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Playing Piano Is Fun Book 1


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Editor/Author: Alice Chua
Instrument: Piano
Category: Method & Tutor
Publisher: Rhythm MP
Item Code: MPP-4003-01
Bar Code: 9 789679 856163
ISBN-10: 967-985-616-X
ISBN-13: 978 967985616 3
Total Pages: 64 (+ stickers)
Weight: 290g
Book Size: 225mm x 300mm (Landscape)
Binding: Limp Bound (limp thread sewn)

Description: 'Playing Piano Is Fun' is a keyboard tutor series for beginners. It is designed to meet the developmental needs of children as they journey through the wonderful world of music. The tunes are specially composed by Alice Chua, and are based on the characters and subjects from the classic stories of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. The literary experience is translated into the language of music with the intention of awakening the musical interests of children.

'Playing Piano Is Fun' is a novel approach developed through the author’s practical experience derived from teacher-pupil interaction. The large music font size captures the students’ attention and helps them to focus. Meanwhile, pages are left intentionally without pictures to encourage students to further express their creativity by providing illustrations for the songs themselves. New elements are introduced incrementally and are incorporated progressively. Teacher’s accompaniment is encouraged to enhance the musical experience, thus inspiring and motivating students. Some suggestions for the enhancement of the teaching elements can be found inside the front cover. In addition to playing piano, this series’ unique approach includes listening, singing, transposing, harmonising, improvising and composing at an early stage.

Pages include:
Cheerful stickers simply for FUN as the series are called!
1. Title page and copyright notices
2. Foreword
3. About the Author
4. Dedication
5. Contents
Introduction:
6. Finger Numbers
6. The Piano
6. Finding D Note
7. The Stave
7. Treble Clef or G Clef
7. Correct Sitting Posture
9. The Keyboard
Part One:
10. Middle C
10. Time Name & Time Value 1
11. Mummy Dinah Washing The Kittens
12. D Note
12. Bass Clef or F Clef
13. Kitty Playing With Snowdrop
14. E Note
14. Bar Rest
15. Curiouser and Curiouser
16. Notes C, D & E
16. Rhythm Name 1
17. The Garden of Live Flowers
19. The Large Flower Bed
20. Rhythm Name 2
20. Octave
21. The Willow-Tree
23. Tiger-Lily Says ‘We Can Talk’
24. F Note
24. Bars & Bar Lines
25. The Willow-Tree Barks
26. Notes C, D, E & F
26. Time Name & Time Value 2
26. Rhythm Name 3
27. The Willow-Tree Says ‘BoughBWough’
29. The Daisies’ Shrill Voices
30. G Note
31. The Pink Daisies
32. Notes C, D, E, F & G
32. Time Signature
33. Sleepy Violet
34. Notes C, D, E, F & G
35. She’s Redder
38. Nine Spikes Crown
40. Crotchet Rest
41. Happy Talking Flowers
Part Two:
42. Notes G, A, B & Middle C on the Bass Clef
43. Larkspur’s Announcement
45. Thump, Thump, Thump
46. Time Name & Time Value 3
46. Rhythm Name 4
47. The Arrival of the Red Queen
48. Phrase Marking
49. The Tall Red Queen
50. The Game of Looking-Glass Chess
52. The White Pawn
54. The Fourth Square
56. The White Knight
58. All Shall Be Queens (Duet)
60. Games
62. Manuscript

About the Author

Alice is a passionate and enthusiastic musician, a versatile arranger, composer and music author. To this date, she has written many music books, used extensively in Asia and the United Kingdom. She is also an examiner with the London College of Music.

Whilst living in Malaysia and Singapore, Alice was Chief Music Instructor for Yamaha Music Asia. She opened new music schools in Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar, and started music programs for preschoolers in Indonesia. This involved training teachers and designing music curricula suited specifically for each country. She frequently represented Malaysia in various international conferences hosted by Yamaha Music Foundation.

Now residing in London with her daughter, Alice divides her time between sharing her love of music with her students and invigilating examinations and competitions in Europe and the Far East. She believes that music should be played from memory, so that every child has the confidence to perform in any environment at any time, without needing to rely on a score. When children can express themselves freely in this way, it develops their ability to immediately engage their audience, and to derive from the music a personal sense of enjoyment.

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