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The Joy of First Year Piano
Sheet Music Book
By Denes Agay

Composed by Denes Agay. Yorktown. Educational, Instruction. Softcover. 80 pages. Yorktown Music Press #YK21053. Published by Yorktown Music Press (HL.14001271).

Item Number: HL.14001271

ISBN 9780825680137. 9.0x12.0x0.22 inches.

Designed for use as a method book, this volume allows the teacher to vary the approach according to the needs of the student. The book can also be used as a source of carefully graded pieces, for use with any first-year method.

  • The Correct Position at The Piano 
  • How To Practice 
  • Pieces to be Taught by Rote (Imitation) 
  • The Keyboard - Finger Numbers 
  • Note Values 
  • The Staff 
  • The Time Signature 
  • Counting Exercises 
  • Letter-Names of the Keys 
  • Note Chart 
  • Three-Note Jig 
  • Play Tune 
  • First Serenade 
  • Mysterious Procession 
  • Bluebird 
  • Pleading Child 
  • Hopscotch 
  • Little Song 
  • Good King Wenceslas 
  • On The Merry-go-round 
  • Old-world Melody 
  • Spring Morning  
  • Cathedral Bells 
  • Over Hill and Dale 
  • Greeting From Jamaica 
  • Hebrew Melody 
  • Romance 
  • Skip to My Lou 
  • Parade 
  • Dusk And Dawn 
  • Little Prelude 
  • Playful Dialogue 
  • Roundelay 
  • Lightly Row 
  • Melody 
  • Ancient Chinese Song 
  • Blue Interlude 
  • The Merry Cossacks 
  • Drifting Clouds 
  • Sea Chantey 
  • Eventide 
  • Dancing Raindrops 
  • The Railroad Corral 
  • Cotillion Polka 
  • Sailor's Dance 
  • Monastery Echoes 
  • Balkan Bagatelle 
  • Lullaby For A French Doll 
  • The Bagpipers 
  • Fiddler's Holiday 
  • Marian 
  • Frolic 
  • On A Green Meadow 
  • Psalm Without Words 
  • Shepherd's Hay 
  • On A Country Lane 
  • Summer Afternoon 
  • Miniature Sonata 
  • At the Circus 
  • Song of the Gondolier 
  • Ballet Scene 
  • Fanfare 
  • Love Somebody 
  • White Sails 
  • Alexander March 
  • Melody with Varied Accompaniments 
  • Moody Twins 
  • Wooden-Shoe Dance 
  • The Birch Tree 
  • Canon 
  • Theme and Variations 
  • Game Of Tag 
  • On the Playground 
  • See-saw Sonata 
  • Courting Song 
  • Partners In Melody 
  • Squabble  
  • Idyl 
  • Whistle-stop Boogie 
  • Moonlit Pagoda 
  • I Danced with a Mosquito 
  • English Dance 
  • Sally Go 'Round 
  • In the Swing 
  • The Brass Band 
  • Village Fair 
  • promenade 
  • Ballad 
  • Mazurka 
  • Scale Capers 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

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  • November 13, 2009 A nice supplement to a method book

    Interesting short pieces that are quite different and a nice change from my method book. Great for practice in finger independence. I would rate this as beginner to early intermediate.

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  • 5

    Nelson Ojeda Valdes
    New York, NY
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  • February 17, 2009 Love it!

    I love this book, and more importantly, my students love this book. The pieces are tuneful and vary in style. The duets are beautiful and fun to play and don't require that the student change to a higher octave when the secondo is added. There are about 40 pieces...

    in here and in general this book is more challenging than the average "first-year" book. I am delighted to say that my students don't mind the challenge because of the reward that follows. Perhaps best for 3rd graders and above.

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  • 5

    Andrea Zamudio
    Thurmont, MD
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  • November 07, 2008 Good Songs for Beginners!

    It has a lot of songs that support what you learn as a beginner.

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  • 4

    Kevin Coan
    Newington, CT
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  • July 17, 2007 Great Collection of Beginning Pieces

    While I wouldn't recommend this book as a primary method, it makes a great supplementary source of performing pieces. Unlike most contemporary repertoire books, this volume emphasizes a variety of accompaniment styles, including contrapuntal arrangements. The pieces aren't limited to single hand positions either. This book will last...

    for two years or more for the average student. Older students and adults will especially like its clean, uncluttered, pictureless format. They will enjoy the musicality of the pieces as well. I like to use a book such as this with a skills-based method such as Music Pathways or Robert Pace. This book fills the performance holes that the skill methods sometimes leave.

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  • 4

    Benita Rose
    Mansfield CT
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  • March 16, 2007 A Book for Serious Beginners

    This is a great book for the serious beginner. If you are looking to develop coordination and are looking for pieces that are less predictable, this is the book. It covers quite a range of level, and because some pieces would not necessarily be used in the first year, I...

    wish the book had a different title. The presentation is not particularly appealing to youngsters but it is a welcome addendum to your favorite colorful method book!

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