Adam Cole is the Co-Director of the Grant Park Academy of the Arts in Atlanta, GA and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. His work includes a recent presentation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem on the subject of music and math notation and its impact on the learner, and serving as project manager for the Georgia Department of Education’s ...revision of their state music standards. He has written numerous books on music instruction including First Lessons in Reading and Playing: The Only Piano Primer You’ll Ever Need and Blues Improvisation for Beginners…and Piano Teachers, available at acole.net/ More

Counting Out Loud: A Fresh Look at a Traditional Practice Tool

I give my piano students many tools to improve their practice, such as logging their time and playing their music backwards, but one of the most useful tools is counting while playing. This  technique is one of our most-loved pedagogical practices, and its benefits cannot be understated. By outlining these advantages for ourselves and our stud...
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