The Lake Shore Music Studio
in conjunction with
The International Piano Teaching Foundation


Comprehensive Musicianship Piano Teacher Training Courses

Robert Pace Curriculum

Free Tele-Seminar Intro Session
Recorded Friday April 13, 2012

A one hour pre-recorded tele-seminar .
An introduction to the Robert Pace Approach
that will serve as an overview of material
to be covered in the summer workshops.

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Session 1
Preschool - Music Readiness and beginning piano program
Music for Moppets
Level 1
July 19-21, 2013

Session 2
KinderKeyboard & Level 2
2013 TBA Call for Info

Session 3
Working With Level 3
 2013 TBA Call for Info

Downtown Chicago Location


$295.00 any one session
$550.00 for any two sessions
$775.00 for all three sessions
(plus materials fee)

Teachers enjoy summer study with Julie at the Lake Shore Music Studio

Certificate and Directory Listing.
Teachers completing the courses will receive a certificate from the
International Piano Teaching Foundation and will be included in our
"Find a Pace Teacher in Your Area" web directory .

Course Location

The Lake Shore Music Studio
1460 N. Sandburg Terrace (at Burton between Clark St. and LaSalle St.)
Chicago, IL 60610

Convenient to CTA buses via Clark Street, North Avenue and/or LaSalle Street.
On and off-street parking
Three blocks from Lake Shore Drive (exit LaSalle/North Avenue).
Convenient to hotels for out-of-town attendees.

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Instructor: Julie Lovison
Julie Lovison studied piano in Chicago with Mollie Margolies, received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and has done graduate work at Teachers College/Columbia University and the National College of Education. She served on the faculties of the preparatory departments of Millikin University and of Alverno College in Milwaukee, for its Young Peoples Arts Program, prior to founding The Lake Shore Music Studio in Chicago. As consultant to the International Piano Teaching Foundation (Dr. Robert Pace, Director) she is a frequent speaker and teacher trainer in the areas of pre-school music and group piano teaching. She served as Director of Camp Allegro since founding it in 1985 and is the author of the video/DVD Music for Moms: Playing with Music, which introduces music concepts parents can explore through play with their children. Julie has been a presenter at the MTNA National Conference and is a Former President of the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association and member of Chicago Area Group Piano Pacesetters.

Photo taken in Colorado after the MTNA Conference, Denver 2008


Free Tele-Seminar Intro Session

The free pre-recorded seminar is intended to introduce prospective summer seminar attendees to the Robert Pace philosophy and provide an overview of comprehensive musicianship, conceptual learning and group piano teaching. We review the expectations of each of the sessions and cover suggested pre-seminar material review that will help to streamline our face-to-face time together.

This is a free session. Teachers planning to attend the summer sessions are encouraged to attend. Teachers who have not yet decided or who just want to know more about the sessions are also invited to attend.

Once you register for the call you will be provided a link and access code.            Register for tele-seminar now.

"Music for Moppets"

Do you like working with young children? This lively, informative training program will teach you how to present basic music concepts to 4 and 5 year olds. Music for Moppets allows eager young students to become involved in music at a time when their interest level is high. The approach is keyboard based and includes games, body movement and lots of fun.
Music for Moppets Preschool piano

Activities included are natural parts of children's lives; creative movement, dramatic role playing, singing, rhythm instruments, drawing and coloring. Comprehensive musicianship training includes equal development of ear training, rhythm and steady beat, orientation to the piano black and white keys, reading readiness, technique, theory and repertoire.

We will show how Music for Moppets can enhance your studio by building a solid core of enthusiastic young students eager to continue more piano study. We will also present advertising and marketing ideas so you can let your community know what you have to offer.


This course appropriate for 5-7 year olds introduces fundamental music concepts of melody, rhythm and harmony through the keyboard in a playful atmosphere of collaboration and creativity. Comprehensive development of theory understanding, ear training, reading skills, technique and improvisation are stressed.

Activities focus on the process of identifying patterns in music:
melodic motives that repeat, sequence and invert; question and answer phrasing; keyboard geography - the interrated position of twins, triplets and ABC's ; steps and skips on keyboard and on the staff; intervals of 4ths and 5ths; grand staff; transposition - pentachords; building a steady beat accompaniment; rhythm patterns in 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 time; pentatonic improvisation, dorian, phrygian, major and minor. tone clusters and bitonality

Students can transition into this program from Music for Moppets or use it as a beginning course.

Group Piano Level 1

This course focuses on the concepts presented in the Robert Pace Level I books. Learn how to integrate theory right from the beginning, as well as how to develop all music skills simultaneously (ear training, sight reading, technique, improvisation, transposition, and theory) through the repertoire studies. Learn how to create a buoyant, creative atmosphere in each lesson. Learn how to facilitate good peer teaching and cooperative learning. Discover what it means to teach music concepts and how doing so will create an upward pattern of spiral learning, and develop independent learners who will become life long music participants. Level I curriculum concepts include: steps and skips, up, down, same, patterns, repetitions, sequences, parallel and contrasting question and answer phrases, 5 finger patterns, I and V7 chords, waltz style, alberti bass, broken chords, march, dorian, pentatonic, roving triads, passing tones, upper and lower neighbors, tetrachord scales, major and minor key signatures, parallel and contrary motion, down up phrasing, staccato vs. legato, and many more.

We will address good business guidelines including how to market and expand your student clientele, establish studio policies, and the importance of maintaining personal professional growth.

Level 2

This course includes: application of the IV chord, fingering concepts expanded beyond the pentachord range, neighboring and passing tones, waltz, broken chord, alberti and march style basses, linear harmony with parallel 6ths and 10ths, short short long phrase construction, parallel and contrasting question and answer phrases, bitonal, bichordal, dorian, phrygian, 12-tone, roving triads, blues, canons, pentatonic, major, minor, diminished chords, intervals (2nds through octaves), migration to V and return to I, major and minor scale fingering, Hanon exercises, portato touch, pedaling, and how to achieve musical playing in all styles.

Teachers who have taken Level I training will be familiar with the conceptual learning process and will discover how the concepts learned in Level I are expanded upon in an increasingly upward spiral development of understanding. However teachers may take this course without prior Level I familiarity, and will see how it adds a fuller dimension and robustness to the understanding of any late elementary, or early intermediate repertoire in terms of the complete integration of theory analysis, transposition, keyboard harmony, sight reading, improvisation, ensemble, and technique and interpretation skills

Level 3

Applications of II chord; ii V I chord progression in all inversions and all major and minor scales; Augmented Chords, Binary and Ternary Form with migration to Dominant and return to Tonic; Secondary Dominants; Quartal Harmony; Baroque Ornamentation; 2 Octave Scales and Arpeggios in all Major and Harmonic and Melodic Minor keys; Hanon Variations in all keys; expansion on level 2 concepts of linear harmony in 3rds, 6ths and 10ths, parallel and contrary motion; upper and lower neighbors, blues, canon, asymmetrical rhythm; bitonal, bichordal, 12 tone, modes, roving triads and nuances of technique required for beautiful and stylistically correct interpretation of repertoire of all major musical periods and styles.

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Phone: (312) 335-8426