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Contemporary Class Piano

ISBN: 9780195389074 | 0195389077
Edition: 7th
Format: Spiral Bound
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 4/20/2010

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Known for its richly diversified styles of repertoire and ensemble pieces and its abundance of creative materials, Contemporary Class Piano, Seventh Edition, includes the widest-ranging repertoire of solo and ensemble pieces available in any beginning piano text. Elyse Mach presents an abundant solo and ensemble repertoire--which includes classical pieces and folk, jazz, rock, pop, and blues tunes--providing ample opportunities for students to improvise, transpose, harmonize, and compose accompaniments. FEATURES OF THE NEW EDITION * Reorganized from six to ten units, the material is now more accessible for classroom use. * Twenty diverse new reading, repertoire, and ensemble pieces introduce students to music of various styles and levels of difficulty. * Unit 9 provides additional practice opportunities in interpreting chord symbols and harmonizing. * More score reading examples in three- and four-part settings provide reinforcement of chorale style reading. * Alto and tenor clef reading examples are introduced. * Two new appendices offer more help: Appendix B features vocal and instrumental accompaniments to help students further develop skills, and Appendix E offers a timeline and historical overview of the style and characteristics of music from the Baroque period through the 21st century. * Appendix A presents new material on transposing instruments. * New CD and MIDI disk icons in the text indicate track numbers for ease of reference. * "Practice Strategies" boxes give beginners helpful hints. * A "Classic Miniatures" section of excerpts contains original keyboard pieces written by master composers. * Worksheets appearing at the end of most chapters provide further practice opportunities. SUPPORT PACKAGE * A new in-text audio CD for students, which includes orchestrations by renowned composers Phillip Keveren and Jason Nyberg, presents selected pieces at both practice tempo and performance tempo. * A set of four MIDI disks --containing approximately 240 orchestration accompaniments prepared by composers Phillip Keveren and Jason Nyberg--motivates students to practice and complete their assignments more readily. This set is available free to adopters. * The Instructor's Companion Website ( will offer suggested lesson plans, teaching tips, and full track listings for the in-text CD and Instructor MIDI disks.

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