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Baba Nyonya Musical Moments

Baba Nyonya Musical Moments | with THEORY
» 15 Piano Solos and Duets for Late Elementary to Intermediate Level
Listen to the Musical Moments on SoundCloud
Editor/Author/Arranger: Helen Yeo
Artwork: Megan Lim
Category: Repertoire
Publisher: Rhythm MP
Order No.: MPB-1025
Bar Code: 9 789679 856699
ISBN-10: 967-985-669-0
ISBN-13: 978 967985669 9
Total Pages: 36
Weight: 170g
Book Size: 225mm X 300mm
Binding: Staple Bound (2 wire saddle stitch stapler)
Series: Musical Moments
Description: This book is a compilation of well-loved baba nyonya songs, reintroduced in simplified arrangements. The aim is to encourage young pianists to look for rhythmic patterns and styles, to play with awareness and to use visualisation, in order to bring the music to life. Simple ornamentations are added, together with theoretical questions, to help the pianist make a theory/practical connection.

1. Title page and Copyright page
2. Photos
3. Foreword
4-5. Nona Nona
6-7. Waktu Fajar
8-9. Kapur Sirih
10-11. Tepuk Amai Amai ♫ Listen
12-13. Nyonya Pakai Bunga
14-15. Trek Tek Tek
16-17. Rasa Sayang Eh!
18-19. Lenggang Kangkung
20-21. Sarinande
22-23. Dayung Sampan
24-25. Kopi Susu
26-27. Di Pulau Pinang
28-29. Mak Inang
30-31. Burung Kakak Tua (Duet)
32-33. Can Mali Can (Crossed-handed Duet)
34-35. English Translations
36. Answers

Do not be over-reliant on answers provided for theory exercises. Learn to think for yourself, as this will help you grasp the concept and train you to work out each theoretical problem diligently, heightening your understanding. - Helen Yeo, Musical Moments


This book is a compilation of simplified baba nyonya keroncong songs, traditionally played with a ukulele-like instrument that is also called keroncong. It is my intention to bring part of the unique Peranakan heritage to the next generation, with the hope that the younger ones will learn to love these timeless songs, while others of my generation will enjoy playing these evergreen tunes with a nostalgia smile.

I have added some performer’s guidelines and simple questions at the side, not only with the intention of helping the pianist realise the importance of looking, listening and visualising when playing a song, but also to help the pianist make a theory-practical connection. These arrangements can also serve as a simple reference guide to the more advanced students on ways to insert decorative notes/ornaments, and accompaniments based on more traditional styles to their own compositions.

As music comes with multiple aspects of interpretation, I purposely left the tempo markings, performers’ directions and phrasings to the pianists’ discretion. I hope you will enjoy exploring these songs and once again, fill the atmosphere with keroncong melodies that are sung atop the Dondang Sayang float on Chap Goh Meh. A heritage that is uniquely Penang.

Helen Yeo
Music Educator | Editor | Arranger | Composer
Author: The PROUD little note and the Musical Moments series

Practical and theory are not two entirely different, separate concepts. By incorporating theory with practical, the musician is able to develop a further understanding of the music, the ability to improvise or transpose certain passages to suit their style of playing, or to create their very own brand of accompaniment. - Helen Yeo, Musical Moments

By the same author: Helen Yeo, Musical Moments
The PROUD little note » A little note's journey to musical awareness
Creative Musical Moments with THEORY PRE-GRADE 1
Classic Musical Moments 1 with THEORY GRADE 1
Classic Musical Moments 2 with THEORY GRADE 2
Classic Musical Moments 3 with THEORY GRADE 3
Classic Musical Moments 4 with THEORY GRADE 4
Classic Musical Moments 5 with THEORY GRADE 5
Baba Nyonya Musical Moments » theory/practical connection
Advanced Baba Nyonya Musical Moments » practical/aural connection

Listen to Inspirations (Winners' Musical Moments for Pianists)
A spin-off from Classic Musical Moments Grade 5 • MPB-1027-05
Get Ready for the next submission and best compositions will be chosen for publication!

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Nyonya Kebaya Manuscript Book
Artwork: Kenny Loh of Penang Nyonya Culture
Category: Manuscript Book
Publisher: Rhythm MP
Order No.: MZM-9014
Bar Code: 9 789679 855791
ISBN-10: 967-985-579-1
ISBN-13: 978 967985579 1
Total Pages: 32
Weight: 140g
Book Size: 225mm X 300mm
Binding: Stapled Bound (2 wire saddle stitch stapler)
Format: 12 stave, 10 mm staff height


♫ Really putting theory into practice
It’s the practical application of music theory that brings music to life. Get to the piano and play Piano Theory in Practice Made Easy – Keep Exploring Music – telling your musical story ♫
  1. Rhythm
  2. Pitch
  3. Keys and Scales ♫ TiP (video)
  4. Intervals ♫ TiP
  5. Chords ♫ TiP (video)
  6. Terms, Signs and Instruments ♫ TiP (video)
  7. Music in Context ♫ FAQs
Music is connected in all elements. We cannot isolate a piece to teach without involving any aural awareness, and neither can we teach theory without ‘hearing’ the theory, (e.g. we have to hear the pitch of a sharpened note when we teach the accidental - sharp ‘#’). This cohesive organisation of thoughts and actions will make your lessons invaluable and interesting to your students. With it intertwined together, the lessons becomes ‘alive’ and musically enriching. - The ART of Teaching (AoT) by Alice Chua

Composing ideas/tips: Composing Made Easy
Games: Primary Chords, Musical Form & Structure
Events: Music Jamboree
The Holistic Development of a Child through Rhythm MAPS Programme
For variations on a song try Piano Theory in Practice Made Easy. Piano Quartet (1 Piano, 8 Hands) » #1Piano8Hands
Bring smiles and laughter in your lessons. It is always a joy to learn piano in a fun way. Have fun! » Read The ART of Teaching (AoT) by Alice Chua – be inspired to inspire beginners in a fun way yet educational.

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