Developing Artist Preparatory Piano Literature, Pg. 16, Circle Dance Warming up with A Minor five-finger scales, Sam is learning to express “con moto.” He clearly makes his “con moto” approach a musical shape, and he applies this idea to Circle Dance with natural ease. It’s evident that he is thinking in four-measure phrases, and the […]
Level 1 Lesson Book, Pg. 56, Bongo Drummers Kai and Nancy make a great team of bongo drummers as they groove together! In this video, Kai navigates the keyboard with ease as she transfers between each octave. Her “O-shaped” hand helps her drop into the key as she feels the pulse and rocks the bongo […]
Level 1 Lesson Book, Pg. 58, Dinosaur Stomp Stomp like a dinosaur tail! Vivian melts into a ball of giggles as she imagines her arm as the dinosaur’s tail playing the last note. She’s got the hang of the weighted arm drop as she plays a robust fortissimo low C to finish the piece off […]
Level 2B Lesson Book, Pg. 32, Camptown Races This dynamic duo is off to the races! Philip puts into practice his learning of tonic and dominant chords as he plays the accompaniment for Camp Town Races for his teacher. Philip stays steady as a rock as Nancy creates fun and fancy rhythms in the melody.
Level 2A, Performance Book, Pg. 6-7, Theme and Variation Listen to this Theme and Variation become a piece of chamber music! With the accompaniment providing supportive and contrapuntal lines, and with a flute doubling the melodic line, Kai learns how it feels and sounds to be part of a small ensemble. The flute’s cadential trills […]
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Level 2B, Lesson Book, Pg. 30, Viva la France Viva la France gets a “face lift” as Philip transposes this piece with a “jazzed-up” rhythm in different keys. Many pieces at Levels 1 through 2B are written to allow the student to transpose, moving the hand between familiar positions. This movement between positions sharpens the […]
Lesson Book, Primer Level, Pg. 44, Dance Band In this video, Randall Faber describes and demonstrates the use of arm weight as an important technique to be taught from the early lessons at the Primer level. This piece titled, The Dance Band, strategically offers repetition and review as it corresponds directly to the Technique and […]
Level 2B, Lesson Book, Pg. 26 Watch as Nancy cultivates Philip’s musical artistry through affirming his expressive performance of The Skater’s Waltz. To the student, Piano Adventures® implies an exciting exploration. To the teacher, Piano Adventures® implies a mission and mindset which puts the student’s personal development in the fore. The Piano Adventures® Teacher refers […]
Level 1, Gold Star Performance Book, Pg. 22-23, Chinese Painting Beautiful Chinese scroll paintings are quiet and subtle. Music depicting such artwork must be equally refined. After a week or two spent learning the notes, rhythms, and hand-position moves, Philip demonstrates that these are all in place. It’s time to paint with color! An aural […]