Journals Higher Education


Spiral Bound

Published: 15 July 2015

752 Pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780199326204

Bookseller Code (04)

Companion website

Contemporary Class Piano

Eighth Edition

Elyse Mach

Acclaimed for its creative approach and diverse repertoire, Contemporary Class Piano provides a student-friendly introduction to basic piano skills. In short, progressive chapters that mirror the standard one-semester curriculum, it explains the essential elements of piano playing, incorporating diagrams, practice exercises, and musical examples that help students build proficiency and confidence with a variety of chord patterns, major and minor scales, and accompaniments.

New to this Edition:

  • An even more diverse repertoire includes new ensembles in varying styles and difficulty, with an emphasis on an assortment of dance styles
  • Streaming audio, available with each new copy of the text or for purchase separately, provides students with a convenient way to access all examples online
  • Shorter, more progressive chapters explain the essential elements of piano playing like note reading, keyboard posture, tempo markings, and the five-finger pattern
  • New "Classic Miniatures" sections feature excerpts of original keyboard pieces written by master composers
  • Additional Worksheet Review sections provide even more opportunities for practice
  • "Take Note" boxes define key terms in the margins for easier identification
  • New improvisational sketches by noted composer Jeff Kowalkowski
  • A new circle-of-fifths chart and bound-in fold-out keyboard diagram are attached to the front and back covers of the text for reference
  • A downloadable bonus unit on the companion website addresses accompanying transposing instruments
  • Additional Creative Music and Harmonization sections
  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios in two-octaves that appear in Appendix C now include rhythmic orchestration accompaniments prepared by renowned composer Jason Nyberg

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