I'm sorry Q88 if I misunderstood your intent here.
What then do you mean by "response?" I mean, what exactly is being responded to?
At the MTNA convention in Albuguerque, everyone got copies of the SatP books, and I can tell you many
people opened them for the first time and were not impressed, saying at first glance
they looked like a PA clone. Not me, I didn't go to the session. I'm just saying what others said. I think you've got to give others credit and respect their opinion, even if you don't agree with it. Time will tell how viable a method this is.What is being responded to
is some of the creative thinking of the Fabers that was brand new when PA came out: changing fingers on the very first notes learned (I had never seen this in a method before); no other series has ever had music in a method series that is pianistic and lies well under the hands
. There are other qualities I'm not going into here, because I'm not trying to sell the method here. I hate the Great Method Debate, and you know that. When you're on the Faber Piano Adventures Board, it's really not the place to "sell" another method.What is also being responded to
is their success
. In just a few years PA became one of the favorite methods of students and their parents and their teachers, which was envied by other publishers.
When I heard Randall speak at this year's MTNA Convention, he stated that PA was different because they believe in being student centered
, keeping the student interested with the music!
It is the music that will keep a student going and motivated to play better, even through their teen years when so many other things are offered for their time and attention.
I've enjoyed success in my studio for many years with the Jr. High and High School age. Over 50% of my students this year are 7th grade through 11th grade, and I love this age. I don't hear many good comments from other teachers about the jr-sr high age. I often hear how unmotivated they are, teachers wondering if they should change the method to make a difference. I've had such a good relationship with my teen students, partly because of teaching PA until they are able to handle original classics.