With the winter holidays behind us, students are now back in school and beginning piano lessons again. Many are getting ready for the next level in their methods, so why not reinforce and strengthen their studies with two new supplements available from Hal Leonard and Alfred Music Publishing. The first is the Faber Piano Adventures Sight Reading Book 2A by Nancy and Randall Faber. Structured as a one-a-day exercise, students will build confidence in sight reading recognition of individual notes, and perception of note patterns, both rhythmic and melodic.
Also available is Alfred’s Premier Piano Course: Technique Book 4. A continuation of levels 1A–3, this book expands the student’s understanding of concepts such as staccato and legato, movement between white and black keys, and opening the hands. Also included are Artistic Etudes that showcase technique in a musical setting and Masterwork Etudes that provide training for playing standard masterworks.
For those of you who enjoy the sounds of 1920s novelty songs like “Kitten on the Keys” and “Dizzy Fingers,” you’re in luck! Alfred Music Publishing has released a collection of Zez Confrey’s works that not only includes these hits, but many titles that have been out of print for decades until now. Zez Confrey at the Piano is great book for advanced pianists who enjoy the syncopated rhythms of a bygone era.
Oh, and can we forget Valentine’s Day? If you’re a fan of the movie adaption of the musical Les Misérables, you can now buy the Easy Piano version that includes 16 song selections as well as notes from the composers and full-color stills from the film. Also included for the first time is the newly composed song “Suddenly,” which was written by Schönberg, Boublil and Kretzmer specifically for this blockbuster.