Contemporary Class Piano

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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, ...
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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 www.oup.com/us/classpiano.

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"The sixth edition of Contemporary Class Piano has expanded repertoire, additional harmonizations in a variety of styles, and MIDI accompaniments. With the additional material, extra teaching resources, and flexible format, Contemporary Class Piano is a welcome publication and an excellent choice for adult group piano teachers."--Mary Beth Molenaar, Northwestern University, in Clavier magazine

"Both my students and I have had numerous fun-filled and stimulating sessions due to the wide variety of materials presented from the earliest stages. The occasional inclusion of rock rhythms . . . modern music . . . exotic scale patterns . . . and Mexican style. . . are some of the diverse examples that create a very colorful learning environment."--Roberta Kraft, Hope College

"I feel that Contemporary Class Piano is easily adapted to fit one's own curricular goals."--Peter Collins, Southwest Missouri State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195342772
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/18/2008
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (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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