Well, perhaps not but indeed J.S. Bach taught his sons using the music of his time – popular dances, preludes and exercises by living composers. It would never have occurred to him to seek out pieces in the styles and rhythms one hundred years old. He expected his boys to thrive in the musical world of their time. A brilliant new series has been developed working on those same principles. The American Popular Piano (APP) Series will have students:
- Developing traditional pianistic and musical skills through music in contemporary popular styles;
- Being motivated to practice by working on music that is familiar, fun, and that they can’t wait to play;
- Nurturing their creativity and spontaneity through a user friendly modular approach to improvisation;
- Enjoying regular ensemble playing
…and finding pleasure in a lifelong relationship with music!
Try this at home with one of your students…
Christopher Norton & Scott McBride Smith
Each Repertoire Album contains a wide selection of pieces in three distinct categories:
Lyrical: develops beautiful tone; reinforces careful listening; nurtures musical expression; improves finger control;
Rhythmic: instils a steady beat; improves counting; refines articulation; ensures secure syncopations; internalises the pulse;
Ensemble: hones listening skills; encourages regular ensemble playing; offers rich musical textures even in early studies; reinforces musical continuity.
Each Etudes Album complements the corresponding Repertoire Album with traditional technical etudes in both classical and popular styles and through a revolutionary, module-based approach to improvisation.
Technical Etudes: builds solid fundamentals by focusing on specific technical and musical elements; offers an enjoyable approach to improving facility;
Improvisation Etudes: delivers a practical framework for learning improvisation; integrates effortlessly into traditional piano lessons; module structure provides intuitive, progressive development from the very first level; encourages creativity and spontaneity; trains critical active listening skills.
Each Skills Book rounds out the comprehensive course of study. Paced to enhance progress in the corresponding Repertoire and Etudes Albums, the module structure ensures a smooth integration of Ear-Training, Sight-Reading, and Technic.
Ear-training: reinforces the aural development already achieved through the repertoire and improvisation etudes;
Sight-reading: time-effective module structure leads to regular practice – the single most important contributing factor to success;
Technic: provides a structured and measured approach; prepares for the challenges ahead.
Scales: presented in a variety of rhythms and articulations, develops fine motor skills, finger strength, and ease with keys appropriate to the level;
Chords: practiced over the entire keyboard, refines large muscle motion, reinforces clean attack, and prepares harmonic understanding;
Drills: providing structured focus on specific elements, improves tonal evenness,
Instrumental Backings CDs
At each Level certain elements are enriched by accompanying instrumental backings – the Ensemble pieces in the Repertoire Album and the Improvisation modules in the Etudes Album.
Provides: convenient practice and performance tempos for realistic support of the learning process;
Stimulates: daily ensemble playing;
Creates: a full band improvisation experience;
Makes: reaching a polished performance just plain fun!