Music On The Move
Succeeding At The Piano Prep - Helen Marlais
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The Preparatory level Lesson and Technique Book provides students with material that is uniquely balanced musically and pedagogically, while providing a perfect introduction to the piano by laying a strong foundationto build upon. Reading, rhythm, technique, theory, ear training, playin g by ear, music history, composition, and wonderful music by multiple composers are seamlessly integrated for a well-balanced music curriculum.
Some of the concepts covered in the Preparatory level Lesson and Technique Book include: a natural and perfect hand position; a steady beat; pre-reading and staff reading of notes from Bass C to Treble G; Guide Notes Bass F, Middle C, and Treble G; quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes; intervals of a 2nd to a 5th; repeat sign; forte and piano dynamics; two-note slurs; phrases; 8va; tie; Middle C and C position.
In addition to these concepts students learn six basic techniques in this level:
Finger, hand, and arm position, correct body alignment, posture and a general well-being at the piano
The feeling of arm weight Œ_being able to feel the arm "letting go" and relaxing
Weight transfer from one finger to the next
Rotation in the hands, wrists, and arms
The CD for the Lesson and Technique Book is innovative as well as educational. Students learn how to form correct practice habits from the very beginning as well as have the opportunity to play many of the pieces with a string quartet accompaniment (two violins, viola, and cello), recorded live!