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Jimbo Music Studio
Piano・Violin・Cello Instruction
Exclusively Using the Pace Method
Fort Lee, NJ・Westchester & Port Washington, NY

2005 - 2006 Programs at Jimbo Music Studio
(last updated on 8/28/2005)

The Pace Method as developed by Dr. Robert Pace at Columbia University is used exclusively at the Jimbo Music Studio. Our students will develop a full range of musical capability including reading and memorization skills, and the ability to perform in front of an audience.

____Program I. Piano Instruction:
The regular piano lesson is composed of the following two types of lessons which are interlated with each other.
Group activities(40-60 minutes for 2-6 students)
Ear Training, Sightreading, Transposition, Improvisation,
Written Theory, Harmony Studies, Mental Gymnastics, Music Fundamentals.
Repertoires lesson(30-60 minutes)
A Partner (two students) listen to each other and improve their technique and expression.

____Program II. Violin Instruction:
(1) For our piano students who would also like to take the violin (30-50 minutes).
(2)The student who takes only violin lessons at our studio will have a combination program of violin instruction and musical background training which is required for all violin performances. (45-70 minutes including Sightreading, Theory, Ear training, etc.)

____Program III. Cello Instruction:
Same as violin
____Program IV. Flute, Saxophone, Woodwind Instruction:
Same as violin
____Program V. Student Home Concert:
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____Program VI. Extra Private Piano, Violin and Cello Instruction:
When students have the opportunity to apply for an audition or to perform at a place other than this studio, we will provide them with the necessary instruction. This is simply extra private instruction for your convenience.

____Program VII. Workshops:
6, 8, 12 sessions.
Schedules will be announced.
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____Program VIII. Rhythmic Plus:

This is an early music education program for children from one and half - three years old.
1) Participate in various rhythmic activities with Mom.
2) Develop ear concentration.
3) Gain perfect pitches.
4) Provide various activities for the balance of thinking and feeling.
5) Develop the right-side of the brain and a musical sense.
6) Enjoy listening to live performances on violin, cello, piano and ensembles.

Our goal is to provide the best opportunity for children to learn the piano as an important part of education. We work for children to develop their musicianship as much as possible and let them have music as a life time enjoyment, whether or not they become professional musicians.

1) First, we have to develop children's physical capability.
a) Ear training from many prospectives.
b) Eye concentration to develop reading skills.
c) Finger dexterity.

The above three aspects - feeling, thinking and finger coordination - will intuitively interact with each other when music is played. They should be developed in balance.

2) Second, we would like to develop children's good personality to enjoy music with their family and friends.
a) Developing their sensitive mind and let them play music very musically.
b) Developing enough music comprehension to learn music efficiently and to express themselves.
c) Developing their personality in balance through the group setting. (coorporation and individuality) Then they will be able to communicate with the audience (friends and parents).

We use the Pace Approach for the above purposes.

The advantage of the Pace Approach is the following:

1) Spiral learning to develop the ability for indirect transfer.
2) Balanced Diet for developing musicianship from various angles.
3) Sequential Learning from the beginning to the higher levels.
4) Interaction among the students in a group setting.

The following briefly describes our program:

(A) Ear Training.
1) Ear sensitivity.
This will be related to the sensitive mind. Young children do not have preconceived ideas. Therefore, they are able to respond to the softness and lightness of clouds in musical nuance. This sensitive ear will be the most important part of listening and playing more musically as they reach higher levels.
2) Recognition of intervals, patterns, musical lines and multiple counter lines.
3) Perfect pitches.
4) Recognition of various tone colors. tonalities. double tones and harmonies.

(B) Comprehaension and eye concentration.
1) Pattern recognition - in lines and spaces.
2) Grouping the notes in wide ranges.
3) Grasping the relationship between the notes horizontally and vertically.
4) Grasping the structures at a glance.

(C) Developing finger dexterity and good technique.
1) Flexibility of muscles. (without tension)
2) Softness of the wrists.
3) Separation of each finger and finger coordination.
4) Strengthen the joints of fingers.
5) Develop the speed of fingers.
6) Elastic palms.
7) Develop sensitive fingertips for better sounds and better technique.

The combination of (A) (B) (C) should be developed at the same time in balance.

(D) Exchanging ideas in a group setting makes for much faster progress and widens music literacy. Playing always in front of colleagues makes good performers.