Contemporary Class Piano

Contemporary Class Piano

Contemporary Class Piano

Contemporary Class Piano


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


Contemporary Class Piano, Sixth Edition, is an introduction to the keyboard designed for college students who are enrolled in a class piano course, whether or not they are music majors and whether or not they have prior keyboard experience. It is suitable for non-piano majors who must gain keyboard proficiency, for prospective elementary teachers, and for any student who wishes to learn how to play the piano for the sheer fun of it.

The book's creative and multidimensional approach made earlier editions great successes in class piano courses throughout the country. Besides offering a well-rounded and abundant solo and ensemble repertoire—including classical pieces from the baroque to the contemporary period and folk, jazz, pop, and blues tunes—the book teaches students to sight read, to transpose, to improvise in various styles, to harmonize folk and popular songs, and to compose simple accompanied melodies. in addition, students learn the fundamentals of theory and musical form. Throughout, all materials are presented with a logical progression in difficulty. For instructors, there is a wide selection of material that will accommodate a variety of individual teaching goals and keyboard requirements. This abundance of material also allows the teacher to pick and choose—tailoring keyboard experiences in a fresh new way each time—rather than using a page-by-page approach throughout the book.

The text is divided into six units with four appendixes. Unit 1 introduces keyboard basics and the five-finger position. the emphasis is on learning to play by touch, without looking down at the keys. Note reading is taught by interval study, and a multi-key approach to reading is stressed. Sections at the end of this and subsequent units are devoted to special repertoire pieces, sightreading studies, improvisation, rhythmic studies, technical studies, creative music and harmonization, ensemble pieces, and written worksheet reviews—all of which reinforce techniques and skills introduced in Unit 1.

Unit 2 contains many simple pieces based on the five-finger position. a register guide appears at the beginning of every piece in this unit to help students quickly locate the correct starting position for both hands. Five-finger studies in all major and minor keys and their respective . . .

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