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Learning Piano

Piece by Piece

Elyse Mach

Publication Date - November 2005

ISBN: 9780195170337

288 pages
Paperback
8-3/8 x 10-7/8 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

Designed for non-music majors, this user-friendly book helps students to master basic keyboard skills through the study of fresh, appealing, and easy-to-play arrangements of musical pieces from around the world

Description

Designed for non-music majors who want to learn piano "for the fun of it," Learning Piano: Piece by Piece is also ideal for courses in class piano and for individual instruction. This concise and user-friendly book presents materials in an engaging manner and in a logical piece-by-piece progression of difficulty. Offering a rich and well-rounded solo and ensemble repertoire, it enables students to master basic keyboard skills--through the study of fresh, appealing, and easy-to-play arrangements of both traditional and newly created pieces--and provides them with ample opportunities to improvise, transpose, and harmonize. By encouraging students to play music from different time periods, genres, and cultures, Learning Piano: Piece by Piece also inspires musicality and creativity.

FEATURES
* Uniquely diverse and global repertoire: Learning Piano: Piece by Piece contains a wealth of musical compositions, from classical (Baroque through the twentieth century) to folk, blues, jazz, boogie, and rock, all in interesting arrangements. It features music that is heard and played around the world, in the United States, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, China, Japan, South America, Mexico, and the Middle East. The nine ensemble pieces include such favorites as "Amazing Grace" and Pachelbel's "Canon in D." An entire unit is devoted to twentieth-century pieces.
* Accessible yet creative instruction: Laid out in an easy-to-follow, piece-by-piece format, the text also integrates numerous fun exercises, like improvising in various styles--pentatonic (creating music reminiscent of Chinese and Japanese tunes), open-fifth "new age," 12-bar blues, and Dorian mode (jazz style).
* Two CDs packaged free with each book, containing almost 100 original orchestrations by renowned composer Phillip Keveren (in both practice and performance tempi) for students to use on their own. These orchestrations are also available on MIDI disks for adopting instructors to use in class.
* Marginal icons in the text direct students to the appropriate track with the orchestration accompaniment on the CDs.
* "Practice Strategies" sections throughout give students the opportunity to practice theory and techniques immediately after they are introduced in the text.
* "On Another Note" boxes provide interesting historical information on the piano, musical styles, and composers, as well as learning tips from performing artists.
* An Instructor's Manual containing suggested lesson plans will be available online.

Reviews

"Mach has a gift of understanding how people learn, especially those who have not previously studied the piano. The curriculum is fine tuned to match the experiences of students, rather than superficially imposing new ideas."-John Blacklow, Clavier Magazine

Table of Contents

    Preface
    UNIT 1. KEYBOARD INSTRUCTION
    Sitting at the Keyboard
    Finger Numbers
    Basic Note Values
    The Keyboard
    Dynamics
    More Dynamic Signs
    Using the White Keys
    Using Black-Key Groups to Locate White Keys
    Octave
    Terms
    More Terms
    Improvisation
    Rhythms to Read
    Training the Ear
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 2. PLAYING MELODIES USING DIFFERENT POSITIONS
    C Five-Finger Position
    Time Signature: 4/4
    Slur and Phrase Markings
    G Five-Finger Position
    Common Time Sign: C
    Middle C Position
    Rests
    Time Signature: 3/4
    Tied Notes
    Improvisation
    Technique
    UNIT 3. READING MUSIC
    The Staff and Clefs
    Grand Staff
    Landmark Pairs
    Intervals
    Seconds
    Thirds
    Transposition
    Dynamic Changes
    Fourths
    Damper Pedal
    Fifths
    Upbeat and Downbeat
    Rhythms to Read
    Training the Ear
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 4. MORE READING BASICS
    Playing in Various Octaves
    Fermata
    Tempo Markings
    Flat Sign
    8va --------
    Sharp Sign
    8va --------
    Ritardando (Rit.)
    Natural Sign
    Staccato
    Accent Sign
    More Dynamic Markings
    Improvisation
    Technique
    Rhythms to Read
    Training the Ear
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 5. MAJOR FIVE-FINGER PATTERNS AND MAJOR TRIADS
    Half Step
    Whole Step
    The Major Five-Finger Pattern
    Major Triads
    Five-Finger Patterns and Triads in Major
    Eighth Notes
    Improvisation
    Technique
    Rhythms to Read
    Training the Ear
    UNIT 6. MINOR FIVE-FINGER PATTERNS AND MINOR TRIADS
    The Minor Five-Finger Pattern
    New Time Signature: 2/4
    Minor Triads
    Five-Finger Patterns and Triads in Major and Minor
    A Tempo
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 7. HARMONIZING MELODIES
    Using the C Major and G7 Chords
    Using the F Major Chord
    Playing the C Major, F Major, and G7 Chord Progression
    Dotted Quarter Notes
    Alla Breve
    Changing Five-Finger Positions
    The Damper Pedal
    Harmonizing a Lead-Line Melody
    Rhythms to Read
    Training the Ear
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 8. THE MAJOR SCALE/READING IN C MAJOR
    The Major Scale
    The C Major Scale
    The Major Scale in Tetrachord Position
    The C Major Scale in Tetrachord Position
    Playing the C Major Scale in Contrary Motion
    Playing the C Major Scale in Parallel Motion
    Playing an Arpeggio Accompnainment Pattern
    Ternary Form
    Intervals of Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth (Octaves)
    Sixths
    Binary Form
    Sevenths
    Eighths (Octaves)
    Harmonizing a Lead-Line Melody
    Training the Ear
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 9. READING IN G MAJOR
    The G Major Scale
    The G Major Scale in Tetrachord Position
    Playing the G Major Scale in Contrary Motion
    Playing the G Major Scale in Parallel Motion
    Using the G Major and D7 Chords
    Using the C Major Chord in a New Position
    Playing the G Major, C Major, and D7 Chord Progression
    Playing a Waltz Accompaniment Pattern
    Harmonizing a Lead-Line Melody
    Rhythms to Read
    Training the Ear
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 10. TRIADS AND CHORD INVERSIONS
    Triads of the Major Scale
    Playing Arpeggiated Chords with Alternating Hands
    The Damper Pedal--Legato Pedaling
    Chord Inversions--Triads and Seventh Chords
    Playing Triad Inversions--Blocked and Arpeggiated
    Rhythms to Read
    Training the Ear
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 11. READING IN F MAJOR
    The F Major Scale
    The F Major Scale in Tetrachord Position
    Playing the F Major Scale in Parallel Motion
    Using the F Major, Bb Major, and C7 Chords
    Playing the Alberti Bass Accompaniment Pattern
    Sempre Staccato
    Harmonizing a Lead-Line Melody
    Training the Ear
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 12. THE MINOR SCALE
    The Relative Minor Scale
    The Harmonic Minor Scale
    The A Harmonic Minor Scale in Tetrachord Position
    Playing the A Harmonic Minor Scale in Contrary Motion
    Playing the A Harmonic Minor Scale in Parallel Motion
    Playing the i, iv, and V7 Chords in A Minor
    Prelude
    Harmonizing a Lead-Line Melody
    Worksheet Review
    UNIT 13. EXPLORING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    Blues
    Windy City Blues
    Transcendental Blues
    Ragtime
    What Time? Ragtime
    Jazz
    Just Struttin' Along
    Twentieth-Century Classics
    The Bear
    Springtime Song
    Scherzando
    A Little Joke
    Innovative Notations
    15ma
    Seashore
    Metronome Mark
    Quartal Harmony
    The Cathedral in the Snow
    Ensemble: Black and White
    Improvisation
    Movin' On Blues
    UNIT 14. MORE REPERTOIRE TO PLAY
    Four Miniature Classics
    Türk, March
    Köhler, Melody
    Kabalevsky, Dance
    Kabalevsky, Moving Around
    Gurlitt, Vivace
    Beethoven, Für Elise
    Schubert, Écossaise
    Joplin, The Entertainer
    Robertson, A First Nocturne
    Olson, Razz-Ma-Tazz
    Keveren, Wondering
    Glossary Terms
    Assignment Sheets
    Title Index
    Composer Index
    Subject Index