My method is very similar to my piano teachers in the sense that a student of anything is more likely to learn something where they fantasize about achieving the end result. The more someone enjoys the learning process the more likely they are to dive into the learning process.
Personally when I grew up video games were a big part of my life, so I asked my teach to teach me how to play a lot of songs from my favorite games. As a 10 year old I learned complex bass lines to play the Super Mario Bro.s Over world song because I enjoyed the song itself. At the same age when asked to play a similarly complex song I could care less about... well, I just didn't practice it as much. I didn't want to learn that song.
My method of teaching is to offer a list of popular songs for a student to chose from and allow them to pick the one they want to learn. If their skill level is too low, I simplify the song and they still learn some basics and enjoy the process. The next song they learn I up the level of skill each time until they're comfortable playing complex arpeggios along with a complex melody. This is how I've learned.
I learned piano at the age of 9. By the time I was 16 I started to open MIDI files from popular video games and learned to arrange and transcribe the complex [and sometimes faster than humanly possible] notes of these songs into an arrangement to be played on piano. In the early stages of this process I focused on simplifying complex songs into an easier to play arrangement meant for piano.
from age 9 till I was 18 my piano teacher played by ear [unfortunately I do not] and his method was to teach his students songs they wished to learn because he felt someone is more likely to learn and practice if they enjoy the song they're trying to play.
after 18 when I took my last lesson I began to read more on music theory and the history of the piano [It's actually called the piano-forte and it's the instrumental grand child of the Clavichord.
The Clavichord had more "expression" than the piano. But expression I mean it's not strictly set on half steps... but the issue was it was very quiet (piano is a musical term for quiet). It couldn't be heard in an orchestra or large concert hall for the masses. The Harpsichord had a string plucking method (wont bore you with the details) and could be played loud enough to be heard in a concert hall and play along other instruments in a orchestra... but it only played at one volume because of the mechanism for playing a note [Forte, the musical term for loud]. The piano is actually called the "piano-forte". It was a very on the nose selling point for the instrument. It's hammer mechanism allows the performer to play FORTE! or piano. It'd loud enough to be heard in a concert hall and has volume control to allow subtlety when being played, this is something I teach.
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