Audio Resources

Background accompaniments offer many benefits for students, including rhythmic practice, sightreading proficiency, and musical growth. Now there are many ways to access these motivating play-along tracks!

Piano Adventures Audio Cloud

Now you and your students can easily download and play along with orchestrated accompaniments for each Piano Adventures Lesson Book, no matter what device you have! Create your own Piano Adventures MP3 library, right in your web browser. Practice and performance tempos are included, plus MIDI files for the Lesson, Performance, and Technique & Artistry Books.

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Piano Adventures Player App

iPhone and iPad users can upgrade their audio experience with the Piano Adventures Player app. A simple slider adjusts to any speed and interactive tools make practice more productive.
1. Unlock over 10 levels and 1000 songs
2. Control tempo, parts, volume
3. Score, keyboard, and mixer views
4. Built-in metronome
5. Optional MIDI connection for digital keyboards

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More Online Audio Playlists

My First Piano Adventure

Gold Star Performance

Adult Piano Adventures

Developing Artist Piano Literature

Discover Improvisation

Using Background Accompaniments

While technology can never be a substitute for good teaching, it can be a wonderful tool if used with a little creativity and thought. To put it in context, imagine three types of instructional multimedia: 1) tutorials, which introduce concepts; 2) drill and practice programs for skill building; and 3) exploratory environments. The latter provide opportunity for exploration and discovery, for learning through experimentation. The background accompaniments from Faber Piano Adventures fall into the “exploratory environments” category, offering background orchestrations for exploring and experiencing the pieces in the Piano Adventures® method.

The orchestrations for Piano Adventures® are distinctive and unique. The accompaniments feature the instrumentation of the marching band, Baroque chamber group, jazz ensemble, chamber orchestra, etc. Students not only benefit from exposure to the sounds of these ensembles, but have the opportunity to play along. For many students, the orchestrations will be an introduction to these ensemble sounds. And, hopefully, the orchestrations will inspire many toward ensemble playing in the future.

  • Rhythmic practice – Playing with a background accompaniment demands correct rhythm. Students learn to feel the meter, sense the forward musical flow of the time signature, and understand the need to “keep going.”
  • Sight-reading proficiency – The digital accompaniment experience is well-suited for sight-reading. For this activity, be sure to use music that is at least one level below that of the student’s usual lesson assignment.
  • Musical growth – The musical “vignettes” in this series introduce the student to a variety of musical sounds and ensembles: the marching band, chamber orchestra, jazz ensemble, rock band, etc. Exposure to these orchestrated interpretations not only makes the student more musically literate, but inspires the student to play with rhythmic vitality, forward motion, and musical expression.

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