This book of short, fun activities reinforces note reading, trains the ear and eye, and encourages simple composing. There are eight units and each unit consists of five activities: Note Writing; Matching; Ear Training; You’re the Composer; and Activity Time. This “easy to use” book guarantees your students will enjoy this part of their lesson!
This innovative collection of technical exercises features four-measure patterns that reinforce note reading and challenge students to play in an assortment of ways. Icons and check-off boxes encourage students to play with a rounded hand shape and varying tempos, dynamics, and touch. Simple, intuitive graphics make this book unique and user friendly. Students will benefit by listening to the variations as well as develop finger strength and dexterity. It is correlated with The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 1, or can be a companion to any beginning book. Fun and useful!
Explore this new and exciting series by Kevin and Julia Olson that presents a modern sequential approach to note reading at the piano. This book gives the beginning student a solid foundation for note reading and is designed to supplement any piano method. New notes are introduced and then thoroughly reinforced with plenty of music that is fun to play. Especially designed for the young beginner, the busy student, students needing extra reinforcement, and students at higher levels who want to improve their sight-reading skills. A wonderful way to get piano students off to The Perfect Start!
Simple, intuitive graphics make this book unique and user friendly. This innovative collection of technical exercises features four measure patterns that reinforce note reading and challenge students to play in an assortment of ways. Icons and check-off boxes encourage students to play with a rounded hand shape and varying tempos, dynamics, and touch. It is correlated with The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 2, or can be a companion to any beginning book. Fun and useful!
Students choose how to play short exercises (4 measures with a repeat) by checking a box under various icons. There are eight different icons that suggest variations in touch, dynamics, tempo, and use of the pedal–always with a rounded-hand shape. Develops listening skills and reinforces the concept that the gesture creates the sound. Creativity is sparked when students combine icons together!
Book 2 continues with short, simple pieces that teach and reinforce note reading at the piano using a systematic, sequential approach. In this book, the notes from Bass C to high G are covered, C position, and treble C position are introduced, and intervals of a 2nd to 5th are reinforced. This book is perfect for a variety of students including the young beginner, busy students, students who need reinforcement, and students who want to improve their sight-reading skills.
The solo pieces in this 36 page book offer sequential reinforcement of the notes beginning students are learning, and introduce students to the concept of playing with expression and style. Students are encouraged to develop artistry as they play variations in dynamics, tempo, pedaling, articulation, and octave shifts. Large note heads and limited use of rests gives this book a clean look and "easy" feel. Teachers can decide to use optional, alternate fingering. Pieces are one or two pages in length, and can be programmed for performance or evaluation.
Blowing Bubbles Goblin Games All Aboard! Ferris Wheel Ride A Nose That Blows and Blows Tiny Goldfish Shooting Star Scary Dreams Grumpy Grampa Peacock I Have to Sneeze Storm's Coming Be a Friend Big Old Hippo Morning Mist The End of a Rainbow Tiptoes Traffic Sounds Out in the City Snowflakes on My Tongue Little Drops of Rain on the Window Pane Barn Owl Brand-New Socks Fiddle Tune
Eight units cover C Position and Treble C Position, gradually adding one new note per unit. The 24 pieces are one to two pages in length–some with lyrics and some with alternate fingering suggested. Use of pedal, 8va, phrasing and staccato touch are incorporated in this easy-to-read book. Correlated with The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 2 this book is great for transfer students and general sight reading.
Mother Said Summer Breeze A Saturday at Sea Pickles Rolling Down the Hill Lazy Dog I Like Chocolate Old Man McKemper Funeral for My Pet Goldfish Diving Board Staring Contest Ancient Legend Tasty Purple Grapes Earthquake Memories of a Melted Popsicle A Penguin That Could Fly Ice Cream Truck Island Band Enjoy the Season Talent Show Dancing Pandas Yellow Leaf Hopscotch Beethoven’s Boogie
The solo pieces teach students to play with artistry and expression and reinforce the positions used in the Note Reading book: G positions, F position, and D position. They are encouraged to “tell a story” through the music as they follow the many changes in dynamics, tempo, pedaling, articulation and octave shifts. Pieces are one to two pages in length; some have lyrics. Titles such as Bernie’s Banana Tree, Rockin’ Rhythm, and Waltz of the Giant Gorillas appeal to young musicians.
Book 3 of this effective series continues the modern sequential approach to note reading at the piano and focuses on notes in the G positions, F position, and D position. Sharps and flats of the respective positions are introduced, and intervals continue to be reinforced throughout the book. Includes lyrics and teacher duet parts.