Classics For the Developing Pianist
Core Repertoire for Study and Performance
Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, and Book 5
These are the first three books in a five book series that present 100 pieces the editors believe developing pianists should study and perform. Each book contains 20 pieces selected from the four main style periods. The editors have provided alternate fingerings and redistributions to assist students with smaller hands and facilitate musicality. In addition, the editors include additional dynamics to aid with proper balance and achieve greater musical expression. There are also editorial suggestions for pedaling, ornamentation and articulation as well as metronome markings within a tempo range to assist pianists of all levels in finding a comfortable yet artistic tempo.
Selected and Edited by Ingrid Clarfield and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer
Classics for the Developing Pianist,
by Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer
June 1st, 2012 by Yiyi Ku
Music Teachers Blog
"I first came across the name Ingrid Clarfield a few years ago in the series Keys to Artistic Performance, edited by Ingrid Clarfield and Dennis Alexander. That series, together with Keys to Stylistic Mastery, is absolutely indispensable and shares the secrets that professional pianists use for artistic and stylistic performances. In my opinion, every piano pedagogy class should use them as textbooks!
Classics for the Developing Pianist is a new series of five books (only the first three are available for purchase right now), each book contains 20 pieces selected from the four main style periods that the editors believe are core repertoire for study and performance. They start from the Early Intermediate level, and include selections from standard, well-known literature."
Keys to Artistic Performance, Book 1, Book 2, & Book 3
This series is designed to teach students the skills that will transform average performances into polished, artistic ones. These skills are used by professional pianists to make their performances more expressive and dramatic. They are the "keys to artistic performance". The five "keys" for achieving performance artistry are: Color, Pedaling, Rubato, Characterization, Choreography. The authors have selected repertoire that showcases the five "keys" highlighted in this series. Several familiar favorites have been included, as well as some less-familiar pieces. Dennis Alexander has composed pieces especially for this series that feature and highlight the "keys" to artistic performance.
Keys to Stylistic Mastery teaches the basic principles of the five stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary) to piano students. The 28 late-elementary to early-intermediate pieces were chosen to provide a helpful transition from method books to the classics. Composer Dennis Alexander has written at least one piece in the style of each period. Information about each style period, listing selected composers, keyboard instruments and typical forms, precedes the music from that period. Brief biographies of all composers represented are included.
These books introduce a systematic and efficient way of analyzing, preparing for and ultimately performing an artistic version of a masterwork piece. The step-by-step guidelines will coach any student to an artistic performance. Each book contains four commonly taught works to represent the four stylistic periods. After using these guidelines for a detailed exploration, your student can apply the basic concepts to many other compositions.
Artistic performance starts with artistic preparation. The purpose of this series is to guide you through the three learning stages that lead to an artistic performance: "Preparatory and Introductory Practice," "Creative and Efficient Practice" and "Polishing for an Artistic Performance." Background information and history are given for each piece, as well as practice techniques that will teach students how to practice more efficiently.
Burgmüller, Czerny and Hanon: Book 1, Book 2 & Book 3
Carefully selected for technique and musicality, the piano studies are organized into 4 units according to difficulty. Each etude emphasizes different aspects of technique and musicianship. Hanon exercises are included within each unit to reinforce the need for finger strength, independence and agility. Information about each composer's life, music and books is also provided. Book 2 and Book 3 also include works by Heller.. Published by: Alfred Publishing Company
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