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Functional Skills for Pianists

Valerie C. Cisler, Christopher C. Fisher, and Kenon D. Renfrow

Publication Date - April 2022

ISBN: 9780190855048

390 pages
Spiral Bound
8 1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $99.95

A comprehensive introduction to keyboard skills for music and piano majors

Description

Functional Skills for Pianists addresses the need for a comprehensive anthology of musical examples in a wide variety of styles (Baroque through Modern) for keyboard majors (performance, pedagogy, collaborative pianists), keyboard principals (music education, music therapy, music business, church music, liberal arts majors), and composition/theory students. Its Topical structure allows teachers the freedom to design lessons that meet varied abilities and needs of students. It is Comprehensive on two levels: 1) it includes introductory guidelines on fundamentals followed by numerous examples that are sequenced from beginning through advanced levels and 2) while it covers the development of skills found in beginning texts, it extends to more demanding sight reading material and substantive sections on figured bass realization and jazz/popular music harmonization. Currently, there is not a book on the market that covers such a wide variety and range of functional keyboard skills.

Features

  • Comprehensive Content - Beginning through Advanced levels, FSP expands far beyond traditional class piano book content and serves variety of degree program requirements
  • Topical Structure - Allows for creative lesson planning and assignments based on individual student needs
  • Applied Theory - Students who use this book will find its value in strengthening and reinforcing their understanding of music theory from Baroque through Modern.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Valerie C. Cisler is Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Christopher C. Fisher is Professor of Piano and Director of the School of Music at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Dr. Kenon D. Renfrow serves as Professor of Keyboard Studies and Director of Piano Pedagogy at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Reviews

"Functional Skills for Pianists offers teachers, for the first time, a textbook that includes enough examples for students to practice and develop the skills they need." - Courtney Crappell, University of Houston

"This is a singular resource that covers all keyboard skills, and it is appropriate for advanced pianists." - Sara Marie Ernst, University of South Carolina

"I find the comprehensive nature of this textbook compelling. The textbook aligns well with my curriculum for teaching functional skills to pianists, and it would be wonderful not to have my students juggling multiple resources and showing up to class with the wrong resource in hand. I am particularly excited about the inclusion of rudimentary instruction in realizing figured bass, which is a topic for which it is difficult to find good practice materials." - Brenda Wristen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Table of Contents

    Introduction

    Chapter I. FUNDAMENTALS
    I. Section A. Fundamentals of Theory and Technique
    I. Section B. Fundamentals of Sight Reading and Transposition
    I. Section C. Fundamentals of Harmonization, Playing By Ear, Improvisation, Figured Bass, and Jazz/Popular Music


    Chapter II. READING: VOCAL/CHORAL SCORES
    II. Section A. Two-Part
    II. Section B. Clefs (Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Alto, Tenor) | Two-Part
    II. Section C. Three-Part
    II. Section D. Four-Part
    II. Section E. C-Clefs | Four-Part
    II. Section F. Five-Part
    II. Section G. Six-Part
    II. Section H. Accompaniments


    Chapter III. READING: INSTRUMENTAL SCORES
    III. Section A. Single Line Transpositions | B-flat, F, E-flat, and A Instruments
    III.
    Section B. Two-Part | B-flat, F, E-flat, and A Instruments
    III. Section C. Single Line C-Clefs | Viola/Alto Clef and Bassoon/Tenor Clef
    III. Section D. Two-Part C Clefs | Viola/Alto Clef
    III. Section E. Three-Part String and Orchestral Scores
    III. Section F. Four-Part Orchestral Scores
    III. Section G. Four-Part String Quartet Scores
    III. Section H. Five and Six-Part String Scores
    III. Section I. Orchestral Scores
    III. Section J. Choral/Orchestral Scores


    Chapter IV. HARMONIZATION, TRANSPOSITION, AND IMPROVISATION-
    PRIMARY CHORDS

    IV. Section A. Tonic and Dominant (I/i and V or V7)
    IV. Section B. Primary Chords in Major (I, IV, and V or V7)
    IV. Section C. Primary Chords in Minor (i, iv, and V or V7)


    Chapter V. HARMONIZATION, TRANSPOSITION, AND IMPROVISATION-SECONDARY CHORDS
    V. Section A. Supertonic (ii and ii°)
    V. Section B. Submediant (VI and vi)
    V. Section C. Mediant (iii and III)
    V. Section D. Two or more Secondary Chords (ii/ii°, iii/III, vi/VI, and/or vii°/VII)


    Chapter VI. HARMONIZATION, TRANSPOSITION, AND IMPROVISATION-
    ALTERED CHORDS

    VI. Section A. Secondary Dominants (Dominant Seventh Chords)
    VI. Section B. Secondary Dominants (Diminished Triads/Diminished Seventh Chords)
    VI. Section C. Augmented Sixth Chords and Neapolitan Sixth Chords


    Chapter VII. HARMONIZATION, TRANSPOSITION, AND IMPROVISATION-
    FIGURED BASS REALIZATION

    VII. Section A. Figured Bass Examples with Composer/Suggested Realizations
    VII. Section B. Examples
    for Figured Bass Realization

    Chapter VIII. HARMONIZATION, TRANSPOSITION, AND IMPROVISATION-
    JAZZ/POPULAR MUSIC HARMONIZATION
    VIII. Section A. Steps for Jazz and Popular Music Practice and Performance
    VIII. Section B. Examples for Jazz/Popular Music Harmonization
    VIII. Section C. Playing By Ear Using Jazz/Popular Music Chords