Exploring Different Counting Methods and How to Adapt Them in Our Teaching

Students often use a variety of counting approaches in their school music classes, ensembles, and private lessons, but this can create confusion for both students and teachers when methods do not align. Learn the pedagogical benefits of each counting system and practical ways to integrate multiple approaches.

Davis Dorrough is co-founder of Lakeside Piano Studios in Edmond, OK and has taught there since 2013. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in piano from Arkansas Tech University, and is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. He has given a variety of presentations for Music Ed Connect, MTNA, NCKP, and state and local music teachers associations. In addition to piano teaching, Davis also has a background in website design, graphic design, and business marketing.

Olivia Ellis, NCTM, is an associate professor of music at Bryan College in Tennessee, where she teaches piano, piano pedagogy and literature, piano ensemble, and music theory. She is director of the Bryan College Community Music School and holds a DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma.