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Learning Piano Has Never Been This Easy Before. New, Scientifically Based System is Revolutionizing the Way Piano is Taught

Dear Parent:

Have you or your loved ones ever wanted to learn piano, but found it to be overwhelming or too difficult? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. In fact, the vast majority of people suffer from this – with only a select few succeeding using traditional methods.

But, it isn’t your fault, nor is that the piano is just too hard to learn.

The real problem lies in the way we teach. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming the teachers, or the even the creators of the various methods out there. I believe that each has done the best they could with the knowledge and understanding available to them.

You see, these methods are all based on outdated models of learning, models that science has proven to be ineffective – models that require the brain to learn too many things at once.

If you, or anyone you know has ever struggled or quit the piano because of:

  • Frustration with playing hands together
  • Difficulty in learning to read notes
  • Rhythm challenges
  • Poor practice habits
  • Lack of motivation
  • Critical, confusing teachers
  • Boring or confusing theory
  • No or slow progress

then you know someone who has fallen victim to the ineffective teaching methods of the past.

Online tutorials aren’t any better. Either you get the same ineffective methods, or low quality by someone who has bad playing habits – habits which can lead to serious complications down the road – especially by anyone who is offering free piano lessons. With these online tutorials, you don’t even know if you’re being taught these poor habits, or if your missing some element completely!

If these methods don’t work for most people then why do teachers still use them?

Most teachers were successful at learning the piano using this methods, so they continue using them – hoping to instill good practice habits, and help others to learn the basics – in the same way that they learned.

But these methods simply don’t work for most people. And to make matters even worse, these skilled professionals simply don’t think like beginners.

These are teaching methods of the past. Doing it this way is the same as trying to master a tumbling routine while still learning how to do a somersault – which is why only the super-talented, those who automatically just get it, have ever really succeeded.

The reason they continue teaching this way? They are unaware that there is a better way…

Who am I?

My name is Cyndi Moyes. I have been teaching piano for more than 20 years and I’ve taught hundreds and hundreds of students and have loved nearly every moment of it. I always knew I wanted to teach. But, I have a confession to make…I am not a concert pianist… in fact, although I love music, I really struggled in college as a music major…I even repeated several classes…

Still, I pushed on, determined to overcome my own frustrations. I carefully watched those that it did come easily to to see how they did it, how they learned.

About that same time, I had the opportunity to be an intern to Mrs. Bernice Williams, a professor of music at UVSC. Mrs. Williams had been studying the way the brain actually learns for many years. That’s how I become interested in how brains learn.

What I had discovered explained why I, along with so many others, struggled so much in learning the piano.

You see, the way the piano has been taught demands that the brain performs a whole lot of new skills at once – but that’s not the way it learns – at least not very well. Recent scientific research has shown that the brain can really only learn one thing – one skill at a time.

Not only that, traditionally, when a student concentrated on learning just one aspect and gained a certain level of success, at their next lesson, they might be praised for it (if they were lucky), but then the teacher would proceed to tell them everything else they were not doing good enough – leaving many near tears…

I decided to stop doing what didn’t work, so I changed my approach to teaching…I broke down playing into simple elements…which focuses on mastering one skill at a time (and only one)… and began to see immediate results, both for myself and my students.

What scientists have discovered is that the way the brain learns is very much like training muscles. In order to achieve lasting results quickly the brain needs:

  • Repetition
  • Specific, attainable goals
  • Daily exercise
  • Recognition
  • Time
  • Entertainment

Listen to what a few of my students and their parents have to say about my techniques:

“It breaks down all of the things you need to do and has the kids focus on them one at a time.” – Sherlynn Davis, Washington, Utah.

“I like the repetition, the simplicity, and the build up. They seem to build a good foundation.” – Amy Johnson, Washington, Utah.

In fact, once I started teaching piano this new way, it reduced the time it took my students to learn any new skill by as much as 70% – previously hopeless students were now excited to play and excuses were cut in half. Some of the skills that these students were finally able to learn include:

  • Playing hands together
  • Using theory
  • Better practice habits
  • Memorization of music

Not only that, but my students also:

  • Practiced more frequently
  • Had strong motivation
  • Became more musical
  • Learned better technique

Plus, once they had learned the skill, they were able to remember it better than when I taught using the old ways.

“Once my daughter began Finger Olympiad, she started progressing at least twice as fast and she seemed to enjoy practicing so much more that I didn’t need to tell her to practice, thus mores results faster and less frustration!” – Darla Helske, Washington Utah

Now, for the first time ever, I have compiled this information into an easy to use resource called Finger Olympiad. It’s so simple and straight forward that anyone can use it, even a small child as young as four or five.

Brain-Based Learning

Finger Olympiad is unique – it’s a musical brain training and conditioning program, that’s built on the latest understanding of how the brain learns. It separates and teaches each element of music in isolation to help you learn it faster.

So, if you, or a loved one has ever struggled with:

  • Piano Scales
  • Reading Notes
  • Technique Books
  • Chords
  • Failing to warm-up
  • Boredom

then Finger Olympiad is for you.

I do need to be honest here. I didn’t write Finger Olympiad for those who just get the piano, but rather for the vast majority, who, like me, struggle to learn or experience frustration.

Finger Olympiad can be used together with any of the existing methods (and will greatly increase the speed at which those methods can be learned) or by itself. It simply focueses on the music, nothing else.

If you are:

  • Brand new to music or the piano
  • Struggling with any aspect of the piano
  • Intimidated by theory
  • A parent wanting to teach a child (even if you have no playing experience yourself)
  • Teaching yourself to play
  • Have a limited budget

then Finger Olympiad is for you.

“I like it because how it is organized, how it helps improve my piano skills, and it’s fun.” – Gabriel Pinna, St. George, Utah.

Finger Olympiad eliminates these and many more hurdles to playing the piano. Did you know that most who start piano lessons quit after only three months? That’s when they hit their first major hurdle – that of playing with their hands together – multitasking, which becomes overwhelming.

Imagine trying to learn the new skill of controlling both hands at the same time, plus having to learn to read to two notes on two different staffs, while keeping in rhythm. It no wonder so many people quit at this point.

With Finger Olympiad, the transition into playing with hands together is achieved by eliminating all of the other distractions – leaving just the skill of coordinating your hands and fingers – and who can’t already do that to some degree? Most students are able to put their hands together after only a few short weeks (even the four year olds!), building their confidence in their skills.

Are you ready to:

  • Learn to play in any key with ease?
  • Spend your time and energy learning how to perform well (rather than waiting years to build the necessary skills to read music – which is a foreign language)?li>
  • Concentrate your practice into a super-efficient session?
  • Learn good practice habits?
  • Reduce the time it takes you to learn full pieces?
  • Virtually eliminate the risk of mistakes and bad habits – even if you don’t have a teacher?
  • Be confident in teaching yourself or your kids

Now don’t get me wrong – I believe that in order to play at a high level it’s necessary to learn to read music, understand rhythms and theory, and everything else that traditional lessons teach. But science has proven that you shouldn’t start with those things – much like you wouldn’t want to learn Russian by being forced to read from a book without first understanding how each letter sounded.

Finger Olympiad gives you the scientifically based method of learning the fundamentals of playing the piano – before you start learning skills that are actually built on those basics. This new way of learning is arranged into different levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum – because students are not created equally. Some come with more native capability, previous preparation, etc. So, no matter what level you or your child is at, there is a Finger Olympiad book designed specifically for you.

If you are ready to get started, feel free to visit our store and get started!