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Music Pathways - Piano Solos A

By Lynn Freeman Olson

Chamber Piano - SMP Primer Level (Early Elementary); NFMC Level: Pre-Primary Class Level A
Composed by Lynn Freeman Olson and Marvin Blickenstaff. SWS. Music Pathways, A course for Piano Study. Classical. Solo part. With Standard notation. 16 pages. Carl Fischer Music #O5106. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.O5106).

Item Number: CF.O5106

ISBN 9780825827440. 12 X 9 Oblong inches.

Music Pathways offers a highly intelligent, thorough, and well-coordinated approach to beginning keyboard study. While experiencing a wide range of keyboard sounds, students develop reading skills, rhythmic response, and keyboard technique, insuring a smooth and easy progression to more difficult levels and laying the groundwork for practical musicianship. Much emphasis is placed on secure reading. Students apply knowledge of intervals to reading based on landmark notes, and in a short time they establish a very wide reading range. The child-oriented tunes are predominantly originals by the late, great Lynn Freeman Olson. Level A starts the beginning piano student by playing clusters of five white keys, to gain an orientation to the keyboard and to start to develop a natural hand position and technique. By the last chapter, students have been exposed to playing over a wide range of the staff and keyboard with an intervallic approach and no fixed hand positions.

About SMP Primer Level (Early Elementary)

Very beginning music. Five-finger positions with no chords and almost no hand position movement.

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  • 5

    Kevin Coan
    Newington, CT
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  • April 03, 2008 Essential Repertoire

    Solos provides one repertoire solo for each "chapter" in the Discoveries book. Ch 1,2,4,and 5 use pre-reading notation. Ch 3 is a rote piece that lets the student experience a recital quality piece without the demands of being able to read it. Use that piece to...

    introduce Ch 2 in Discoveries. The lesson books (Discoveries) focus on skills and sight reading. Use of this book is critical, as it provides meaningful performance material that is purposely missing in the other books. The course purposely provides a minimum amount of such material, leaving the choice of additional repertoire up to the teacher. I love "Near the Beginning" and "Audience Pleasers," both by Olson, for such use.

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