The Preparatory level Lesson and Technique Book
provides students with material that is uniquely balanced musically and pedagogically, while providing a perfect introduction to the piano by laying a strong foundation to build upon.Reading, rhythm, technique, theory, ear training, playing by ear, music history,composition, and wonderful music by multiple composers are seamlessly integrated for a well-balanced music curriculum.
Concepts include: Natural & Perfect Hand Position · Steady Beat · Pre-Reading & Staff Reading of Notes from Bass C to Treble G · Guide Notes Bass F, Middle C, & Treble G · Quarter, Half, Dotted Half, & Whole Notes · Intervals of a 2nd to a 5th · Repeat Sign · Forte & Piano Dynamics · Two-Note Slurs · Phrases · 8va · Tie · Middle C & C position.
In addition, students learn: Finger, hand, & arm position; correct body alignment; posture; and a general well-being at the piano.
The CD for the Lesson and Technique Book is innovative as well as educational -- Students will learn to form correct practice habits from the very beginning as well as have the opportunity to play many of the pieces with a string quartet accompaniment (two violins, viola, and cello), recorded live!