Book "You CAN be a Musician" by Hellene Hiner (downloadable)
You Can be a Musician: A Defense of Music - The Problems with Music Lessons Today and How We Can Fix Them
Author: Hellene Hiner
Editor: Nikolai Kurdyumov
Translation and editing for English version: Valery Pinchuk
Illustrations: Nikolai Krutikov
Want to understand the research behind and the development of the program "Soft Way to Mozart"? With its colorful, humorous illustrations, Mrs. Hiner's book will help you see why she considers this computer system the answer to the problems involved in teaching students how to play the piano. Her system guarantees that students will learn more quickly and more effectively than traditional lessons have ever made possible. Read this to see why!
An excerpt from the book:
"When I was seven years old, I experienced my very first and most bitter disappointment. I absolutely loved music. So much so, that I even dreamed of going to music school and learning to play the piano. How joyful I was when I found out that I’d get to go there! With eager anticipation, I savored the image of my favorite preludes and waltzes simply flowing out of my fingers. But things didn’t turn out so easily [...] Music school turned out to be a total nightmare.
"For hours, I was tormented by merciless sheet music, trudging through the notes as if I were stumbling through dense jungles. My fingers refused to do what I wished; music wasn’t being made. My teacher didn’t notice all of this and commanded that I play with “expression and beauty!” Oh, is that all there is to it? Where the heck was the beauty that she was talking about? How could I hear the music I was playing when I was just trying to make my fingers hit the right keys on time? . . . "