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Teachers Desk Reference - 2012

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Index
Welcome to Faber Piano Adventures . . . . . . . . . . 2 5
My First Piano Adventure . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 13
Primer Level. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 21
Level 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 29
Level 2A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 37
Level 2B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 43
Level 3A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 49
Level 3B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 55
Level 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 63
Level 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 69
Accelerated Piano Adventures. . . . . . . . . . 70 73
Adult Piano Adventures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 75
Piano Literature Collections. . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 79
About the Fabers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

OVERVIEW

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Welcome to Faber Piano Adventures


Piano Adventures has become the leading piano curriculum across
North America. Why? Because it works... for all ages!
First and foremost, Piano Adventures is student-centered. The sounds are tailored to each
age group to educate, and also to entertain. This vibrant appeal keeps the student engaged.
And, the pianistic attributes of the repertoire, along with secrets from the Technique &
Artistry books, consistently invite expressive playing.

Ages 5 - 6

My First Piano Adventure

After completing Book C, students are


ready for Level 1 of Piano Adventures.
Book A

Book B

Book C

Ages 6 - 11

Piano Adventures

Primer Level

Level 1

Level 2A

Level 2B

Level 3A

Level 3B

Ages 11 - 17

Accelerated Piano Adventures

After completing Accelerated


Piano Adventures Book 2,
students are ready for Level 3A
of Piano Adventures.
Book 1

Book 2

Adult

Adult Piano Adventures

After completing Adult Piano Adventures Book 2,


students are ready for Level 3A of Piano Adventures.

Book 1

Book 2
2

Level 4

Level 5

OVERVIEW

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Approach to Reading
The ability to read music is developed by effectively
integrating three skills: 1) discrete note recognition,
2) intervallic reading, and 3) a multi-key understanding.
These are carefully sequenced and reinforced in
Piano Adventures to...
n Prevent the student from equating a particular
note to a particular finger.
n Teach the precise relationship between a note
and the keyboard.
n Allow for a free and balanced drop of the arm and
hand into the finger.
n Avoid the overuse of two thumbs on C.

enthusiasm were discarded and replaced, until the method


met the standards and musical taste of both piano student
and teacher.

Supplementary Library
The PreTime to BigTime Piano Supplementary Library
correlates with Piano Adventures to provide a broad
selection of music to meet each individual students
interestat the precise level of difficulty. With styles that
include Popular, Classics, Rock n Roll, Jazz & Blues,
Kids Songs, Ragtime & Marches, and Hymns, the
teacher can choose the style that motivates the student and
be assured that it is arranged to meet the pedagogical
demands of the level.

n Reduce the dependence on preset hand positions.

Teacher Support

Pianistic Music

Faber Piano Adventures is dedicated to supporting piano


teachers by offering a wide array of teacher support
materials:

Pianistic arranging is one of the hallmarks of the Fabers


material. All of the music in Piano Adventures is
specifically written or arranged for the piano.
n The pieces feel right and sound right at the piano.
n Easy and effective use of the damper pedal opens up
the rich sonority of the instrument.
n The pieces incorporate essential pianistic gestures
the motions and phrases that are integral to playing
the piano.
n Pianistic pieces develop fluent piano technique by
encouraging freedom at the keyboard, promoting a
relaxed wrist, and introducing gestures that carry the
hand across the full range of the instrument

Artistic Music
The pieces included in Piano Adventures are eminently
musical. The course combines technique and artistry
which bring out maximum expression in the students
playing. Parents notice the musicalitystudents thrive on
itand teachers appreciate the artistic results.
The Technique & Artistry books are unparalleled in
teaching technical gesture for artistic playing. Technique
Secrets and exercises deliver the pianistic tools to play
with ease and expression. The Artistry Hint and
Artistry Piece that conclude each unit heighten student
awareness of sound and musicality.

Student Appeal
Students are attracted to the pieces and sounds of Piano
Adventures. Ten years of painstaking pilot testing has
ensured that the method has wide student appeal. Over
one hundred pieces that did not pass the test of student

n Online resources at www.PianoAdventures.com.


n Piano Club Discussion Forum provides an online
community for Piano Adventures teachers.
n New, pioneering Primer Teacher Guide is a one-of-a-
kind resource for piano teachers. This guide features
lessons plans, pedagogy pointers, duets for
improvisation and a comprehensive DVD of model
teaching for each piece in the Primer Lesson Book.
n Faber Piano workshops and clinics on musical artistry
and talent development inspire audiences of music
educators around the world.
n A-C-E Instructional Theory: Analysis, Creativity,
and Expression comprise a model of artistry with
implications for our teaching. In upcoming pages,
weve included specific tips for each level.
We hope these ideas may assist in developing the personal
artistry of your students, as you help
each one become a piano ace.

PreTime to BigTime Piano

Supplementary Library

Motivation at Your Fingertips


The right piece at the right time makes all the difference!
It creates a magical moment when student motivation,
hard work, accomplishment, and fun come together in
a remarkable way.
The right piece means:
n A style that appeals to the student

I Just Cant Wait


to Be King

n Correct leveling for progress


n A well-crafted arrangement

n The pride of peer approval


Almost every student loves a particular style of
music. When a teacher finds that style and connects
the student with appropriately-leveled repertoire,
the students intrinsic motivation is captivated.

PreTime

The PreTime to BigTime Piano Library


contains a wealth of exciting selections to challenge
and motivate students of all ages and abilities. A
variety of musical styles are offered at six levels
making it possible for teachers to offer engaging
material for every student.

Primer Level

PlayTime
Level 1

Sleeping
Beauty Waltz

Popular
Classics
Kids Songs
Favorites
Rock n Roll
Jazz & Blues
Ragtime & Marches
Hymns
Christmas

Teachers are sometimes tempted to march students


quickly up the levels, always playing pieces of
increasing difficulty. Often, however, students need
more time to play the notes and patterns at a
particular level. This solidifies the students reading
fluency and pattern recognition at that level. Adding
the appropriate supplementary material also allows
the student and teacher to focus on expression and
the pure enjoyment of music.
Visit www.PianoAdventures.com/video for a video
tour of the PreTime to BigTime Piano Library.

PreTime to BigTime Piano

NEW!!

ShowTime
Level 2A

ChordTime
Level 2B

Supplementary Library

NEW!!

NEW!!

FunTime

BigTime

Level 3A & 3B

Level 4

Youve Got
a Friend in Me

Twist
and Shout!

Take the
A Train

MY FIRST PIANO ADVENTURE

for the young beginner (ages 5-6)

THE A
BOOKS
Pre-Reading
The LESSON BOOK and WRITING BOOK include:
five musical friends at the piano

directional pre-reading notation

white key names: A B C D E F G

folk, blues, and classical sounds

basic rhythms ( , , )

technique through games and songs

creative discovery at the keyboard

eye-training and ear-training

About the CD

The CD for this book offers a unique listening experience with outstanding
orchestrations and vocals. The recordings demonstrate a key principle of
the course: when children listen, sing, tap, and move to their music, they
play more musically.

Writing Book A
FF1620 00420260 $6.95

Lesson Book A
FF1619 00420259 $9.95

Christmas Book A
Treat your pre-reading students to an adventurous first
Christmas book! Young players will be delighted with familiar
carols such as O Christmas Tree as well as new favorites
like Rudolphs Little Brother. First players will benefit from
the clean presentation of pre-reading notation and festive
teacher duets. The Christmas Music Calendar encourages
students to count down the days until Christmas!
Christmas Book A
FF3001 00001471 $4.95
6

MY FIRST PIANO ADVENTURE

for the young beginner (ages 5-6)

A look inside the A Books . . .


Songs

Technique

Improvisation

Catchy pre-reading songs move hands


around the keyboard.

Technique is developed with chants,


games, and songs.

Students improvise from the first


lessons.

Eye-training

Ear-training

Blinker, the owl, loves to


LOOK and leads the eye-training.

Tucker, the dog, loves to LISTEN


and leads the ear-training.

New!

The Little Yellow Practice Book


FF3009 00420330 $3.50

Young students will be delighted with


their first practice book featuring the
friends at the piano.

MY FIRST PIANO ADVENTURE

THE B BOOKS

for the young beginner

THESteps
B
BOOKS
on the Staff
The LESSON BOOK and WRITING BOOK include:
friends at the piano return

step-wise reading on the staff

composer friends, Beethoven and Mozart

classic themes, pop, and jazz sounds

notes from Bass C to Treble G

technique through games and songs

music history Fun Facts and Games

ear-training and eye-training

About the CD

The CDs for the A and B Books are a hallmark of the series. The child
may listen to the CD from beginning to end at home or in the car. After a
piece is learned, the CD track may be used as an optional play-along
accompaniment. Enjoy!

Writing Book B
FF1622 00420262 $6.95

Lesson Book B
FF1621 00420261 $9.95

Christmas Book B
Join the My First Piano Adventure friends as they play
Christmas songs on the grand staff. Students celebrate
with merry melodies such as A Ten-Foot Icicle, Jingle
Bells, the hit song Must Be Santa, and carols from
around the world.
Christmas Book B
FF3002 00001472 $5.50
8

MY FIRST PIANO ADVENTURE

THE B BOOKS

for the young beginner

A look inside the B Books . . .


Technique

Songs
& w

My sister Nannerl and I loved to play Hide-and-Seek.


Help Nannerl hide by playing thumb whispers.

Treble D looks a little like


Middle Cexcept theres no whisker!
Is D a LINE or SPACE note?

Thumb Whispers:
1. Tap your L.H. thumb quickly and lightly 8 times on your
head shoulder knee
At the keyboard:
2. Play and notice the

M
I
D
D
L
E

Thumb Whispers

C D
1. Your teacher will make up a rhythm(s) on treble clef D.
Copy it back. Now do one for your teacher.
2. Play and sing letter names, then words.

repeated notes
2

& d
p
?
Tuck - er

dog,

Tub Time!

where

are

you?

Youre

T ECHNIQ UE GAME :

Tips from Katie:

hid - ing

from

me.

? 44 .

(2

Shout,

1 on

__?

3)

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New notes are introduced systematically


with appealing songs.

V A N

Ill

find

you!

Shout,

(2

3)

Ill

soft - ly,

find

w
w

Hid - ing

is

fun! (2 - 3

so

B E E T H O V E N

What is one of your favorite foods?

Fun Fact: Beethoven composed his


greatest music after he had gone
deaf. Over twenty thousand people
came to his funeral.
(write)
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1. COUNT and clap the rhythm.


2. LOOK at the first note. Is it on a line or space?
Find it on the piano.
3. ATTENTION on whats next!
Up, down, or same?
4. PL AY. To begin, set a steady beat
by saying 1-2-3 GO.

Hint: Keep your eyes on the music. Notice the forte sign!
1 on __?

Music history about Mozart and


Beethoven is taught with Fun Facts
and Games.

Apples or Oranges

LISTEN

Hearing Same or Different

Ear-training:
Your teacher will play two short melodies.
Listen! If they are the same, circle the two apples.
If they are different, circle the apple and orange.

Look

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Attention
Play

..

F o r Te a c he r Us e Onl y : ( The e x a mp l e s ma y b e p l a y e d i n a ny o r d e r. The t e a c he r ma y c r e a t e mo r e s a me o r d i f f e r e nt e x a mp l e s f o r t he s t u d e nt . )

& 43
F
1

..

|LESSON 24

or

3
& 4
5

? 4 - - - b w4
f

or

? 44 - - - b wf

4
& 4 . . . .

? 4 > >
4

> > >


& 43 .

4
& 4 . . . .

? 44 > .
.

or

3 > > >


& 4 .

f
4

or

f
f

or

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Blinker, the owl, loves to LOOK


and presents CLAP for SIghtreading Count-Look-Attention-Play!

Tucker, the dog, loves to LISTEN.


Enjoy Same or Different,
Playback, and more activities.

The Little Yellow Practice Book


FF3009 00420330 $3.50

The Little Blue Manuscript Book


FF3010 00420331 $3.50
(To Be Released)

Would you like to learn more music


of Mr. Beethoven?

|LESSON 12

Ear-training

Count

Eye-training:

(write)

4)

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CLAP for Sightreading


Follow these 4 steps.

(write)

Fun Fact: Macaroni and cheese was


one of Beethovens favorite foods.

 |WRITING BOOK 52-53

The word sightreading means to play


through a piece for the first time.

20

Technique Games like Silent Jumps and


Star Crossing Over make technique fun!

LOOK

you!

play 31 together

whis - per

Eye-training

&
f
?

Ex.

L U D W I G

Can you say the chant ?

soft - ly,

Fun Fact: By the time Beethoven


was 12, he was earning a living
for his family by composing and
playing the organ.
What are some of the ways you
help your family. (Your teacher or
parent can help you write.)

Circle each letter in Beethovens


name that is a note in music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


(from Sonata for Four Hands, K19d)

NANNERLS PART Shhh!


2

Whis - per

There are a thousand princes;


there is only one Beethoven.

Hide-and-Seek

WOLFGANGS PART

&
p

?

Woof!

Play the LOWEST F


on the piano.

 |WRITING BOOK 14 -15

Game: Number the pictures 1 2 3 to show


Beethoven growing up.

Beethovens Message:

40

Bright and happy

&4

fF

Prepare L.H. finger 3 on the LOWEST F.

18

f and p signs.

3. Use a whisper thumb at measures 5-7.

Beethovens
Fun Facts and Game

A Note from Mozart:

Treble Clef D

Brightly

Music History

?4

. .

4 . . . . .
p

? 44

or

.
. . . .
5

| LESSON 47

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MY FIRST PIANO ADVENTURE

THE C BOOKS

for the young beginner

THESkips
C
BOOKS
on the Staff
The LESSON BOOK and WRITING BOOK include:
friends at the piano are growing up

C and G 5-finger scales

music history Fun Facts and Games

classic themes, pop, and jazz sounds

skips: line-line and space-space

continuation of Technique Games

composer friends: Beethoven, Haydn,


Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms

ear-training and eye-training

Writing Book C
FF1624 00420264 $6.95

Lesson Book C
FF1623 00420263 $7.95

Christmas Book C
It is an exciting time for the musical friends in Christmas Book C! Students play joyful
melodies such as Dance around the Christmas Tree and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
as they continue to build pianistic skill and a love of music. Teacher duets expose students
to more sophisticated rhythms and harmonies.
Christmas Book C
FF3003 00001482 $5.50

Primer Gold Star Performance


Supplement the C books with the Primer Gold Star Performance
book. The Gold Star CD has childrens vocals and orchestrations,
as well as solo piano recordings. Delightful!

Book with CD
FF1602 00420255 $7.95

10

MY FIRST PIANO ADVENTURE

THE C BOOKS

for the young beginner

A look inside the C Books . . .


Technique

Songs

Improvisation

Find these keys!


L.H.

R.H.
M
I
D
D
L
E

Fall
i

an elephant?
a tuba?
a big truck?

B C

E F G A B

Rockin with Skips!

ng E

What is the heaviest thing you can imagine?

ant

(your idea)

L.H. Improvisation with F-A-C

leph

improvise to make up
Tips from Millie and Marta:

2. Notice the opening leap from fingers 1 to 5.

? 44

Leap
Treats

for
in

the
the

pi
pi

a
a

Leap for the Piata


-

ta,
ta,

Hap - py,

hap - py,

>
>b
e

>
>

hap - py

1
5

>
>

..

..

Repeat!

day!

3. To end, play a long note on F, A, or C.

T e chn iqu e Ga me :

With energy

2. Now improvise an F-A-C tune with the duet.


Use the keys in any order!

Falling elephant

1. Name and find the first note.


Hint: Think of the name of the little mouse!

4
&4

Te a c h e r D ue t : ( S t ude n t pla y s 1 o c ta v e h i gh er.)

F.

L.H.

30

5
1

| WRITING BOOK 3031

>.
5

>.
5

>.

>.

>.

>.

>.

>.

..

1. Hold your LeFt arm straight in front of you.


Pretend you are holding an elephant!

3. Did you feel the weight of your arm come


falling down?

2. When you cant hold the elephant any longer,


let your arm drop freely into your lap.

4. repeat Falling Elephant with your rIGHt arm.

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For a firm foundation in note-reading,


the pieces move the hands around the
keyboard.

Technique is developed with games such


as Falling Elephant, Fingertaps, and
Mouse House.

Rhythm

Theory

Unit 1

Time for Rhythms

L.H.

down-stems

3. Where does section B start? The music changes.


Draw a circle and write B inside.

5
3
1

b n

5
3
2

# b

>

>

A b
A b

w bw .
.
w

35

Improvising with F-A-C skips is


celebrated with a rock-blues duet.

f This

? 44


is

sec - tion

A. (2 - 3 - 4)

This is

1 on
__?

The Next Step...

A Song with Form


1 on __?

&4

sec - tion

A. (2 - 3 - 4)

Sec - tion

will

After completing the C books


students are ready to start
Piano Adventures Level 1.

&

q = 100

change, you

see! (2 - 3 - 4)

Can you name the

form? (2 - 3 - 4)

ritardando

Can you name the

form? (2 - 3 - 4)

The form is

|Lesson 45

#
b

2. Now, above measure 1, draw a square


with an A inside it. This is section A.

2. Your teacher may ask you to tap to the steady tick of the metronome.
Draw a happy face to show you did it!

5
3
2

1. First, play this song and notice the words.

44
q = 76

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Music is made up of different sections.


Try
it out!

4. Where does section A return? Label it!

up-stems

Musical Form:
A metronome
clicks at different speeds
and helps us feel a
steady beat.

1. Tap these rhythms on the closed keyboard.


Count aloud!

R.H.

5
3
1

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R.H.
b
b
b
b n b n b n b bn
? 4 b
b4
b n b n b n b b n
L.H.
F
1

Fine

F
L.H. 5
Te a c h e r D u e t : ( S t u d e n t p l a y s L .H. o n a Hi gH e r F - A- C .)

R.H.
?4

Lets rock,
everybody.
Feel the beat!

1. First, set L.H. fingers 5-3-1 over these keys.


Listen and feel the beat of the teacher duet.

Tips from your friends:

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36

Young students explore the metronome


while tapping rhythms.

|Lesson 3637

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Students learn about A B A form while


reinforcing skips.

The Little Yellow Practice Book


FF3009 00420330 $3.50

The Little Blue Manuscript Book


FF3010 00420331 $3.50
(To Be Released)

11

MY FIRST PIANO ADVENTURE COURSE


for the young beginner (ages 5-6)

The Young Beginner: Keys for Connecting


As piano teachers, were quite adept at bridging our adult
world to that of the typical seven- or eight-year-old beginner.
It requires only modest effort because most 1st and 2nd grade
students also try to bridge their world to ours. The attempt
to bridge worlds is two-way, so teaching and learning are
fluid and reasonably predictable.

is auditory, yet with emotion. Next, make it tactile. Feel


the keys; listen to the sounds. Smile and sing. Engage the
senses, and engage the child with a playfulness of spirit.

Wendy the Whale

17

Playing L.H. Fingers 2-3-4

It is a different matter, however, when we work with children


at ages 4 and 5. Not only is this young beginners world
substantially different than the adult world and qualitatively
different than ages 7-8, the young beginner does not meet
us halfway. 4-5 year olds require us to find and enter their
world. The young beginner is not inclined to adapt to us, so
we must adapt to the world of the young beginner.

2
4

L.H.

N o te: T h e teach er m ay p ed al
as th e stu d en t p l ays.

Start on a
MIDDLE
3-black-key group.

L.H. 2

Wen - dy

Spirit of Play

play
together

2
3
4

Move DOWN to
next lower group.

the whale

What is this world of the young beginner? It is fun, fantasy


and exploration. Seriousness? Teacher-driven rules? Tight
control? These close down a young learners intrinsic
interest. Playfulness? Creativity? Adventure? These drive the
youngsters learning. And the multi-sensory world of music
makes a perfect context for such a playful adventure. We
take the child into a musical playground that engages the
emotions and the senses. In this world, we explore, we hear,
we look, we learn. To be fully effective, we combine visual,
auditory and kinesthetic (feel/touch) experiences with a spirit
of play, including playmatesthe friends at the piano of
My First Piano Adventure.

moves her

2
3
4

big

tail

2
3
4

deep, down, and low.


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Wendy the Whale moves her big tail, then dives lower and lower.

Attention
Weve all heard of the young childs short attention span.
While this is a valid characteristic to which we adapt, lets
be equally impressed with the young childs tenacity when
emotionally engaged. Have you heard a youngster say,
Again! Again! prodding far beyond our own point of
tedium? (What might this say about our own attention span?)
So, the capacity for sustained attention is there, even in
the young child. We simply must recognize when attention
is engaged and when it is not. If attention wanes during a
visual activity, shift to an auditory or kinesthetic action. And
when attention is wholly captivated, reap all the rewards of
this teachable moment.

The students musical friends pose a new adventure with


each piece: swimming with a whale, climbing a treehouse,
dreaming of the Tooth Fairy. Engage with each page as a
new encounter, a new surprise. Take in the visual; catch the
emotion. Hear what the child says about the context. This
adds personal meaning that engages attention and primes
memory. Then listen to the CD track. Now the engagement

Activity-based learningthis is key. Each student responds


with personal favorites, which makes this level such a joy
to teach. The antidote to a short attention span is
to get off the bench: move to the table, sit on
the floor, move to the board, back to the bench.
Activity-based teaching allows adaptation,
repetition, and variation. Not every page is
essential, but having the students attention
is. Celebrate student favorites and repeat
them from week to week to glean all their
capacity for musical development. Use
creative variations for fun and challenge.

12

MY FIRST PIANO ADVENTURE COURSE


for the young beginner (ages 5-6)

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Technique

Treble Clef F

Noodle fingers, small hands, no coordination maybe we


should wait until the child is older? This fallacy is remedied
by recognizing that a child will never grow a pianistic
hand. A pianistic hand is developed through guidance and
practice. So the undeveloped hand physique of the youngster
is ripe for guidance and presents an ideal time to start
on technique. We just need to adapt our teaching routine
and introduce activities that appropriately guide physical
development of the hand.

M
I
D
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Tip from Tucker:
Walk up to the F and balance on a firm fingertip.
Your hand should be round like a scoop of ice cream!

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Lets

get

cone!

Ice Cream Dog

21

(2 - 3)

Lets

get

cone!

(2 - 3)

&

As a priority for this age, we want to develop the hand


structure. (Teaching a floppy wrist and relaxation would
be an unproductive starting point.) We need a physical
framework that is sorely lacking in the undeveloped hand.
The use of braced finger 3, with a relaxed wrist and a freefall drop (arm weight) is perfect because it models the hand
structure and alignment of finger, wrist and arm. Unique and
effective, Stone on the Mountain introduces sophisticated
aspects of piano technique. Then we work on the fingertip
with Cookie Dough (pushing chocolate chips into imaginary
cookie dough), which sets up the next several pages for using
only a braced finger 3 (Dipping L.H. and R.H. Donuts, and
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star).

46

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Lets

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dip
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late

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cone!
cone!

(2 - 3)
(2 - 3)

..
..

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Stepping up to finger 4, then checking for a firm fingertip.


Is the hand round like a scoop of ice cream?

rhythm mascot. Tap introduces the Monster Bus Driver


(for imitating
rhythms), Dancing Feet and Band Practice
166% enlargement
view
at
60%
(for tracking the and
beat120%
and rhythm notation) and the
repeating, notated rhythm patterns of Monsieur Mouse
and Mouse Rhythms.
150% enlargement
The tunes
recordings also emphasize pitch.
view atand
67%audio
and 134%
Student voicesgirl and boy alikeare carried from
chants, which open the book, to singing of melodies,
including famous classical themes of Beethoven and Mozart
in Book B. (Haydn, Brahms and Tchaikovsky in Book C.)
Special emphasis is placed on the hearing of tonality and the
expressive power of music.

Summary

An upward (and/or forward) wrist motion that drives the


bridge over the fingers is practiced in Mitsys Cat Back.
This wrist motion is then developed into an expressive
rainbow gesture that carries that hand across the keyboard.

The joy and reward of teaching young students more


than offset the challenges. And the challenges are readily
addressed with the right curriculum and the right attitude.
My First Piano Adventure provides the curriculum. The
teaching attitude iskeep it fun! The childs life at this age
revolves around fun for good reason. Fun motivates play,
and play is the childs magic formula
for learning.

Rhythm and Pitch


While it is exciting to see the child develop good technique
habits at a young age, it is even more exciting to observe the
young students development of rhythm and pitch perception.
These perceptual skills develop most effectively with earlyage exposure, so My First Piano Adventure puts special
focus on this aspect of brain development with the enclosed
audio CD.

My First Piano Adventure allows you to


step into the childs world and, together,
explore the joy, challenge, and beauty of
music. With fun as your watchword, seek
to draw out your students full attention
and vibrant spirit. The child just may give
the same gift back to you.

For rhythm, we emphasize feeling the steady beat in the


body. We are going for a kinesthetic response, as in Roll Call,
which introduces the Friends. Tap, the music firefly, is the

13

PRIMER

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

PRIMER LEVEL
Primer Level Lesson Book CD
Audio & MIDI

Sightreading

Teacher Guide

New!
New!

Lesson
Book

New!

Flashcards

Re
No
th

Theory

Technique
& Artistry

PreTime Piano
Primer Supplementary Series

Performance

I Can Read Music


Book 1

Popular

Gold Star
Performance

Ar

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th

Popular
Repertoire

Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets
Bluebird on My Shoulder (duet)
Jesus Is My Friend
Once I Caught a Fish
Particularly Pleasing Piano Piece
Pete, the Repeat Bird
Pony Express
Wee Small Bear
Zoom, Zoom, Witchs Broom

Christmas

Classics

Favorites

Rock n Roll

DuetTime
Christmas

Jazz & Blues

Hymns

Kids Songs

Christmas

Pre-Reading Christmas

14

PRIMER

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Primer Concepts
hand position and finger numbers

staff notes: Bass C to Treble G

note values ( , , , )

and time signatures

key names: A B C D E F G

the quarter rest

steps and skips on the staff

the tie

Teach with...Analysis

Always look for patterns! From the earliest lessons, encourage


the student to think beyond the notes. Be music detectives.
Give clues to build musical awareness.

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their piano lessons. These can add
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pounds? Lets try the song very low, starting on the
lowest G. Play slowly on firm fingertips. Imagine the
elephants heavy, 2-ton legs.

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Expression begins with listening. Sharing a


conversation that personalizes the piece can enhance
listening and musical expression.
Olivia, have you ever seen a beautiful sunset?
Where were you? Lets pretend that
each E for the R.H. is the sunset color
fading from brilliant forte to soft
piano. Use your arm weight to drop
into the the key. Use less arm weight
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FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Welcome to the Second Edition of the Primer Level!


This new edition is a progressive evolution of the time-tested Primer Level. The Piano Adventures
hallmarks have been retained and enhanced with these exciting new highlights:
The Lesson Book opens with a progress chart for quick reference and easy lesson planning.
A new reading strategy is introduced with new pieces for learning Bass C-D-E-F-G notes.
The Theory Book tightly parallels the artwork, subject, and pedagogy of the Lesson Book, offering
more cohesive teaching and learning.
New improvisation activities in the Theory Book help guide musical exploration and encourage
student creativity.
More pages with new repertoirepieces which are destined to become student favorites!

Ne w!

Primer Level Lesson Book CD


Teachers and students will be delighted by newly orchestrated background
accompaniments for the pieces in the 2nd Edition Primer Lesson Book, featuring new
improvisation opportunities and a variety of musical textures.
Each selection in the book is played twice: first at a slow practice tempo and then at
performance tempo.
The Enhanced CD includes both the audio files and standard MIDI files. When used
with software, electronic keyboard, or synthesizer, the MIDI files allow users to adjust
tempos, isolate track playbacks, and transpose to different keys.

Primer CD
Audio & MIDI
CD1001 00420068
$10.95

As a special bonus, MIDI files for the Primer Performance and Technique & Artistry
books are also included on this CD.

New!

Primer Sightreading Book

SightreaDing

based on Lesson Book p. 41


#

Day 6: My Invention

& 44

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1

? 44

Guess what

hap -pened then?

That in - ven - tion

Joined our soc - cer

team and helped us

saved the day!

&

This inventive sightreading course uses sets


of exercises based on melodic and rhythmic
patterns from the Primer Lesson Book.

w
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win the game. Hoo - ray!

Students play one exercise a day, completing


one set per week. After completing each
exercise, students are encouraged to draw a
large X over the music. This instruction and
the Dont Practice This motto are so out of
the ordinary that students find it immensely
satisfying to mark their progress in this way.

..
..

Primer Sightreading Book


FF3006 00420328
$6.95

Entertaining musical art helps guide the sightreading process.


Penny Piano, Freddy Forte, Little Treble, Little Bass, and the
other characters captivate the beginning reader with musical
questions, antics and requests. Each page presents a new
learning vignette in a spirit of fun.
33

16

PRIMER

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

New!

Primer Teacher Guide

P H
Y

Note
Nam
es &

S O

This pioneering Teacher Guide for the Primer Lesson Book


is a one-of-a-kind resource. Written in collaboration with
respected pedagogue Marienne Uszler, the guide presents
a systematic approach to teaching beginning students
using the Fabers student-centered philosophy.
This guide for Teaching Piano Adventures covers
the full curriculum as presented in the Second
Edition Primer Lesson Book. It includes...

Complete lesson plans for each piece in the book. The lesson
plans offer steps for introducing each piece to the student, tips for
reinforcing concepts and skills, and interesting ideas for creative
exploration.

P H
I L
O

Primer Teacher Guide


FF3007 00420327
$39.95

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Summary of correlating pages in the other Piano Adventures books, and


suggestions for enrichment activities.
Pedagogy pointers which help teachers better understand the pedagogical foundations for
each concept and skill, and how these relate to future activities.
Duets for student improvisation offer the option of creative exploration, based on the
sounds and patterns in each Lesson Book piece.
A comprehensive DVD of model teaching for each piece. The videos feature Nancy Faber
working with her students, offering teachers a glimpse into the creative techniques and activities
used in her studio.
The Primer Teacher Guide is a valuable resource for experienced teachers, pedagogy students and
new teachers alike. Refresh your teaching and enhance your own personal, creative style.

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PRIMER

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All My Friends
Allegro
Alouette
Balloons
Bells of Great Britain
Best Friends
The Bugle Boys
C-D-E-F-G March
Come on, Tigers!
Come See the Parade!
Copy Cat
The Dance Band
Driving in the G Clef
Elephant Ride
The Escalator
Football Game
Frogs on Logs
Gorilla in the Tree
Grandmother
Hey, Hey, Look at Me!
Hey, Mr. Half Note Dot!
I Hear the Echo
The I Like Song
Into the Cave
A Joke for You
Lemonade Stand
Lets Play Ball!
Magic Rhyme for Bass D
March on D-E-F
Men from Mars
Merrily We Roll Along
Middle C March
Mister Bluebird
My Invention
Octavius the Octopus
Ode to Joy
The Old Clock
Old MacDonald Had a
Song
Petite Minuet
Princess or Monster?
Rodeo
Russian Folk Song
Sea Story
Ten-Second Song
Three Little Kittens
Tightrope Walker
Two Black Ants
Two Blackbirds
Walking Song
Yankee Doodle

Writing Games
Eye Training
Ear Training
Improvisation

The Opposite Song


Rain, Rain, Go Away
Rex, the Tyrannosaurus
School Bell Is Ringing!
Shepherds Flute
A Song About Cats
Trains A-Comin
Trumpet Song
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Wind in the Trees

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Duets for Improvisation
Comprehensive DVD
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All the Stars Are Shining
Canoeing Upstream
Catch Me If You Can!
Finger Hops
Leading the Parade
Peaceful Sunset
A Special Ending for
Alouette
Wheels Going Round

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Are You Sleeping?
Banana Split
Chimes!
Classical March
Cowboy Joe
Dancing with Frankenstein
Donkeys Love Carrots
The Doorbell
The Happy Stream
Horseback Riding
Hot Cross Buns
I Like Roller Skating
In the Jungle
Inchworm
Lets Boogie!
Listen to the Drums
Lullaby and Goodnight

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Melody Patterns
Rhythm Patterns
Entertaining Musical Art

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Happy Birthday to You
I Got Rhythm
Id Like to Teach the World
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Lean on Me
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Planets (Animaniacs)
The Rose
Star Wars (Main Theme)
Activity Pages

Gold Star
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Bluebird on My Shoulder
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Cartoon Stories
NFMC
Chugging Choo-Choo CHOICE
Eternally Music
French Cathedrals
Hello to the Drum
I Found a Penny
NFMC
I Love Rain! CHOICE
A Particularly Pleasing
Piano Piece
Pony Express
Pterodactyls, Really Neat
A Rainbow Is a Smile
(Turned Upside Down)
Roller Skate Ride
Squinchy-Pinchy Shoes
Theme and Variations
Zoom, Zoom, Witchs
Broom

(accompaniments in two tempos plus


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Other Background
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Note drilling
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18

Away in a Manger
Go, Tell It on the Mountain
Good King Wenceslas
Jingle Bells
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
We Wish You a Merry
Christmas
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Solos/Duets

O, How I Love Jesus


Praise God, from Whom
All Blessings Flow
Praise Him, Praise Him
Rejoice in the Lord Always
Whisper a Prayer

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The Candy Man


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Groove Tune
I Just Cant Wait to Be
King (The Lion King)
If I Only Had a Brain
(The Wizard of Oz)
Its a Small World
The Merry-Go-Round
Broke Down
Oompa-Loompa
Doompadee-Doo (Willie
Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory)
Part of Your World
(The Little Mermaid)
The Pirates Who Dont Do
Anything (Veggie Tales)
Scooby Doo Main Title

Alouette
Baa! Baa! Black Sheep
Hush, Little Baby
London Bridge
On the Bridge
NFMC
Pop! Goes the Weasel CHOICE
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Shoo, Fly
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The Muffin Man
Wheels on the Bus
Yankee Doodle

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The Can-Can
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A Little Night Music
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Morning
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Shepherds Song
Theme from the London
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Dinosaur Stomp
A Fishy Story
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Ice Cream Blues
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King of Hearts
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So Many Toys

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Hard Rock Candy
Old MacDonald Had to
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Recess Rock
Rockin in Your Socks
Rockin on the Soccer Field
Stegosaur Rock

A-Tisket, A-Tasket
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The Dwarfs Yodel Song
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Happy Birthday to You
Mail Myself to You
Mickey Mouse March
On Top of Spaghetti
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Winnie the Pooh

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God Is So Good
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Jesus Wants Me for a
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19

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Away in a Manger
Good King Wenceslas
I Saw Three Ships
Jingle Bells
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Over the River and
Through the Woods
Silent Night
Up on the Housetop
We Three Kings of
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Away in a Manger
Counting the Days
Deck the Halls
Good King Wenceslas
Jingle Bells
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Merry Christmas to You
Ring the Bells!
The Perfect Christmas Tree
The Tree Hunt

Bluebird on My Shoulder
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Jesus Is My Friend
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Once I Caught a Fish!
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Pony Express
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Wee Small Bear
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Zoom, Zoom,
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Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Jingle Bells
O Come, Little Children
Go, Tell It on the Mountain
God Rest Ye Merry,
Gentlemen
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PRIMER

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Synergy at the Primer Level


There is much to share with our beginning students. With
limited lesson time, how do we maximize our results?
Fortunately, the Primer Level presents three elements of
pedagogy that have exponential value when taught
in combination:
n introducing new notes with varied fingerings to develop
note-reading skill
n utilizing arm weight for tone production and technique
development
n using a braced third finger for rounded hand shape and
firm fingertip
While each element has a unique function, the three concepts
reinforce each other in synergistic fashion when the teacher
conscientiously integrates them.

Varied Fingering
One of the hallmark features of Piano Adventures is the
introduction of new notes using varied fingerings. This
allows us to teach a specified set of notes without a fixed,
preset hand position. Middle C March, for example,
introduces Middle C as played by fingers 1, 2, then 3.
Consequently, the student does not equate Middle C with
finger 1.

Arm Weight
The Primer Technique & Artistry Book introduces arm weight
as Technique Secret 4, using an exercise called Heavy Wet
Ropes. The student experiences the feeling of heavy arms by
imagining them as waterlogged ropes. The release of heavy
arms into the lap gives the sense of dead weight.
The ability to release the weight of the arm into the keyboard
is essential. Failure to use arm weight in piano playing places
excessive burden on the fingers. Instead of over-taxing the
finger muscles and tendons (with the risk of inuring physical
problems like tendinitis), the pianist should use gravity
efficiently to overcome the weight of the key. The weight
of the arm can be dropped, thrust, tossed, balanced on the
fingertips, and transferred finger to finger. This effective
handling of arm weight forms the basis for good tone
production and an effortless, virtuoso technique.
There is ample opportunity to apply the concept of arm
weight in the Primer Lesson book, beginning with the
pre-reading pieces that traverse the range of the keyboard.
In each of these, a brief
Two Black Ants
pattern is initiated with
2s
3s
a drop of arm weight,

and is finished with

a lift of the hand that


2
2
initiates a new drop
3 3
2
2
3 3
into the next octave.
Black keys are in groups of

and

On the KEYBOARD
Count all the groups of TWO. _____ groups
Count all the groups of THREE. _____ groups

3 2

L.H.

Start in the

MIDDlE

Use left hand fingers 2 and 3.


Play on the 2-black-key groups.

of the piano.

Your teacher will demonstrate.

Move down to next


lOwER group.

play
together

Two black ants

dig - ging down

3 3
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played using a steady,
rhythmic drop of arm
weight into alternating
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arms: right-left right-left. This delivers a strong sense of
pulse and puts the student in touch with the larger motions of
piano playing. All the Stars Are Shining in the Technique and
Artistry book explores arm weight applied to a grand gesture
and the implications of arm weight for dynamic change.
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Treble G, the next note introduced, is played with finger 3


as often as with finger 5. Similarly, Bass F is played by LH
finger 3 in upcoming songs, as well as with finger 5. Using
this varied fingering enhances note recognition and prevents
equating a finger number with a given note. In addition,
varied fingering has technical value when related to the
concept of arm weight.

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A short musical pattern begins this piece. How many times does the pattern appear?
Can you memorize this piece?

In discussing varied fingering, we observed the frequent use


of finger 3 for a given note. Finger 3 invites a drop of arm
weight. In contrast, fingers 1 and 5 tend to tense the hand and
pull the wrist down. Finger 3 also promotes a tall knuckle,
which itself carries the weight of the arm. Contrast this to
fixed hand positions, which foster tension and minimize
coordinated involvement of the arm.

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Braced Finger 3

collapsed knuckle and collapsed wrist. The finishing touch


is to align a tall knuckle over the playing finger to provide
a platform for balancing the arm.

The thumb can be a useful brace for a flattened fingertip.


Placed behind the tip of an offending finger, just below the
last knuckle, the bracing thumb rounds the hand and firms a
potentially collapsing fingertip. The students first activity at
the keyboard occurs in the Lesson Book with The Pecking
Hen and The Pecking Rooster. Here the braced finger 3
is used to round the hand as the student explores pitch
directionpecking higher, then lower, up and down
the keyboard.

If this sounds esoteric, dont be dismayed. The braced


fingertip and/or Making Os handle the issue of alignment
beautifully. And it can be done on the keyboardright when
the problem occurs. If a fingertip collapses or the finger
and arm appear out of alignment, ask the student to Make
an O with the finger still on its key. Making an O not only
curves the errant fingertip, but it brings the arm, wrist, hand,
knuckle, and finger into alignment, restoring a balanced
platform for arm weight.
We have seen that bracing finger 3 implicitly aligns the
finger, hand, and arm. Thus a braced finger 3 is ideal for
experiencing a drop of arm weight into the key. At the
same time, the concept of varied fingering provides ample
opportunity to use a braced finger 3. Notice the value, for
example, of using finger 3 to kick off the downbeats in
My Invention and The Dance Band. A braced finger 3 can
be used here to ensure alignment and to increase the
sensation of arm weight.

In the Technique & Artistry Book, the bracing technique is


hinted at in Making Os, the exercise for Technique Secret
3firm fingertips. This drill accentuates a firm fingertip by
bringing the thumb and each fingertip together, then looking
for the O. With just a slight adjustment of the thumb,
Making Os becomes effectively synonymous with the braced
finger technique of The Pecking Hen. Making Os and the
braced finger 3 reinforce each other to make the concepts of
rounded hand shape and firm fingertip more vivid and the
exercises more effective.

Right from the Beginning


It takes effort and concentration for the student to recognize
and associate a note with its corresponding keybut much
less effort than having to erase learned finger-number
associations. It also takes effort and concentration to help
a student balance arm, wrist, and finger in coordinated
fashionbut much less effort than having to undo years of
practiced tension. The creative combination of pedagogical
elements in the Primer Level will help your students get it
right the first time.

Integration
While varied fingering, use of arm weight, and the braced
fingertip are each effective in individual context, these three
concepts work together for great results.

Online Teacher Resources

To understand this integration, we need to explore the


concept of alignment. When the arm, hand, and playing
finger are in a straight line, arm weight can flow directly
into the fingertip. If the playing finger and forearm show an
angle at the wrist, there is a misalignment which breaks the
distribution of arm weight. The tall knuckle and rounded
hand shape facilitate use of arm weight by preventing a

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LEVEL 1
Level 1 Lesson Book CD
Audio & MIDI

Sightreading

New!

New!

Flashcards

Lesson
Book

Theory

Technique
& Artistry

Achievement
Skill Sheet #1
Major 5-finger
patterns
(challenging)

I Can Read Music


Book 1

PlayTime Piano
Level 1 Supplementary Series

Performance

Gold Star
Performance

Classics

Popular

Popular
Repertoire

Christmas

Favorites

Rock n Roll

Jazz & Blues

Hymns

Kids Songs

Christmas

Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets

DuetTime
Christmas

Once Upon
a Rainbow
Book 1

The Bunny With No Name


Happiness Runs (Duet)
Im Ready!
Look What I Can Do!
Plurals!
Prayer at the Piano
Shout Boo!
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Level 1 Concepts
reading across the grand staff

legato and staccato touches

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and octave

quarter, half, and whole rests

half steps, sharps and flats

C and G 5-finger scales

tonic and dominant notes

I and V7 chords in C and G

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LEVEL 1

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Welcome to the Second Edition of Level 1!


More and more students now move into Level 1 after completing the My First Piano Adventure series.
Many of the Second Edition updates help smooth that transition, and enhance the learning experience
for all students.
The Lesson Book opens with E-G-B Mouse (from My First Piano Adventure)
for very effective review and a head-start orientation to smart notes on the bass clef.
These pages may be revisited regularly to ensure mission accomplished.
The completely revised Theory Book offers creative thematic tie-in with the
Lesson Book. For example, after playing Dinosaur Stomp in the Lesson Book, the
student improvises a Dinosaur Dance in the Theory Book, for review of the
G 5-finger scale.
New improvisation pieces and exercises throughout the book foster creativity
and increase the joy of playing.
Exciting new pieces! Selections from the great composersMozart, Beethoven,
and Haydnintroduce students to the lives of these composers through fun facts
and activities. Seven new pieces in the Performance Book also offer engaging
new repertoire.
New transposition exercises are presented. Firefly, the much-loved review
piece, offers an opportunity for students to transpose the piece using a
G 5-finger scale. Students have fun chasing the firefly in another key!
A new Challenge Section at the end of the Lesson Book offers flexibility to
further explore transposition and other creative activities. This offers the option
of introducing 5-finger scales in D, A, E and F, taught off-the-staff.

New!

Level 1 Lesson Book CD


Teachers and students alike will be delighted by the newly orchestrated
background accompaniments for each piece in the Level 1 Lesson Book.
The Enhanced CD features new improvisation opportunities and a variety
of musical textures.
Each selection in the book is played twice: first at a slow practice
tempo and then at performance tempo. The piano part is muted on the
performance track, allowing the student to be the featured performer.

Level 1 Lesson Book CD


Audio & MIDI
CD1002 00420069
$10.95

The Enhanced CD includes both the audio files and standard MIDI
files. The audio files can be played on a CD player or computer.
When used with software, electronic keyboard, or synthesizer, the
MIDI files allow users to adjust tempos, isolate track playbacks, and
transpose to different keys.
Special bonus: The MIDI files for the Level 1 Performance and
Technique & Artistry books are also included on this CD.

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New!

Level 1 Sightreading Book


Boost reading skills with this inventive series based on melodic and rhythmic
variations of the Level 1 Lesson Book pieces. Students play an exercise a day while
enjoying the entertaining, instructional art that reinforces Level 1 reading concepts.
Chord Guy, Penny Piano, Freddy Forte and their friends turn each page into a
sightreading adventure.
The Level 1 Sightreading Book is carefully written to match the Level 1
difficulty and to provide appropriate challenge. It builds confident readers through
recognition of individual notes and perception of note patterns.

Level 1 Sightreading
FF3013 00420338
$6.95

The book is organized into sets of 5 exercises, for 5 days of practice.


Students play one exercise a day, drawing a large X over each completed
exercise. This instruction is so out of the ordinary that students find it immensely
satisfying to mark their progress in this way.
The Dont Practice This! motto captures students attention and reminds
them that sightreading is indeed the first time through.

Entertaining, instructional art guides student progress, making it fun and productive. Chord Guy,
Penny Piano, Freddy Forte and their friends turn each page into a fun-filled sightreading adventure!

Sightreading

Sightreading

based on Lesson Book p. 39

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Level 1
Lesson Book
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Blocked Chord Study
Bongo Drummers
Boogie on Broadway
Boy on a Bicycle
Broken Chord Study
The Bubble
Cs Rock
Chords in G
Classic Dance
Dinosaur Stomp
The Dreydl Song
Ferris Wheel
Firefly
Flute of the Andes
Forest Drums
Girl on a Bicycle
Grumpy Old Troll
Half-Time Show
The Haunted Mouse
Jazzy Joe
The Juggler
Kites in the Sky
Lil Liza Jane
Lightly Row
Little River
London Symphony
Theme
The Lonely Pine
Merlins Wand
Mexican Jumping Beans
Mixed-Up Song
Mozarts Five Names
My Pony
No Moon Tonight
Paper Airplane
Party Song
Rain Forest
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Runaway Rabbit
Russian Sailor Dance
Sailing in the Sun
Scarf Dance
Shepherds Song
Skipping in Space
Song for a Scarecrow
Super Secret Agent
This Is Not Jingle Bells
Traffic Jam 2nds
Two-Note March
Warm-Up in G
Young Hunter

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Theory
FF1079, 00420172
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Writing Games
Eye Training
Ear Training
Improvisation

Technique & Artistry


FF1097, 00420190
$6.50
Technique Secrets
Artistry Magic Pieces:
Carousel
Floating Balloon
Journey by Camel
Kaleidoscope Colors
Legend of the Buffalo
Roses Are Red
Soccer Victory
Tom Cat Howl
Trading Baseball Cards
The Wild Colt

Im a Fine Musician
Ive Got Music
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jumbos Lullaby
A Merry March
Miniature Sonatina
Painting with Pastels
Peter Peter
Pop! Goes the Weasel
Rain Dance
Rusty Old Bike
The San Francisco Trolley
Showboat
Silver Moon Boat
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
The Spanish Guitar
Square Dance
Two Little Marches

500-Year-Old Melody
The Clock Shop
The Crawling Spider
The Crazy Clown
Handbell Choir
Hill and Gully Rider

Sheet Music

Gold Star
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FF1603, 00420256
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NFMC

Bullfrog Blues CHOICE


Canoe Song
Chinese Painting
Colorful Sonatina
Dance of Two Seahorses
NFMC
Haiku CHOICE
Happiness Runs (Duet)
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Monsters Midnight March
Most of All I Like
Rainbows
Mouses or Meese
NFMC
Three Pirates CHOICE

Sightreading
FF3013, 00420338
$6.95
Melody Patterns
Rhythm Patterns
Entertaining Musical Art

Christmas
FF1138, 00420206
$4.95

Fiddler on the Roof


I Taut I Taw a Puddy-Tat
Matchmaker
Once Upon a December
Over the Rainbow
Superman (Theme)
The Boogie Woogie March
This Is It!
Were Off to See the Wizard
(The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Activity Pages

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The Bunny With No Name


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Happiness Runs (Duet)
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Im Ready!
A2018, 00420045 $2.50
Look What I Can Do!
A2009, 00420038 $2.50
Plurals!
A2006, 00420035 $2.50
Prayer at the Piano
ASA7001, 00420016 $2.50
Shout Boo!
A2025, 00420052 $2.50

Once Upon a
Rainbow - Book 1
FF1103, 00420194
$4.50

New!

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FF1257, 00420235
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Performance
FF1080, 00420173
$6.50

Solos/Duets

Angels We Have Heard


on High
Deck the Hall
Jingle Bells
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Come, Little Children
Up on the Housetop
We Three Kings of
Orient Are
Sightreading Activities

New!

Level 1 CD
CD1002, 00420069
$10.95

(accompaniments in two tempos plus


MIDI files for Lesson, Performance,
Technique & Artistry books)

At the End of the Rainbow


A Double Rainbow
Im a Walking Rainbow
Most of All I Like
Rainbows
A Rainbow Is a Smile
Rainbow, Rainbow
Storm and the Rainbow

I Can Read Music


Book 1
FF1048, 00420157
$5.50
Beginning note speller

Achievement Skill
Sheet #1: Major
5-finger Patterns
AS5001, 00420022
$2.95
Flashcards
FF1168, 00420218
$6.95
Other Background
Accompaniments
Popular Repertoire CD
CD1018, 00420085 $10.95
Popular Repertoire MIDI
GM1014, 00420276 $10.95

LEVEL 1

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PlayTime Piano - Level 1 Supplementary Series

PlayTime Popular
FF1001, 00420110
$5.50

PlayTime Favorites
FF1013, 00420122
$5.50

ABC
Do-Re-Mi
(Meet) the Flintstones
Music Box Dancer
Puff, the Magic Dragon
Rocky Top
Star Wars
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)
Take Me Out to the Ball
Game
This Land Is Your Land

Are You Sleeping


Aura Lee
Camptown Races
Down in the Valley
Good-Night, Ladies!
Grandfathers Clock
Home on the Range
Oh! Susanna
Oh Dear, What Can the
Matter Be?
Reveille
Shell Be Comin Round
the Mountain
Sleep, Baby Sleep
Snake Dance
Sweetly Sings the Donkey
Taps
This Old Man
When the Saints Go
Marching In

PlayTime
Jazz & Blues
FF1044, 00420153
$5.50
Aint She Sweet
The Blues Monster
Boogie-Woogie Fever
Dont Sit Under the Apple
Tree
Five Foot Two, Eyes of
Blue
Im Always Chasing
Rainbows
It Dont Mean a Thing If It
Aint Got That Swing
Its Only a Paper Moon
Jeepers Creepers
Moon River
Sugarfoot Rag
The Way You Look Tonight

PlayTime Classics
FF1018, 00420127
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Country Dance
The Elephant
Finale, Brahms
Finale, Dvork
Finale, Saint-Sans
La Cinquantaine
Lullaby
March Slav
Romance
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
The Trout
Turkish March

PlayTime
Rock n Roll
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Blue Suede Shoes
Come Go with Me
Cool Strut
The Green Mosquito
Peanut Butter
The Purple People Eater
Rock Around the Clock
Rockin Robin
Surfer Girl
Walk Right In

PlayTime
Kids Songs
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Bob the Builder
C Is for Cookie
Ferdinand the Bull
I Can Be Your Friend
I Swallowed My Gum!
Lets Go Fly a Kite
The Lord Is Good to Me
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I
Oh, What a Beautiful
Morning
Scooby Doo
Ten Chocolate Cookies

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PlayTime Hymns
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Come Thou Almighty
NFMC
King CHOICE
NFMC
Do Lord CHOICE
Fairest Lord Jesus
For the Beauty of the Earth
NFMC
Holy, Holy, Holy CHOICE
Jesus Loves Me
Joyful, Joyful We Adore
Thee
O Worship the King
Stand Up, Stand Up
NFMC
for Jesus CHOICE
This Little Light of Mine
What a Friend We Have
in Jesus

PlayTime
Christmas
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Away in a Manger
The First Noel
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
The Night Before
Christmas
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Rockin Around the
Christmas Tree
Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer
Silent Night
We Wish You a Merry
Christmas
When Santa Claus Gets
Your Letter

DuetTime
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Away in a Manger
The Holly and the Ivy
Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
O Little Town of
Bethlehem
Pat-A-Pan
Silent Night
Up on the Housetop

PlayTime
Accompaniments
Christmas CD
CD1036, 00420101 $10.95
Classics CD
CD1008, 00420075 $10.95
Favorites CD
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Christmas MIDI
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Classics MIDI
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Favorites MIDI
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Hymns MIDI
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The Little Yellow
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LEVEL 1

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Articulation and the Wrist


Articulation and the Wrist
An essential concept of Level 1 is beginning articulation,
specifically legato and staccato. These terms are so
familiar to us as music teachers that we might overlook the
importance of these touches in developing technique and
musical expression.
Perhaps you have noticed that there are no articulation marks
at the Primer Levelno slurs and no staccato marks. We
delay teaching legato to ensure that a modicum of finger
independence develops before insisting on connected touch.
When a students finger and small muscle coordination
is undeveloped (common, and not a cause for concern),
an insistence on legato playing can cause tension in the
hand. This happens when pressure is maintained against
the keybed. In most cases, the playing of a key should
be followed by immediate relaxation, maintaining only
sufficient balance of the hand and arm to keep the
key depressed.

n Height of the wrist This is established at the Primer


Level with the Technique & Artistry secret called Thumb
Perch. Playing on the side tip of the thumb (instead of a
horizontal thumb) eliminates a sagging wrist, which is so
common at this level.

n Range of wrist motion Relaxed Wrist, the Level


One Technique & Artistry Secret No. 2, establishes the range
of motion for the wrist in the exercise Wrist Float-Off.
With hands on the closed keyboard lid, an imaginary balloon
pulls the wrist upward until only the tip of finger 3 is in
contact. This precludes a locked wrist and models the gesture
for a phrase ending.

We commonly hear young primer-level students play all


notes detached, poking at each key with a pump of the wrist
or a stab with the elbow. While we want to minimize (but
not necessarily eliminate) the wrist pumping, this non-legato
touch inserts a relaxation between each note, which can be
beneficial. The student is naturally building coordination
by practicing a relaxation response after each finger plays.
Granted, it doesnt sound good to a musicians ear, but it does
seem to improve coordination (and rhythm as well).

Wrist Gesture
What does it mean to play legato? Yes, it is a connected
touch, butmore importantlyit is the playing of several
notes in a single gesture. It is initiating a phrase with a drop
of arm weight and passing (transferring or rippling) that
weight from finger to finger.
In Piano Adventures, the component parts of the legato
touch are isolated and sequenced over several levels in the
Technique and Artistry books, so that each element can
become an automatic skill. This spiral approach offers both
review of a previously learned skill and expansion of the
technical concept, polishing the gesture and practicing its
applications over advancing levels.

n The wrist gesture At Level 2A (Technique & Artistry


Secret No. 5), the exercise Moon Walk applies the Wrist
Float-Off to playing keys across the keyboard.

n The slur gesture The drop and release of arm weight


through several notes is specifically practiced at Level 2B
with the Technique & Artistry exercise called Painters
Brush Stroke. Here the student perfects the down-and-up
motion of the slur gesture.
n The tapered ending At Level 3A, the focus is on
rounding off the phrase ending. The wrist gesture carries
the weight off the key to soften the last note of the slur.

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Legato and the Wrist


So what do we expect of the student at Level One? We
want a flexible, relaxed wrist that freely moves up within
an established range of motion. We dont focus on down
motions of the wrist here, as these tend to collapse the
fingertip and lock the wrist low. We do focus on the up
motion. It is the flip side of the arm-weight drop. The student
drops into the phrase with arm weight and releases the
weight with the Wrist Float-Off. This neednt be complex.
We simply encourage the student to apply the wrist float-off
at certain points in the music.

This is possible because of the technique acquired early


in the level (and the compositional placement of the
accompanying chords on beats where the melody is
sustained, not played).

Summary
There are countless applications when we look beyond just
phrase endings. The Wrist Float-Off is tremendously valuable
for preparation. The rising wrist can carry the hand to its new
placement in crossovers, octave leaps, and position changes.
It also lends grace to closing chords. And, long-held notes
come alive by replacing a static hand with a wrist that slowly
rises through the duration of the note.

Staccato and the Wrist


There is no single way to play staccato. Staccato playing
is always contextualthat is, the execution of the staccato
depends on the musical context. For this early level we
choose the wrist staccato (Secret No. 3, Light Hand
Bounce), a technique that essentially dribbles the hand from
a slightly elevated wrist. Notice how well this complements
the Level 1 theme of relaxing the wrist and finding its
appropriate range of motion. With the exercise Woodpecker
Taps, this staccato technique applies fittingly to the repeated
notes and repeated intervals that characterize much of the
repertoire at this level. This gentle hand bounce not only
relaxes the wrist, but also provides a technique for playing
soft, accompanying chords.
This has big payoff at Unit 8 where chords are first
introduced. Instead of loud, clunky chords that overwhelm
the melody, the left hand effectively plays soft, staccato
chords in the first pieces with block chord accompaniment.

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In summary, the Wrist Float-Off and the Light Hand Bounce


constitute essential wrist gestures that derive from their
counterpartslegato and staccato. These gestures provide a
technical foundation on which more refined technique can
be developed. And, importantly, whether through shaping
a phrase, softening an accompaniment, or adding elegance
to an ending, these gestures add a great degree of musical
artistry . . . which is especially appreciated at this early level.

LEVEL 2A

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

LEVEL 2A
Achievement
Skill Sheet #1
Major 5-Finger
Patterns

Flashcards

Lesson
Book

Developing
Artist
Preparatory
Piano
Literature
(challenging)

Theory

Technique
& Artistry

I Can Read Music


Book 1 (remedial)

ShowTime Piano
Level 2A Supplementary Series

Performance

New!

Gold Star
Performance
(challenging)

Rock n Roll

Popular

Popular
Repertoire

Christmas

DuetTime
Christmas

Favorites

Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets
Home Run Harry
Lullaby for a
Grizzly Bear
Theres Nothing
Like a Circus
Theyll Be Back
Toytown
Walk in a Rainbow

Kids Songs

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Classics

Hymns

Jazz & Blues

Christmas

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LEVEL 2A

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Introducing the Second Edition of Level 2A!


We are delighted to present the 2nd edition of Piano Adventures Level 2A!
This new edition is a progressive evolution of the time-tested Level 2A books.
The following hallmarks of Piano Adventures have been enhanced for exciting musical outcomes:
A systematic approach to music reading and transposition
Pianistic repertoire that invites technical gestures
Varied styles from jazz to classical
Engaging pieces with teacher duets
Increased opportunities for exploration through Creative and Discovery questions.
Books from the previous edition can easily be interchanged with books from the new edition.
For tips and correlation charts, please visit: www.PianoAdventures.com/secondedition

Level 2A Lesson Book


The Lesson Book opens with a progress chart that includes full page-by-page correlations of the four core
books. Sixteen added pages allow for a smoother sequence.
Students make an easier transition into Level 2A with the new Note Reading
Guide and new review piece, When the Saints Go Marching In.

Note Reading Guide

The Adventures of E-G-B Mouse


Remember me?
My name is
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Additional pieces include well-known classics from the great composers


including Bach, Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven, and Vivaldi. Teachers and students
will also enjoy a new duet by Beyer.

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challengelike
reading space notes!

Jazz Blast, a student favorite, now offers opportunity to improvise


cool new sounds.

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Mouse Mission #1 by Memory


Say the LINE notes quickly 3 times.

Mouse Mission #2
Play E-G-B-D-Fs name on the piano 2 times.

Say the SPACE notes quickly 3 times.

Play the F-A-C-E spaces on the piano 2 times.

Mouse Mission #3
Your teacher will say, Line 2, or Line 5,
etc. How fast can you play and say the note?

Mouse Mission #4
Darken the LINE notes to hide the letters.

Repeat with space notes. For example,


Space 2, or Space 4, etc.

Students are introduced to chord studies and drills: blocked and broken in
the keys of D, A, Cm, Gm, Dm, and Am.

Your teacher will point to any LINE or


SPACE note. Play and say it on the piano.

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SECTION

The D, A, and E chords are all


white-black-white.

teacher note: The 12 major 5-finger scales shown below may be introduced throughout Level 2A.
A final goal might be to play the Adventure Warm-up chromatically up the keys.
teacher note: Do these reading activities throughout this level. Regular review will develop confident note readers.

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and invites the student to explore
transposition of favorite pieces
to many keys.

A 5-Finger Scale

D 5-Finger Scale

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FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Level 2A Theory Book

Two bands, The MINOR Jazz Blasts and The MAJOR Jazz Blasts are
competing in a Battle of the Bands contest.
Their fans are sitting in major or minor chairs.

1. Draw a line connecting each chair below to the drummer in the correct band.

This completely revised Theory Book now offers


thematic tie-in with the Lesson Book.

Hint: You may try each message on the piano to help you decide.

2. Would you like to play with The Minor Jazz Blasts or The Major Jazz Blasts?

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create sounds of Moon Shadows, Whirling
Leaves, and The Snake Charmers Party.

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Level 2A Technique & Artistry Book

Whole step - Whole step - Half step - Whole step

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Write your initials in each blank when you have


learned and memorized these positions.

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throughout the Technique & Artistry Book. At the end of each
unit, a special Artistry Magic piece invites artistic expression
using technical gesture. A useful Reference Section presents
the twelve major and seven white key minor 5-finger scales,
grouped by easy-to-memorize patterns of white and black keys.

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Two new pieces enhance the


Performance Book. Look for
The Storm and the Rainbow,
Dance Theme and Variation,
and several added teacher duets.
This new edition promises to
refresh and inspire your
student recitals.

Students explore the full range


of the keyboard and a wide
variety of dynamics through
this new composition.

The music here is mainly for your teacher. Listen carefully as your teacher plays.
The words, rhythm, and keyboards will help you learn each musical pattern.

L.H.

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*Optional: Students may divide the chord between the hands:


L.H. 3-2 on F and G; R.H. 1-3 on A and C.

Can you transpose this piece up a half step and play it on the black keys?
Your teacher will help you.
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Changing Moods
Clock Strikes Thirteen!
Elfs Silver Hammer
Famous People
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I Am the King
Ice Cream
In an Old Castle
Jazz Blast
Kitch-iti-kipi
Leftover Popcorn
Minuet for Mr. Bachs
Children
Moonlight Melody
More Ice Cream
Mr. Brahms Famous
Lullaby
Mr. Haydns Theme
My Daydream
Ode to Joy
Our Detective Agency
Peter Pans Flight
Pirate of the North Sea
Puppet Show
Queens Royal Entrance
Skip to My Lou
Snake Charmer
Spring, Vivaldi
Storms on Saturn
Sword Dance
This L.H. Old Man
This R.H. Old Man
When the Saints Go
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Home on the Range
Horsemans Night Ride
Italian Childrens Game
Juggler
Loch Ness Monster
March of the English
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Rhino in the Mud
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Snappin Harriet
Theres Nothing Like a
Circus
Toy Town

I Can Read Music


FF1048, 00420157
$5.50
Note speller
Beginning reading level

Achievement Skill
Sheet #1: Major
5-finger Patterns
AS5001, 00420022
$2.95

Christmas
FF1139, 00420207
$4.95
The First Noel
Go, Tell It on the Mountain
Jingle Bells
O Christmas Tree
Pat-a-Pan
Silent Night
We Wish You a Merry
Christmas
Sightreading Activities

Flashcards
FF1168, 00420218
$5.50

Achievement Solo
& Duet Sheets
Home Run Harry
A2020, 00420047 $2.50
Lullaby for a Grizzly Bear
A2008, 00420037 $2.50
Theres Nothing Like a
Circus
A2010, 00420039 $2.50
Theyll Be Back!
A2026, 00420053 $2.50
Toytown
A2022, 00420049 $2.50
Walk in a Rainbow
A2001, 00420030 $2.50

LEVEL 2A

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

ShowTime Piano - Level 2A Supplementary Series

ShowTime Popular
FF1043, 00420152
$5.50
Happy Birthday to You
Hedwigs Theme (Harry
Potter)
I Just Cant Wait to Be
King (The Lion King)
Its a Small World
La Bamba
Olympic Fanfare
Over the Rainbow
Part of Your World (The
Little Mermaid)
Perfect Nanny (Mary
Poppins)

ShowTime
Favorites
FF1035, 00420144
$5.50
The Ash Grove
Bill Groggins Goat
Boom Boom!
Centipede and the Frog
Give My Regards to Broadway
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Irish Washerwoman
Lil Liza Jane
Michael Finnegan
Music Alone Shall Live
My Ma Gave Me a Nickel
Off to Bed, Now
The Old Gray Mare
Old King Cole
Peter, Peter
Shave and a Haircut
The Three Doughs

ShowTime Hymns
FF1036, 00420145
$5.50
Come into His Presence
Come Thou Long-Expected
Jesus
Dona Nobis Pacem
Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
Jesus Tender Shepherd,
Hear Me
Little David, Play on Your
Harp
Lord, Speak to Me, That I
May Speak
Michael, Row the Boat
Ashore
Praise God, from Whom
All Blessings Flow
Rock-a My Soul
Send the Light
Simple Gifts
This Is the Day
Wasnt That a Band?

ShowTime Classics
FF1052, 00420161
$5.50
Canon
Egyptian Ballet Dance
Liebestraum
Merry Widow Waltz
Minuet
Prince of Denmarks March
Spring
Suitors Song
Theme from Don Giovanni
Theme from Symphony
No. 1

Background
Accompaniments
Hymns MIDI Disk
GM1032, 00420293 $9.95
Christmas CD
CD1037, 00420102 $10.95
Christmas MIDI Disk
GM1043, 00420302 $10.95

ShowTime
Kids Songs
FF1040, 00420149
$5.50

DuetTime
Christmas, Level 2
FF1038, 00420147
$4.95

Bling-Blang (Build a
House)
Chim Chim Cher-ee
The Hokey-Pokey
Jig Along Home
Mail Myself to You
Oompa-Loompa
Doompadee Doo
The Pirates Who Dont
Do Anything
Shaggy Dog Bop
Tomorrow
What Do Witches Eat?

Angels We Have Heard


on High
French Carol
Fum, Fum, Fum
Jingle Bells
O Christmas Tree
Theres Something Under
the Christmas Tree
We Three Kings of
Orient Are
We Wish You a
Merry Christmas

ShowTime
Christmas
FF1037, 00420146
$5.50

ShowTime
Jazz & Blues
FF1045, 00420154
$5.50
Blue Moon
Bye Bye Blackbird
Mama Dont low
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Pumpkin Boogie
Rainbow Connection
Smokie Blue
Surrey with the Fringe on
Top
Whatll I Do
When the Red, Red Robin
Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin
Along
You Are the Sunshine of
My Life

New!

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Rock n Roll
FF3008, 00420329
$5.50

Aint No Mountain High


Enough
At the Hop
Baby Elephant Walk
Groovy Kind of Love
Lava Lamp
Loco-Motion
Lollipop
Twist and Shout
Undercover Rock
Yakety Yak

35

Angels We Have Heard


on High
Coventry Carol
Ding, Dong Merrily on
High
Frosty the Snowman
God Bless All
It Came Upon the Midnight
Clear
The Little Drummer Boy
Little Elfs Christmas
Must Be Santa
Santa Claus Is Comin
to Town
Silent Night
Up on the Housetop
We Three Kings of Orient
Are

Developing Artist
Preparatory Piano
Literature - with CD
FF1027, 00420136
$5.95
Allegretto, Khler
Ancient Dance, Praetorious
Circle Dance, Beyer
Country Ride, Khler
Echoes, Khler
Five-Note Sonatina, Bolck
Heros March, Vogel
In an Old Castle (Duet),
Beyer
Little March, Trk
Melody, Beyer
Ponies, Lw
Sonatina, Wilton

LEVEL 2A

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Pattern Recognition and Five-Finger Scales


Pattern Recognition
Why are five-finger positions a necessary part of piano
pedagogy? Because our hands have five fingers. So the
relevance of five-finger patterns applies at virtually any
level of piano playing.
Major and minor five-finger patterns are taught in Level
2A of Piano Adventuresafter the basics of reading are
acquired in the Primer and Level 1. With the fundamentals
of note recognition and intervallic reading firmly in place,
this multi-key approach can take hold without liability.
After students learn the basics of reading, we can use fivefinger positions to enhance reading skill by eliciting visual,
kinesthetic, and aural pattern recognition.

Contour and Context


A student who reads only note-by-note misses the musical
picture. Why? Because music is coded in contour and
context. Contour of musical line depicts phrasing and the
expressiveness of changing pitch. Contour is decoded
through recognition of pitch direction and interval.
Context suggests another level of pattern recognition.
Context provides harmonic meaning through recognition of
chords, key, tonic/dominant relationships, and so on. Context
provides artistic meaning through recognition of form and
motivic relationships, as well as more subtle relationships
found through conscientious study of the score.
From the standpoint of artistry, understanding of contour
and context can reduce a dense score to relative simplicity,
and thus provide musical meaning that leads to expressive
playing. From the standpoint of reading skill, an ability to
grasp contour and context simplifies the reading process by
allowing visual information to be processed in chunks
through recognition of familiar patterns.
Piano Adventures systematically builds skill in pattern
recognition:

n Level 1 introduces five-finger tonality in C and G, with


emphasis on tonic and dominant scale steps.
n Level 2A addresses multi-key playing with transpositions
to D, A, and to minor five-finger patterns.
n Level 2B adds meaning to triad recognition with
awareness of key, key signature, the full major scale, and
recognition of primary chord functionsI, IV, and V7.
n Level 3A reinforces and expands recognition of chord
names and chord function.
n Level 3B introduces chord inversions and minor
tonalities.
n Level 4 reinforces these minor key patterns with special
focus on the V7 in root position, and reviews chord inversion
recognition.
n Level 5 introduces new flat-key patterns and recognition
of I, IV, and V chords in any inversion and any key.

Intervallic Reading
Decoding contour requires recognition of direction (up,
down, same) and interval span (step, skip, fourth, fifth,
and so on). This reading skill is not a substitute for note
recognition, but a skill to be learned concurrent with note
naming. For this reason, the Primer level merges note-name
recognition with intervallic/directional reading. These skills
go hand-in-hand.
Note-name recognition is essential for student confidence.
Yet, directional/intervallic reading is not of secondary
importance. It is essential for grasping musical contour
and for fluent sightreading. Intervallic reading is pattern
recognition in its most elemental form, and rests on a
foundation of note recognition.

n The Primer introduces intervallic reading and Level 1


reinforces it.

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Five-Finger Scales

of black and white, which is visual. We also stress the feel


of the pattern. The pairing of D and A Major highlights both
their visual and kinesthetic similarities.

The importance of major and minor five-finger patterns may


be obvious, but lets cite three reasons:
n Major and minor five-finger patterns (pentascales)
reinforce recognition of major and minor triads.
n Major and minor five-finger patterns prepare the student
for major and minor scales.
n Major and minor five-finger patterns highlight the tonic
and dominant notes.
Because five-finger patterns lie stepwise under the hand, this
context is ideal for reinforcement of intervallic reading and
for transposition. Many pieces at Levels 1 and 2A require
moving the hand between familiar positions. This movement
between positions sharpens the students reading, mitigates
position dependence, and invites motion that can prevent a
locked wrist.

Rhythmic Chunking
Eighth notes are not presented in Piano Adventures
until Level 2A. This allows the student to be at ease with
rhythm at the Primer and Level 1. The beat can be quite
fast, unhampered by intruding eighth notes. This promotes
a rhythmic fluency based on meter, instead of a slow,
interrupted beat. Teachers readily recognize the increase in
musicality.
By not yet subdividing the beat, these early levels present a
limited set of rhythmic values which the student can readily
chunk into macro patterns, such as 1 1 1-2 or 1-2 1-2.
When eighth notes are introduced at the beginning of Level
2A, they are presented in rhythmic groupings.

Thus the student is led to read eighth notes, not as individual


counts or sub-counts, but in the context of a meaningful
rhythmic pattern that is felt kinesthetically, not just
intellectually.

There are three modalities involved with five-finger pattern


recognition:
n Staff recognition is visual

Summary

n Keyboard topography is kinesthetic

Repetition of predictable patterns leads to recognition of


these patterns. We cant assume that random occurrence of
principal patterns will lead to recognition. We need to equip
students with tools of pattern recognition through systematic
presentation of patterns and a matching repertoire.

n Aural perception of five-note tonality is auditory


Since music making involves these modalities in
combination, the pedagogical use of five-finger scales
provides a playing field for exploring the integration of
elementary patternsvisual, kinesthetic, and auditory.

Through transposition, question and answer,


harmonization, ear training, and a carefully conceived
repertoire, five-finger patterns lay a foundation of pattern
recognition that ultimately leads to a keen sense of tonality
and intelligent, fluent music reading.

Occasionally, its helpful to spotlight a specific modality.


For instance, the shift from major to minor (or vice versa) is
aurally striking. We introduce five-finger patterns in terms

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LEVEL 2B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

LEVEL 2B
Achievement
Skill Sheet #2:
Minor 5-Finger
Patterns

Achievement
Skill Sheet #7:
Elementary I-V-I
Cadences
(challenging)

Flashcards

Developing
Artist
Preparatory
Piano
Literature

Lesson
Book

I Can Read Music


Book 2

Theory

Technique
& Artistry

Developing Artist
Piano Literature
Book 1 (challenging)

Discover
Beginning
Improvisation

ChordTime Piano
Level 2B Supplementary Series

Performance
Gold Star
Performance
(challenging)

Classics

Popular

Popular
Repertoire

Christmas

Favorites

Rock n Roll

Jazz & Blues

Ragtime & Marches

Hymns

Kids Songs

Christmas

Jewish Favorites

Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets

Once Upon
a Rainbow
Book 2

Cat Prowl
Classic Sonatina
Jazz Pizzazz
Land of Dreams
Little Tin Soldier (Duet)
The Notorious Pirate
38

LEVEL 2B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Level 2B Concepts
five Cs across the grand staff

cross-hand arpeggios

interval of a 6th

C, G, and F major scales

connected pedaling

I, IV, and V7 chords in C, G, and F

eighth rest, dotted quarter note

Musical form (AB and ABA coda)

Teach with...Analysis

Teach to make the students grasp of a new concept (ex. major scale)
flexible so that they can both understand the idea and apply it to a
variety of contexts.

Katie, lets play Twinkle, Twinkle by ear. How are tonic and dominant
notes used at the beginning of the tune?

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Bryan, lets make up a L.H. accompaniment pattern


that uses the tonic note moving DOWN to the
dominant note.

Teach with...Creativity

Children grow musically with short creative


encounters that relate to the larger concepts
being taught. Each new musical concept is an
opportunity for a creative encounter.
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Philip, will you play your G major scale from memory and
say the letter names? Now, lets complete this melody that is
built from the G scale. Tell me, does the B section end on the
tonic or dominant?
Patrick, could you harmonize your G scale melody with
I and V7 chords?

Teach with...Expression

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such as articulation, dynamics, and
forward motion is an ongoing
process. Students move from
shallow to deeper knowledge
through their exposure to
artistic teaching and expressive
repertoire.
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Artistry

16

Michael, in which measures


do you have a sense of
swirling, forward motion
over the bar lines?

Sarah, where would


you use a light hand bounce as
part of the articulation?
FF1099

39

LEVEL 2B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES


Developing Artist
Preparatory Piano
Literature - with CD
FF1027, 00420136
$5.95
See Level 2A for content

Level 2B
Lesson Book
FF1084, 00420177
$6.95
Almost Like a Dream
Amaryllis
America
Auld Lang Syne
Beach Party
Boom Boom!
Boxcar Rumble
Camptown Races Duet
Canoeing in the Moonlight
Carefree Waltz
Cathedral Chimes
Cross-Hand Arpeggios
Down by the Bay
Duke of York
Horse Drawn Carriage
Jumpin Jazz Cat
Lazy Chord Blues
London Bridge
New Orleans Celebration
New World Symphony
Theme
Pedal Power
Pumpkin Boogie
Riding the Wind
Shave and a Haircut
Sounds from the Gumdrop
Factory
Spanish Caballero
Taps
Turkish March

Theory
FF1085, 00420178
$6.50
Writing Games
Eye Training
Ear Training
Improvisation

Technique & Artistry


FF1099, 00420192
$6.50

Popular Repertoire
FF1259, 00420237
$6.95

Christmas
FF1140, 00420208
$4.95

Technique Secrets
Artistry Magic Pieces:
Autumn Colors
Carillon Bells
Etude in C
Grand Waltz in F
The Hurdy-Gurdy
Rip Roarin Rag
Sunshine, Raindrops
Swiss Music Box
Water Skiers
Winter Wind

Ashokan Farewell
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is
Dead
Dont Cry for Me,
Argentina
I Want to Hold Your Hand
The James Bond Theme
Linus and Lucy
Over the Rainbow
The River
Activity Pages

Deck the Halls


Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
Mary Had a Baby
Silent Night
Twelve Days of Christmas
Up on the Housetop
What Child Is This?
Sightreading Activities

Developing Artist
Piano Literature
Book 1 - with CD
FF1030, 00420139
$6.95
See Level 3A for content

Achievement Solo
& Duet Sheets

Performance
FF1086, 00420179
$6.50
Brahms Lullaby
The British Grenadiers
Come Sail Away
A Day at the Carnival
The Dragon Hunt
Everybody Loves Saturday
Night
Fr Elise
In My Red Convertible
Kum Ba Yah
The Milky Way
Minuet
Music Box Waltz
Pagoda Tree
Sunburst Waltz
Theme by Haydn
The Time Machine
Tingalayo

Flashcards
FF1168, 00420218
$5.50

Gold Star
Performance - with CD
FF1605, 00420258
$7.95
Aria (La Traviata)
Banuwa
Cat Prowl
Festive Sonatina
Gypsy Dance by Firelight
The Little Tin Soldier (Duet)
Misty Midnight Garden
The Phantom Complainer
Rainbow Sister
Tijuana Tambourine
Treasure Island

Background
Accompaniments
Lesson Book
Enhanced CD
CD1004, 00420071 $10.95

(accompaniments in two tempos plus


MIDI files for Lesson, Performance,
Technique & Artistry books)

Popular Repertoire CD
CD1020, 00420087 $10.95
Popular Repertoire MIDI
GM1016, 00420278 $10.95

40

I Can Read Music


Book 2
FF1060, 00420167
$5.50

Cat Prowl
A2027, 00420054 $2.50
Classic Sonatina
A2005, 00420034 $2.95
Jazz Pizzazz
A2030, 00420057 $2.50
Land of Dreams
A2031, 00420058 $2.50
Little Tin Soldier (Duet)
AD3004, 00420003 $2.95
The Notorious Pirate
A2023, 00420050 $2.50

Elementary note speller

Achievement Skill
Sheet #2: Minor
5-finger Patterns
AS5002, 00420023
$2.95
Achievement Skill
Sheet #7: Elementary
I-V-I Cadences
AS5007, 00420028
$2.95
Discover Beginning
Improvisation
FF1051CD, 00420160
$8.95
Imaginative exercises to
explore improvisation

Once Upon
A Rianbow - Book 2
FF1104, 00420195
$4.50
I Love a Rainbow
Purple Rainbow Swirls
Rainbow Dreams
Rainbow Ice Cream
Rainbow in My Pocket
Walk in a Rainbow

LEVEL 2B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

ChordTime Piano Supplemental Series

ChordTime Popular
FF1004, 00420113
$5.95
Angel of Music (Phantom of
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Can You Feel the Love
Tonight? (The Lion King)
Circle of Life
Do-Re-Mi
The Entertainer
Heart and Soul
Lean on Me
(Meet) the Flintstones
She Loves You
Star Wars (Main Theme)
Were All in This Together
(High School Musical)

ChordTime Classics
FF1020, 00420129
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Aria
La Donna e Mobile
Largo
Laughing Song
Little Man in the Woods
March Militaire
Overture
Pizzicato Polka
Polovetzian Dance No. 17
Rage Over the Lost Penny
Roses from the South
Theme from The Surprise
Symphony
Theme from Trumpet Concerto in E Flat
Trepak

ChordTime
Favorites
FF1014, 00420123
$5.95

ChordTime
Jazz & Blues
FF1046, 00420155
$5.95

America CHOICE
Auld Lang Syne
NFMC
Down by the Riverside CHOICE
Duke of York
Everybody Loves Saturday
Night
The Great Meat Pie
Hot Cross Buns
Long, Long Ago
Mexican Clapping Song
NFMC
Rise and Shine CHOICE
Skip to My Lou
Three Blind Mice
Turkey in the Straw
Where Has My Little Dog
Gone?

Aint Misbehavin
Baby Face
Dill Pickle Stomp
Doo Wah Diddy Diddy
God Bless the Child
Left-Hand Louisian
Ol Man River
Tea for Two
Tuxedo Junction
Watermelon Man
When the Saints Go
Rockin In
Where Is the Love?
Whistle Stop Blues

NFMC

Classics MIDI
GM1021, 00420283 $9.95
Favorites MIDI
GM1020, 00420282 $9.95
Hymns MIDI
GM1033, 00420294 $9.95

ChordTime
Kids Songs
FF1041, 00420150
$5.95
Catch a Falling Star
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is
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Happy Birthday to You
I Cant Spell
Hippopotamus
In a Cabin in the Woods
Mama Paquita
New River Train
Oh! Susanna
Pizza Time!
Rubber Duckie
Teddy Bears Picnic
Tingalayo

ChordTime Hymns
FF1003, 00420112
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Amazing Grace
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
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Come Bless The Lord CHOICE
Give Me Oil in My Lamp
Go, Tell It on the Mountain
Hallelujah, Praise The Lord
He Leadeth Me
Ive Got Peace Like a River
Lord, I Want to Be NFMC
CHOICE
a Christian
NFMC
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World
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The Almighty
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Jewish Favorites
FF1192, 00420225
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Rock n Roll
FF1021, 00420130
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Come Sail Away
Crazy Little Thing Called
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In the Midnight Hour
Long Tall Texan
Lost in the Fifties Tonight
Mr. Tambourine Man
Rock Around the Clock
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Wipe Out
Witch Doctor (Alvin and
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Yesterday
You Really Got Me

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Ragtime & Marches
FF1133, 00420204
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Alexander March
Alexanders Ragtime Band
Astronaut March
The Caisson Song
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Dalmatian Rag
The Entertainer
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Original Rags
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The Thunderer
Youre a Grand Old Flag

41

Artza Aleenu
Hanukah
Hanukah Candle Blessings
Hatikva
Havah Nageela
Hayvaynu Shalom Alayhem
Hinay Mah Tov
Maoz Tzur
My Draydl
Seeman Tov
Shabbat Shalom
Tumbalalaika

ChordTime
Accompaniments
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Classics CD
CD1014, 00420081 $10.95
Favorites CD
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Christmas MIDI
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ChordTime
Christmas
FF1005, 00420114
$5.95
Away in a Manger
Deck the Hall
Good King Wenceslas
Holly Jolly Christmas
Jingle Bells
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Joy to the World
Night Before Christmas Song
Rockin Around the
Christmas Tree
Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer
Silent Night
Twelve Days of Christmas
When Santa Claus Gets Your
Letter

LEVEL 2B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

The Power of Primary Chords


Perhaps the favorite application of music theory in piano
instruction is the teaching of I, IV and V7 chords in that
familiar cluster surrounding the root-position I chord. This
aspect of piano pedagogy is a guiding concept for Level 2B
of Piano Adventures and the corresponding ChordTime
Piano series.
This simple chord formula is favored for good reason:
n The chords are easily accessible
n They reduce the harmonic language of many diverse
styles to a common denominator
n They provide a basis for creative applications in arranging
or composing.

Staging the V7 Chord


The earlier levels of Piano
Adventures work with a two-note
V7 chord that lies readily under the
hand. This allows for easy and rapid
switching between I and V7 chords.
Using the more common three-note V7 chord at early
levels can sabotage the students rhythm at the bar line
because of the difficult shift of finger five. In contrast, a
two-note V7 chord allows the student to maintain rhythmic
fluency and, importantly, the musicality of a flowing meter.

Thee next steps toward using three-notes for the V7 are


presented in stages at Level 2B: the interval of a 6th and the
leading tone. In teaching the major scale, we help the student
hear the leading tone move by half step to the tonic. Then we
help the student hear the leading tone of the V7 chord resolve
to its tonic note. Indeed, this leading tone is the new note of
the V7 chord. By addressing the V7 in stages across Levels
2A and 2B, we eliminate the technical hurdle and promote a
heightened aural sense of the V7.

The Chord Accompaniment


It is not enough merely to read the notes of a chord, or
even to recognize the notes as a chord. A student needs to
understand the role of chords in accompanying a melody. So,
immediately after introducing the three-note V7, we present
a two-hand accompaniment for Camptown Races with the
melody displayed on a third staff. This piano/vocal score
provides much insight for the student: conceptualization
of melody and accompaniment, the utility of I and V
harmonies, the concept of chord progression, and exposure
to ensemble playing.

Reading Chord Symbols


With each new key (C, G, and F), chord patterns are
presented under the heading Reading Chord Symbols.
After the student blocks the chords, have him or her play
an accompaniment that follows the given chord progression.

The teacher can draw bar lines between the chord symbols
(see above) to show a chord chart more specifically.
Time spent listening, memorizing, and transposing these
chord progressions is time well spent. Then, let your student
loose to create melodies and various accompaniment patterns
based on the chord progressions. The creative questions
that end each unit will provide nudges toward such work.
For most students, though, youll want to push the creative
activities even more. Its amazing how much similarity there
is among chord progressions, and how much value is derived
from working them over and over.

The IV Chord
The hip, barrelhouse LH of Boxcar Rumble reinforces
the 6th and hints at an alternating I-IV pattern. You might
revisit this piece after the IV chord is learned, adding the
omitted chord tones to the LH pattern. For a somewhat easier
variation, repeat each chord before changing harmony. Youll
still want to play a chord on every beat, but the harmonic
rhythm slows to a change of chords every two beats instead
of every beat.

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FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Accompaniments That Dance


We have all heard plenty of thumping thumbs in left-hand
accompaniments. Yes, the left-hand accompaniments can use
repetitive practice, but they also require the right technique.
Thats where the Technique & Artistry Books shine. For
example, Technique Secret No. 3 at Level 2B specifically
works for a light thumb to remedyor betterto prevent the
thumping thumb. In fact, all of the technique secrets at this
level converge to provide coordination and beauty in a lefthand accompaniment:
n A drop of arm weight (Heavy Arms) initiates the
LH pattern.

Tipping over Snowman Chords


Students typically recognize chords on the staff only
when notes are stacked in thirds. I call this the snowman
chord syndrome. Our goal is to tip the chord over so that
a harmony is recognized when it spans horizontally across
the measure and vertically over both treble and bass clefs.
The first tool in this perceptual transformation is the CrossHand Arpeggio, which distributes chord tones over several
measures and between clefs. The skill continues to be
sharpened as the student moves through the higher levels of
Piano Adventures.
Whether we synthesize accompaniments
from a given chord pattern as in
Reading Chord Symbols, or
we analyze to find chord
patterns in an otherwise
complex piece, primary
chords provide a common
denominator to which we
can relate aurally, visually,
and kinesthetically. The
power of primary chords is
in their simplicity. And, as a
watchword for both the student
and professional artist, Always
look for the simplicity.

n The energy flows through a slur gesture (Painters


Brush Stroke).
n The Weightless Thumb ensures a lightness for the
non-downbeats.

The entire level is designed to achieve beauty and efficiency


by playing several notes with a single gesture. This is
applied specifically to left-hand accompaniments through a
combination of drop and up touches.

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FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

LEVEL 3A
Achievement
Skill Sheet #3:
1-Octave Major
Scales and
Arpeggios

I Can Read Music


Book 3
Developing
Artist
Piano
Literature
Book 1

Lesson
Book

Technique
& Artistry

Developing Artist
Piano Sonatinas
Book 1 (challenging)

Theory

Discover Blues
Improvisation

FunTime Piano
Level 3A Supplementary Series

Performance

New!

Popular
Repertoire

Kids Songs
Popular

Christmas

Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets

Classics

Favorites

Rock n Roll

Ragtime &
Marches

Hymns

Christmas

Classic Sonatina in G
Willow Tree Waltz

44

Jazz & Blues

LEVEL 3A

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Level 3A Concepts
binary and ternary form

ostinato and alberti bass

interval of a 7th

common time and cut time

, , the triplet

ledger lines

swing rhythm

one-octave arpeggios

Teach with...Analysis

Analysis is not just for the student; it also applies to us as teachers.


Reflective analysis of our own teaching leads us to improvements
that keep our students winning at piano.

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pattern? Is my student ready to transpose the A section to the key of
G major? Would my student rise to the challenge of
a more difficult piece with the Alberti bass, such as
Canario from the Developing Artist Preparatory
Piano Literature book?

Teach with...Creativity

To select an appropriate creative activity,


first assess the difficulty of the underlying
concept being taught. Is the challenge rhythmic?
Technical? Theoretical?
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Kristin, lets choose chord tones to build a melody over the


Alberti bass. Now play it very high and turn it into a music
box. Or, perhaps it is an old-fashioned ice-cream truck!
Ryan, well done on composing Your Own Sonatina!
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memorable and helps the teacher and student
communicate more easily. The named
gestures provide a technique
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45

LEVEL 3A

Level 3A
Lesson Book
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7th St. Blues
Amazing Grace
Campbells Are Coming
Cool Walkin Bass
Cossack Ride
Echoes of the Harp
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Ice Dancing
Joshua Fought the Battle of
Jericho
Land of the Silver Birch
Looking-Glass River
Lunar Eclipse
March Slav
Mockingbird
Morning (from Peer Gynt)
Night of the Tarantella
Promenade
Sakura
Scarborough Fair
Snowflake Rag
Sonatina in C
Song of Joy
Wedding March

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Sightreading
Ear Training

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Technique & Artistry


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Back-up Singers
Chariot Race
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The Kentucky Derby
Olympic Torch
Scale Monster
Snowy River
Tropical Fish
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Animaniacs
From a Distance
I Swear
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Puff, the Magic Dragon
Superman (Theme)
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Activity Pages

I Can Read Music,


Book 3
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Early intermediate
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Achievement Skill
Sheet #3: 1-Octave
Major Scales &
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Allegretto
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Hot Summer Blues
Malaguea
Morning Has Broken
Novela
Persian Market
Song of Kilimanjaro
Vivace

Christmas
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Angels We Have Heard
on High
Bring a Torch, Jeannette
Isabella
Carol of the Bells
Dance of the Sugar Plum
Fairy
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring
Jingle Bell Boogie
O Holy Night
Sightreading Activities

Background
Accompaniments
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(accompaniments in two tempos plus


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46

Discover Blues
Impovisation -with CD
FF1155CD, 00420215
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technique. Includes
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(audio and MIDI)

Developing Artist
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Adagio and Allegro, J.C.
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Busy Machine, Dubliansky
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The Hunt, Gurlitt
Little Dance, Trk
Little Prelude, Schytte
Melody for Left Hand,
Schytte
Minuet, Hook
Morning, Diabelli
On the Ocean Floor, Alt
Pantomime, Faber
Procession in G, Praetorius
Quadrille, Haydn
Shepherd Pipes,
Salutrinskaya
Sonatina in G, Attwood
Tarantella, Lynes
Two Preludes, Spindler
Waltz for Four Hands,
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Piano Sonatinas
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LEVEL 3A

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Christmas Song
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Music Box Dancer
Pachelbel Canon
Phantom of the Opera
Star Wars (Main Theme)
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Arkansas Traveler
Chopsticks
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Broadway
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Greensleeves
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Every Time I Feel The Spirit
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Joshua Fought the Battle of
Jericho
Now Thank We All Our God
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LEVEL 3A

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

The Role of Review


Weve all seen an occasional precocious student move up
the levels with impressive speed. We regard this speedy
progress through the method as a reliable predictor of future
success and we are thus seduced. The high-numbered level
makes the teacher look good and the parent beam with pride.
So we tend to push students, hoping to see nine-year old Erin
in Level 4, or ten-year-old Jason playing Fr Elise.
But the actual variable that predicted success with a fastmoving student is the ease with which the student moved
up the levelsan exceptional capacity in some students that
makes it possible to progress quickly. A teachers push to get
there fast does not itself predict success. Indeed, it
can backfire.
The fast track can leave knowledge gaps, feelings of
uncertainty, and may insidiously undermine technical and
musical development even when the student is apparently
keeping pace with the decoding of notation. It is important to
understand that a students level of advancement and speed of
advancement are not the measures of good teaching. A better
measure is how much the student knows and how much the
student can do at his or her current levelregardless of what
level that may be.

Review and Repeat


The late-elementary student must absorb and apply
knowledge of note reading, rhythmic notation, chord
structures, and musical expressionall while grappling with
the physical mechanics of hand shape, arm weight, finger
coordination, and wrist relaxation. At the same time, the
student is expected to be listeningindeed hearingwhat
he/she is playing, evaluating sounds as they pass in time, and
adjusting to the idealized sound envisioned in the minds ear.
This is not going to happen readily and does not happen fast.
Knowledge needs review so that it will endure in long-term
memory and be readily accessed. Skills need practice so
that they become automatizedplayed without conscious
attention. Review and repetition, then, become operational
basics for the piano teacher. We consolidate knowledge
with fastidious review while we steadily move forward. We
consolidate skills by practicing what the student can do well
instead of practicing incorrect playing. We use repetition
to make well-executed skills become automatic, freeing
attention for new challenges.

Moving Too Fast


What happens if we move the student into difficult
repertoire too soon? We lose the opportunity for review and
repetition. Familiar concepts are buried in a complex setting
and thus overlooked, instead of reviewed. New concepts
are encountered that the student does not and cannot yet
understand. Old skills do not become automatic. Instead,
they are skipped through before they are developed and
eventually are buried under an accumulation of hidden
physical tensions and habits.
Because this danger becomes acute at the intermediate level,
the role of Piano Adventures Level 3A becomes clear:
n to provide review that consolidates knowledge
n to provide repetition that automatizes skill
n to structure an appropriate pacing for advancement
We tend to think of a method as the means to introduce
new material. In light of the above discussion, lets instead
reframe the role of Piano Adventures. The method provides
a structure that both prevents premature advancement and
promotes adequate review and practice. The goal is not to
get out of the method as soon as possible; the goal is to fully
employ the method to yield sufficient review for retention
and sufficient practice to develop deep-rooted skills. The
method is more than a bridge to the literature; the method is
an engine for deep learning along the way.

Spiral Curriculum
Instructional pacing should routinely dip back to review
concepts already learned before adding new instruction.
When we cue the recall of earlier concepts before adding
something new, we help our students integrate the new
knowledge, instead of just accumulating unrelated facts.
Jerome Bruner coined the term spiral curriculum to
describe this instructional process of review. Each time
a concept is revisited, it is clarified for more precise
understanding or amplified for broader application. The key
point here is the necessity for reviewto keep coming back
to principal concepts and enriching them with expanded
knowledge and application. This idea of a spiral curriculum
is designed into the theory, technique, and repertoire of
Level 3A.

48

LEVEL 3A

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Expanding Theory Aptitude


The primary chords (I, IV, V7) that characterize Level 2B are
reviewed in Unit 1, then explored in expanded contexts: with
syncopation, with expressive articulations, and using
Alberti Bass.

Level 3A, and even to the playing of a full one-octave scale


in a single gesture (8-Note Scoops). Notice how expression
is developed through gesture.

The interval of a 7th is introduced by highlighting its


notational similarity to 3rds and 5ths, all notated as line-toline or space-to-space.
The chromatic scale builds on the half-step presentation at
Level 2A, expanding the chromatic fragments to the
full octave.
Simple binary form introduced at the beginning of Level 3A
expands to ABA; then, by the end of the level, to ABA with
both Introduction and Coda.

Repertoire to Reinforce
We want our students to develop a depth of skill . . . and this
takes time. With the leveling, 2A-2B, 3A-3B, the student
feels a sense of accomplishment by graduating from one
book to the next, but doesnt encounter too much difficulty
too soon.

Building Expressive Technique


The carefully sequenced handling of the wrist in the
Technique & Artistry Books reaches a culmination at Level
3A with the Round-Off. The Thumb Perch at the Primer
Level established the wrist height. The Wrist Float-Off at
Level 1 established the range of wrist motion. Levels 2A and
2B established the slur gesture. The Round-Off at Level 3A
refines the phrase ending, adding polish to both sound
and gesture.

The FunTime Piano series also offers an opportunity to


consolidate skill, through familiar tunes in a variety of
musical styles. A teacher can harness this series to adjust the
method pacing. We frequently put a student through several
FunTime books, one at a time, before moving up to Level
4 or BigTime Piano. Students often discover a favorite
musical style while becoming increasingly comfortable with
the process of reading music.

Rotation, an important Technique Secret at Level 3A,


incorporates a throwing of arm weight with rebound, thus
building on the Arm Weight secret taught at both the Primer
and 2B levels.
The pedal by ear secret, Pedal Rhythms, builds on the
connected pedaling technique secret of Level 2B, now
requiring the student to depress the damper pedal more
quicklyon the and of the beat, and asking for more
careful listening. Pedaling is approached in stages throughout
Piano Adventures: holding the pedal throughout a piece at
the Primer and Level 1, up-down pedal notation at Level 2A,
connected pedal at Level 2B, and more refined pedaling at
Level 3A.
There is a continuing progression toward playing multiple
notes in a single gesture. The three-note slur of Painters
Brush Stroke at Level 2B expands to 5-Note Scoops in

49

Deeper Understanding and Broader


Application
Yes, we maintain high aspirations for our students. But
instead of being concerned about speedy progress up the
levels, we should focus our teaching on developing depth
and breadth at the students current level.
The payoff is not just in the students future success, with
the ease in which repertoire will be mastered. There is payoff
here and now. Theory comprehension isnt deferred until
advanced study, but occurs with each piece at the current
level. Artistry is not postponed for later piano literature.
Artistic playing can be heard nowin the next piece your
student plays.

LEVEL 3B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

LEVEL 3B
Achievement Skill Sheet
#4: 1-Octave Minor Scales
and Arpeggios
Developing
Artist Piano
Literature
Book 1 (easier)

Achievement
Skill Sheet #8:
Intermediate
Cadence Booklet
(challenging)

Lesson
Book

Developing Artist
Piano Literature
Book 2 (challenging)

Technique
& Artistry

Developing Artist
Piano Sonatinas
Book 1

Theory
FunTime Piano
Level 3B Supplementary Series

Performance

New!

Popular
Repertoire

Kids Songs

Popular

Christmas

Once Upon
a Rainbow
Book 3

Discover Blues
Improvisation
(easier)

Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets

Classics

Favorites

Rock n Roll

Ragtime &
Marches

Hymns

Christmas

Etude Drammatico
Hallelujah Chorus
Millions of Stars
Whispers of the Wind
Would You Go In?

50

Jazz & Blues

LEVEL 3B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Level 3B Concepts
playing octaves

key of A minor; i, iv, and V7 chords

natural/harmonic minor scales in Am

grace notes

motive and sequence

key of D minor; i, iv, and V7 chords

natural/harmonic minor scales in Dm

the 12 major and minor triads

triads in root, 1st and 2nd inversion

16th-note rhythm patterns

Teach with...Analysis

As a student progresses to higher levels, patterns and analysis that


are apparent to the teacher are still not always evident to the student.
Maintain a healthy review of earlier concepts and explain new
concepts with student-friendly, everyday language. For example, a
presenation of 16th notes could begin with pea-nut but-ter, pea-nut
but-ter before moving on to 1 e and a.

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The early-intermediate student may explore


creativity with his or her own interpretation
of a passage or piece. For example, the teacher can
inspire students to perform a cadenza freely; to set a
personal, slow tempo for an adagio movement; or to create
an artistic ending in the latest pop piece.
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nor sca
le or
? 4 U #
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onic mi
nor sca
b4

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>

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a
1

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onic mi
nor sca

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rit.
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al

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le

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19

Jeremy, lets hear the peanut butter rhythm


first. Then well try the more advanced metric
counting1 e and a, 2 e and a. Way to go!

>

>

17

LEVEL 3B

Level 3B
Lesson Book
FF1180, 00420220
$6.95
Andante
Fiesta Espaa
Gavotte
Highland Jig
House of the Rising Sun
Humoresque
Minuet in F
Pachelbel Canon
Phantom of the Keys
Rage Over a Lost Penny
Sea Chantey
Snowfall
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Tropical Island
Tum-Balalaika
Westminister Chimes

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Technique & Artistry


FF1289, 00420240
$6.50

Popular Repertoire
FF1290, 00420241
$7.50

Technique Secrets
Artistry Magic Pieces:
Cat Patrol
Deer in the Woods
Etude Energico
Gypsy Camp
Loxodanta Africana
Nightfall
Sonatina Theme

Angel Eyes
Honky Cat
I Believe I Can Fly
I Got Rhythm
Ill Be There for You
Inspector Gadget
Jeopardy Theme
The Rose
Sunrise, Sunset
Activity Pages

Performance
FF1182, 00420222
$6.50

Theory
FF1181, 00420221
$6.50
Writing
Sightreading
Ear Training

All Through the Night


Bagatelle in G
Fascination
Funeral March of a
Marionette
Glad Cat Rag
Guitars of Seville
Hava Nagila
Legend of Madrid
Minuet in G
Piano Concerto No. 1
The Piano Playin
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The Return
The Star-Spangled Banner
The Tempest

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$6.50
Coventry Carol
God Rest Ye Merry,
Gentlemen
Hallelujah Chorus
Joy to the World
Parade of the Tin Soldiers
Silent Night
Toyland
Twelve Days of Christmas
Sightreading Activities

Achievement Skill
Sheet #4: 1-Octave
Minor Scales &
Arpeggios
AS5004, 00420025
$2.95
Achievement Skill
Sheet #8: Cadence
Booklet
AS5008, 00420029
$3.95

Once Upon a
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FF1105, 00420196
$4.50
Amber Rhapsody
Crystalline Rag
Rainbow Splendor
Shimmering Waterfalls
To Have a Rainbow
Valse Indigo

Developing Artist
Piano Literature
Book 2 - with CD
FF1034, 00420143
$7.50
Air in D Minor, Speer
The Bear, Rebikov
Bourre, Graupner
Dance in F Major, Mozart
Ecossaise, Beethoven
The Happy Farmer,
Schumann
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King Williams March,
Clarke
Long Gone Blues, McKay
Mazurka, Szymanowska
Menuet en Rondeau,
Rameau
Minuet in C Major, Mozart
Minuet in G Major,
Penzold
Old French Song,
Tchaikovsky
Polka, Hummel (Duet)
Prelude in A Minor,
J.C. Bach
The Return, Gurlitt
Russian Folk Dance,
Beethoven
Soldiers March, Schumann
Sonatina in G Major,
Beethoven
Waltz Macabre, Faber
Yi-Ki, A Mesopotamian
Elephant, Poe

Background
Accompaniments
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(accompaniments in two tempos plus


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Technique & Artistry books)

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Developing Artist
Piano Literature
Book 1 - with CD
FF1030, 00420139
$6.95
See Level 3A for contents

52

Developing Artist
Piano Sonatinas
Book 1
FF1110, 00420199
$5.95
See Level 3A for contents

LEVEL 3B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

FunTime Piano Supplemental Series


FunTime
Accompaniments

FunTime Popular
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Colors of the Wind


Eleanor Rigby
Hes a Pirate! (from Pirates
of the Caribbean)
I Saw Her Standing There
La Bamba
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Moonlight Sonata
(Beethoven)
Music Box Dancer
Pachelbel Canon
Phantom of the Opera
Star Wars (Main Theme)
A Whole New World
(Aladdin)

Arkansas Traveler
Chopsticks
Give My Regards to
Broadway
Glow Worm
Greensleeves
Hello, My Baby
Ive Been Working on the
Railroad
Scarborough Fair
Skaters Waltz
Song of the Volga Boatmen
Two Guitars

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Come On, Summer
Dallas Blues
Frankie and Johnny
House of the Rising Sun
In the Mood
Love Potion No. 9
Misty
Piano Playin Chocolate
Eaters Blues
Royal Cat Blues
St. James Infirmary
This Masquerade
Tuxedo Junction

FunTime Hymns
FF1033, 00420142
$6.50
See Level 3A for contents

Christmas CD
CD1039, 00420104 $10.95
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Achievement Solo
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FunTime
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See Level 3A for contents

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Fairy
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
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King
Light Cavalry Overture
Musettas Song
Peter and the Wolf Theme
Pomp and Circumstance
Scheherazade Theme
Toreadors Song
Unfinished Symphony
Theme

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Last Night of Summer
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Rockin Robin
Runaround Sue
Stand by Me

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FF1008, 00420117
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The Ants Came Marching
Dixie
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The Entertainer
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Parade of the Tin Soldiers
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When the Saints Go
Marching In

53

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Consider Yourself (Oliver)
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Fadduh!
Walking on Sunshine
Yellow Submarine
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LEVEL 3B

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Playing Fast
This is what the student has been waiting fora chance
to play fast. Now I can really show off! Then we tell the
student, The first lesson in playing fast is slow practice.
Weve just taken the wind out of their sails. Well almost.
There are secrets to playing fast. And if we let students in
on these secrets, they are usually more than willing to go
through the necessary paces to achieve fast playing.

Building Speed
It is tempting to push for virtuoso playing when we see
potential, but pushing into big repertoire almost always
backfires if we fail to ramp up through prerequisite stages.
In fingerwork, for example, the student must develop
coordination that allows instantaneous contraction followed
by relaxation, and precise contraction that does not also
tense up neighboring muscles. This takes time to develop
and requires specific practice routines. Virtuosity cannot be
forced; virtuosity unfolds from well-practiced repetitions that
are based on correct information and appropriate monitoring.

Pulsing
The Level 3B Lesson Book opens with Beethovens Rage
Over a Lost Penny, providing a review of cut time. Why
does cut time so effectively increase speed? Because it
invites pulsing every two beats instead of pulsing every beat.
Consider a set of four eighth notes. If we provide a metric
pulse on both quarter-note beats, the passage bogs down with
heaviness, as if running with boots in the sand. If we pulse
only on the first of the four eighth notes, we get fluency
and musicality.

Measure 3 invites a drop of arm weight into the first of the


four eighth notes (beat 1) and a wrist float-off at the end of
the slur (beat 3). Match this down-up motion in the left
hand. The four quarter-note chords are played as DOWNand-UP-and. The down-up motions match that of the right
hand and the ands are played with a light ripple. Notice
how the half-note pulsing of this down-up gesture matches
the feel of cut time. It propels the beat, not only through halfnote pulses, but from measure to measure.

Rotation
Rotation refers to the back-and-forth turning of the forearm,
as if turning a doorknob or a key in a lock. The efficacy of
forearm rotation is that it plays two notes with the effort of
one. In Interval Review the tenuto notes are played with the
forearm rotating toward the thumb and the recurring Cs are
played effortlessly on the rebound. The many notes of the
passage are thus reduced to a simple descending major scale.
Efficiency is gained by employing the natural fall of a turned
hand and its rebound.

& 44 J
5

R.H.

- -
4

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8ve
(octave)

w
w

Gesture
Much of what enables speed at the keyboard is the playing
of several notes in a single gesture. For example, in Phantom
of the Keys, the RH eighth-note passages should be initiated
by a single drop of arm weight that carries through the entire
passage. This drop takes the wrist rather low as it transcribes
the lower half of a wrist circle.
What do pulsing, rotation, and slur gesture have in common?
All of these techniques carry many notes on a single
impulse. This gives efficiency and motion, technical fluency,
and musical artistry.

Slow Practice
So, how do you practice slowly, yet execute the gesture?
The simplest way is to use slow practice to exaggerate
the gesture. Slow practice just for finger work has limited
workability because the gesture required for speed and
expression may be absent. Bringing the gesture into the slow
practice makes slow practice exponentially more valuable.
Sometimes you need to sprint with a passage to find the
gesture, then execute it in slow motion.
With a facile technique, this can all be done in very little
time. But students need yet to develop a facile technique.
Developmental steps need to be taken to build fundamental
finger coordination.
Note, however, that were not going for building muscles or
finger power. Were looking for instantaneous, precision
firing of very specific muscles, with simultaneous
relaxation of the surrounding muscles. Thus, coordination
is key; strength is not. (Arm weight, rotation, and forearm
thrust provide sources of impact that are much more
effective than finger strength.)
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FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

For students at the early stage, the firing of a finger generates


many contractions in a generalized area. Specificity is
weak; generalized tension is high. Slow practice can
provide a relaxation immediately after the note is played,
thus allowing the inappropriate contractions to relax. Over
time, generalized tension diminishes and finger contractions
become very specific with concurrent relaxation of proximate
muscles. This is how slow practice, done correctly and over
time, can build the neurological basis for speed.
In Piano Adventures, we accelerate the development of
this sophisticated neurology through specially developed
exercises. We help build fast fingers by incorporating the
process of play-relax with slow practice and repetition.
(See the Technique Secrets of Levels 2A and 2B.) Adding the
correct gesture provides the formula for expressive virtuosity.

Uptouch

Alignment

Weve discussed arm weight at previous levels. But


efficient playing also utilizes what we call the uptouch.
Here the hand springs from the surface of the key, with
active fingers and a thrust of the forearm. The spring of the
up-touch sends the hand and fingers to upcoming notes,
in precise preparation for the next chord or passage. The
touch is effective for either loud or soft chords, and makes a
wonderful counterpart to the drop-touch of arm weight.

We open the Level 3B Technique & Artistry Book with a


secret called Closed, Cupped Hand for Scale Passages.
Here we contract the hand, bringing the fingers close
together with visibly tall knuckles. This contracted position
allows the arm and bridge of the hand to align with the
finger that plays. We avoid any angle between the playing
finger and arm, preferring straight alignment. In this way the
weight of the arm can transfer finger-to-finger for efficiency
and evenness of touch. The contracted, closed, cupped hand
invites continuous alignment through stepwise passages. A
slight adjustment is made by the wrist and forearm for each
finger being played. You can easily check the alignment at
any time by touching the thumb to the tip of the playing
finger, then releasing. This brings the hand (with its tall
knuckle) and the forearm into balance over the fingertip.

In summary, we work slowly with smart practice to build


speed. Students want to play fast, so lets give them the tools
to do it correctly. We can harness our students motivation
for speed to elicit hours of practice.
Then students can indeed show
offwith flying fingers and the
groundwork for virtuosity.

This is an advanced application of the Primer Level


technique-secret Making Os, which builds a firm
fingertip. At Level 3B, the closed, cupped handshape essentially brings the O to the keyboard for
effective passagework.

3
14

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LEVEL 4

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

LEVEL 4
Developing
Artist Piano
Literature
Book 2 (easier)

Developing
Artist Piano
Literature
Book 3
(challenging)
Achievement
Skill Sheet #5:
2-Octave Major
Scales and
Arpeggios

New!
Developing
Artist Piano
Sonatinas
Book 2

Lesson
Book

Technique
& Artistry

Developing Artist
Selections from the
Notebook of Anna
Magdalena Bach

Theory

Achievement
Skill Sheet #8:
Intermediate
Cadence Booklet

BigTime Piano
Level 4 Supplementary Series

Performance

Popular
Repertoire

New!

Popular

Christmas

Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets
Ave Maria
Halloween Sonatine
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring
Nocturne
Shimmering Waterfalls
Sonatina in G Major,
Beethoven

56

Kids Songs

Classics

Favorites

Rock n Roll

Jazz & Blues

Christmas

Ragtime &
Marches

Hymns

LEVEL 4

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Level 4 Concepts
review of 16th-note rhythm patterns

16th notes in time

pattern and sequence

more study of chord inversions

Am, Dm, Em natural/harmonic scales

V7 chord in root position

all sharp key signatures

2-octave scales: C, G, D, A, E, B

Teach with...Analysis

We might think of each student as having a musical biographya


portfolio of learned skills. Analysis plays an important part. Level 4
students should know chord inversions, key signatures, and minor
scales as part of their growing portfolio.
Ben, for this theory page, lets examine each chord specimen
closely. What is the root of the chord? Is it in root
position, 1st inversion, or 2nd inversion? And is the
Sonatina
in C
chord major or minor?

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Teach with...Creativity

&


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Analysis of chords prepares students to


compose with chords and inversions.
Consider having students write their own
1st Theme based on the Sonatina in C by Frank Lynes.

? .

The opening two measures are simply a C chord and


inversions played against a LH tonic note.

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mm 5-6, then back to the tonic at mm 7-8.
Voila! A first theme!

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Students are now literate enough to discuss


many descriptive words. The tempo
for Ceremony for Peace is marked
Majestically. We might also use words
such as, impressive, noble, dignified.
Discuss with the student which
techniques might be needed for such
a majestic piece.

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Ingrid and Kai, point out


measures in which we use an
extended hand position. In what
passages would arm weight be
especially important?

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Welcome to the Second Edition of Level 4!


This new edition delivers a robust and exciting path into the intermediate levels. The four core books are
Lesson, Theory, Performance, and the new, dynamic Technique & Artistry Book! When using this edition,
you will note...
Smooth integration of technique and artistry for the intermediate student
Repertoire that reinforces music theory
Appealing compositions in a variety of musical styles
Books from the previous edition can easily be interchanged with books from the new edition.
For tips and correlation charts, please visit: www.PianoAdventures.com/secondedition

G Major: The V7 Chord in Root Position


G.
. . .

? # 4

L.H.

1
3
5

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D7 broken

D7 blocked

V chord

one - two - three - four - five - five

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6

no 5th

1
2
5

1
3
5

V7

root - 3rd - 5th - 7th

no 3rd

. . . .

1
2

V7

The Lesson Book opens with a progress chart that includes full
page-by-page correlations of the four core books. The second edition
Lesson Book is now organized in related major and minor keys.
Increased emphasis on root position V7 chords and two-octave scales
links applied theory to the pieces being studied.

root -3rd - 5th

D7
1

Level 4 Lesson Book

D
1
3
5

1
2

G
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Review: Grace note j


A grace note is an ornamental note played
quickly into the note that follows. Your teacher
will help you play the grace note in measure 4.

Grand Central Station


j

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V7

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Many new repertoire pieces invigorate the book and build a


stronger foundation in harmony and technique.

N. Faber

Moderato

#4
& 4

Power scales, arpeggios, and V7 chords ground the repertoire.

1
2
5

j

.

j
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b b .

Students develop skills in accompanying and reading chord


symbols with a Lead Sheet of The Blue Danube.

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FF1090

Level 4 Theory Book


This completely revised Theory Book provides reinforcement and creative exploration of intermediate
theory concepts. Ear-training and eye-training exercises add aural and visual skills.

Level 4 Performance Book


The Performance Book offers a variety of pieces that reinforce
the concepts presented in the Lesson Book. This second edition
includes the best of the original edition plus exciting new
piecesfrom the jazzy music of the malt shop to the haunting
sounds of the Scottish Moors.

58

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Level 4 Technique & Artistry Book

New!

This new, dynamic Technique & Artistry Book is a welcome addition to the
Level 4 curriculum. It combines two essential elements of pianism: technical skill and
artistic performance. This smooth, integrated approach builds basic elements of piano
technique, always directed towards an artistic goal.
Four preparatory exercises called Technique Secrets are presented at the beginning
of the book. These elegantly simple exercises develop a technical foundation,
training the student in the following:
Alignment (of forearm, hand, and finger)
Te c h n i q u e S e c r e t :

half circle / full circle

Drop and follow-through

Warm-up with Lead with the Wrist (p. 3).

Weighted tone and unweighted tone

The Mountain King

This broken chord pattern moves from A minor to


C major. The arrows indicate the circular wrist motion.

1. In the Great Hall

Play by memory.

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Am

? 24
5

1
5

Swoop

un - der,

1
5

o - ver,

and

o - ver,

and

F Swoop un - der,

round.

Am

&

round.

Am

&
4

j
1


and

Expressive playing is explored at the end of each unit in


an Artistry Magic piece. The student focuses on these musical goals:

un - der,

o - ver,

Swoop

round.

..

Shaping phrases (with crescendo and diminuendo)

..

Using weighted/unweighted touch to produce dynamic colors

When you are comfortable with legato circles, play the R.H. staccato.
Use the same wrist circles as used for legato.

Expressive playing through wrist motion

2. Chased by the Trolls


Allegro

4
&4

- up,
P Spring, down
.

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8


.
5

1
5

1
2

spring, down - up,

Lesson p.12 (Hall of the Mountain King)

spring, down - up,

down

Technique & Artistry


FF3012 00420339
$6.50

Half circle / full circle wrist motions

Steady march

..

Rhythmic flow with two-hand gestures

. .

..

up,

down - up!

The book features etudes by Czerny and Streabbog, along with original
pieces and exercises. Many of the exercises relate directly to challenges
in the Lesson Book pieces. Standard technical patternssuch as scales in contrary motion and
broken chord patternsare practiced with guidance from the Technique Secrets.
FF3012

A useful 16-page Scale and Arpeggio Appendix is included at the end of the book. Many
teachers will find this to be helpful in meeting the technique and theory requirements of state
and national music organizations.

S C A L E

&

A R P E G G I O

A P P E N D I X

# #


& # #

Two-Octave Major Scales in Parallel Motion

E Major

Play hands separately or together.

&

# #
& # ##

?#

The appendix also includes


arpeggios, scales in contrary
motion, chromatic scales, and
various broken chord exercises.

F Major

&b
?b

40

&b b

? bb & ?
b

(3)
2

FF3012

59

E Major*

# #

& #

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&
?


b
&b

? b b &
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A Major

&

B Major*

? ## &
?

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& #

D Major

&

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G Major

&

B Major

? &

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C Major
1

Teachers and students may choose the dynamics for each scale

FF3012

*Some students find it useful to learn B and E early for jazz band, festivals, or achievement testing.
These keys are formally introduced in Level 5.

41

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Level 4
Lesson Book
FF1090, 00420183
$6.95

New!
Technique & Artistry
FF3012, 00420339
$6.50

Allegro Grazioso, Biehl


Aurora Borealis
The Blue Danube
Boure, Graupner
Ceremony for Peace
Chanson
French Minuet, Lully
Gigue in A Major
Grand Central Station
Great Barrier Reef
In the Hall of the Mountain
King
Maple Leaf Rag
Mazurka in F Major
Medieval Fair
Prelude in C, JS Bach
The Spy
Summer Solstice
Volga Boatmen
Wild Flowers

Technique Secrets
Scale and Arpeggio
Appendix
Artistry Magic Pieces:
Caspian Sea
Excalibur
A Midsummer Nights
Dream
Moonlight Sonata
Silver Rain Etude
Year of the Lioness

Popular Repertoire
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$7.95
Ashokan Farewell
Change the World
The Greatest Love of All
I Will Remember You
If You Believe
Jurassic Park
King of the Hill Etude
Mr. Bojangles
New York, New York
The Way It Is
Activity Pages
Popular Repertoire CD
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Sonatina (Op. 55, No. 1),
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Sonatina in A Minor,
Jacoby
Sonatina in C, Latour
Sonatina in C, Haslinger
Sonatina in F, Diabelli
Sonatina in F, Attwood
Sonatina in G, Beethoven
Sonatina in G, Latour

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See Level 5 for contents

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Performance
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LEVEL 4

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

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LEVEL 4

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Lyric Playing and Personal Sound


At Level 3B, we appealed to the students interest in fast
playing. At Level 4 the student learns lyric playingthe
ability to project and beautifully shape a melody. We
positioned lyric playing after fast playing because it requires
more mature expression. We like to discuss the excitement
of speed and the expressive quality of lyric playing as
contrasting modes of expressionboth powerful in
different ways.
Almost every student can relate to facile speed at the
keyboard, but most need to be coached into the expressive
mode. With exposure, most students find the more subtle
expression personally rewarding.
Lyric playing isnt entirely new to the student. Back in Level
2A we even devoted a unit to Shaping the Phrase. Building
on the Level 1 Wrist Float-off, the Technique & Artistry
secrets gradually develop more sophisticated wrist gestures.
Painters Brush Stroke at Level 2B particularly addresses
shaping the slur. At Level 3A, the Round-Off ensures the
student hears a softened phrase ending, and the Wrist Circles
of Level 3A employ the wrist to shape a longer phrase. Level
3B Technique & Artistry worked with Voicing the Melody
to develop melodic projection. Now, here at Level 4, the
repertoire is specifically tailored for beautiful handling
of melody.

Variety of Repertoire
In most teaching studios, there is a range of musical tastes
among students. Some students tell us their preference
upfront, but, generally, we have to explore a range of sounds
to find the style that really resonates with the individual.
Broad exposure to various sounds and styles helps the
teacher and student uncover a special interesta personal
sound. Once identified, we might celebrate this interest with
a tailored supplement from the PreTime to BigTime
library or from literature collections in The Developing
Artist Library.
The motivational impact of this customization can
be dramatic. In addition to harnessing the magnetic
attraction to an individuals favorite musical sounds,
this process personalizes piano study. This shift in locus
of control from teacher to learner constitutes a major move
toward intrinsic motivation. We find more attentiveness,
better retention, more practice, and a significant change
in the communication dynamics. The right music makes
all the difference.

Motivation isnt the only benefit of exploring many styles.


A variety of styles invites a range of fundamental
competencies which coalesce into the essentials of
intermediate piano playing: note-reading, chord recognition,
steady tempo, dynamic contrast, pedal coloring, coordination
of fingers, wrist, arm and torso, technical gestures, long line,
melodic shaping and projection, and so on.
While this list is not intended to be comprehensive, even
for elementary piano pedagogy, it nonetheless suggests a
range of skills with an implication of sequence. The method
levels provide proper sequence, and the special repertoire
characteristics of each level help provide focus.

Focus of Repertoire
It is easy to assume that once taught, a concept is learned.
Experience tells us otherwise. Neuroscience informs us
that cognitive patterns and motor skills must be repeated
to be retained. If at level 3B we didnt immerse the student
in the coordinated movements of fast playing, motor
patterning would not become automatic. If we taught I, IV,
V only in a single unit, there would be little or no recall
of this a year later. So the entirety of Level 2B focuses on
the primary chords, the bulk of Level 3B focuses on fast
playing, and Level 4 focuses on lyric playing. By immersing
the student in the defining character of the level, motor
patterns, perceptual patterns, and cognitive patterns become
reasonably lastingnot yet robust, perhapsbut sufficiently
stable for the move to the next level.

Lyricism
Lets examine the Level 4 characteristiclyricism. The
lyric is the text of song, so lyricism refers to the singing
quality in instrumental playing. The pianist does not simply
accompany the singer; the pianist
emulates the singer. We breathe the
phrase, project the phrase, shape
the phrase, and we imbue it
with meaningjust as the
voice does so naturally.

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In lyric playing, we give meaning to each phrase without


words. Our goal in lyric playing is to bring the melody to
the fore with intention and sensitivity. We dont just play the
melody, we speak the melody through our instrument. When
we give each note meaningas in the spoken word
a melody takes on special magic. It becomes a personalized,
poetic communicationindeed, a song without words.

Does the melody fall away (characteristic of Viennese


Classical) or move toward (as in the late Romantics)? How
does the wrist assist phrase shaping? Does the passage invite
wrist circles that can help transfer arm weight
finger-to-finger?

The magic of melody often comes from its context. In other


words, a melody derives its character, in part, from the colors
of the accompanying voices. The setting critically frames the
melody. How is the melody set against the accompaniment?
To what degree does it contrast in dynamic? Does the
accompaniment invoke the mood?
Invariably, students play the melody too softly. Students
need to be taught to project the melody way above the
background setting. Not just loudera lot louder. This
is accomplished with the drop of arm weight and its roll
through the melodic phrase, but also with the softening of
the accompaniment. Were after big projection, but also big
contrast, which is made possible by intentionally softening
the accompanying voices.
Lyricism requires sensitivity to the contour of the melody.
Are there expressive leaps? If so, might we stretch time
through the larger interval?

Consider, for example, Chanson (French, meaning song),


which is explicitly melody over accompaniment. The melody
is intentionally long and beautiful. Though the first gesture is
a simple 3-note slur, the melody continues to unfold across
seven measures. Use the pedal to sustain the D and take a
new drop into the continuing phrase (pickup to measure 2).
The long line invites awareness of direction in melody.
Probably the highpoint of expressive lyricism would be the
coloratura soprano singing an operatic solo cadenza. So we
give this to the student pianist in Wild Flowers.

The expressive quality of the cadenza is enhanced by the


color tones of the forte chord at measure 27 which sustain
beyond the fermata. The singer ascends freely to the high B
with a crescendo, but also with subtle 2-note diminuendi in
the appoggiaturas B-A, E-D, G-F, A-G. Soften the second
note in each of these stepwise pairings while maintaining
a legato throughout. Remind the student of the expressive
quality of the F that begins the resolution. It is borrowed
from the parallel minor (and from the B section) and also
forms a tritone (three whole steps) against the preceding B.
The finishing expressive gesture places the V chord atop
the I chord (E major atop A major) through a
molto ritardando.
The student learns that expression derives from the musical
content, and yet needs to be infused by the performer. We
find hints for expression in our analysisour analysis of
phrase shape, and even our theory analysis. Informed by the
simplicities and subtleties of the score, we add the warmth
and expressive power of human emotion.

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FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

LEVEL 5
Developing
Artist Piano
Literature
Book 3
(easier)

Developing
Artist Piano
Literature
Book 4
(challenging)

Developing
Artist Piano
Sonatinas
Book 3
Achievement
Skill Sheet #6:
2-Octave Minor
Scales and
Arpeggios

Developing
Artist Piano
Sonatinas
Book 4
(advancing)

Developing Artist
Piano Literature
for a Dark and
Stormy Night

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To B sed
a
Rele

Lesson
Book

Theory

Technique
& Artistry

Achievement
Skill Sheet #8:
Intermediate
Cadence Booklet

AdvanceTime Piano
Level 5 Supplementary Series

Popular
Repertoire

Performance

Achievement Solo & Duet Sheets


American Frontier
Dance Brillante
Fr Elise, Beethoven
Ghost in Our Piano
Sonata in C Major
Prelude in C, J.S. Bach
Solfeggietto, C.P.E. Bach
Sonata in G Major, Beethoven

Christmas

Beyond Level 5
Achievement Solo & Duet Sheets

Achievement Literature Sheets

The Keyboard Artist

Pachelbel Canon, Pop & Jazz


Arrangement
Chinese Dragons (Duet)
Egyptian Rhapsody
Toccata in Morse Code

Claire de lune, Debussy


Tarantella, Pieczonka
Rondo alla Turca, Mozart
Prelude in D-flat Major, Chopin
La fille aux cheveux de lin, Debussy

Three Easier Waltzes, Chopin


Three Mazurkas, Chopin
Four Lyric Pieces, Grieg

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Level 5 Concepts
I, IV, V7 chord inversion studies

cadences in major and minor keys

12
8 time signature

more repertoire in E major

perfect intervals (4th, 5th, octave)

major/minor intervals (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th)

circle of 5ths

two-octave arpeggios: C, G, D, A, E, B

flat key signatures

two-octave flat scales: F, B, E

three forms of minor scales

changing time signatures

Teach with...Analysis

Recognition of triads in all inversions is important at the early


intermediate level. At Level 5, work with the students recognition of
the primary chords (I, IV and V) in any inversion. This is not achieved
by playing the music, but only through deliberate analysis.
Steven, lets find the chord names and label them
above each measure. Look across both the bass and
treble clefs. Can you bring the chord tones together
under the hand?
Laura, what is the chord function of C7 in this
context? Does it resolve to I? Below each of
these measures, lets write I, IV or V7.

Teach with...Creativity

In addition to reading chords, we want the student to


feel and manipulate chord tones under the hand. The ability
to see chord tones across the keyboard can be a basis for
improvisation and composition.
John, lets move this LH pattern to other chords.

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Pomp and Circumstance
Rhythm Flight
Risoluto
Rolling River Etude
Shenandoah
Smoky Mountain Prelude
Sonatina
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Tumbleweed Blues
Two Guitars
When the Sun Rises
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Simple Gifts
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66

Developing Artist
Piano Literature
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Allegro in A Major,
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Allegro in F Major, Haydn
Arabesque, Burgmller
Avalanche, Heller
Ballade, Burgmller
Chinese Figurine, Rebikov
Cowboy Song, McKay
Fanfare in C Major,
Dumcombe
Gavotte, Reinecke
German Dance in D Major,
Haydn

Harmony of the Angels,


Burgmller
A Little Flower, Gurlitt
March in D Major,
C.P.E. Bach
Melody, Schumann
Minuet in A Minor, Krieger
Minuet in D Minor, Lully
Minuet in G Major, Anon.
Minuet in G Major, Haydn
Minuet in G Minor, Pezold
Moons of Jupiter, Faber
Musette in D Major, Anon
Playing Soldiers, Rebikov
Rondo for Four Hands,
Diabelli (Duet)
Solfeggio in D Major,
J.C. Bach
Sonatina in C Major,
Clementi
Sonatina in C Major,
Haslinger
Sonatina in G Major, Diabelli
Sonatina, Jacoby
Song of the Range Rider,
McKay
Spinning Song,
Ellmenreich
Tambourin, Gossec
Two German Dances,
Beethoven
Wild Rider, Schumann

BigTime Piano...
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Students at Level 5 and above often work
on increasingly difficult repertoire
pieces that can take weeks or months to
learn and polish. It is important to pair
that repertoire with shorter pieces that
can be learned in a week or two.
For that reason, consider assigning a
sequence of books from the BigTime
Piano Library to your advancing
students. They can learn pieces quickly,
often completing an entire book in just
a couple of months. While developing
facile reading skill, the contrasting styles
and sounds allow work on the essential
elements of tone and expression. And,
it is fun for the teacher and the student!

LEVEL 5

FABER PIANO ADVENTURES

Beyond Level 5

Developing Artist
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Developing Artist
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Adagio and Furiant, Fibich


Allegro in A Major,
W.F. Bach
Bourre in E Minor,
J.S. Bach
Bronco Bill, McKay
Canoeing, Beach
Concerto in C, Haydn
Dance with a Bell, Rebikov
Distant Sierras, McKay
Folia, Scarlatti
Fr Elise, Beethoven
Giant Purple Butterflies,
Rossi
In the Forest, Rebikov
Intrada, Graupner
LOrage, Burgmeller
Little Prelude in C Major,
J.S. Bach
Little Prelude in F Major,
J.S. Bach
Mazurka in F Major,
Chopin
Miniature, Gurlitt
Minuet in D Minor,
Buttstedt
Minuet in G Major,
Beethoven
Musette in G Major,
J.S. Bach
Prelude in B Minor, Chopin
Prelude in C Major,
J.S. Bach
Prelude in E Minor, Chopin
Presto, Pescetti
Ride of Pegasus, Faber
Sailors Song, Grieg
Scherzo in D Minor, Gurlitt
Solfeggietto, C.P.E. Bach
Sonatina in A Minor,
Benda
Sonatina in C Major,
Kuhlau
Sonatina in G Major,
Clementi
Sweet Dream, Tchaikovsky
Waltz in A Minor, Chopin
Watchmans Song, Grieg
Winter Painting, Faber

Sonatina (Op. 157, No. 4),


Spindler
Sonatina (Op. 20, No. 1),
Kuhlau
Sonatina (Op. 36, No. 2),
Clementi
Sonatina (Op. 36, No. 3),
Clementi
Sonatina (Op. 4, No. 10),
Wesley
Sonatina (Op. 49, No. 1),
Lichner
Sonatina (Op. 55, No. 3),
Kuhlau
Sonatina in A Minor,
Benda
Sonatina in C, Mozart
Sonatina in D, Camidge
Sonatina in F, Beethoven

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Diabelli (Duet)
Avalanche, Heller
Etude in C Minor, Bertini
The Ghost in the Fireplace,
Kullak
Storm and Stress, Gurlitt
The Wild Horseman,
Schumann

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A2014, 00420043
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Pachelbel Canon,
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A2013, 00420042
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Sonata (Hob. XVI/13,
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Sonata (K. 545), Mozart
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Sonatina (Op. 36, No. 4),
Clementi
Sonatina (Op. 36, No. 6),
Clementi
Sonatina (Op. 54, No. 1),
Gurlitt
Sonatina, Keller
Sonatina (Op. 88, No. 1),
Kuhlau
Sonatina (Op. 88, No. 3,
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Chinese Dragons
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Rondo alla Turca,


Mozart
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Tarantella,
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$3.50

Four Lyric Pieces,


Grieg
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Three Easier
Waltzes, Chopin
FF1154, 00420213
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Three Mazurkas,
Chopin
FF1153, 00420212
$4.50

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La fille aux chevex de


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Toccata in Morse
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Auld Lang Syne
Celebration of Carols
Dance of the Reed Pipes
Go Tell It on the Mountain
God Rest Ye Merry,
Gentlemen
Jingle Bells
March (Nutcracker Suite)
Over the River and
Through the Woods
Silent Night
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The I-IV-V Tapestry


As we read and create
music, we weave through
a I-IV-V tapestry of
primary chords. At Piano
Adventures Level 5, we
ensure that the student
can see and feel this
structural tapestry for
each tonal piece.

Scales
Why learn scales?
students ask. Our
answer? A scale reduces
88 keys to seven. Five keys are eliminated in each octave
(12 chromatic tones minus five leaves seven diatonic scale
steps), and each of these seven tones retains its own meaning
regardless of octave.

The last three measures of this piece offer opportunity for


improvisation. Taking the short rhythmic motive given,
explore any tones from the B-flat major thread. It is
surprising to seeand to hearhow easy this can be.

Well, yes, there is that issue of fumbled fingering.


Fortunately, the flat-key scales give special opportunity to
simplify fingering, which is why we devote Level 5 to the
flat key signatures. Heres the rule:
For RH flat-key scales, the thumb plays on C and F.
So we always have RH fingers 1-2-3 on C-D-E, and fingers
1-2-3-4 on F, G, A, B.

So when playing the Pachelbel Canon in D, for instance,


we can ignore one third of the keys on the keyboard and
visualize a simple thread of the D major scale weaving
through seven tones per octave, across the entire keyboard.
Whether reading or improvising, attention is delimited to this
D major thread for security, predictability, and confidence.
Consider When the Sun Rises . . . from the Level 5 Lesson
Book (p. 36). The piece is essentially an improvisation in
B-flat major, excepting a brief color detour with the A-flat
in measures 6-9. By delimiting the keyboard to the notes of
the B-flat major scale, and imagining this scale thread of
two black keys interspersed with five white keys, the piece
becomes easy to read and easy to play. Furthermore, there is
little chance of a bad note sounding because the scale tones
all relate to the tonality.

n Without shifting this image,


lets flat the B under finger 4.
n Now also flat the E in the
3-finger pattern up from C.
n Now add A-flat to the
4-finger pattern.
n Back to the 3-finger pattern for D-flat, etc.
And so we go around the flat
side of the circle of 5ths: C-FB-E-A-D-G.
In every case, the RH fingering
is consistent: three fingers built
up from C, and four fingers built
up from F. Work this over in blocked fashionthree fingers,
four fingerswithout beginning on the actual keynote.
Then block it out in this same fashion, but going up several
octaves. Now play the actual scale. (Its not really important
which finger plays the black key opening tonic.)
With this fingering in mind, lets revisit When the Sun Rises
and improvise on measure 6, where we find an A-flat chord
over the B-flat pedal point. Place RH fingers over C-D-E
and/or F-G-A-B and improvise over the LH ostinato. One
might return to B-flat major accompanied by the
opening ostinato.
Also consider exploring alternative scale passages modeled
after those in measures 13 and 14. (See Level 5 Lesson
Book p. 37.) We composed these scale passages to begin
with thumb on F (measure 13) and thumb on C (measure 14)
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to reinforce the flat-key fingering rule. In improvising, one


might use the prescribed hand placements, but begin on
any note.

Chord Etudes
Scales are invaluable, but it is the combining of scale tones in
thirds that gives tonal music its harmonic structure. Recalling
our metaphor, we use the scale thread to weave the chord
tapestry. First and foremost, we weave the tapestry of I, IV,
and V chordsin all inversions.
As Level 5 progresses through various keys, each piece is
preceded by a short etude, disguised by a title. Coral Reef
Etude, for example, opens the book as a primary-chord study
in C, featuring all inversions of I, IV, and V. To maximize the
effectiveness of this and similar etudes:
n Play by memory. Encourage students to look at their hands
for these etudes so that the keyboard patterns are
visually imprinted.
n Play with eyes closed. Highlight the feel of the keys and
the feel of the thirds and fourths.
n Transpose. Use Coral Reef Etude as a generic warm-up for
every piece, in any key, whether major or minor.
Coral Reef Etude is the harmonic grid, the primary-chord
tapestry. It is essential for the student to grasp these chord
patterns that combine the students understanding of primary
chords with understanding of chord inversions. This is the
bridge to the intermediate repertoire.

Notice that Blue Etude (p. 11) is a primary-chord etude


in F, preparing for Tumbleweed Blues (p. 12). Similarly,
Rolling River Etude (p. 14) drills the primary chords in A
major using the LH pattern of Shenandoah (p. 15). As the
student progresses to new keys, come back to Blue Etude,
transposing, for example, to B-flat (especially for those
pre-jazzers who will be playing in B-flat with brass players).
Revisit Rolling River Etude as preparation for the pieces in
C minor and G minor when these are encountered later in
the book.

Popular Repertoire
A look at Piano Adventures Popular Repertoire Level 5
gives insight into the importance of chord comprehension.
Consider Elton Johns Candle in the Wind. The entire verse
(mm. 5-20) simply alternates between I and IV chords
(G and C in the key of G major). Yet, how many students fail
to recognize this simple chord pattern and struggle to decode
150 notes instead of two chords? So we pair the arrangement
with an Accompanying Activity that drills I-IV chords in
a pop accompaniment style. The arrangement then reduces
to simplicity.
In a different context, we again explore the repetition of
I and IV in Wind Beneath My Wings. The corresponding
activity page, titled The Bass Beneath My Wings,
explores aural recognition of the bass line and various
accompaniments for the I-IV chord progression.

The Power of Primary Chords


In the Level 2B, we discussed The Power of Primary
Chords. Indeed, one cant overestimate the value of
recognizing fundamental harmoniesfor reading, for
memorization, and for musical creativity. We recapitulate
this concept here at Level 5 by weaving an elementary
understanding of primary chords into a patterned I-IV-V
Tapestry that includes chord inversions.
The warm-up etudes in Piano Adventures Level 5 provide
some very effective tools. But learning the etudes once, in
the key written, will not make a real musician. We need
to roll up our sleeves and help students transpose these
etudes to many, if not all, keys. Do so in conjunction with
learning each new scale and each new piece. With this higher
expectation, we can indeed develop a I-IV-V Tapestry that
wont fade by next weeks lesson.

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for the older beginner

ACCELERATED BOOK 1
Flashcards

I Can
Read
Music
Book 1

Lesson Book

Developing Artist
Preparatory
Piano Literature
(challenging)

Technique & Artistry

Achievement
Skill Sheet #1:
Major 5-finger
patterns

Theory

spans...
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and ShowTime

Performance

Discover
Beginning
Improvisation

Popular
Repertoire

PlayTime Popular
PlayTime Classics
PlayTime Favorites
PlayTime Rock n Roll
PlayTime Jazz & Blues
PlayTime Hymns
PlayTime Christmas
(see pg. 19 for song lists)

Christmas

Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets

Once Upon
A Rainbow,
Book 1

Pony Express
Shout Boo
Theyll Be Back
Walk on a Rainbow
Cat Prowl

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ShowTime Classics
ShowTime Favorites
ShowTime Jazz & Blues
ShowTime Hymns
ShowTime Christmas
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Amazing Grace
Bagpipes
Bus Stop Boogie
Camptown Races
Chant of the Monk
Chant of the Monks
Chinese Dragon
Dreamscape
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
English Minuet
Fife and Drum
Forest Drums
French Minuet
Go Down Moses
Guide Note Pinball
Gypsy Band
Halftime Show
Hard-Drivin Blues
Hungarian Dance
Ive Got Music
Irish Washerwoman
Journey by Camel
The Lonely Pine
Melody on C and G
Midnight Ride
Minuet
Morning
Musette
My Invention
No Moon Tonight
Ode to Joy
Oh! Susanna
Pep Rally
The Piano Tuner
Planetarium
Polovtsian Dance
Prince of Denmarks March
Promenade
Racecar Rally
Rhythm and Blues
Roman Trumpets
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Russian Folk Song
Scenic Train Ride
Sugarfoot Rag
Surprise Symphony
Toccatina
Two-Hand Conversation
Waltz
When the Saints Go
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Christmas
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Eartraining

Allegro
Alouette
Backpacking
Boogie in 3rds
Carousel Melody
Clock Tower Bells
For Hes a Jolly Good
Fellow
Greensleeves
The Handbell Choir
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Horse and Sleigh
La Cinquantaine
March of the English Guard
A Merry March
Miniature Sonatina
Mr. McGill
Painting with Pastels
Party Time
Reveille
Showboat
Simple Gifts
Snake Dance
Square Dance
Strike Up the Band!
The San Francisco Trolley
The Spanish Guitar
Theme by Mozart

Fiddler on the Roof


Hedwigs Theme
In Dreams
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Over the Rainbow
Soak Up the Sun
Star Wars (Main Theme)
Video
What a Wonderful World

Angels We Have Heard


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Deck the Halls
Good King Wenceslas
Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Silent Night
We Three Kings of
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We Wish You a Merry
Christmas (Duet)

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Contrary Motion Study
Dance of the Irish
Double Ferris Wheel
Finlandia
Good Music to You!
Jazzy Saints
Painter in the Park
Perilous Midnight Ride
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Swan Lake Theme
Viking Ship

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The enhanced CD provides audio background accompaniments as well as MIDI files.


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and offering fun-filled exploration for both student and teacher. Students should have an
elementary music-reading proficiency, completing Piano Adventures Level 2A.
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for the older beginner

ACCELERATED BOOK 2
Flashcards

Achievement
Skill Sheet #2:
Minor 5-finger
patterns

Developing Artist
Preparatory
Piano Literature

I Can
Read
Music
Book 2

Lesson Book

Developing Artist
Piano Literature
Book 1
(challenging)

Technique & Artistry

Theory
Discover Blues
Improvisation

Performance

spans...
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and ChordTime

Popular
Repertoire

Once Upon
A Rainbow,
Book 2

ShowTime Popular
ShowTime Classics
ShowTime Favorites
ShowTime Jazz & Blues
ShowTime Hymns
ShowTime Christmas
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Achievement
Solo & Duet Sheets
Walk in a Rainbow
Cat Prowl
Classic Sonatina
Jazz Pizzazz
Land of Dreams

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ChordTime Popular
ChordTime Classics
ChordTime Favorites
ChordTime Rock n Roll
ChordTime Jazz & Blues
ChordTime Hymns
ChordTime Christmas
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Accelerated Book 2
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50s Jukebox
Almost Like a Dream
America
American Fiddle Tune
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Beach Party
Beethovens 5th Symphony
Blues Train
The Boogie Machine
Brahms Lullaby
Can-Can
Cathedral Chimes
Classical Dance
El Matador
The Entertainer
Evening Guitars
The Flight
French Dance
Give My Regards to
Broadway
Jazz Blast
Jumpin Jazz Cat
The Kings Royal Entrance
Kum Ba Yah
Lazy Chord Blues
Magnolia Waltz
Malaguena
Minuet in G
Mysterious Casbah
New River Train
New World Symphony
Parasailing
Pumpkin Boogie
Rise and Shine
Rowing on a Stormy Sea
Rustic Dance
Silent Movie Music
Sounds from the Gumdrop
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Stars and Stripes Forever
Summer Stars
Taps
Waltz
Wayfaring Stranger
Whirling Leaves
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Writing
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Ear Training

Captain Hooks Rockin


Party
Dancin to the CD
Etude in C
Gusts of Wind
The Kings Royal Exit
Long, Long Ago (Variation)
Long, Long Ago, (Theme)
Mirage
Musette
Mystery Waltz
The Potato Chip Thief
Track Meet
Winners Waltz
Zebras Running

African Celebration
Club Jazz
Down by the Riverside
Everybody Ought to Know
Gallop on the Moor
German Dance
Holiday Fanfare
Mysterious Cavern
Niagara Falls
O Sole Mio!
Pale Moon Serenade
Peppermint Rag
Prelude in F
Prince of Denmarks March
Ride of Paul Revere
The Snow Castle
Surprise Symphony
Tambourin
The Time Machine (A Stop
at the 18th Century)
Waltz in D Major

Because You Loved Me


Bring On the Rain
Empire State of Mind
The Game of Love
Hero
I Will Remember You
The James Bond Theme
A New Day Has Come
Thank You
You

Background
Accompanimnts
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Discover Blues Improvisation


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Discover Blues Improvisation offers piano students a chance to explore
the blues, and improvise in other styles such as popular music and
jazz. The enhanced CD includes real blues band accompaniments, as
well as standard MIDI files.
Students should have an elementary music-reading proficiency,
completing Piano Adventures Level 2B or Accelerated Piano
Adventures Book 2.
The exercises and pieces in this book nurture creativity and self-expression through the
framework of the 12-bar blues. The improvisation exercises are simple, effective, and fun for
both student and teacher. This comprehensive approach features:
instruction in improvisation and theory
appealing pieces with improvisation options
blues technique
blues ear training.

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ADULT PIANO ADVENTURES

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A wide variety of music: classical, folk,
jazz & blues, and spirituals.
Sightreading and ear-training are
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Lead sheets give an opportunity to read
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3-Minute Technique offers effective
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Music Theory pages review concepts
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Songs

Technique

Clap (or tap) the R.H. rhythm for


measures 1 4. Count aloud, 1-2-3-4.
Feel the tie over the bar line.

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Copyright Renewed 1989 by George David Weiss, Luigi Creatore and June Peretti.
Copyright Assigned to Abilene Music Inc. c/o Larry Spier Music, LLC, & The Estate of Solomon Linda.
This arrangement 2001 Abilene Music Inc. c/o Larry Spier Music, LLC, & The Estate of Solomon Linda.
International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

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Key of C

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1
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each measure as indicated by the chord symbols.

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Hint: The G chord sounds restful and complete.


Slowly
Slowly tempo
March
The Gsus4 chord sounds restless and incomplete.
1
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1
3
5

Your teacher (or friend) will play a short example that will end
5
on the G or Gsus4 chord. Circle the correct answer for the
last chord.

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Then, add harmony by writing G or Gsus4 in the boxes.


Listen and let your ears guide you.

Chord Etude
as written

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3
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explore playing the melody and harmony from a lead sheet in G major.

First, sightread these G major pentascale melodies.

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Technique Hint:

Words and Music by George David Weiss,


Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and Solomon Linda

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Lead Sheets

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Rhythm Warm-up:

Flowing gently

Theory

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The theory of major and minor scales is clearly


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FA B E
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Piano
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ISBN 978
-1-6

1677-3

Technique

Theory
unit

The Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov penned


this theme for his orchestral work Scheherazade.
The composer took his inspiration from an exotic
tale of a young woman named Scheherazade, as
told in The Arabian Nights.

Arpeggiated (Rolled) Chord


Play the notes quickly, from bottom to top.
Use a slight upward motion of the wrist.
Allegretto *

#
& 34
? # 43

#
.
? # ggg ..
4

&

#
&
12

&

? # ...
1
3
5

ggg ...

gg ...
g

# ..

1
3
5

2
4

..
1
2

.
...

OF

M INOR S CALES
The Londonderry Air is a 17th-century Irish folk melody. It has been put to song with countless lyrics,
including the highly popular Danny Boy, penned in 1913. The plaintive melody, often played by
bagpipes, has been heard at the memorial service of John F. Kennedy and at ceremonies honoring heroic
police officers and firefighters.

A piece in a major key generally has a brighter quality.

Relative Minor Key

ggg ...

.
.
# .
ggg ..
ggg ..
!

Every major key also has a minor key that shares the same key signature.
This minor key is called the relative minor because it is related by key signature.

Look for a tall knuckle for finger 3.


Play the thumb lightly, perched on the side tip.

To find the relative minor scale, start on scale degree 6 of the major scale.

Listen for even triplets that ripple up and down


the A natural minor scale.

Rippling Triplets

pp

3
3

1
1

1
1

1
1

6th scale
degree

F
F

3
3

3
3

scale degrees: 1

.
..

2
2

1
1

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

pp

j .
..

3
pp
3

1
1

1
1

2
2

3
3

3
3

1
1

tonic

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

1
1

1
1

96

1
1

1
1

1
1

& b 44
P

4
5
6
scale dominant
degrees: 1

1.
2.

7half step8 (1)


2
3
4

84

(repeat C7 chord)

.
4

Now play the A natural minor scale (the relative minor scale).
Listen to the difference in sound.

13

&b
1

.
4

.
4

Bb

&b

Play the C major scale above and listen to the sound.


The major scale has half steps between scale degrees 34 and 78.

C7

Bb

C7

Traditional


*
w

Bb

19

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*Release the L.H. thumb (of the Bb chord) for the melody note D.

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Traditional carols, seasonal


favorites and popular Christmas
songs ring in the season. Features
memorable holiday favorites,
including: Frosty the Snowman,
Joy to the Word, Jingle Bell Rock,
Winter Wonderland, Silent Night,
The Skaters Waltz, and more!

(repeat B b )
1

Notice that the natural minor scale uses only notes from the relative major scale.
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8 (1)

dominant

The natural minor scale has half steps between scale degrees 23 and 56.

Key of F Major
Lead Sheet

8 (1)

Playing and Listening:

2
F
F

2
pp

dominant

tonic

?
?

1
3

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2
2

8 (1)
3
4

half step

scale degrees: 1

(for L.H.)

3
3

7
2

Moderato

ww ww
w
& w w w w& w w w w w w w


?
? 444

4
5
6
scale dominant
degrees: 1

The Londonderry Air

Notice there is no chord on the opening upbeats.

A natural minor scale

Rippling Triplets
Allegro
Allegro 3

tonic

2
2

3
3

tonic


&
&
3
3

2. Then add L.H. blocked chords on beat 1 of each


measure, as indicated by the chord symbols.
(See next page.)

half step

half step

2
2

1
1

1
1

1
1

1. First play the melody alone, carefully observing


the fingering.

& w w w w&w w w w w w w w w
ww w

(for R.H.)

2
2

Directions:

C major scale


& 444
&
1
1

1
3

Technique Hints:

Allegro
Allegro

1
3
5

ped. simile


n ..

.
b .

*Allegrettocheerful; rather fast (a tempo mark between Moderato and Allegro)

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T H E O RY

A piece in a minor key may sound mysterious, sad, or dark.

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
(1844 1908, Russia)
cross
arranged
over

2
4

minor
scales

Lead Sheets

Key of ____ Major

1
3
5

Scheherazade

.
? ggg ..

? #

Hand Shape Warm-up: Open your R.H. with the palm facing up.
Bring your fingertips and thumb together. Notice your cupped hand.
Turn your hand over and look for tall knuckles. Repeat with the L.H.

Theme from

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About the Fabers


Nancy and Randall Faber have combined their backgrounds as composer and
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Nancy Faber was named Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music
Teachers National Association for her award-winning composition Tennessee Suite for
Piano and String Quartet. Her flute quartet Voices from Between Worlds was the
winning composition for the National Flute Associations Professional Chamber Music
Competition. Nancys music has been heard on network television and public radio.
Teachers of composition include Joan Tower, William Albright, and British composer
Nicholas Maw; piano studies were at the Eastman School and Michigan State
University.
Randall Faber performs extensively as a classical pianist and lectures on musical
artistry and talent development around the world. His performances have aired on
television and public radio. He was a master teacher for the Music Teachers National
Association Conference and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has
presented as guest artist at universities throughout North America and Asia. Randall
holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in education and
human development from Vanderbilt University.
The Fabers advocate piano study not only for personal expression and performance
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