In 1969, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and created The Mayron Cole Piano Studio in the living room of my home. From the beginning, I was not pleased with the then available piano methods. There was too much focus on reading fingering numbers and too little emphasis on teaching rhythm counting and note reading. Concepts were presented too fast with practically no reinforcement in later lessons. My students were floundering. That’s when I decided to write the piano method that I’d always envisioned. I theorized that playing the piano involves three basic steps:
- The first step is a thorough understanding of playing and counting rhythm.
- The second step is exploring and understanding the keyboard.
- The third, and most difficult of the three steps, is staff note reading.
VIDEO: Each time Mayron walks past her piano, she sits down and improvises. Her husband, Bill, calls it "Mayronizing." Here's a spontaneous clip from a random afternoon in 2017.
Mayron drew all of the illustrations in her piano method.