Piano Power Quest is unique, powerful, and easy to use. Fundamentally, it's structured like many methods - it includes a lesson book, technique book, sight reading book, and theory book. Teachers should let the Master Quest (lesson book) lead the way as it introduces the new material, but be sure to stay in the same chapter and section in the Technique Training, Sight Reading Success, and Theory Triumph books (sections are clearly labeled at the bottom of every page to make it easy). Keep in mind, however, that because Piano Power Quest uses points and has a story, teachers should be aware of how to effectively evaluate student performance and help engage them in the story. Keep reading!
First off, points are called "stars", because earning stars is more appealing than earning points and students earn a different type of star in each book. Since students are awarded stars for their work, they will put in the extra effort to earn as many stars as possible and earn the best rank title from each book. If a student conquers each of the four books, their rank titles compilation is: "Legendary Conqueror and a Vigilant Genius"!
There are 3 ways students earn stars:
1) Accuracy of theory work
2) Completion of practice assignments
3) Performance accuracy of main pieces using the 7 Elements of Piano Music (read more below)
Every piano piece is made up of 7 elements, which are like a master checklist that students can use to ensure they are practicing each element in their music. Many students primarily focus on practicing notes and rhythm, but they neglect other elements such as dynamics and fingering. In the Piano Power Quest, the 7 Elements of Piano Music are used to evaluate performance: Notes, Fingering, Rhythm, Dynamics, Articulation, Pedaling, and Tempo.
Students receive a score of 0 to 5 in each element that contribute to the total score of a piece. At their discretion, the teacher will decide if the score is final or if the student should practice the piece again for their next lesson, giving them the opportunity to improve and score higher.
Reading the dialogue is encouraged but optional. Typically, the dialogue is only a few sentences per character and there certainly isn't story dialogue on every page. As teacher, you need to manage the clock on every private lesson carefully, and you need to have enough time to properly cover the material. It is recommended to at least read the more important dialogue from the Master Quest book during lessons to track the main story. Keep in mind that students will love it even more if you make the dialogue fun by changing your voice to match the characters. Don't sweat it if you can't prioritize reading all the dialogue; students will more than likely read it themselves at home anyway.
In each book, the Chapter and Section are listed at the bottom of every page. Just be sure to let the Master Quest (lesson book) lead and stick to the same Chapters and sections in each book. For example, if a student is in Chapter 3, Section 2, of the Master Quest, they should also be in Chapter 3, Section 2, of the Technique Training, Sight Reading Success, and Theory Triumph books.
As soon as possible! Right now, Level 1 is projected to be complete around Summer 2020. We're working diligently every day to make it amazing!
When complete, the Piano Power Quest will have the following 5 levels:
Primer Level - Early Elementary
Primeria, Land of New Beginnings
Level 1 - Elementary
Exploria, Land of Discovery
*available in 2020
Level 2 - Late Elementary
Mysteria, Land of Mystery
Level 3 - Early Intermediate
Harmonia, Land of Harmony
Level 4 - Intermediate
Prosperia, Land of Prosperity
WARNING: This video may change your life by altering your perspective on teaching!
Watch Mike Kaminski present Piano Power Quest for the first time shortly after he and Tabitha Kaminski completed the Primer Level. This video will answer most of your questions and give you a strong understanding of how Piano Power Quest is truly unique, powerful, and easy to use. Piano Power Quest officially launched on April 5, 2019.