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Playing Piano Is Fun Book 2

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👂♫ Music is all about LISTENING thus effectively making our EARS act as our ‘eyes’, ‘brains’ and ‘everything’ in learning to play a musical instrument. ACTIVE LISTENING to the changes in pitch, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, and tempo is an acquired skill that can be nurtured and developed. — The ART of Teaching (AoT) 🎹

Author/Composer: Alice Chua
Instrument: Piano
Category: Method & Tutor
Publisher: Rhythm MP
Item Code: MPP-4003-02
Bar Code: 9 789679 856170
ISBN-10: 967-985-617-8
ISBN-13: 978 967985617 0
Total Pages: 64 (+ stickers)
Weight: 290g
Book Size: 225mm x 300mm (Landscape)
Binding: Limp Bound (limp thread sewn)
Series: Playing Piano is Fun (PpiF)

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
Part One: ♫ Pointers, ♫ Challenge Corner, ♫ TiP1, TiP2, TiP3
6. Space Notes in the Bass Clef
7. Stepping Up and Down The Looking-Glass ♫ Video expansion activities
9. Skipping Up and Down The Looking-Glass
11. The Little Voice of Gnat
13. Rocking-Horse-Fly ♫ TiP (video) expansion activities
15. Snap-Dragon-Fly
17. Bread-and-Butter-Fly
Part Two: ♫ TiP1, TiP2, TiP3 (expansion activities)
18. Higher C, D, E, F & G on the Treble Clef
19. Tweedledum and Tweedledee ♫ TiP (video) expansion activities
21. Tweedledum’s ‘Nohow!’
22. Staccato
23. Tweedledee’s ‘Contrariwise!’
25. Tweedledum’s White Rattle
Part Three: ♫ TiP
26. C, D, E, F & G on the Bass Clef
27. Music by Fiddles and Fiddle-Sticks
29. The Tricky Walrus
30. Repeat Sign
31. The Cheeky Carpenter
33. A Very Long Poem ♫ TiP1 (video) expansion activities, TiP2 (video)
Part Four: Chords & IntervalsTiP, ♫ Composition
34. C & G7 Chords
35. Dancing Baby Oysters
37. Waltzing Baby Oysters
38. F Chord
39. Baby Oysters Cha-Cha-Cha
40. Intervals
41. Trotting Baby Oysters ♫ TiP (video) expansion activities
Part Five: Scales & Broken ChordsTiP
42. C Major
43. Scaling Up to Humpty Dumpty’s C House
44. Broken Chord of C Major
45. The Lion and the Unicorn
46. G Major
47. Scaling Up to Humpty Dumpty’s G House
48. Broken Chord of G Major
49. Messengers Haigha and Hatta
50. D Major
51. Scaling Up to Humpty Dumpty’s D House
52. Broken Chord of D Major
53. Ham-Sandwiches and Hay
54. F Major
55. Scaling Up to Humpty Dumpty’s F House
56. Broken Chord of F Major
57. Looking-Glass Cake
Part Six: Concert Pieces
58. Shaking and Waking (Duet)
60. The King’s Memorandum Book (Duet)
62. Manuscript

轻松弹钢琴 • “听”乐理
Playing Scales is Fun
Watch Down the Rabbit Hole from The ART of Teaching (AoT)Video

We all know the benefits of playing scales.
Why practise scales?
Playing scales inevitably helps to develop pianist skills thus improving keyboard fluency. Posture, hand position, co-ordination, balance between hands and movement of the arm all can be checked when playing scales. Most importantly, the sense of tonality and pattern can be acquired through playing scales - this speeds up the learning of NEW PIECES (a benefit when attempting sight-reading tests). This also develops playing with an even and a quality tone. This builds aural awareness. It is a good practice to encourage students to sing the scales if within vocal range. Playing scales from two to four octaves throughout all grade syllabus increases familiarity with the geography of the piano.

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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The ART of Teaching (AoT) is written specially for teachers who are teaching beginners. It is written in simple instruction and AoT is very much suited to be used alongside all piano tutor books and graded syllabus as teaching music elements are applicable to all piano tutor books. — Pieces, Scales, Sight-Reading, Aural, Theory, Creativity, Composition, Improvisation and Technique Building.

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 become ‘alive’ and musically enriching. — The ART of Teaching (AoT)

Let’s move on together for a more ‘MUSICAL’ music education for the new generation. They deserve a better music education than ours!
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