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This easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. Lesson Book 4 concepts include: tarantellas; eighth note triplets; arpeggiated chords; first and second inversion triads in C; triads in all positions; major scales in parallel motion; two-part writing; seventh chords and inversions of seventh chords; E harmonic minor scale in contrary motion; primary chords in E minor; sixteenth notes; dotted eighth notes; primary chords in B-flat Major and G Minor; repeated-note warm-ups; and harmonic minor scales in parallel motion. For reinforcement of each principle as it is introduced, supplementary material is carefully coordinated, page for page, at each level of instruction. Coordinating supplemental books for Level 4 include: Classic Themes • Duet • Ear Training • Merry Christmas • Musical Concepts • Recital • Repertoire • Sight Reading • Technic • Theory and Top Hits! Solo, Christmas and Duet books. Songs include: America the Beautiful (Ward) • The Battle Hymn of the Republic (Steffe-Howe) • Black Forest Polka • Blow, Winds, Blow! • Calypso Holiday! • Comedians' Dance (Kabelevsky) • Farewell to Thee (Aloha Oe) • Gypsy Dance • Haunted House • He's Got the Whole World in His Hands • The Hokey-Pokey • The House of the Rising Sun • The Magic Piper • Musette (Bach) • Olympic Procession • Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar)• Prelude in A Minor • Space Shuttle Blues • Spinning Wheel • Swingin' Sevenths • Tarentella • Waltz in G Minor • Waves of the Danube (Ivanovici)
The Recital Books congratulate students for a job well done by providing correlated repertoire to their Lesson Books that are based on concepts they've already learned. As a result, the pieces are quickly mastered. Recital Book Level 4 comprises mostly arrangements of familiar tunes like "'Country Gardens" and "Amazing Grace," and a few new originals as well.
The Ear Training Books reinforce each concept presented in the Lesson Books and specifically focus on the training and development of the ear. Rhythmic, melodic and intervallic concepts are drilled throughout each book and each page is designed to be completed using approximately five minutes of the lesson time.
The Technic Books provide reading and rhythm drills and exercises perfectly paced with each Lesson Book in Alfred's Basic Piano Library to improve musicianship and develop coordination of the hands.