Contemporary Class Piano

ISBN-10: 0195342771

ISBN-13: 9780195342772

Edition: 6th 2010

Authors: Elyse Mach

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Highly acclaimed for its creative approach to beginning piano, Contemporary Class Piano presents materials in an engaging manner and in a logical progression of difficulty. Easily accessible to students with no prior music or keyboard experience, the book offers a well-rounded and abundant solo and ensemble repertoire--including classical pieces and folk, jazz, rock, pop, and blues tunes--with ample opportunities for students to improvise, transpose, harmonize, and compose accompaniments. New to the Enhanced Edition: * Incorporates thirty-five new reading, repertoire, and ensemble pieces in various styles and levels of difficulty * Introduces a new "Classic Miniatures" section--featuring excerpts of original keyboard pieces written by master composers--that allows students to enjoy and play a broad mix of representative classical pieces early on in their keyboard study * Adds six new melodies at the end of Unit 5 that give students more opportunities to practice interpreting chord symbols and harmonizing folk songs, symphonic themes, and other styles, using a variety of accompaniment patterns * Each book is packaged with a free CD containing orchestration accompaniments to twenty-eight of the new pieces prepared by composer Jason Nyberg (in both practice and performance tempos) for students to use on their own. * FREE TO INSTRUCTORS UPON ADOPTION: In addition toa set of four MIDI disks--which are packaged separately from the text and contain approximately 200 orchestration accompaniments prepared by renowned composer Phillip Keveren--a new MIDI disk with accompaniments for twenty-eight of the additional pieces in the enhanced edition has been created by composer James Nyberg for in-class use. These accompaniments motivate students to practice and complete their assignments more readily. * A teacher's manual with suggested lesson plans and teaching tips for the first semester of study is available at
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List price: $77.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/18/2008
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 624
Size: 9.00" wide x 2.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.882
Language: English

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.

New to this edition
Preface to the Enhanced Sixth Edition:
Keyboard Basics
Keyboard Posture
Finger Numbers
Basic Note Values
The Keyboard
The Major Five-Finger Pattern
Reading Notes
IntervalsKeeping Time
Slur and Phrase Markings
Key Signature
Eighth Notes and Eighth Rests
Drone Bass
Sightreading Stud
Rhythmic Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review
A Jazz Waltz
Beethoven, Shepherd''s Song ("Pastoral" from Symphony No. 6)
Classic Miniatures: Gurlitt, The Contest, Op. 136, No. 3; Beyer, Two Etudes
Bartok, Melody (No. 1 from First Term at the Piano)
Ensemble Pieces
Wohlfahrt, Waltz, Op. 87, No. 39 (from The Children''s Musical Friend)
Mach, Ancient Chinese Bells
The Five-Finger Pattern
Playing in Different Registers
Tempo Markings
More Dynamic Markings
Dotted Quarter Notes
Parallel Motion6/8 Time
Identifying Flat Key Signatures
Change of Dynamics
Contrary Motion
Major Triads
Five-Finger Studies and Triads in Major
The Minor Five-Finger Pattern
Minor TriadsFive-Finger Studies and Triads in Major and Minor
More Tempo Markings
Pieces Using Major and Minor Triads
The Dominant Seventh Chord
Block-Chord Accompaniment with I and V6/5Music Chord Symbols
Five-Finger Melodies with Letter-Name Chord Symbols for I and V6/5 Chord
The Subdominant Chord
The Circle of Fifths and Major Key Signatures
Pieces with I-IV6/4-V6/5 Accompaniments
Five-Finger Melodies with Letter-Name Chord Symbols for I, IV6/4, and V6/5 Chord
Changing Five-Finger Positions
Creative Music and Harmonization
Sightreading Studies
Rhythmic Studies
Technical Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review
Mach, Sahara
Mach, Shoestring Boogie
Classic Miniatures: Reinagle, Minuet; Beyer, Etude in A Minor, Op. 101, No. 60Repertoire
Beyer, Etude in DEnsemble Piece
Diabelli, Scherzo, Op. 149, No. 6 (from Melodious Pieces)
Pieces with Easy 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
The Damper PedalOther Accompaniment Patterns
Secondary Chords
Intervals Within the Scale
Melodic Lines with Intervals
Chord Inversions
The Damper Pedal (Indirect Pedaling)Hymn Style
Augmented and Diminished Triads
Creative Music and Harmonization
Sightreading Studies
Rhythmic Studies
Technical Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review
Gurlitt, Moving Along
Mach, Apple Street Rag
Classic Miniatures: Kuhlau, Scotch Dance; Turk, TeasingRepertoire
Mach, Perpetual Motion
Oesten, Hunting HornsEnsemble Pieces
Au Clair de la Lune:
Howard, Hello, Ma'' Baby
Tonality and Atonality
Minor Scales
Minor Key Signatures
Natural Minor Scales in Tetrachord Positions
Harmonic Minor Scalesi-iv6/4-i-V6/5-i Chord Progression
Parallel Major and Minor Scales
Other Scale Forms (Modes)
The Chromatic ScaleJazz
The Whole-Tone Scale
Innovative Notations
Quartal Harmony
Bitonal Improvisation
Sightreading Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review
Dark Eyes
Classic Miniatures: Kohler, Etude, Op. 190, No. 31; Rousseau, The VillageProphetRepertoire
Salutrinskaya, Shepherd PipesEnsemble Pieces
Tchaikovsky, Sugar Plum Fairy Dance (from The Nutcracker Suite)
Wells, Gallop
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
Melodies to Harmonize
Dona Nobis Pacern
Hush Littl
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