Contemporary Class Piano

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - Music - 561 pages
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Highly acclaimed for its creative approach to beginning piano,Contemporary Class Pianopresents 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 sixth edition

· FREE TO INSTRUCTORS UPON ADOPTION: Packaged separately from the text, a set of four MIDI disks--containing approximately 200 orchestration accompaniments prepared by renowned composer Phillip Keveren--that can be used in class. These accompaniments motivate students to practice and complete their assignments more readily.

· A teacher's manual with suggested lesson plans and teaching tips available at

· Thirty-one new solo repertoire and sixteen new ensemble repertoire pieces (arranged for four to eight hands)

· Thirteen new songs to harmonize, six of which make up a new "Famous Themes" section, with favorites such asFür EliseandLiebestraum

· Eighteen new teacher accompaniments

· Easy-to-play arrangements of three patriotic songs in Appendix C

· Opportunities for students to experience aleatoric (chance) music in Unit 1

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About the author (2004)

Elyse Mach is Professor of Music at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She has given concerts throughout Europe and the United States, appearing as a piano soloist with the NBC Symphony and the Netherlandische Philharmonic Broadcasting Orchestra. She has written nine books on piano and pianists and has been a contributing music critic for theChicago Sun-Times. She is active as a consultant, clinician, master class teacher, and frequent adjudicator. The first recipient of the Board of Governors Universities Distinguished Professor Award, she has guest lectured at Northwestern, Yale, The Juilliard School, and many other institutions.

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