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This is one of four level-four books in the American Popular Piano series - the educational piano course by Christopher Norton and Scott McBride Smith.
The series has 11 difficulty Levels, and each Level contains: Repertoire album with CD; Etudes album (including Improvisation); Skills book; Technic (technique) book.
Level Four For intermediate students
- Frequent jumps and spans of more than a 5th- Whole, half, quarter note, dotted half note, dotted quarter note, eighth note, triplet eighth, triplet sixteenth- Whole rest, half rest, quarter rest, dotted-half rest, eighth rest- pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, crescendo and diminuendo- Slur, legato, staccato, accent, tenuto, grace notes- 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8 time signatures- Key signatures up to three sharps and two flats- Repeat, 8va, 8vb, tie, fermata, ritardando, a tempo- Fine, DC al Fine, Coda, DS al Coda
complement the corresponding Repertoire Album with traditional technical etudes in both classical and popular styles and through a revolutionary, module-based approach to improvisation.· Technical Etudes: builds solid fundamentals by focusing on specific
technical and musical elements; offers an enjoyable approach to improving facility;· Improvisation Etudes: delivers a practical framework for learning improvisation; integrates effortlessly into traditional piano lessons; module structure provides intuitive, progressive development from the very first level; encourages creativity and spontaneity; trains critical active listening skills.
The CD, which comes only with the Repertoire Album, contains accompanying instrumental backings both for the Repertoire Album's ensemble pieces, and the Etudes Album's Improvisation modules: · provides convenient practice and performance tempos for realistic
support of the learning process; · stimulates daily ensemble playing; · creates a full band improvisation experience; · makes reaching a polished performance just plain fun!
About the American Popular Piano series:
“Why can’t I play more music like this?” asked a fourteen-year-old piano student. “My friends like to hear me play cool music.”
Why not, indeed. J.S. Bach taught his sons using the music of his time – popular dances, preludes and exercises by living composers. It would never have occurred to him to seek out pieces in styles and rhythms one hundred years old. He expected his boys to thrive in the musical world of their time.
American Popular Piano has been developed on the same principles. Students working in this series will…
· develop traditional pianistic and musical skills through music in
contemporary, popular styles;
· be motivated to
Category: Piano Study Books
Publisher: Novus Via
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Paperback (88 pages [score])