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Known for its richly diversified styles of repertoire and ensemble pieces and its abundance of creative materials, Contemporary Class Piano, Seventh Edition, includes the widest-ranging repertoire of solo and ensemble pieces available in any beginning piano text. Elyse Mach presents an abundant solo and ensemble repertoire—which includes classical pieces and folk, jazz, rock, pop, and blues tunes—providing ample opportunities for students to improvise, transpose, harmonize, and compose accompaniments.


* Reorganized from six to ten units, the material is now more accessible for classroom use.
* Twenty diverse new reading, repertoire, and ensemble pieces introduce students to music of various styles and levels of difficulty.
* Unit 9 provides additional practice opportunities in interpreting chord symbols and harmonizing.
* More score reading examples in three- and four-part settings provide reinforcement of chorale style reading.
* Alto and tenor clef reading examples are introduced.
* Two new appendices offer more help: Appendix B features vocal and instrumental accompaniments to help students further develop skills, and Appendix E offers a timeline and historical overview of the style and characteristics of music from the Baroque period through the 21st century.
* Appendix A presents new material on transposing instruments.
* New CD and MIDI disk icons in the text indicate track numbers for ease of reference.
* "Practice Strategies" boxes give beginners helpful hints.
* A "Classic Miniatures" section of excerpts contains original keyboard pieces written by master composers.
* Worksheets appearing at the end of most chapters provide further practice opportunities.


* A new in-text audio CD for students, which includes orchestrations by renowned composers Phillip Keveren and Jason Nyberg, presents selected pieces at both practice tempo and performance tempo.
* A set of four MIDI disks—containing approximately 240 orchestration accompaniments prepared by composers Phillip Keveren and Jason Nyberg—motivates students to practice and complete their assignments more readily. This set is available free to adopters.
* The Instructor's Companion Website ( will offer suggested lesson plans, teaching tips, and full track listings for the in-text CD and Instructor MIDI disks.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This class piano text is the best available—the introduction generates excitement in the first paragraph! The choice of music is excellent. The procedures are detailed enough without rushing through the basics. The worksheet reviews are comprehensive, but not intimidating. The writing exercises are fun and challenging at the same time. The students will love the added CD (which has orchestrations), and so will the instructor!"—Gwen Threadgill, Troy University

"This text has a clear, systematic, and creative approach to introducing and reinforcing concepts. It is very user-friendly for both the instructor and student. The worksheet reviews help to reinforce the concepts learned. . . . The stylistically diverse repertoire is suitably and tastefully chosen. The inclusion of 20th-century repertoire and techniques makes the text refreshing and up-to-date. The enhanced materials are particularly useful and appealing. They provide extra exercises and ensemble pieces in addition to introducing accessible classic pieces."—Susan Chan, Portland State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195389074
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition, Book and CD
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 670
  • Sales rank: 63,890
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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, among others. She has written ten books on piano and 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 has guest lectured at St. Catherine's College of Oxford University, Northwestern, Yale, The Juilliard School, and many other institutions. She is the first recipient of the 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.

Professor Mach is the 2010 recipient of the Silver Medal presented by The American Liszt Society—the highest honor that the society bestows. She is also the 2010 recipient of the Bernard G. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor Award, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

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Table of Contents

UNIT 1: Keyboard Basics
Keyboard Posture
Finger Numbers
Basic Note and Rest Values
The Keyboard
Pentatonic (Black-Key) Improvisation
The Major Five-Finger Pattern
Reading Notes
Naming Notes and Playing Melody Patterns
Keeping Time
Slur and Phrase Markings
Rhythmic Studies
Ensemble Piece
Worksheet Review

UNIT 2: Playing Melodies in Other Positions and More Keyboard Basics
Melodies Divided Between Two Hands
Key Signature
Eighth Notes and Eighth Rests
Drone Bass
Classic Miniatures
Repertoire Surfing (Lee Evans)
Sightreading Studies
Technical Studies
Rhythmic Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review

UNIT 3: The Five-Finger Pattern
Playing in Different Registers
Tempo Markings
More Dynamic Markings
Dotted Quarter Notes
Repertoire Shoestring Boogie (Elyse Mach)
Parallel Motion
6/8 Time
Key Signatures
Change of Dynamics
Contrary Motion
Major Triads
Major Triad Groups
Five-Finger Studies and Triads in Major
The Minor Five-Finger Pattern
Minor Triads
Five-Finger Studies and Triads in Major and Minor
More Tempo Markings
Pieces Using Major and Minor Triads
Classic Miniatures
Repertoire Etude in D (Ferdinand Beyer)
Creative Music
Sightreading Studies
Rhythmic Studies
Technical Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review

UNIT 4: The Dominant Seventh Chord and the Subdominant Chord
The Dominant Seventh Chord
Block-Chord Accompaniment with I and V6/5
Music Chord Symbols
Five-Finger Melodies with Letter Name Chord Symbols for I and V6/5 Chords
The Subdominant Chord
Pieces with I-IV6/4-V6/5 Accompaniments
Five-Finger Melodies with Letter-Name Chord Symbols for I, IV6/4, and V6/5 Chord Accompaniments
Changing Five-Finger Positions
Classic Miniatures
Repertoire A Little Joke (Dmitri Kabalevsky)
Creative Music and Harmonization
Sightreading Studies
Rhythmic Studies
Technical Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review

UNIT 5: Major Scales and Easy Pieces with 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 Pedal
Other Accompaniment Patterns
Classic Miniatures
Repertoire German Dance (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Creative Music and Harmonization
Sightreading Studies
Rhythmic Studies
Technical Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review

UNIT 6: Secondary Chords and Chord Inversions of Triads and Seventh Chords
Secondary Chords
Repertoire Scherzo (Dmitri Kabalevsky)
Intervals Within the Scale
Melodic Lines with Intervals
Repertoire Perpetual Motion (Elyse Mach)
Chord Inversions
Repertoire Hunting Horns (Theodore Oesten)
The Damper Pedal (Indirect Pedaling)
Hymn Style
Augmented and Diminished Triads
Classic Miniatures
Repertoire Etude (Cornelius Gurlitt)
Creative Music and Harmonization
Sightreading Studies
Rhythmic Studies
Technical Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review

UNIT 7: Minor Scales and Other Scale Forms
Minor Scales
Minor Key Signatures
Natural Minor Scales in Tetrachord Positions
Harmonic Minor Scales i-iv6/4-I-V6/5-i Chord Progression
Repertoire Etude in A Minor (Cornelius Gurlitt)
Parallel Major and Minor Scales
Repertoire Etude (Ludvig Schytte)
Other Scale Forms (Modes)
Repertoire Shepherd Pipes (Tat'iana Salutrinskaya)
The Chromatic Scale
Repertoire Chromatizone Rag (Ann Collins)
Classic Miniatures
Creative Music and Harmonization
Sightreading Studies
Technical Studies
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review

UNIT 8: Tonality and Atonality--Exploring Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music Styles
The Whole-Tone Scale
Innovative Notations
Quartal Harmony
Classic Miniatures
Repertoire Shades of Blue (Robert Starer)
Bitonal Improvisation
Ensemble Pieces
Worksheet Review

UNIT 9: 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

UNIT 10: Thirty-Two Piano Classics
1. Rameau, Tambourin
2. Rameau, Rondino
3. Schein, Allemande
4. Corelli, Sarabande
5. Krieger, Minuet in A Minor
6. Witthauer, Gavotte
7. Mozart, L., Burleske (from Notebook for Wolfgang)
8. Haydn, Gypsy Dance (Trio)
9. Mozart, W. A., Minuet in C
10. Beethoven, Russian Folk Song, (Op. 107, No. 3)
11. Burgmuller, Arabesque
12. Schumann, Melody (from 43 Piano Pieces for the Young, Op. 68)
13. Gurlitt, Night Journey
14. Lyne, Sonatina in C Major (first movement)
15. Streabbog, A Pleasant Morning, (Op. 3, No. 1)
16. Tchaikovsky, Italian Song
17. Schytte, Etude in D Major, (Op. 108, No. 7)
18. Rebikoff, The Bear
19. Bartok, Springtime Song (No. 2 from For Children, Vol. 1)
20. Tansman, Au Jardin (To the Garden)
21. Kadosa, Homage to Bartok
22. Kabalevsky, A Conversation (Op. 39, No.7)
23. Hovhaness, Moon Dance (No. 2 from Mountain Idylls)
24. Starer, Evens and Odds
25. Gillock, Autumn is Here
26. Hartsell, Moonlit Shores
27. Mier, Sneaky Business
28. Tingley, Early Spring
29. Miller, Festive Dance
30. Olson, Razz-Ma-Tazz
31. Vandall, Prelude No. 7 in B Minor (Chaconne)
32. Rollin, To B or Not to B Flat

APPENDIX A: Score Reading
Three-Part Texture
Four-Part Texture
The Alto Clef
The Tenor Clef
Transposing Instruments

APPENDIX B: Vocal and Instrumental Accompaniments

APPENDIX C: Major and Harmonic Minor Scales and Arpeggios in Two Octaves
Major Scales and Arpeggios in Two Octaves
Harmonic Minor Scales and Arpeggios in Two Octaves

APPENDIX D: Three Patriotic Song Arrangements
1. Carey, America
2. Bates/Ward, America the Beautiful
3. Key/Smith, The Star-Spangled Banner

APPENDIX E: Historical Overview, Style Characteristics of Music, and Time Line: Baroque to the Twenty-First Century

APPENDIX F: Performance Terms and Symbols

Title Index
Composer Index
Subject Index

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Best class music guide to date

    I have used contemporary class piano since 1985 and have found no other class piano book to match it.The lessons are laid out perfect for the beginner.

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