales of a Musical Journey step by step teacher’s guide plus:

  1. Parental Education. Initial Interview
  2. The first piano lesson. Posture. Development of the imagination
  3. Listening to music activities
  4. Role of relaxation. Hand position
  5. Manipulating of students hands techniques
  6. Playing by ear. Finger exercises
  7. Sound production. Wrist development
  8. Ear Training. Beat and Rhythm
  9. Notation
  10. Artistry and Expression
  11. Dynamics. Pace of teaching
  12. 5th finger
  13. 2 note slurs
  14. Legato. Practice strategies
  15. Playing hands together. Parent-Teacher conferences
  16. Staccato.
  17. 8th notes.
  18. Harmonic intervals
  19. Improvisation. Mindful practicing
  20. Public performances

I first noticed Irina Gorin’s YouTube channel around 2018 and quickly became a follower of her channel. I started trying out Tales of a Musical Journey with a few brand new beginners the same year. As a part time teacher and a stay at home mom of two young children, attending Irina’s out of state workshops was not feasible. It wasn’t until Irina Gorin’s courses were offered online in the spring of 2020 that I fully immersed myself in the Tales of a Musical Journey 1 and 2 pedagogy courses.

The course consisted of pre-recorded lectures and demonstrations, and live question and answer sessions with Irina and other teachers taking the course around the world. The lectures and meetings were recorded and available to me from Irina’s online portal through monthly subscription, which was a useful resource for review. During the course, Irina shared her teaching experiences, technique, and strategies to interact with students. This direct feedback from the author of the curriculum created a unique and insightful experience that I have been unable to obtain from other curriculum for young children. Irina and the other students also took the time to provide insightful feedback to homework assignments. In addition, monthly question and answer sessions with other teachers fostered better understanding and a sense of community that is difficult to establish with other music teachers on my own.

Irina’s teaching experience coupled with her wisdom inspires me to keep striving to become a better music educator and a better role model to my students. Most of all, music is all about camaraderie and Irina’s course opens a window of opportunity to befriend like minded teachers that support each other in a non judgmental way. I highly recommend signing up for Irina Gorin’s pedagogy courses.

Yvonne Ho-Massey