Max Cooke

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Music Educator

Max Cooke was an Australian classically trained pianist and professor who wrote a series of method books to assist his students. He began teaching piano students at the University of Melbourne in 1952. Along the way, he developed a teaching style based on his teachers and ideas he gathered about how students learn from his own research. When students asked him for method book suggestions for practicing, Max didn't have a good answer because he felt the books at the time did not address what he wanted his students to learn. As a result, he wrote his own method books, which include the very successful Tone Touch & Technique For The Young Pianists.