The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature

 

Books by Jane

The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching
and Performance Literature

The time I spent working on this book, especially the initial stages where I reviewed and discovered so much wonderful classical teaching literature, was one of the most satisfying periods in my life.  The book is meant to be a resource and reference book of piano literature from Baroque through Contemporary periods for teachers, students and amateur performers.  I wanted the descriptions of pieces to be such that teachers could decide whether they wanted to further investigate a selection or entire opus.  Works are graded from Level 1 to Level 10 – something I hesitated to do, since gradings are always subjective.  I finally decided to leave the gradings in to help sort in a reader’s mind difficulty levels for help in teaching.  Now that I see the amount of material that I ended up studying, I am glad that I did for clarification.

How can this book be used?  Some will want to read it to find out more about a piece they intend to teach, some will read to find new literature to teach, and some will study it to find ideas for new composers or new pieces by a composer.  I meant this to be a place where one might refresh on such questions as, “What exactly is contained in Bartók’s For Children?,” “What are the easiest sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti?,” and “Which of the religious works of Franz Liszt can my late-intermediate students play?”  

Thousands of piano works are evaluated, described, and leveled in this 584-page reference guide.  The composers are listed alphabetically by historical period.  The intention is to provide a source of many of the best classical piano works of difficulty up to the lower-advanced standard piano literature for help in selecting works from the vast standard classical teaching repertoire. 


 

Audition Repertoire for the Intermediate Pianist,
Books 1, 2, and 3

These advanced books contain two study programs of four pieces each which display the pianist’s mastery of appropriate works by composers of various stylistic eras. The programs can be used for core study (especially), for auditions, for competitions, and festivals. The programs in each book may be mixed, although they are chosen to be balanced as presented and to stand alone as they are; either way can work. Music of standard composers is featured, and the music is at the lower-advanced to advanced levels (Levels 9-12). These are some of the most frequently heard pieces in auditions in the United States today at the lower-advanced and advanced levels and are approrpriate for advanced high school students and college music majors. Generally, the books present major literature by ten to fourteen composers.

Audition Repertoire for the Advancing Pianist

Audition Repertoire
for the Advancing Pianist

 

 

Audition Repertoire for the Advancing Pianist,
Books 1, 2, 3 and 4

These advanced books contain two study programs of four pieces each which display the pianist’s mastery of appropriate works by composers of various stylistic eras. The programs can be used for core study (especially), for auditions, for competitions, and festivals. The programs in each book may be mixed, although they are chosen to be balanced as presented and to stand alone as they are; either way can work. Music of standard composers is featured, and the music is at the lower-advanced to advanced levels (Levels 9-12). These are some of the most frequently heard pieces in auditions in the United States today at the lower-advanced and advanced levels and are approrpriate for advanced high school students and college music majors. Generally, the books present major literature by ten to fourteen composers.


Classics Alive

Classics Alive

 

Classics Alive,
Books 1, Book 2 and Book 3

The Classics Alive books present standard teaching literature by ten to fourteen highly accessible composers of classical teaching literature for students at the early to late intermediate levels. Book 1 consists of pieces at Levels 3 and 4 in stages of difficulty, Book 2 of pieces at Levels 5 and 6, and Book 3 of pieces at Levels 7 and 8. These books make it possible to have a wide selection of literature choices from uniform levels to pace the student’s development evenly and with ease. The selections in Classics Alive were chosen above all for their high musical quality. The music sounds good, is of high aesthetic quality, and is motivating and rewarding to play. Teachers wanting a wide range of choices within a relatively focused difficulty level will enjoy working with these volumes to bring classics to life for students of today. The links above contain works lists and sample pages from each book.


Encore

Encore

 

Encore,
Books 1, 2, and 3

This series of intermediate to early advanced masterworks is available in three volumes – perfect for students who have completed their method book studies and are preparing to perform more advanced repertoiore. Includes music frm the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century eras, and an editor’s commentary. This popular series has been highly motivational. Compact disc recordings are available for separate purchase for each of the volumes. Suitable for students performing at Levels 6-9. Click here individually for the contents and sample pages from Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3.


Masterpieces with Flair!

Masterpieces with Flair!

 

Masterpieces with Flair!
Books 1, 2, and 3

These energetic and lively pieces appeal to students who like fast and sparkling music. The upbeat and brilliant selections are by such masters as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Kabalevsky. All pieces are in their original form. Compact disc recordings are available for separate purchase for each of the volumes. Suitable for students performing at Levels 3-9. Click here individually for the contents and sample pages from Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3.


Melodious Masterpieces

Melodious Masterpieces

 

Melodious Masterpieces,
Books 1, 2, and 3

These masterpieces will encourage the performer to play in an expressive and reflective manner. Many selections are from the Roman tic period, although all periods are represented in each book. Some pieces could also be used for church services. Composers represented include Chopin, Mendelssohn, Gliere, Schumann, Scarlatti, Schubert, Heller, and others. Suitable for students performing at Levels 3-9. Click here for the contents and sample pages from Book 1, Book 2, or Book 3. Compact disc recordings for each of the volumes are also available.


Sonatina Masterworks

Sonatina Masterworks

 

Sonatina Masterworks,
Books 1, 2, and 3

A strong combination of rewarding sonatina favorites and less frequently heard sonatinas. Sonatinas are included in their entirety. Book 1 and Book 2 can be played before students are ready to play standard Clementi sonatinas and other such works found in Book 3. Composers included are Clementi, Latour, Haydn, Kuhlau, Lynes, Benda, Camidge, Attwood, Kabalevsky, and others. Sonatina lovers of any age will be drawn to these works, and teachers will be surprised to find some little-known works that are gratifying for students to play. See especially some of the last movements of the sonatinas in Books 1 and 2, and some of the less well known sonatinas in Book 3. Suitable for students performing at Levels 3 – 8.


Masterwork Classics

Masterwork Classics

 

Masterwork Classics,
Levels 1-2 through 10

Masterwork Classics is a progressive repertoire series designed to motivate students while allowing them to progress smoothly from the earliest classics toward early advanced literature. Literature from the standard classical literature was chosen to appeal to both teacher and student. It is intended as a classical piano method, and sequences for student performance many of the strongest and most appealing works from major classical teaching collections such as the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, Bach Little Preludes, Beethoven Bagatelles, short pieces of Haydn and Mozart, Gurlitt Album for the Young, Op. 140, Burgmüller 25 Progressive Etudes, Op. 100, Grieg Lyric Pieces, Tchaikovsky Album for the Young, Schumann Album for the Young, Kabalevsky 24 Pieces for Children, Op. 39 and Children’s Pieces, Op. 27, and more. This series is especially helpful with transfer students. All pieces are in their original form and slightly edited only where needed.

The heart of the series is the classical music that motivates the student and progresses evenly from level to level. Each volume includes a compact disc recording of the works in the book. These books may be used along with a piano method in the earlier levels (Levels 1-2 through 4 or 5) or separate from a piano method. The contents of each of the books and sample pages can be found by clicking here on the individual books: Level 1-2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Level 6, Level 7, Level 8, Level 9, and Level 10.


Practice and Performance

Practice and Performance

 

Practice and Performance,
Levels 1-2 through 6

These student practice guides accompany Masterwork Classics, Levels 1-2 through 6. Teachers and piano students find that these guides save lesson time. Notes on interpretation, style and practice hints are provided for every piece in the corresponding Masterwork Classics volume. The Masterwork Practice and Performance guides also may be used for undergraduate or graduate piano pedagogy classes, as a teachers’ guide, for college piano secondaries as a style and practice book, and for piano students, ages 9-90. For additional information, click here.


Technical Skills

Technical Skills

 

Technical Skills,
Levels 1-2 through 6

This progressive series of motivating technical volumes is designed for students who may not always enjoy technical work. Teachers find it especially useful for transfer students, as well as for students who complete the entire series in progressive order. Technical Skills books work especially to develop finger fluency, chord playing, skill in moving about the piano and expansion and contraction of the hand. The studies are pattern based and designed to be motivating for the student. For sample pages, the philosophy, pricing, and content of each book, please click on the individual books: Level 1-2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, and Level 6.


Modern Masterworks

Modern Masterworks

 

Modern Masterworks,
Books 1 and 2

These books present captivating 20th century works that are fresh, upbeat and sound appealing. Composers represented include Poulenc, Martinu, Casella, Satie, Debussy, Kabalevsky, Bortkiewicz and others. Designed to motivate the intermediate student with music he will thrive in performing, Modern Masterworks is useful for competitions and recitals, as well as for general study. Suitable for students performing at Levels 6-9. Click here for the contents and sample pages from Book 1 and Book 2.


Copland The Cat and the Mouse

Copeland The Cat and the Mouse

 

Copland The Cat and the Mouse,
ed. Jane Magrath

One of Copland’s best-known piano pieces, The Cat and the Mouse depicts such activities between a cat and a mouse as stalking, scampering, a mocking dance and more. It is effective program music for a high school student and requires a fluid keyboard technique. This was Copland’s first published composition. The link above contains a sample page of the music.


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Alfred Publishing Company, Inc, Van Nuys, CA is the publisher for all materials listed above. To purchase any of these materials on-line, click on the links or photos above


   

Other Ordering Options

All materials are available through your local music store (you may ask them to order for you from Alfred Publishing Company Inc., 16380 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91410-0003) or you may order online through these and other music publishers.

Penders’ Music Company

Hutchins and Rea Music

Burt & Company Discount Music Supply

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