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Intervallic Reading Series

Be A Star! Book 1
Kevin Costley
edited by Helen Marlais

FJH1568 / 5.95

Early Elementary / Elementary
The Intervallic Reading Series provides supplemental repertoire that allows students from all backgrounds and methods to benefit from playing interesting pieces which emphasize intervallic reading. This early elementary/elementary version of Be A Star! provides practice strategies that focus on blocking, interval reading, finger placement, as well as directional reading-encouraging students to learn to read intervals and patterns in music, instead of reading note by note.

 


   

Be A Star! Book 2
Kevin Costley
edited by Helen Marlais

FJH1581 / 6.50

Late Elementary
The Intervallic Reading Series provides supplemental repertoire that allows students from all backgrounds and methods to benefit from playing interesting pieces which emphasize intervallic reading. This Late Elementary addition encourages students to read intervals and patterns in the music rather than reading note by note. Because the pieces are based on patterns, reading the music will sound impressive without being too terribly difficult. Also includes beginning practice strategies at the top of each piece for further learning.

 


   

Be A Star! Book 3
Kevin Costley
edited by Helen Marlais

FJH1678 / 5.95

Early Intermediate / Mid-Intermediate
In Book 3, the early intermediate to mid-intermediate piano student will further their understanding of compositional forms, chords, phrases, intervals, and patterns within a piece of music. Following Helen Marlais' carefully crafted practice strategies, the students' awareness and ability to identify and label these forms, chords, and intervals, allows them to gain the freedom to read a piece of music as a unified whole rather than several small parts.

 


   

Be A Star! Hymns, Book 1
Arranged by Kevin Costley
Editing and Practice Strategies by Helen Marlais

 FJH2086 / 6.95

Early Elementary to Elementary
Continuing in the Intervallic Reading Series, Be A Star! Hymns, Book 1 utilizes many of the best-loved hymns applying special Practice Strategies such as blocking, interval reading, finger placement, and directional reading to teach students how to read intervallically rather than note-by-note. Students will practice and hone their abilities with intervallic reading, while learning some of their favorite hymns at the same time.

 


   

Be a Star! Hymns, Book 2
Arr. by Kevin Costley
Editing and Practice Strategies by Helen Marlais

FJH2130 / 6.95

Late Elementary
Instead of reading note by note, this latest addition to our Intervallic Reading Series, encourages students to learn to read intervals and patterns. Pattern recognition is one of the foundational skills necessary for students to be good readers. Of the 12 selections, seven have an optional teacher duet. Titles include: Nothing but the Blood; O Worship the King; O How I Love Jesus; I Love to Tell the Story; My Jesus, I Love Thee; Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee; and There Will Be Showers of Blessing.

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Be A Star at Christmas!
Kevin Costley
edited by Helen Marlais

FJH1693 / 5.95

Elementary / Late Elementary
This special holiday "addition" to the Intervallic Reading Series provides both teachers and students the opportunity to study the intervallic reading approach by utilizing the practice strategies provided by Helen Marlais. Using familiar Christmas favorites, students will be encouraged to uncover the intervals and patterns that comprise each piece, and at the same time prepare their Christmas repertoire.

 


   

On Stage! Book 1
Christopher Goldston
Editing and Practicing Strategies by Helen Marlais

FJH1629 / 5.95

Early Elementary / Elementary
This book is part of the Intervallic Reading Series that focuses on reading intervals and patterns rather than note by note. Along with playing on the white keys, students will also play pieces on black keys utilizing a giant flat sign. This giant flat sign indicates that all notes on the staff are to be played as flats (on the black keys). A pencil icon at the top of each page highlights a beginning practice strategy such as blocking, identifying, and circling intervals. At the end of the book, there is an interval review where the student identifies which piece the interval examples are found in.

 


   

On Stage! Book 2
Christopher Goldston
Editing and Practicing
Strategies by Helen Marlais

FJH1708 / 5.95

Elementary / Late Elementary
Following the format set forth in Book 1, On Stage! Book 2 progresses from the elementary to late elementary level by applying new and more advanced intervallic reading techniques. Some of the concepts include blocking (playing together) intervals,identifying intervals including the octave, identifying whole tone scales, melodic and harmonic intervals, half and whole steps, triads, and much more.

 


   

On Stage! Book 3
Christopher Goldston
Editing and Practicing
Strategies by Helen Marlais

FJH1748 / 5.95

Early Intermediate / Intermediate
On Stage! Book 3 is written for the early intermediate/intermediate student and focuses on refining and advancing sight-reading skills. Included are concepts such as labeling and identifying AB and ABA1 forms, blocking and identifying intervals within a piece, chords and their inversions, seventh chords, and more.

 


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