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Succeeding with the Masters®


Succeeding with the Masters® is a series dedicated to the authentic keyboard works of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth-Century masters.

This series provides a complete and easily accessible method for learning and performing the works of the masters. Each book presents the works in historical perspective for the student, and provides the means and the motivation to play these pieces in the correct stylistic, musical, and technical manner. The easily understandable format of practice strategies and musical concepts make this series enjoyable for both students and teachers.

To ensure authenticity, all of these pieces have been extensively researched. Teachers will find a wealth of excellent repertoire that can be used for recitals, festivals, competitions, and state achievement testing. Many of these original compositions will probably be new to you and some will be quite familiar. This series brings together an essential and comprehensive library of the pedagogical repertoire of the great composers.

Succeeding with the Masters® begins with late-elementary repertoire, continues through intermediate-level works and also includes a few early-advanced works. Upon completion of the series, students will be well prepared for the major keyboard works by the master composers of each era. Click here to see comments on this series

On Your Way to Succeeding
with the Masters
Compiled and Edited by Helen Marlais

FJH1433 / 7.95

On Your Way to Succeeding with the Masters® is a collection of keyboard pieces from six time periods – the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, and the 20th/21st Centuries. This collection will prepare students for the master composers found in Succeeding with the Masters®, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, and the Twentieth Century. Each era has an activity page as well as a valuable practice strategy. Each activity page gives students a historical perspective so that they understand the life and times of each era they are learning. This book is compatible with The Festival Collection®, Book 1.

 


   

On Your Way to Succeeding with the Masters®
Theory Book
Helen Marlais with Peggy O'Dell

FJH2100 / 8.95

Elementary/Late Elementary
On Your Way to Succeeding with the Masters® Theory Book correlates with the repertoire collection, On Your Way to Succeeding with the Masters®. Each piece in the Theory Book "spotlights" a particular concept from the repertoire collection such as: whole and half steps; five-finger patterns; tonic and dominant, among others. In addition, composition and improvisation activities are found throughout the book. Since each piece spotlights a different concept, students may start anywhere in the book and study the desired pieces in any order. Includes a Glossary of Musical Terms for students to reference.

 


   

On Your Way to Succeeding with the Masters®
Answer Key
Helen Marlais with Peggy O'Dell

FJH2134 / 7.95

Elementary/Late Elementary
The Answer Key contains all of the answers to the "spotlighted" concepts in the Theory Book. Having students work with various concepts in several different ways assists them with the retention of this important information and enables them to build on a solid foundation.

 


   

An Introduction to Succeeding with the Masters®
Compiled and edited by Helen Marlais

 FJH2015 / 6.95

Late Elementary through Early Intermediate
In this book, teachers and students will discover a wealth of excellent repertoire by the master composers from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. This book, as in all of the Succeeding with the Masters® books, contains valuable information about the specific characteristics of each era, practice strategies, and a full-performance and narrated CD. There are fun-filled activities that help students learn about each time period. Upon completion of this book, students will be ready for Succeeding with the Masters® – a series dedicated to the authentic keyboard works of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth-Century masters.

 


   

Baroque Era, Volume One
Compiled, edited and performed by Helen Marlais

FJH1438 / 9.95

Late Elementary through Intermediate
Baroque Era, Volume One of Succeeding with the Masters® is a collection of 22 graded repertoire pieces by J.S. Bach, Handel and Scarlatti. These works, mostly dances, build a foundation for playing more advanced baroque music. Complete and easily comprehensible overviews of the era’s musical characteristics appear throughout, along with composer biographies and illustrative practice strategies. This approach to learning style, technique and historical context provides a valuable foundation for successful performance. Companion recordings of complete performances and a practice strategy workshop is provided.

 


   

Baroque Era, Volume One
Student Activity Book
Helen Marlais with Kristen Avila

FJH1660 / 6.95

This Student Activity Book is full of enjoyable activities that will help your students learn about the master composers of the Baroque Era. The stories, games, puzzles, and activities for listening, drawing, and writing are an easy way to engage students in an understanding not only of important information about the composers' lives, but also of their music. Students will be able to complete the activities by referring to the Succeeding with the Masters® Baroque Era, Volume One Performance Book.

 


   

Baroque Era, Volume One
Teacher's Handbook
Helen Marlais with Kristen Avila

FJH1661 / 6.95

The Teacher's Handbook contains all of the answers for the Student Activity Books, as well as some additional ideas for group activities and a recommended general music listening list for the young piano student.

 


   

Baroque Era, Volume Two
Compiled, edited and performed by Helen Marlais

FJH1439 / 11.95

Intermediate through Early Advanced
Baroque Era, Volume Two of Succeeding with the Masters® continues the collection of graded repertoire, featuring the great masters of the Baroque era. These 25 marvelous selections build a foundation for playing even more advanced baroque music, such as the two-part inventions by Bach, Handel suites, and the more difficult Scarlatti sonatas. Complete and easily comprehensible overviews of the era's musical characteristics appear throughout, along with biographies and practice strategies. This cumulative approach to learning style, technique and historical context provides a valuable foundation for successful performance. A companion CD of complete performances and a practice strategy workshop is provided.

 


   

Classical Era, Volume One
Compiled and Edited by Helen Marlais

FJH1436 / 9.95

Late Elementary through Intermediate
Succeeding with the Masters® is a collection of 26 graded repertoire pieces by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. It provides a complete overview of the musical characteristics of the Classical Era in an easily comprehensible manner. Students learn practice strategies, musical concepts, and general characteristics of the era as they explore delightful pieces by the great composers. A companion CD of complete performances and practice strategies is provided.

 

Sample Excerpts from Volume One


CD Track 19, German Dance in C Major
Complete Performance

CD Track 45, German Dance in C Major
Practice Strategy Workshop


   

Student Activity Book, Classical Era, Volume One
Helen Marlais with Kristen Avila

FJH1656 / 6.95

The Student Activity Books are fun-filled educational companions to the Succeeding with the Masters® repertoire collections - an ideal way for your students to explore the world of the master composers. This Student Activity Book is full of enjoyable activities that will help your students learn about the master composers of the Classical Era. The stories, games, puzzles, and activities for listening, drawing, and writing are a time-effective way to engage students in the lives and music of the great composers. A supplementary Teacher's Handbook provides the answers to the student activitities as well as some additional ideas for group activities. This Student Activity Book is intended for use with the Succeeding with the Masters ®, Classical Era, Volume One Performance Book.

 


   

Teacher's Handbook, Classical Era, Volume One
Helen Marlais with Kristen Avila

FJH1657 / 6.95

The Succeeding with the Masters ®, Teacher's Handbook Classical Era, Volume One provides the answers to all of the games, maps, puzzles, stories, and listening activities that appear in the corresponding Student Activity Book. Also, some additional ideas and suggestions for group activities are given. You will be delighted when you see the variety of fun and interesting information provided in this book.

 


   

Classical Era, Volume Two
Compiled, edited and performed by Helen Marlais

FJH1437 / 11.95

Intermediate through Early Advanced
Volume Two continues this collection of graded repertoire pieces by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. These marvelous selections, compiled from original sources, build a foundation for playing advanced classical music. After studying and performing them, the student will be ready for entry-level sonatas by each of these great composers. As in Volume One, complete and easily comprehensible overviews of the era’s musical characteristics appear throughout, along with illustrative practice strategies. A companion CD of complete performances and practice strategies is provided.

 

Sample Pages and Excerpts from Volume Two


Page 47-48, Minuet in F
Practice Strategies

Page 49, Minuet in F

CD Track 11, Minuet in F
Complete Performance

CD Track 34, Minuet in F
Practice Strategy Workshop

Page 74-75, Allemande in A
Practice Strategies

Page 76-77, Allemande in A

CD Track 18, Allemande in A
Complete Performance

CD Track 41, Allemande in A
Practice Strategy Workshop


   

Student Activity Book, Classical Era, Volume Two
Helen Marlais with Kristen Avila

FJH1658 / 6.95

The Succeeding with the Masters® Student Activity Book Classical Era, Volume Two is full of enjoyable activities that correlate with the Classical Era Volume Two Performance Book. These activities will help your students learn more in-depth facts and interesting information about the master composers of the Classical Era. The stories, games, puzzles, and activities for listening, drawing, and writing are an easy way to engage students in an understanding not only of important information about the composers' lives, but also of their music. A supplementary Teacher's Handbook provides the answers to the student activities, as well as some additional ideas for group activities.

 


   

Teacher's Handbook, Classical Era, Volume Two
Helen Marlais with Kristen Avila

FJH1659 / 6.95

The Succeeding with the Masters® Teacher's Handbook Classical Era, Volume Two provides the answers to all of the games, maps, puzzles, stories, and listening activities that appear in the corresponding Student Activity Book. Also, some additional ideas and suggestions for group activities are given, as well as a recommended listening list. The variety of fun and interesting information provided in this book is sure to please!

 


   

Romantic Era, Volume One
Edited by Helen Marlais

FJH1440 / 9.95

Late Elementary through Intermediate
Succeeding with the Masters®, Romantic Era, Volume One, is a collection of graded repertoire featuring selections from Tchaikovsky, Schumann, and Schubert-three great masters of the Romantic era. These works build a foundation for playing the more advanced repertoire of the Romantic era. Each piece is introduced by a short "discovery" of a particular characteristic of the Romantic era. Practice strategies guide the student in preparing and performing each piece. This comprehensive approach to learning style, technique, and historical context provides a valuable foundation for successful performance of all romantic repertoire pieces.

 


   

Romantic Era, Volume Two
compiled and edited by Helen Marlais

FJH1441 / 11.95

Intermediate through Early Advanced
Within Succeeding with the Masters® Romantic Era, Volume Two, comes the intermediate through early-advanced pieces by Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin. As with all of the books in Succeeding with the Masters®, Dr. Marlais presents each work within the context of its social and historical time. Valuable practice strategies for each piece help teachers guide their students in developing the correct technique and musical style.

Just listen to your students take off when they realize that they can play pieces by the greatest composers who have ever lived. Students want to succeed, and when they succeed with the masters they know that they have done something special. There is no better motivator!

 


   

Succeeding with the Masters® & The Festival Collection® Teacher's Handbook
Helen Marlais with Sue Althouse

 FJH2050 / 18.95

The Teacher's Handbook for Succeeding with the Masters® & The Festival Collection® is a guide that organizes the teaching sequence of repertoire by interweaving these two outstanding series together. Practice Strategies from Succeeding with the Masters® are applied to The Festival Collection® repertoire, thus making it possible for either series to be used as the core curriculum. Since both series (over 450 pieces), contain full-performance CD's, historical information, and composer biographies, the Teacher's Handbook provides teachers and students with a comprehensive literature-based curriculum.

 


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