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Contemporary Class Piano

Seventh Edition

Elyse Mach

Publication Date - April 2010

ISBN: 9780195389074

688 pages
Spiral Bound
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $89.95

Known for its richly diversified styles of repertoire and ensemble pieces and its abundance of creative materials, Contemporary Class Piano, Seventh Edition, includes the widest-ranging repertoire of solo and ensemble pieces available in any beginning piano text.

Description

Known for its richly diversified styles of repertoire and ensemble pieces and its abundance of creative materials, Contemporary Class Piano, Seventh Edition, includes the widest-ranging repertoire of solo and ensemble pieces available in any beginning piano text. Elyse Mach presents an abundant solo and ensemble repertoire--which includes classical pieces and folk, jazz, rock, pop, and blues tunes--providing ample opportunities for students to improvise, transpose, harmonize, and compose accompaniments.

FEATURES OF THE NEW EDITION

* Reorganized from six to ten units, the material is now more accessible for classroom use.
* Twenty diverse new reading, repertoire, and ensemble pieces introduce students to music of various styles and levels of difficulty.
* Unit 9 provides additional practice opportunities in interpreting chord symbols and harmonizing.
* More score reading examples in three- and four-part settings provide reinforcement of chorale style reading.
* Alto and tenor clef reading examples are introduced.
* Two new appendices offer more help: Appendix B features vocal and instrumental accompaniments to help students further develop skills, and Appendix E offers a timeline and historical overview of the style and characteristics of music from the Baroque period through the 21st century.
* Appendix A presents new material on transposing instruments.
* New CD and MIDI disk icons in the text indicate track numbers for ease of reference.
* "Practice Strategies" boxes give beginners helpful hints.
* A "Classic Miniatures" section of excerpts contains original keyboard pieces written by master composers.
* Worksheets appearing at the end of most chapters provide further practice opportunities.

SUPPORT PACKAGE

* A new in-text audio CD for students, which includes orchestrations by renowned composers Phillip Keveren and Jason Nyberg, presents selected pieces at both practice tempo and performance tempo.
* A set of four MIDI disks--containing approximately 240 orchestration accompaniments prepared by composers Phillip Keveren and Jason Nyberg--motivates students to practice and complete their assignments more readily. This set is available free to adopters.
* The Instructor's Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/classpiano) will offer suggested lesson plans, teaching tips, and full track listings for the in-text CD and Instructor MIDI disks.

About the Author(s)

Elyse Mach is Professor of Music at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She has given concerts throughout Europe and the United States, appearing as a piano soloist with the NBC Symphony and the Netherlandische Philharmonic Broadcasting Orchestra, among others. She has written ten books on piano and pianists and has been a contributing music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is active as a consultant, clinician, master class teacher, and frequent adjudicator, and has guest lectured at St. Catherine's College of Oxford University, Northwestern, Yale, The Juilliard School, and many other institutions. She is the first recipient of the Board of Governors Universities Distinguished Professor Award and was honored by a proclamation issued by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Illinois.

Professor Mach is the 2010 recipient of the Silver Medal presented by The American Liszt Society--the highest honor that the society bestows. She is also the 2010 recipient of the Bernard G. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor Award, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 2008
August 2003
August 1996

Reviews

"This class piano text is the best available--the introduction generates excitement in the first paragraph! The choice of music is excellent. The procedures are detailed enough without rushing through the basics. The worksheet reviews are comprehensive, but not intimidating. The writing exercises are fun and challenging at the same time. The students will love the added CD (which has orchestrations), and so will the instructor!"--Gwen Threadgill, Troy University

"This text has a clear, systematic, and creative approach to introducing and reinforcing concepts. It is very user-friendly for both the instructor and student. The worksheet reviews help to reinforce the concepts learned. . . . The stylistically diverse repertoire is suitably and tastefully chosen. The inclusion of 20th-century repertoire and techniques makes the text refreshing and up-to-date. The enhanced materials are particularly useful and appealing. They provide extra exercises and ensemble pieces in addition to introducing accessible classic pieces."--Susan Chan, Portland State University

Table of Contents

    UNIT 1: Keyboard Basics
    Keyboard Posture
    Finger Numbers
    Basic Note and Rest Values
    The Keyboard
    Pentatonic (Black-Key) Improvisation
    The Major Five-Finger Pattern
    Dynamics
    Reading Notes
    Naming Notes and Playing Melody Patterns
    Intervals
    Keeping Time
    Slur and Phrase Markings
    Rhythmic Studies
    Ensemble Piece
    Worksheet Review

    UNIT 2: Playing Melodies in Other Positions and More Keyboard Basics
    Melodies Divided Between Two Hands
    Key Signature
    Transposition
    Eighth Notes and Eighth Rests
    Drone Bass
    Classic Miniatures
    Repertoire Surfing (Lee Evans)
    Harmonization
    Improvisation
    Sightreading Studies
    Technical Studies
    Rhythmic Studies
    Ensemble Pieces
    Worksheet Review

    UNIT 3: The Five-Finger Pattern
    Playing in Different Registers
    Tempo Markings
    More Dynamic Markings
    Accidentals
    Dotted Quarter Notes
    Repertoire Shoestring Boogie (Elyse Mach)
    Slurs
    Parallel Motion
    6/8 Time
    Key Signatures
    Change of Dynamics
    Contrary Motion
    Major Triads
    Major Triad Groups
    Five-Finger Studies and Triads in Major
    The Minor Five-Finger Pattern
    Minor Triads
    Five-Finger Studies and Triads in Major and Minor
    More Tempo Markings
    Pieces Using Major and Minor Triads
    Classic Miniatures
    Repertoire Etude in D (Ferdinand Beyer)
    Improvisation
    Creative Music
    Sightreading Studies
    Rhythmic Studies
    Technical Studies
    Ensemble Pieces
    Worksheet Review

    UNIT 4: The Dominant Seventh Chord and the Subdominant Chord
    The Dominant Seventh Chord
    Block-Chord Accompaniment with I and V6/5
    Music Chord Symbols
    Five-Finger Melodies with Letter Name Chord Symbols for I and V6/5 Chords
    The Subdominant Chord
    Cadences
    Pieces with I-IV6/4-V6/5 Accompaniments
    Five-Finger Melodies with Letter-Name Chord Symbols for I, IV6/4, and V6/5 Chord Accompaniments
    Changing Five-Finger Positions
    Classic Miniatures
    Repertoire A Little Joke (Dmitri Kabalevsky)
    Improvisation
    Creative Music and Harmonization
    Sightreading Studies
    Rhythmic Studies
    Technical Studies
    Ensemble Pieces
    Worksheet Review

    UNIT 5: Major Scales and Easy Pieces with Accompaniments
    Major Scales
    Major Scales in Tetrachord Position
    Major Scales with Fingerings for Both Hands Together
    Scale Studies in Clusters
    Triads on Major-Scale Degrees
    Intervals of a Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth (Octave)
    Extending the Five-Finger Position
    Sixteenth Notes and Sixteenth Rests
    The Dotted Eighth Note
    Musical Forms: AB and ABA
    Melodies with Letter-Name Chord
    Symbols for I, IV6/4, and V6/5 Chords
    Broken-Chord Accompaniment Patterns
    Waltz Pattern
    Arpeggio Accompaniment Patterns
    Syncopation
    The Damper Pedal
    Other Accompaniment Patterns
    Classic Miniatures
    Repertoire German Dance (Ludwig van Beethoven)
    Improvisation
    Creative Music and Harmonization
    Sightreading Studies
    Rhythmic Studies
    Technical Studies
    Ensemble Pieces
    Worksheet Review

    UNIT 6: Secondary Chords and Chord Inversions of Triads and Seventh Chords
    Secondary Chords
    Repertoire Scherzo (Dmitri Kabalevsky)
    Intervals Within the Scale
    Melodic Lines with Intervals
    Repertoire Perpetual Motion (Elyse Mach)
    Chord Inversions
    Repertoire Hunting Horns (Theodore Oesten)
    The Damper Pedal (Indirect Pedaling)
    Hymn Style
    Augmented and Diminished Triads
    Classic Miniatures
    Repertoire Etude (Cornelius Gurlitt)
    Improvisation
    Creative Music and Harmonization
    Sightreading Studies
    Rhythmic Studies
    Technical Studies
    Ensemble Pieces
    Worksheet Review

    UNIT 7: Minor Scales and Other Scale Forms
    Minor Scales
    Minor Key Signatures
    Natural Minor Scales in Tetrachord Positions
    Harmonic Minor Scales
    i-iv6/4-I-V6/5-i Chord Progression
    Repertoire Etude in A Minor (Cornelius Gurlitt)
    Parallel Major and Minor Scales
    Repertoire Etude (Ludvig Schytte)
    Other Scale Forms (Modes)
    Repertoire Shepherd Pipes (Tat'iana Salutrinskaya)
    The Chromatic Scale
    Repertoire Chromatizone Rag (Ann Collins)
    Classic Miniatures
    Creative Music and Harmonization
    Sightreading Studies
    Technical Studies
    Ensemble Pieces
    Worksheet Review

    UNIT 8: Tonality and Atonality--Exploring Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music Styles
    Jazz
    Pandiatonicism
    The Whole-Tone Scale
    Bitonality
    Atonality
    Innovative Notations
    Quartal Harmony
    Classic Miniatures
    Repertoire Shades of Blue (Robert Starer)
    Bitonal Improvisation
    Ensemble Pieces
    Worksheet Review

    UNIT 9: Letter-Name Chord Symbols
    Letter Names of I, IV, and V7 Chords
    Melodies with Letter-Name Chord Symbols
    Famous Themes
    Strumming Accompaniments
    Arpeggio Accompaniments
    Major and Minor Seventh Chords
    Letter-Name Chord Chart
    Ensemble Pieces

    UNIT 10: Thirty-Two Piano Classics
    1. Rameau, Tambourin
    2. Rameau, Rondino
    3. Schein, Allemande
    4. Corelli, Sarabande
    5. Krieger, Minuet in A Minor
    6. Witthauer, Gavotte
    7. Mozart, L., Burleske (from Notebook for Wolfgang)
    8. Haydn, Gypsy Dance (Trio)
    9. Mozart, W. A., Minuet in C
    10. Beethoven, Russian Folk Song, (Op. 107, No. 3)
    11. Burgmuller, Arabesque
    12. Schumann, Melody (from 43 Piano Pieces for the Young, Op. 68)
    13. Gurlitt, Night Journey
    14. Lyne, Sonatina in C Major (first movement)
    15. Streabbog, A Pleasant Morning, (Op. 3, No. 1)
    16. Tchaikovsky, Italian Song
    17. Schytte, Etude in D Major, (Op. 108, No. 7)
    18. Rebikoff, The Bear
    19. Bartok, Springtime Song (No. 2 from For Children, Vol. 1)
    20. Tansman, Au Jardin (To the Garden)
    21. Kadosa, Homage to Bartok
    22. Kabalevsky, A Conversation (Op. 39, No.7)
    23. Hovhaness, Moon Dance (No. 2 from Mountain Idylls)
    24. Starer, Evens and Odds
    25. Gillock, Autumn is Here
    26. Hartsell, Moonlit Shores
    27. Mier, Sneaky Business
    28. Tingley, Early Spring
    29. Miller, Festive Dance
    30. Olson, Razz-Ma-Tazz
    31. Vandall, Prelude No. 7 in B Minor (Chaconne)
    32. Rollin, To B or Not to B Flat

    APPENDIX A: Score Reading
    Three-Part Texture
    Four-Part Texture
    The Alto Clef
    The Tenor Clef
    Transposing Instruments

    APPENDIX B: Vocal and Instrumental Accompaniments

    APPENDIX C: Major and Harmonic Minor Scales and Arpeggios in Two Octaves
    Major Scales and Arpeggios in Two Octaves
    Harmonic Minor Scales and Arpeggios in Two Octaves

    APPENDIX D: Three Patriotic Song Arrangements
    1. Carey, America
    2. Bates/Ward, America the Beautiful
    3. Key/Smith, The Star-Spangled Banner

    APPENDIX E: Historical Overview, Style Characteristics of Music, and Time Line: Baroque to the Twenty-First Century

    APPENDIX F: Performance Terms and Symbols

    Title Index
    Composer Index
    Subject Index

Teaching Resources

SUPPORT PACKAGE

* A new in-text audio CD for students,

which includes orchestrations by renowned composers Phillip Keveren and Jason Nyberg, presents selected pieces at both practice tempo and performance tempo.

* A set of four MIDI disks

--containing approximately 240 orchestration accompaniments prepared by composers Phillip Keveren and Jason Nyberg--motivates students to practice and complete their assignments more readily. This set is available free to adopters.

* The Instructor's Companion Website

(www.oup.com/us/classpiano) will offer suggested lesson plans, teaching tips, and full track listings for the in-text CD and Instructor MIDI disks.