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This text is an accessible, thorough introductory text for beginning pianists. The authors present vital keyboard skills in a smooth, carefully calibrated progression that makes students feel comfortable learning to play the piano. By the end of the first chapter, students can play three simple pieces-a Hilley arrangement of "Amazing Grace," and two songs written especially for this text by Lynn Freeman Olson. Subsequent chapters build students' confidence by offering a consistent synthesis of keyboard skills, music theory, and creativity. Olson's original and appealing musical selections consistently compliment Hilley's mastery of pedagogy and pacing. As a result, students learn difficult piano skills as they experience the excitement of playing old favorites.
1. Listening/Dynamics/Black Keys. 2. Simple Note Values/Key Names/Black Key Groups. 3. Meter Signatures/Rests/Line and Space Notes/Steps and Skips/Seconds and Thirds. 4. Recap. 5. Treble and Bass/Grand Staff/Fourths and Fifths/Half Steps and Whole Steps/Sharps and Flats. 6. Dotted Rhythms/Phrases. 7. Upbeats/Major Pentascales. 8. Recap. 9. Extensions/Triads/Leger Lines. 10. Syncopation/Sixths, Sevenths, Eighths/Major Scales/ Key Signatures. 11. Scale Fingering/Primary Chords/Harmonizing/Transposing. 12. Recap. 13. Chord Inversions/Guitar Symbols. 14. Sixteenth Notes/Interval Quality/Dominant Sevenths. 15. Compound Meter/Key Triads. 16. Recap. 17. Triplets/Primary Chords in Minor. 18. Holiday Repertoire. 19. Supplementary Repertoire. Appendices: Major Keys. Major Scales. Minor Scales. Indices of Titles and Composers.