Learning Piano Piece by Piece

ISBN-10: 0195170334
ISBN-13: 9780195170337
Edition: 2005
Authors: Elyse Mach
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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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/2005
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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.

Elyse Mach is Professor of Music at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She has given concerts throughout Europe and the United States, appearing as piano soloist with the NBC Symphony and the Netherlandische Philharmonic Broadcasting Orchestra. She has written nine books on pianoand 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 she has guest lectured at Northwestern, Yale,The Julliad School, and many other institutions. She is the first recipient ofthe 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.

Preface
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
Playing Melodies Using Different Positionsc
Five-Finger Position
Time Signature: 4/4Slur and Phrase Markings
G Five-Finger Position
Common Time Sign: CMiddle C Position
Rests
Time Signature: 3/4Tied Notes
Improvisation
Technique
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
More Reading Basics
Playing in Various Octaves
Fermata
Tempo Markings
Flat Sign8va --------Sharp Sign8va --------Ritardando (Rit.)Natural Sign
Staccato
Accent Sign
More Dynamic Markings
Improvisation
Technique
Rhythms to Read
Training the Ear
Worksheet Review
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
Minor Five-Finger Patterns and Minor Triads
The Minor Five-Finger Pattern
New Time Signature: 2/4Minor Triads
Five-Finger Patterns and Triads in Major and Minor
A Tempo
Worksheet Review
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Notations15ma
Seashore: Metronome Mark
Quartal Harmony
The Cathedral in the Snow: Ensemble: Black and White
Improvisation
Movin'' On Blues:
More Repertoire to Play
Four Miniature Classics
Turk, March
Kohler, Melody
Kabalevsky, Dance
Kabalevsky, Moving Around
Gurlitt, Vivace
Beethoven, Fur Elise
Schubert, Ecossaise
Joplin, The Entertainer
Robertson, A First NocturneO

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