However, in recent years, especially after admitting students who are visually impaired or have a visual learning disability, I started to attend workshops hosted by rote teaching experts and incorporate quasi-rote in my teaching. Here are few benefits that I like:
- Majority of the rote music was composed and known as "pattern music" such as playing groups of black keys that appear easier to play than reading. This particular trait allows beginner students to experience more "fancy sound" and the full sonority of the keyboard, hence, help to develop physical comfort on the piano in addition to the traditional five-finger position.
- These more "fancier pieces" serve a good motivation and are appealing to students for recital choices.
- You can discover music that can be easily i.d. by "patterns" and teach it by rote.
- Many of the rote teaching music incorporates theory concept like the use of perfect 5th as repetitive patterns.
- Some rote teaching methods include notes reading and rhythmic counting instructions. Visit the links below for details.
Have fun in experimenting!!
Piano Safari by Katherine Fishers and Julie Knerr
Little Gems for Piano by Paula Dreyer (her primer level is a supplemental book to Irina Gorin's Tales of a Musical Journey)
Repertoire by Rote by Dennis Alexander and Amy Greer
ComposeCreate.com - African Adventure and Holiday Rote and Reading Pieces by Wendy Stevens (she has composed some cool pieces that can be easily taught by rote)