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Playing Piano Is Fun Book 4

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Author/Composer: Alice Chua
Instrument: Piano
Category: Method & Tutor
Publisher: Rhythm MP
Item Code: MPP-4003-04
Bar Code: 9 789679 856194
ISBN-10: 967-985-619-4
ISBN-13: 978 967985619 4
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
6. The Blue Caterpillar’s Rock Dance ♫ TiP, Drawing
8. Fun Time 1 - Scales
9. Fun Time 2
10. The Magic Mushroom ♫ TiP
12. Fun Time 3 - Scales in G major
13. Fun Time 4
14. The Fish-Footman ♫ TiP, Drawing
16. Fun Time 5 - Scales in G and D major
17. Fun Time 6
18. The Frog-Footman ♫ TiP
20. Fun Time 7
21. Fun Time 8
22. The Sneezing Duchess ♫ TiP1, TiP2
24. Fun Time 9
25. Fun Time 10
26. The Grinning Cheshire-Cat ♫ TiP
28. Fun Time 11
29. Fun Time 12
30. Alice at the March Hare’s Tea Party ♫ TiP
32. Fun Time 13
33. Fun Time 14
34. Dormouse in the Teapot ♫ TiP
36. Fun Time 15
37. Fun Time 16
38. The Hatter’s Special Watch ♫ TiP
40. Fun Time 17
41. Fun Time 18
42. The Queen’s Croquet Game ♫ TiP
44. Fun Time 19
45. Fun Time 20
46. The White Rose Tree ♫ TiP
48. The Soldier’s Arch
52. The Un-Birthday Song (Duet)
56. Alice’s Keyboard-Game (Duet)
60. Manuscript
64. Performance Direction

Playing Scales is Fun
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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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