Category: Primer Level
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New Disney Songbooks from Faber & Faber

In the words of Walt Disney, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island.” This collection, arranged by Nancy and Randall Faber, offers musical treasure from contemporary to classic for today’s piano students. Enjoy teaching Disney hits from Coco, The Lion King, Frozen, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, […]

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Teach and Learn with ACE

To the student, Piano Adventures implies an exciting exploration. To the teacher, Piano Adventures implies a philosophy and mission to develop the student’s musical mind and heart. The process of guiding a young person to develop the mind (intellect) and the heart (expression) can help form valuable life skills: confidence, curiosity, discipline, self-esteem, sensitivity to […]

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Fun and Familiarity

Are familiar melodies easier to learn? Not necessarily! While familiar melodies are fun for students to play, learning the music may not be as easy as one would presume. Watch as Randall Faber discusses the potential stumbling points for the Primer level student, and presents solutions to create an engaging and successful learning experience. After […]

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One Musical Barnyard!

Establishing a natural, curved, strong, and flexible hand position is the basis of keyboard technique. Playing with a braced third finger is an effective approach. Both arch and fingertip are supported. Using a non-legato touch at the beginning helps direct the arm weight from the shoulder. “The Pecking Rooster” and “The Pecking Hen” explore the […]

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Princess or Monster?

How easily a princess can become a monster! Rests were introduced on the preceding page, and a tryout on the closed lid highlights the bits of silence after “monster” and “dungeon.” Since the melody has many skips, checking the finger patterns prepares David for the coordination required. A monster demands a more ominous accompaniment, and […]

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Merrily We Roll Along

Vivian is introduced to the C-D-E groups in a more challenging melodic contour, and the rhythmic feel for quarter, half, and whole notes is reinforced. Large rocking motions prepare her to sense the underlying musical pulse. Pointing to the notes while singing finger numbers strengthens the understanding of directional reading. Because the middle fingers are […]