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Marilyn Lowe, who has taught piano for more than 40 years, has used her experiences and knowledge to create a non-traditional piano method, Music Moves for Piano. She based this method on Edwin E. Gordon's theories of audiation (Music Learning Theory). Other influences include the techniques and theories of Carl Orff, Shinichi Suzuki, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Zoltan Kodaly, and Dorothy Taubman as well as the musical thinking of Nadia Boulanger, Menahem Pressler, Walter Robert, Murray Baylor, and Guy Duckworth. Lowe has been using this approach successfully with her students for more than 12 years.
Lowe has performed as a piano and organ soloist, as a pianist with the Fine Arts Trio in Columbia, Missouri, and as an ensemble player with many college and university faculty members. She is a church organist and teaches piano to students of all ages. Her students continue to win high local and national honors in performance and composition. Active in local and state music organizations, she was a founding member of the Springfield Area Arts Council and the Springfield Piano Teachers Forum.
Lowe served two years as Convention Chair and two years as President of the Missouri Music Teachers Association. She has made presentations on the topics of composition, improvisation, and audiation at local, state, and national conferences, including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and the Music Teachers National Association Conferences.
Lowe's academic credits include degrees in liberal arts and piano (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and a master's degree with distinction, in piano, from Indiana University, Bloomington. She completed additional graduate study in organ and music theory at Indiana University. Lowe has four children and 11 grandchildren and lives in Springfield, Missouri.