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Homage to Debussy

The music world honours Debussy this year, the 100th anniversary of his death. Pianists have always enjoyed playing one of his most beautiful pieces, Clair de lune. It is the third in a set of four pieces grouped under a title drawn from a poem by Paul Verlaine. The poet refers to dancing “masqueraders and bergamaskers,” […]

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Teach and Learn with ACE

To the student, Piano Adventures implies an exciting exploration. To the teacher, Piano Adventures implies a philosophy and mission to develop the student’s musical mind and heart. The process of guiding a young person to develop the mind (intellect) and the heart (expression) can help form valuable life skills: confidence, curiosity, discipline, self‐esteem, sensitivity to […]

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Adult Piano Adventures® Now in E‐Book Format

Now available! The Adult Piano Adventures Book 1 by Nancy and Randall Faber is in a NEW user‐friendly e‐book on iBooks, Kindle, and Google Play. This adaptation offers a welcome format for teachers and adult students to explore digital learning, or for screen sharing during classroom instruction. Though digital textbooks have evolved, music e‐books present unique challenges with […]

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The Young Beginner: Keys for Connecting — My First Piano Adventure

What is this world of the young beginner? It is fun, fantasy and exploration. Seriousness? Teacher‐driven rules? Tight control? These close down a young learner’s intrinsic interest. Not only is this young beginner’s world substantially different than the adult world and qualitatively different than ages 7–8, the young beginner does not “meet us halfway.” 4–5 year […]

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Level 1: Articulation and the Wrist

An essential concept of Level 1 is beginning articulation, specifically legato and staccato. These terms are so familiar to us as music teachers that we might overlook the importance of these touches in developing technique and musical expression. Perhaps you have noticed that there are no articulation marks at the Primer Level—no slurs and no […]

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Level 2A: Pattern Recognition and Five‐Finger Scales

Pattern Recognition Why are five‐finger positions a necessary part of piano pedagogy? Because our hands have five fingers. So the relevance of five‐finger patterns applies at virtually any level of piano playing. Major and minor five‐finger patterns are taught in Level 2A of Piano Adventures®—after the basics of reading are acquired in the Primer and […]